Prof. Jessica Meeuwig



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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I am a marine ecologist focused on understanding the ecology of reef and open-ocean shark and fish assemblages and the way in which their status reflects anthropogenic impacts and management responses. Key to my lab’s vision is a multidisciplinary approach to marine conservation centred on a diverse repertoire of field and analysis techniques, from baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS), to acoustic and satellite tagging, trophic analyses, behavioural studies, or predictive model buidling, e.g. of the influence of ocean bathymetry on pelagic species. Our scope is international, with ongoing programs in Australia, the Chagos Archipelago and New Caledonia.

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In press2020Bouchet PJ, Letessier TBL, Caley MJ, Nichol SL, Hemmi J, Meeuwig JJ (2020). Submerged carbonate banks aggregate pelagic megafauna in offshore tropical Australia. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Freire K,  Belhabib D, Espedido J, Hood L, Kleisner K,  Lam V, Machado M, Mendonça JT, Meeuwig JJ, Moro P,  Motta F,  Palomares MLD, Smith N,  The LC,  Zeller D, Zylich K, Pauly D.  2020. Estimating global catches of marine recreational fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science. 10.3389/fmars.2020.00012

Palomares MLD, Froese R; Derrick B, Meeuwig JJ, Nöel  S-L, Tsui G, Woroniak J,  Zeller D, Pauly D (In Review) Biomass trends of exploited fish populations in marine ecoregions, climatic zones and ocean basins. Estuarine, Coast and Shelf Science.

Rogers A., Burton M, Cleland J, Rolfe J, Meeuwig JJ and Pannell D. 2020. Expert judgements and community values: preference heterogeneity for protecting river ecology in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

van Elden S., Tothill T., Meeuwig JJ. 2020. Strategies for obtaining ecological data to enhance decommissioning assessments. The APPEA Journal 60(2) 559-562.

Vianna G, Meeuwig JJ, Pannell D, Sykes H, Meekan M (In Review) The socio-economic value of the shark-diving industry in Fiji. Journal for Nature Conservation.


Juhel JB, Vigliola L, Wantiez L, Letessier TB, Meeuwig JJ , Mouillot D. 2019. Isolation and no-entry marine reserves mitigate anthropogenic impacts on grey reef shark behavior. Scientific Reports, 9 (2897).

Thompson CDH, Bouchet PJ, Meeuwig JJ. 2019. First underwater sighting of Shepherd’s beaked whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi)Marine Biodiversity Records, 12: 6.


Hammerschlag N, Barley SC, Irschick DJ, Meeuwig JJ, Nelson ER, Meekan MG. 2018. Predator declines and morphological changes in prey: Evidence from coral reefs depleted of sharks. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 586: 127-139.

Ong JL, Rountrey AN, Black BA, Nguyen HM, Coulson PG, Newman SJ, Wakefield CB, Meeuwig JJ, Meekan MG. 2018. A boundary current drives synchronous growth of marine fishes across tropical and temperate latitudes. Global Change Biology, 24(5): 1894-1903.

Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Lozano-Montes HM, Meeuwig JJ, Vanderklift MA, Haywood MDE, Babcock RC, Caley MJ. 2018. Challenges of transferring models of fish abundance between coral reefs. PeerJ, 6: e4566.

Sheehan E, Hosegood P, Game C,  Attrill M,  Tickler D, Wootton M,  Johns D,  Meeuwig JJ. 2019. The effect of deep oceanic flushing on water properties and ecosystem functioning within atolls in the British Indian Ocean Territory.  Frontiers in Marine Science.

Tickler D, Meeuwig JJ, Palomares ML, Pauly D, Zeller D. 2018. Far from home: Distance patterns of global fishing fleetsScience Advances, 4(8): eaar3279.

Tickler D, Meeuwig JJ, Bryant K, David F, Forrest JAH, Gordon E, Larsen JJ, Oh B, Pauly D, Sumaila UR, Zeller D. 2018. Modern slavery and the race to fishNature Commnunications, 9: 4643.


