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Simon Francis Thrush

Simon Francis Thrush is professor and director of the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He is Academic Editor for PLoS ONE, member of Faculty 1000 (Biology) and fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Simon’s current research focuses on the ecology of coastal ecosystems, how they respond to change and how we value the services they provide. He is interested in the positive potential we have to actively restore degraded coastal ecosystems by generating the ecological knowledge needed for successful restoration, identifying the ecosystem benefits this will provide and in sustaining engagement of society. He is working to understand how marine biodiversity links the way ecosystems function and, in turn, how this translates to the ecosystem services we value. All of his ecological work is linked to a growing interest in the interactions between ecosystems and society.