Dr Kevin Bairos-Novak

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science


Demographic and evolutionary dynamics of corals

Corals of the Great Barrier Reef are under immense selective pressures to evolve increased thermal tolerance due to heat stress from climate change - but will their evolution be able to keep pace with future climate change? My research focuses on modelling population dynamics of corals of the Great Barrier Reef, to simulate likely rates of coral evolution while incorporating realistic coral demography and trade-offs that may hamper their continued evolution to climate change.


  • UV - Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Science(Honurs), University of Manitoba
  • Master of Science, University of Saskatchewan


  • Ivimey-Cook, Edward R., Pick, Joel L., Bairos-Novak, Kevin R., Culina, Antica, Gould, Elliot, Grainger, Matthew, Marshall, Benjamin M., Moreau, David, Paquet, Matthieu, Royauté, Raphaël, Sánchez-Tójar, Alfredo, Silva, Inês and Windecker, Saras M. (2023). Implementing code review in the scientific workflow: insights from ecology and evolutionary biology. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 36 (10), 1347-1356. doi: 10.1111/jeb.14230

  • Lang, Bethan J., Donelson, Jennifer M., Bairos‐Novak, Kevin R., Wheeler, Carolyn R., Caballes, Ciemon F., Uthicke, Sven and Pratchett, Morgan S. (2023). Impacts of ocean warming on echinoderms: A meta‐analysis. Ecology and Evolution, 13 (8) e10307, 1-22. doi: 10.1002/ece3.10307

  • Crane, Adam L., Bairos‐Novak, Kevin R., Goldman, Jack A. and Brown, Grant E. (2022). Chemical disturbance cues in aquatic systems: a review and prospectus. Ecological Monographs, 92 (1) e01487. doi: 10.1002/ecm.1487

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