Barley SC, Meekan MG, Meeuwig, JJ. 2017. Diet and condition of mesopredators on coral reefs in relation to shark abundance. PloS ONE, 12(4): e0165113.

Barley SC, Meekan MG, Meeuwig, JJ. 2017. Species diversity, abundance, biomass, size and trophic structure of fish on coral reefs in relation to shark abundance. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 565: 163-179.

Bouchet PJ, Meeuwig JJ, Huang Z, Letessier TBL, Nichol SL, Caley MJ, Watson RA. 2017. Continental-scale hotspots of pelagic fish abundance inferred from commercial catch records. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26: 1098–1111.

Juhel JB, Vigliola L, Mouillot D, Kulbicki M, Letessier TBL, Meeuwig JJ, Wantiez L. 2017. Reef accessibility impairs the protection of sharks. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55: 673-683.

Oh BZL, Thums M, Babcock RC, Meeuwig JJ, Pillans RD, Speed C, Meekan MG. 2017. Contrasting patterns of residency and space use of coastal sharks within a communal shark nursery. Marine & Freshwater Research.

Tickler DM, Letessier TB, Koldewey HJ, Meeuwig JJ. 2017. Drivers of abundance and spatial distribution of reef-associated sharks in an isolated atoll reef system. PloS ONE, 12(5): e0177374.


Andrzejaczek S, Meeuwig J, Rowat D, Pierce S, Davies T, Fisher R, Meekan M. 2016. The ecological connectivity of whale shark aggregations in the Indian Ocean: A photo-identification approach. Royal Society Open Science, 3: 160455.

Barley SC, Meeuwig JJ. 2016. The power and the pitfalls of large-scale, unreplicated natural experiments. Ecosystems. DOI:10.1007/s10021-016-0028-5.

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

Kempster R, Hart N, Chapuis L, Ryan L, Kerr C, Huveneers C, Yopak K, Meeuwig J, Collin S. How close is too close? The effect of a non-lethal electric shark deterrent on white shark behaviour. PloS ONE, 11(7): e0157717.

Letessier TB, Cox MJ, Meeuwig JJ, Boersch-Supan PH, Brierley AS. 2016. Enhanced pelagic biomass around coral atolls. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 546: 271-276.

Oh ZLB, Sequeira AMM, Meekan MG, Ruppert JLW, Meeuwig JJ. 2016. Predicting occurrence of juvenile shark habitat to improve conservation planning. Conservation Biology, DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12868.

Ong JJL, Rountrey AN, Marriott RJ, Newman SJ, Meeuwig JJ, Meekan MG. 2016. Cross-continent comparisons reveal differing environmental drivers of growth of the coral reef fish, Lutjanus bohar. Coral Reefs, DOI: 10.1007/s00338-016-1520-2.

Ong J, Rountrey A, Zinke J, Meeuwig J, Grierson P, O’Donnell A, Newman S, Lough J, Trougan M, Meekan M. 2016. Evidence for climate-driven synchrony of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in northwest Australia. Global Change Biology, 11. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13239

Vianna GMS, Meekan MG, Ruppert JLW, Bornovski TH, Meeuwig JJ. In press. Indicators of fishing mortality on reef shark populations in the world’s first shark sanctuary: the need for surveillance and enforcement. Coral Reefs, 35(3): 973-977.

Yates K, Mellin C, Caley MJ, Radford B, Meeuwig J. 2016. Models of marine fish biodiversity: Assessing predictors from three habitat classification schemes. PLoS ONE, 11(6): e0155634.


Barley SC, Mehta RS, Meeuwig JJ, Meekan MG. 2015. To knot or not? Novel feeding behaviours in moray eels. Marine Biodiversity, 46(3): 703-705.

Bouchet PJ, Meeuwig JJ. 2015. Drifting baited stereo-videography: A novel sampling tool for surveying pelagic wildlife in offshore marine reserves. Ecosphere, 6: art137.

