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Associate Professor Keith Probert

Contact DetailsKeithProbert

Office: 310 Castle Street, room 148
Tel: 64 3 479 5812
Email: keith.probert@otago.ac.nz

Academic Qualifications

BSc PhD(London) ARCS

Research Interests

  • Benthic ecology, in particular structure and function of sediment benthos
  • Ecology of polychaete annelids
  • Human impacts on benthic systems
  • Marine conservation

Courses

  • MARI 202 Marine Invertebrate Ecology and Biology
  • MARI 301 Marine Ecology

Research Projects

  • Benthic functioning in the region of the Subtropical Front (in conjunction with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research - NIWA).
  • Distributional ecology of polychaetes of the New Zealand upper slope (in conjunction with NIWA)
  • Benthic ecology of the Otago continental shelf and upper slope
  • Ecology of southern New Zealand inlets and estuaries

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Publications

Leduc, D., Rowden, A. A., Pilditch, C. A., Maas, E. W., & Probert, P. K. (2013). Is there a link between deep-sea biodiversity and ecosystem function? Marine Ecology, 34(3), 334-344. doi: 10.1111/maec.12019

Wood, A. C. L., Probert, P. K., Rowden, A. A., & Smith, A. M. (2012). Complex habitat generated by marine bryozoans: A review of its distribution, structure, diversity, threats and conservation. Aquatic Conservation, 22(4), 547-563. doi: 10.1002/aqc.2236

Leduc, D., Rowden, A. A., Probert, P. K., Pilditch, C. A., Nodder, S. D., Vanreusel, A., … Witbaard, R. (2012). Further evidence for the effect of particle-size diversity on deep-sea benthic biodiversity. Deep Sea Research Part I, 63, 164-169. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2011.10.009

Berkenbusch, K., Probert, P. K., & Nodder, S. D. (2011). Comparative biomass of sediment benthos across a depth transect, Chatham Rise, Southwest Pacific Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 425, 79-90. doi: 10.3354/meps09014

Brewin, P. E., Probert, P. K., & Barker, M. F. (2011). Relative influence of processes structuring fjord deep-water macrofaunal communities across multiple spatial scales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 425, 175-191. doi: 10.3354/meps08994

Chapter in Book - Research

Zeldis, J., Hicks, M., Trustrum, N., Orpin, A., Nodder, S., Probert, K., … Currie, K. (2010). New Zealand continental margins. In K.-K. Liu, L. Atkinson, R. Quiñones & L. Talaue-McManus (Eds.), Carbon and nutrient fluxes in continental margins: A global synthesis. (pp. 273-287). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-92735-8

Patterson, M., McDonald, G., Probert, K., & Smith, N. (2008). Biodiversity of the oceans. In M. Patterson & B. Glavovic (Eds.), Ecological economics of the oceans and coasts. (pp. 51-73). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Probert, P. K., Christiansen, S., Gjerde, K. M., Gubbay, S., & Santos, R. S. (2007). Management and conservation of seamounts. In T. J. Pitcher, T. Morato, P. J. B. Hart, M. R. Clark, N. Haggan & R. S. Santos (Eds.), Seamounts: Ecology, fisheries & conservation. (pp. 442-475). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Bradford-Grieve, J., Probert, K., Lewis, K., Sutton, P., Zeldis, J., & Orpin, A. (2006). New Zealand shelf region (31,S). In A. R. Robinson & K. H. Brink (Eds.), The global coastal ocean: Interdisciplinary regional studies and syntheses (The sea: Ideas and observations on progress in the study of the seas) Vol. 14. Part B. (pp. 1451-1492). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Leduc, D., Rowden, A. A., Pilditch, C. A., Maas, E. W., & Probert, P. K. (2013). Is there a link between deep-sea biodiversity and ecosystem function? Marine Ecology, 34(3), 334-344. doi: 10.1111/maec.12019

Wood, A. C. L., Probert, P. K., Rowden, A. A., & Smith, A. M. (2012). Complex habitat generated by marine bryozoans: A review of its distribution, structure, diversity, threats and conservation. Aquatic Conservation, 22(4), 547-563. doi: 10.1002/aqc.2236

Leduc, D., Rowden, A. A., Probert, P. K., Pilditch, C. A., Nodder, S. D., Vanreusel, A., … Witbaard, R. (2012). Further evidence for the effect of particle-size diversity on deep-sea benthic biodiversity. Deep Sea Research Part I, 63, 164-169. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2011.10.009

Paavo, B., Jonker, R., Thrush, S., & Probert, P. K. (2011). Macrofaunal community patterns of adjacent coastal sediments with wave-reflecting or wave-dissipating characteristics. Journal of Coastal Research, 27(3), 515-528. doi: 10.2112/jcoastres-d-10-00001.1

Brewin, P. E., Probert, P. K., & Barker, M. F. (2011). Relative influence of processes structuring fjord deep-water macrofaunal communities across multiple spatial scales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 425, 175-191. doi: 10.3354/meps08994

Leduc, D., & Probert, P. K. (2011). Small-scale effect of intertidal seagrass (Zostera muelleri) on meiofaunal abundance, biomass, and nematode community structure. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 91(3), 579-591. doi: 10.1017/s0025315410001645

Berkenbusch, K., Probert, P. K., & Nodder, S. D. (2011). Comparative biomass of sediment benthos across a depth transect, Chatham Rise, Southwest Pacific Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 425, 79-90. doi: 10.3354/meps09014

Leduc, D., Probert, P. K., & Nodder, S. D. (2010). Influence of mesh size and core penetration on estimates of deep-sea nematode abundance, biomass, and diversity. Deep Sea Research Part I, 57, 1354-1362. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2010.06.005

Leduc, D., Probert, P. K., Berkenbusch, K., Nodder, S. D., & Pilditch, C. A. (2010). Abundance of small individuals influences the effectiveness of processing techniques for deep-sea nematodes. Deep Sea Research Part I, 57, 1363-1371. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2010.07.002

Leduc, D., & Probert, P. K. (2009). The effect of bacterivorous nematodes on detritus incorporation by macrofaunal detritivores: A study using stable isotope and fatty acid analyses. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 371(2), 130-139. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2009.01.011

Probert, P. K., Glasby, C. J., Grove, S. L., & Paavo, B. L. (2009). Bathyal polychaete assemblages in the region of the Subtropical Front, Chatham Rise, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 43(5), 1121-1135. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2009.9626535

Leduc, D., Probert, P. K., & Duncan, A. (2009). A multi-method approach for identifying meiofaunal trophic connections. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 383, 95-111. doi: 10.3354/meps07991

Brewin, P. E., Probert, P. K., & Barker, M. F. (2008). Deep-basin macrobenthos of Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 42(1), 1-21. doi: 10.1080/00288330809509932

Nodder, S. D., Duineveld, G. C. A., Pilditch, C. A., Sutton, P. J., Probert, P. K., Lavaleye, M. S. S., … Richardson, K. M. (2007). Focusing of phytodetritus deposition beneath a deep-ocean front, Chatham Rise, New Zealand. Limnology & Oceanography, 52(1), 299-314.

Grove, S. L., Probert, P. K., Berkenbusch, K., & Nodder, S. D. (2006). Distribution of bathyal meiofauna in the region of the Subtropical Front, Chatham Rise, south-west Pacific. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 330, 342-355.

Leduc, D., Probert, P. K., Frew, R. D., & Hurd, C. L. (2006). Macroinvertebrate diet in intertidal seagrass and sandflat communities: A study using C, N, and S stable isotopes. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 40(4), 615-629. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2006.9517450

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