Molline Natanah C Gusha


PhD Candidate, Marine Biology   

Bsc (Hons) National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo

Msc (Marine Biology) Rhodes University 2018

Office: F08, First floor, Life Sciences Building



Thesis Title

Functional Biogeography: Evaluating community assemblage patterns and ecosystem functioning in intertidal systems using trait based approaches

Understanding ecosystem functioning is pivotal in predicting species responses to changes and shifts in environmental parameters such as temperature across space and time. In this project, I used rocky shore species to determine how their reproductive and developmental traits influence the community assemblage patterns observed and how these traits subsequently respond to differences in temperature and chlorophyll-a gradients within and across the biogeographic regions of the coast of South Africa.


Supervisor: Christopher McQuaid


Research interests

Intertidal Ecology


Invasion Biology


Food webs

Ecosystem functioning



Molline N.C. Gusha 


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Recent publications

Ma, Kevin C.K., Redelinghuys, S., Gusha, Molline N. C., Dyantyi, S., McQuaid, Christopher D., and Porri, F. (2021) Intertidal estimates of sea urchin abundance reveal congruence in spatial structure for a guild of consumers. Ecology and Evolution. [DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7958].

Ma Kevin C. K., Gusha Molline N. C., Zardi Gerardo I., Nicastro Katy R., Monsinjon Jonathan R., and McQuaid Christopher D. (2021). Biogeographic drivers of distribution and abundance in an alien ecosystem engineer: Transboundary range expansion, barriers to spread, and spatial structure. Journal of Biogeography. [2021; 00:1-19].

Gusha Molline N. C., Dalu Tatenda and McQuaid, Christopher D. (2021). Interaction between small scale habitat properties and short-term temporal conditions on food web dynamics of a warm temperate intertidal rock pool ecosystem. Hydrobiologia.

Gusha, Molline & Dalu, Tatenda & Wasserman, Ryan & D McQuaid, Christopher. (2019). Zooplankton grazing pressure is insufficient for primary producer control under elevated warming and nutrient levels. Science of The Total Environment. 651. 410-418. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.132.

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