Bouchet P, Meeuwig JJ, Salgado Kent C, Letessier T, Jenner C. 2015. Topographic determinants of mobile predator hotspots: Current knowledge and future directions. Biological Reviews, 90(3): 699-728.

Braithwaite JE, Meeuwig JJ, Jenner CS, Letessier TB, Brierley AS. 2015. From sea ice to blubber: Linking whale condition to krill abundance using historical records. Polar Biology, 38(8): 1195-1202.

Braithwaite JE, Meeuwig JJ, Hipsey M. 2015. Optimal migration energetics of humpback whales and the implications of disturbance. Conservation Physiology, 3(1): cov001.

Ferreira LC, Thums M, Meeuwig JJ, Vianna GMS, Stevens J, McAuley R, Meekan MG. 2015. Crossing latitudes – long-distance tracking of an apex predator. PloS ONE, 10(2): e0116916.

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

Letessier TB, Juhel, JB, Vigliola, L, Meeuwig JJ. 2015. Low cost GoPro cameras generates accurate underwater stereo measurements of fish. Journal Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 466: 120-126. 

Letessier TB,Bouchet PJ, Meeuwig JJ . 2015. Sampling mobile oceanic fishes and sharks: Implications for fisheries and conservation planning. Biological Reviews, 92(2): 627-646.

Meeuwig JJ, Harcourt RG, Whoriskey FG. 2015. When science places threatened species at risk. Conservation letters, 8(3): 151-152.

Nguyen HM, Rountrey AN, Coulson PG, Feng M, Meeuwig JJ, Newman SJ, Waite A, Wakefield CB, Meekan MG. 2015. Growth of a deep-water, predatory fish is driven by the productivity of a boundary current system. Scientific Reports, 5: art9044.

Ong JJ, Rountrey AN, Meeuwig JJ, Newman SJ, Zinke J, Meekan MG. 2015. Contrasting environmental drivers of adult and juvenile growth in a marine fish: Implications for the effects of climate change. Scientific Reports, 5: art10859.

Ryan L, Meeuwig JJ, Hemmi J, Collin SP, Hart NS. 2015. It is not just size that matters: Shark cruising speeds are species-specific. Marine Biology, 162(6): 1307-1318.

Sanzogni RL, Meekan MG, Meeuwig JJ. 2015. Multi-year impacts of ecotourism on whale shark (Rhincodon typus) visitation at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. PLoS ONE, 10(9): e0127345.

Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Lozano-Montes H, Vanderklift MA, Babcock RC, Haywood MDE, Meeuwig JJ, Caley J. 2015. Transferability of predictive models of coral reef fish species richness. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53(1): 64-72.


Jaiteh VF, Allen SJ, Meeuwig JJ, Loneragan NR. 2014. Combining in-trawl video with observer coverage improves understanding of protected and vulnerable species bycatch in trawl fisheries. Marine Freshwater Research, 65(9): 830-837.

Letessier TB, Bouchet PJ, Reisser, J, Meeuwig JJ. 2014. Baited videography reveals remote foraging and migration behaviour of sea turtles. Marine Biodiversity. DOI: 10.1007/s12526-014-0287-3

Meeuwig JJ, Ferreira LC. 2014. Moving beyond lethal shark hazard mitigation programs. Animal Conservation 17(4): 297-298.

Rountrey AN, Coulson PG, Meeuwig JJ, Meekan, MG. 2014. Water temperature and fish growth: Otoliths predict growth patterns of a marine fish in a changing climate. Global Change Biology 20(8): 2450-2458.

Vianna  GMS, Meekan MG, Tova B, Meeuwig JJ.  2014.  Acoustic telemetry validates citizen science approach for monitoring sharks on coral reefs. Plos ONE, 9(4): e95565.


Jaiteh VF, Allen SJ, Meeuwig JJ, Loneragan NR. 2013. Sub-surface behaviour of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) interacting with fish trawl nets in north-western Australia. Marine Mammal Science, 29(3): E266-E281.

