Chancey MacDonald is a post-doctoral researcher at the California Academy of Sciences, where he is a co-investigator of how depth interacts with the assembly drivers, functional structure, and ecology of global reef fish assemblages, as well as global stressors on mesophotic coral ecosystems. Chancey completed his PhD at James Cook University in Australia, where he investigated how depth influences a broad range of ecological relationships among coral-associated reef fishes. He has coupled extensive field observations with quantitative statistics and laboratory analyses to better understand depth relationships among species' distributions, habitat associations, trophic pathways and dietary specialization, space use and competition, as well as the nutrition and body-condition of reef fish. Through his research Chancey has participated in numerous extended field investigations, including in Papua New Guinea, Tonga, the Caribbean, and the Maldives, as well as in the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. He is currently training in mixed gas closed-circuit rebreather diving at the California Academy of Sciences and also worked as a technical officer in the management of Crown of Thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef. See more about his research here.

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