Kate Dodds
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Kate is a South African citizen who completed her undergraduate, honours and masters degrees in South Africa between the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Her post graduate studies focussed on Fisheries Science and Oceanography.

After the completion of her masters, Kate worked as a marine environmental consultant in Cape Town for six years where she gained valuable experience in environmental assessments, monitoring and reporting in the Ports and Harbours, Oil and Gas and Coastal Development sectors.

She aims to apply the eco-engineering principles developed during her PhD to these industries in the future ensuring a reduction in the environmental and socio-economic impacts of these industries.

Research interests

Kate is a PhD student in the Biological Sciences department at Macquarie University. As part of Melanie Bishop's Benthic Ecology lab, she is interested in developing effective eco-engineering solutions for marine infrastructure.  This process, also referred to as green engineering, attempts to increase the ecological value of anthropogenic structures in the marine environment. Kate's current work focusses on the greening of seawalls and encourages the development of abundant and diverse intertidal communities that are able to provide the ecosystem goods and services lost through traditional coastal armouring methods.

Education/Academic qualification

Oceanography, MSc, University of Cape Town

1 Jun 20091 Feb 2012

Award Date: 1 Feb 2012

Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, BSc (Hons), Rhodes University

1 Jan 20091 Dec 2009

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Marine Biology and Environmental and Geographical Science, BSc, University of Cape Town

1 Jan 20051 Dec 2007

Award Date: 1 Dec 2007

External positions

Senior Scientist, Lwandle Technologies

1 Nov 201215 Dec 2017

Researcher, ERM

1 Jun 20111 Nov 2012


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  • Ecosystem services: delivering decision-making for salt marshes

    zu Ermgassen, P. S. E., Baker, R., Beck, M. W., Dodds, K., zu Ermgassen, S. O. S. E., Mallick, D., Taylor, M. D. & Turner, R. E., Sep 2021, In: Estuaries and Coasts. 44, 6, p. 1691-1698 8 p.

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    5 Citations (Scopus)
  • Tidal marsh restoration optimism in a changing climate and urbanizing seascape

    Waltham, N. J., Alcott, C., Barbeau, M. A., Cebrian, J., Connolly, R. M., Deegan, L. A., Dodds, K., Goodridge Gaines, L. A., Gilby, B. L., Henderson, C. J., McLuckie, C. M., Minello, T. J., Norris, G. S., Ollerhead, J., Pahl, J., Reinhardt, J. F., Rezek, R. J., Simenstad, C. A., Smith, J. A. M., Sparks, E. L. & 3 others, Staver, L. W., Ziegler, S. L. & Weinstein, M. P., Sep 2021, In: Estuaries and Coasts. 44, 6, p. 1681-1690 10 p.

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    10 Citations (Scopus)
  • Fisheries rely on threatened salt marshes

    Baker, R., Taylor, M. D., Able, K. W., Beck, M. W., Cebrian, J., Colombano, D. D., Connolly, R. M., Currin, C., Deegan, L. A., Feller, I. C., Gilby, B. L., Kimball, M. E., Minello, T. J., Rozas, L. P., Simenstad, C., Turner, R. E., Waltham, N. J., Weinstein, M. P., Ziegler, S. L., zu Ermgassen, P. S. E. & 30 others, Alcott, C., Alford, S. B., Barbeau, M. A., Crosby, S. C., Dodds, K., Frank, A., Goeke, J., Goodridge Gaines, L. A., Hardcastle, F. E., Henderson, C. J., James, W. R., Kenworthy, M. D., Lesser, J., Mallick, D., Martin, C. W., McDonald, A. E., McLuckie, C., Morrison, B. H., Nelson, J. A., Norris, G. S., Ollerhead, J., Pahl, J. W., Ramsden, S., Rehage, J. S., Reinhardt, J. F., Rezek, R. J., Risse, L. M., Smith, J. A. M., Sparks, E. L. & Staver, L. W., 6 Nov 2020, In: Science. 370, 6517, p. 670-671 2 p.

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    15 Citations (Scopus)
  • Ocean warming, a rapid distributional shift, and the hybridization of a coastal fish species

    Potts, W. M., Henriques, R., Santos, C. V., Munnik, K., Ansorge, I., Dufois, F., Booth, A. J., Kirchner, C., Sauer, W. H. H. & Shaw, P. W., Sep 2014, In: Global Change Biology. 20, 9, p. 2765–2777 13 p.

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