Letessier TB,  Meeuwig JJ, Kemp K, Groves L, Bouchet PJ, Chapuis L, Vianna GM, Gollock M, Koldewey HJ. 2013. Assessing pelagic fish populations: The application of demersal video techniques to the mid-water environment. Methods in Oceanography, 8: 41-55.

Letessier TB, Kawaguchi S, King R, Meeuwig JJ, Cox MJ. 2013. A robust and economical underwater stereo video system to observe Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). Open Journal of Marine Science, 3(3): art34580.

Vianna GMS, Meekan MG, Pannell DJ, Marsh SP, Meeuwig JJ. 2013. Reply to Catlin et al. (2013): Valuing individual animals through tourism: Science or speculation? Biological Conservation, 166: 301-302.

Vianna GMS, Meekan MG, Meeuwig JJ, Speed CW. 2013. Environmental influences on patterns of vertical movement and site fidelity of grey reef sharks at aggregation sites. PLoS ONE 8(4): e60331.


Bellchambers, LM, Evans SN, Meeuwig JJ. 2012. Assessing the effectiveness of two methods of habitat characterisation for understanding species habitat relationships, using the western rock lobster (Panulirus cygnus George). Fisheries Research, 139: 5-10.

Braithwaite JE, Meeuwig JJ, Jenner CS. 2012. Estimating cetacean carrying capacity based on spacing behaviour.  PLoS ONE, 7(12): e51347.

Cheung WLL, Meeuwig JJ, Feng M, Harvey ES, Lam V, Langlois T, Slawinski D, Sun C, Pauly D. 2012. Climate-change induced tropicalisation of marine communities in Western Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63(5): 415-427.

Harvey ES, Newman SJ, McLean DL, Cappo M, Meeuwig JJ, Skepper CL. 2012. Comparison of the relative efficiencies of stereo-BRUVs and traps for sampling tropical continental shelf demersal fishes. Fisheries Research, 125-126: 108-120.

Langlois TJ, Radford B, Van Niel K, Meeuwig JJ, Pearce A, Rousseaux C, Kendrick GA, Harvey ES. 2012. Consistent abundance distributions of marine fishes in an old, climatically buffered, infertile seascape. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21(9): 886-897.

Langlois TJ, Fitzpatrick B, Wakefield CB, Fairclough DV, Hesp A, McLean D, Harvey ES, Meeuwig JJ. 2012. Similarities between line fishing and baited stereo-video estimations of length frequency: Novel application of kernel density estimates. PLoS ONE, 7(11): e45973.

Langlois TJ, Harvey ES, Meeuwig JJ. 2012. Strong direct and inconsistent indirect effects of fishing found using stereo-video: Testing indicators from fisheries closures. Ecological Indicators, 23: 524-534.

Vianna GMS, Meekan MG, Pannell D, Marsh S, Meeuwig JJ. 2012. Socio-economic value and community benefits from shark-diving tourism in Palau: A sustainable use of reef shark populations. Biological Conservation, 145(1): 267-277.


Bellchambers LM, Meeuwig JJ, Evans SN. 2011. Modelling habitat associations of 14 species of holothurians from an unfished coral atoll: Implications for fisheries management. Aquatic Biology, 14: 57-66.

Bellchambers LM, Meeuwig JJ, Evans SN, Legendre P. 2011. Modelling habitat associations of the common spider conch Lambis lambis in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 432: 83-90.

Cheung WWL, Meeuwig JJ, Lam VWY. 2011. Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management in the face of climate change. In: Christensen V. and Maclean J. (eds.). Thinking Big About Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge pp 171-188. (Invited Chapter).

McLean D, Harvey ES, Meeuwig JJ. 2011. Declines in the abundance of coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus) in areas closed to fishing at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 406(1-2): 71-78.

