School of Marine Studies

School of Marine Studies

Dr. Amanda Ford

Research area: Coral reef ecology

Title: Lecturer

Telephone: (+679) 7198865

Email: / amandakford(at)



Educational qualifications:

PhD (Coral Reef Ecology), University of Bremen, Germany

MSc (Biological Sciences – track Limnology and Oceanography), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

BSc (Biological Sciences), University of Exeter, United Kingdom


Research interests:

Anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment

Benthic community function and dynamics

Benthic cyanobacterial mats

Coral reef management practices

Phase and regime shifts

Quantifying resilience of coral reef communities


Peer-reviewed publications:

McAndrews RS, A Eich, AK Ford, S Bejarano, RR Lal, SCA Ferse (2019) Foraging by herbivorous fishes mediates algae-sediment dynamics on a nearshore coral reef. Coral Reefs. DOI:10.1007/s00338-019-01780-1

Eich A, AK Ford, MM Nugues, RS McAndrews, C Wild, SCA Ferse (2019) Positive association between epiphytes and competitiveness of the brown algal genus Lobophora against corals. PeerJ 7, e6380. DOI:10.7717/peerj.6380.

Lee S, AK Ford, S Mangubhai, C Wild, SCA Ferse (2018) Effects of sandfish (Holothuria scabra) removal on shallow-water sediments in Fiji. PeerJ, 6, e4773. DOI:10.7717/peerj.4773

Lee S, AK Ford, S Mangubhai, C Wild, SCA Ferse (2018) Length-weight relationship, movement rates, and in situ spawning observations of Holothuria scabra (sandfish) in Fiji. SPC Bęche-de-mer Information Bulletin, 38, 11-14.

Ford AK, S Bejarano, MM Nugues, PM Visser, S Albert, SCA Ferse (2018) Reefs under Siege—the Rise, Putative Drivers, and Consequences of Benthic Cyanobacterial Mats. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, 18. doi:10.3389/fmars.2018.00018.

Ford AK, A Eich, RS McAndrews, S Mangubhai, MM Nugues, S Bejarano, BR Moore, C Rico, C Wild, SCA Ferse (2018) Evaluation of coral reef management effectiveness using conventional versus resilience-based metrics. Ecological Indicators, 85, 308-317. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.10.002.

Ford AK, N van Hoytema, BR Moore, L Pandihau, C Wild, SCA Ferse (2017) High sedimentary oxygen consumption indicates that sewage input from small islands drives benthic community shifts on overfished reefs. Environmental Conservation, 44, 405-411. doi:10.1017/S0376892917000054.

Ford AK, S Bejarano, A Marshell, PJ Mumby (2016). Linking the biology and ecology of key herbivorous unicornfish to fisheries management in the Pacific. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 26, 790-805. doi:10.1002/aqc.2623.

den Haan J, Huisman J, Dekker F, Jacomina L, Ford AK, van Ooijen J, van Duyl FC, Vermeij MJ, Visser PM (2013). Fast detection of nutrient limitation in macroalgae and seagrass with nutrient-induced fluorescence. PloS ONE, 8: e68834. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068834.


Other publications

Ford AK (2017) Influences of Pacific Island human communities on benthic coral reef functioning and resilience. PhD dissertation, University of Bremen. Available online at:

Lee S, SCA Ferse, AK Ford, C Wild, S Mangubhai (2017) Effect of sea cucumber density on the health of reef-flat sediments. In: Fiji’s Sea Cucumber Fishery: Advances in Science for Improved Management (eds. Mangubhai S, Lalavanua W, Purcell SW). pp 54-61. Wildlife Conservation Society, Suva, Fiji.

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