Dr. Brigitte Sommer

2019 Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Brigitte Sommer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Sydney Environment Institute at The University of Sydney. Her research combines field ecology and statistical modelling to understand the processes that control the distribution and abundance of marine organisms and how they will respond to climate change.

She is particularly interested in ecosystems at the transition of biogeographical zones, where tropical and temperate species overlap at the limits of their environmental tolerances and geographical ranges. Brigitte’s PhD research, which she completed at the University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in 2015, investigated the ecology of corals at their high-latitude range limits south of the Great Barrier Reef.

Brigitte Sommer is a Research Affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute. She is the Research Lead on The Ecology of Subtropical Reefs.