Newman SJ, Skepper CL, Mitsopoulos GEA, Wakefield CB, Meeuwig JJ, Harvey ES. 2011. Assessment of the potential impacts of trap usage and ghost fishing on the northern demersal scalefish fishery. Reviews in Fisheries Science, 19(2): 74-84.

Newman, SJ, Allsop Q, Ballagh AC, Garrett RN, Gribble N, Horne J, Meeuwig JJ, Moore B, Pember MB, Rome BC, Saunders T, Stapley J, van Herwerden L and Welch DJ. 2011. Stock structure of blue threadfin Eleutheronema tetradactylum across northern Australia as inferred from stable isotopes in sagittal otolith carbonate. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 18(3): 246-257.

Ogburn D, Meeuwig J, McCafferty P, Grice K, Waddington K. 2011. Recent developments in methods to detect impacts in coastal benthic habitats in Western Australia. Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 13th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, 546-551.

Smale DA, Langlois TJ, Kendrick GA, Meeuwig JJ, Harvey ES. 2011. From fronds to fish: The use of indicators for ecological monitoring in marine benthic ecosystems, with case studies from temperate Western Australia. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 21(3): 311-337.


Bellchambers LM, Evans SN, Meeuwig JJ. 2010. Abundance and size of western rock lobster (Panulirus cygnus) as a function of benthic habitat: Implications for ecosystem-based fisheries management. Marine and Freshwater Research, 61(3): 279-287.

Langlois TJ, Harvey ES, Fitzpatrick BJ, Meeuwig JJ, Shedrawi G, Watson DL. 2010. Cost-efficient sampling of tropical and temperate fish assemblages: Comparison of diver transects and baited video. Aquatic Biology, 9: 155-168.

Meeuwig JJ. 2010. A Leeuwin tasting plate: A review of the proceedings of the Leeuwin Current Symposium (2007). Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 23(4): 78 (Invited review).

Newman SJ, Allsop Q, Ballagh AC, Garrett RN, Gribble N, Horne J, Meeuwig JJ, Moore B, Pember MB, Rome BC, Saunders T, Stapley J, van Herwerden L, Welch DJ. 2010. Variation in stable isotope (δ18O and δ13C) signatures in the sagittal otolith carbonate of king threadfin, Polydactylus macrochir across northern Australia reveals multifaceted stock structure. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 396(1): 53-60.

Smale DA, Kendrick GA, Waddington KI, Van Niel KP, Meeuwig JJ, Harvey ES. 2010. Benthic assemblage composition on subtidal reefs along a latitudinal gradient in Western Australia. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, 86(1): 83-92.

Waddington KI, Piek BW, Payne AD, Grove SL, Harvey ES, Kendrick GA, Taylor GA, Meeuwig JJ. 2010. Description of a remote still photography system for collection of benthic photo-quadrats. Marine Technology Society Journal, 44(2): 56-63.

Waddington KI, Meeuwig JJ, Evans SN, Bellchambers LM. 2010. Assessment of the benthic biota of a deep-coastal ecosystem by remote and in situ sampling techniques. Marine and Freshwater Research, 61(10): 1164-1170.


Marcus JE, Samoilys MA, Meeuwig JJ, Villongco ZAD, Vincent ACJ. 2007. Benthic status of near-shore fishing grounds in the central Philippines and associated seahorse densities. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54(9): 1483-1494.

Meeuwig JJ, Samoilys MA , Erediano  J, Hall HJ. 2007. Fishers’ Perceptions on the Seahorse Fishery in Central Philippines: Interactive approaches and an evaluation of results. In: Fishers’ Knowledge in Fisheries Science and Management. Haggan, N, Neis, B Baird IG. (eds). Paris: UNESCO 221-247 (Invited Chapter).

Meeuwig JJ, Hoang DH, Ky TS, Job SD, Vincent ACJ. 2006. Quantifying non-target seahorse fisheries in central Vietnam.Fisheries Research, 81(2-3): 149-157.

