Dr. Paloma Matis
I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher based at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science where I coordinate the IMOS Larval Fish Monitoring Program with Prof. Iain Suthers. I’m also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales in the FAMER Lab.
My research interests include the ecology and early life history of marine fishes. I explore community dynamics of fish assemblages and how this relates to habitat availability and oceanography. I’m also interested in understanding impacts of environmental change on marine ecosystems, including species distributions.
I have always been passionate about the marine environment and this led me to undertake a Bachelor of Science at The University of Sydney majoring in Biology and Marine Science. I then undertook an honours project to investigate how the physical oceanography of the East Australian Current shapes larval fish communities and growth rates off the coast of NSW. I went on to complete my PhD at the University of Technology Sydney. My PhD research examined habitat associations of fishes across tropical to temperate latitudes to better understand implications for ocean warming and species range expansion.