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Dr Sally Wood

Dr Sally Wood

Dr Sally Wood
BSc, MRes, PhD

Honorary Research Associate

Area of research

Dispersal as a control on coral biogeography under a changing climate

Office L122
Wills Memorial Building,
Queen's Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5429


Of the various factors controlling the distribution and ecology of coral reefs, dispersal by ocean currents may have particular significance to the future of reef ecosystems; influencing range shifts, resilience to degradation via population replenishment and also adaptive potential via the flow of genetic material.

My current research involves modeling coral dispersal and potential population connectivity on scales relevant to future environmental change. To do this I am using the Connectivity Modelling System, in development at RSMAS, University of Miami, adapted to the global scale.

See my personal webpage (links on the right)Galapagos model trajectoriesGalapagos model trajectories for more info and pictures!


Prof. Andy Ridgwell (School of Geographical Sciences)

Dr Erica Hendy (School of Biological Sciences/Department of Earth Sciences)

Prof. Claire Paris (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, U. Miami)

Dr Steve Simpson (School of Biological Sciences)

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I graduated in Geology with subsidiary Biology and Chemistry in 2004. After graduating I spent 2 years as an aviation weather forecaster with the UK Met Office, before leaving to pursue other interests. I returned to education in 2009, building on my background in Earth, biological and atmospheric sciences with a masters in Earth Systems Science, graduating with distinction in 2011. This was followed by a 6 month contract as a research assistant with BRIDGE. I am now continuing the research begun during my MRes thesis project as a PhD student in the School of Geographical Sciences.

Aside from my academic work, I am interested in scientific communication and engagement, and have participated in a number of voluntary outreach events with the University of Bristol and Bristol Natural History Consortium. I am also trained in SCUBA and boat handling.


I developed and led an 'Introduction to Matlab and Excel' session for new Earth Science postgraduate students in November. I will also be presenting two postgraduate sessions on 'Getting started in Matlab' and 'Getting started in ArcMap' for the School of Biological Sciences in the spring term. The session notes are available on request.


  • Coral reefs Climate change Biogeography Population connectivity Biophysical modeling

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