Vincent ACJ, Meeuwig JJ, Pajaro MJ, Perante N. 2007. Characterizing a small-scale data-poor, artisanal fishery: Seahorses in the central Philippines. Fisheries Research, 86(2-3): 207-215.

Waddington KI, Meeuwig JJ. 2009. Contribution of bait to lobster production in an oligotrophic marine ecosystem as determined using a mass balance model. Fisheries Research, 99(1): 1-6.

Watson DL, Harvey ES, Shortis M, Seager J, Cappo M, Meeuwig JJ. 2008. The application of stereo-video technology to survey demersal fish assemblages. Proceedings of the World Fisheries Congress.


Martin-Smith K, Samoilys M, Meeuwig JJ, Vincent ACJ. 2004. Collaborative development of management options for an artisanal fishery for seahorses in the central Philippines. Ocean Coastal Management, 47(3-4): 165-193.

Pajaro MG, Meeuwig JJ, Giles BG, Vincent ACJ. 2004. Biology, fishery and trade of sea moths (Pisces: Pegasidae) in the central Philippines. Oryx, 38(4): 432-438.

Baum JK, Meeuwig JJ, Vincent ACJ. 2003. Bycatch of lined seahorses, Hippocampus erectus, in a Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery. Fishery Bulletin, 101(4): 722-731.

Fa JE, Currie D, Meeuwig JJ. 2003. Bushmeat and food security in the Congo Basin: Linkages between wildlife and people’s future. Environmental Conservation, 30(1): 71-78.

Kauppila P, Meeuwig JJ, Pitkänen H. 2003. Predicting oxygen in small estuaries of the Baltic Sea: A comparative approach.Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, 57(5-6): 1115-1126.

Job SD, Do HH, Meeuwig JJ, Hall HJ. 2002. Culturing the Oceanic Seahorse, Hippocampus kuda. Aquaculture 214(1-4): 333-341.

Perante NC, Pajaro MG, Meeuwig JJ, Vincent ACJ 2002. Biology of a seahorse species, Hippocampus comes in the central Philippines. Journal of Fish Biology, 60(4): 821-837.

Meeuwig JJ. 2002. Predicting eutrophication in Prince Edward Island estuaries from land use patterns. In: D.K. Cairns (ed.). Effects of land use practices on fish, shellfish, and their habitats on Prince Edward Island. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, 157 p.

Fa JE, Peres C, Meeuwig JJ. 2002. Bushmeat exploitation in tropical forests: An intercontinental comparison. Conservation Biology, 16(1) 232-237.

Saunders DL, Meeuwig JJ, Vincent ACJ. 2002. Freshwater protected areas: Strategies for conservation. Conservation Biology, 16(1): 30-41.

deBruyn AMH, Meeuwig JJ. 2001. Detecting lunar cycles in marine ecology: Periodic regression vs. categorical ANOVA. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 214: 307-310.

Meeuwig JJ, Kauppila P, Pitkänen H. 2000. Predicting coastal eutrophication in the Baltic: A limnological approach. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 57(4): 844-855.

1999 and prior

Meeuwig JJ. 1999. Predicting coastal eutrophication from land-use: An empirical approach to small non-stratified estuaries. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 176: 231-241.

Meeuwig JJ, Rasmussen JR, Peters RH. 1998. Turbid waters and clarifying mussels: Their moderation of empirical chl:nutrient relations in estuaries in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 171: 139-150.

Meeuwig JJ, Peters RH. 1996. Circumventing phosphorus in lake management: a comparison of chlorophyll-a predictions from land-use and phosphorus-loading models. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 53(8): 1795-1806.

Marsden J, Meeuwig JJ. 1990. Preferences of a planktotrophic larvae of the tropical serpulid Spirobranchus giganteus for exudates of corals from a Barbados reef. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 137(2) :95-104.


Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering’s Eminent Speaker


West Australian of the Year  – finalist 


WA Science Ambassador – 1 of 3 finalists.

