Anita is an ecologist with expertise on estuarine and marine fish communities. Her research in-terests regard the structure and functioning of estuarine and marine fish communities, their use and partitioning of resources, their occurrence and distribution in relation with habitat character-istics and human pressures (incl. climate change), and their assessment using indicators of eco-logical and environmental status and condition.
Anita is a quantitative/numerical ecologist, with expertise on experimental design and data analysis and numerical methods in estuarine and marine ecology. As such, she has been involved in a range of studies applying statistical methods to the analysis of e.g. invertebrate colonisation patterns in restored habitats, development of condition indicator for sublittoral rock habitats, time series analysis and modelling of bird habitat use in estuaries, spatial modelling of essential fish habitats in marine areas, environmental impact assessment of offshore windfarms on marine ecology.
In her current position she is responsible for managing and undertaking research projects and provide scientific and technical advice to statutory bodies and the industry on monitoring strategies, the status and condition of marine/estuarine ecological features of interest (including coastal lagoons, fish and shellfish, their essential habitats, fishery, but also benthic ecology and avifauna), on the ecological value of marine habitats in support of marine planning programmes and on the potential risks and impacts to the marine environment of a range of human activities, including offshore wind farms, port developments, gas storage facilities.
• Essential fish habitats and distribution
• Structural and functional ecology of marine and estuarine ecosystems
• Impact of anthropogenic activities on the estuarine and marine environment
• Climate change
• Ecological monitoring, sampling design and impact assessment
• Fish species as indicators of environmental stress / ecological status
• Statistical analysis and ecological modelling