Dr. James Hehre

Postdoctoral Fellow


Centre for Marine Futures
School of Biological Sciences
& UWA Oceans Institute
University of Western Australia M092
35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA 6009

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PhD title: Effects of seaweed farming on tropical shallow coral ecosystems

Start date: March 2011

The industrialization of our oceans has the potential to radically alter their ecology. However, through focused ecosystem-based management of already degraded systems, it may be possible to create novel ecosystems that maximize benefits for humans, while increasing the diversity and abundance of dependent communities. In my thesis, I examine seaweed farming on degraded coral reef ecosystems in order to examine 1) the relationship between seaweed farms and rabbitfish production globally, 2) the relationship between seaweed farms established on shallow coral reef ecosystems and fish assemblage composition, and 3) the diet composition of herbivorous fish in relation to the presence of seaweed farms.

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Hehre EJ, Meeuwig JJ. 2016. A global analysis of the relationship between farmed seaweed production and herbivorous fish catch. PloS ONE, 11(2): e0148250.


Hehre EJ, Meeuwig JJ. Differential response of fish assemblages to coral reef based seaweed farming. PLoS ONE, 10(3): e011883.


Haas A, Harper S, Zylich K, Hehre J, Zeller D. 2014. Reconstruction of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Fisheries Catches: 1950-2010. UBC Fisheries Centre Working Paper, Number 2.


3Rs Award winner 2019 – Replacement, Refinement and Reduction AEC Green

“The collection and analysis of open ocean eDNA samples to quantify biodiversity, and examine relationships within fish and shark populations”

Global Impact Challenge 2019 winner

2019 winner of the Singularity University’s Global Impact Challenge (GIC) for Western Australia and Australiafinals in Melbourne.