Western Australia’s “100 Most Influential” – First in the Environment category (The Weekend Australian,  21 April 2012)


Conservation Fellow – Zoological Society of London

Adjunct Professor – University of British Columbia, Fisheries Centre


Awards of Excellence – Online Video Documentary and Online Video Education.International Academy of the Visual Arts Communicator Awards for “A Tour of Australia’s Southwest Marine Region”


Award for excellence in marine research – State Coastal Conference.


Finalist – T.W.M Cameron Award for Outstanding PhD thesis, Canadian Zoology Society.


Dean’s Honour List for PhD thesis (top 10%) – McGill University.


Ultimate Frisbee National Championships (Ottawa) – “Golden Bra” Award for Outstanding Contributions to Support Canadian National Women’s Ultimate.

Bertarelli Foundation – Chagos Consortium Collaborative Science ProgramDocumenting the status of pelagic fish assemblages in the marine protected area

Institut de recherche pour le développement (Nouméa)Documenting pelagic fish assemblages in the French Overseas Territories

National Environmental Science ProgramPelagic fish ecology in relation to ocean bathymetry: Implications for management and marine reserves

National Geographic Pristine Seas ProgramPelagic fish ecology in some of the world’s most remote regions

PangaeaUnderstanding the role of sharks in regulating reef ecosystems in the Chagos Marine Reserve

Stanford UniversityIntegrating telemetry and videography for assessments of pelagic shark assemblages

Zoological Society of LondonUnderstanding the role of marine reserves in the recovery of pelagic fish populations


Dolphins, fish of Roebuck Bay need sanctuary in planned marine park: scientists

Environmentalists say marine parks are a myth as rules are suspended

Shark researchers should be allowed to tag great white sharks: marine expert

Shark-tagging research cuts by WA Government a sad day for science, marine expert says


Now is our chance to deliver on the 30% ocean protection target 

Marine park rollback a ‘loss for science’

When government ministers prefer fiction over fact

Not just fearsome predators: sharks have personalities too, study finds  

WA Speaks: Two thirds of West Australians don’t want drum lines used to slaughter sharks

Calm but fascinating debate at shark forum in Margaret River

Shark cull protests underway at beaches across WA and the nation

Greens slam WA Government’s claim that great white numbers are growing

Tiger shark tracked for 4000 km off Western Australia and Indonesia

South West community shark forum

Scientists join forces to kill shark cull…/story-e6frgczx-1226977036103

Surfer’s plea to end shark cull

Western Australian shark cull policy dumped: experts react

Why we’re opposing Western Australia’s shark cull: scientists

No evidence WA shark catch and kill makes beaches safer, say scientists

WA shark killing policy expected to start this weekend

Western Australia’s shark baiting results feed dissent

WA’s shark cull didn’t answer the big ocean safety questions

Has Queensland really saved lives by killing thousands of sharks?

Explainer: sharks — why size and species matter

Towing sharks out to sea will let us protect people … and sharks


Paper parks or a world-class system of ocean protection?

Climate change threatens global fish stocks


Hook Line and Sinking

Super trawler triggers better conservation for Australian fishes

WA on trawler’s radar

Super trawler protection conditions not tough enough, experts say

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish: science doesn’t support the super trawler


Scientist wants marine sanctuary ‘myths’ dispelled

Don’t lock up our fisheries, urges minister

No Moore marine parks

Twin environmental catastrophes remembered for our burning greed


Oil industry report looming

More criticism of government’s handling of oil spill

Baited camera catches rare marine life on film

Environmental monitoring ‘tardy and superficial’

Conservationists slam new marine park

The spilling fields

Offshore oil drilling


The last fish tale

Oil spill: response and responsibility

Battle For Control Of The Ocean

Environment groups to increase pressure for ocean sanctuary

The burnt out remains of the platform and facilities on the West Atlas oil rig

Call to set up marine sanctuaries


The fish missing from WA’s oceans

The surfing scientist – Marine Futures


Bad fishing