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Dr Russ Babcock is a marine ecologist with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. He has broad interests ranging from invertebrate reproduction and larval ecology to the effects of marine reserves and trophic cascade effects. Dr Babcock leads research in CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship to better understand how human activities influence coastal ecosystems, such as kelp forests and coral reefs. These research programs focus on issues such as: • the effectiveness of marine reserves as conservation tools for both temperate kelp forest and coral reef ecosystems • the use of marine reserves as tools for understanding the effects of fishing and informing ecosystem-based fisheries management approaches • the impacts of phenomena such as sedimentation on temperate and coral reef ecosystems • dynamic variability of kelp forest ecosystems and its implications for understanding ecosystem values and detecting environmental change. Dr Babcock's recent research has shown that populations of fished species in Western Australia are more abundant in marine reserves. His recent research has shown that populations of fished species in Western Australia are much more abundant in marine reserves. Dr Babcock’s other research involves: • coordinating trophodynamic modelling studies of Australia's west coast ecosystems • tagging and acoustic tracking of fish in the Ningaloo Marine Park. This research takes place with the support and cooperation of Western Australia’s Department of Environment and Conservation, as well as the Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.