Dr. Phil Bouchet

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: Submarine topography as a predictor of mobile predator hotspots: Relevance and applications to conservation planning in the pelagic ocean.

    Start date: March 28, 2011.

    I am a jack of several trades – marine mammalogist by training, converted into shark/fish ecologist as a doctoral student. I have a keen interest in spatial ecology and statistical modelling as they relate to wildlife conservation problems. Recently I developed abundance models for a number of cetacean species (humpback whales, bottlenose and snubfin dolphins) and distribution models for large pelagic fish (tunas and mackerels) around Western Australia.

    My PhD research concentrated on ‘hotspots’ of mobile marine predators, and how these aligned with prominent physical features of the ocean floor such as seamounts, submarine canyons, or offshore shoals and banks. This involved coordinating or partaking in field expeditions to Shark Bay, the Timor Sea and the Perth canyon, where I used a new generation of midwater baited underwater video cameras to film endangered oceanic sharks in deep-water environments.

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    Sequeira AMM, Bouchet PJ, Yates KL, Mengersen K, Caley MJ. 2018. Transferring biodiversity models for conservation: Opportunities and challenges. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9(5): 1250-1264.


    Allen SJ, Pollock KH, Bouchet PJ, Kobryn HT, McElligott DB, Nicholson KE, Smith JN, Loneragan NR. 2017. Preliminary estimates of the abundance and fidelity of dolphins associating with a demersal trawl fishery. Scientific Reports, 7: art4995.

    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.

    Letessier TB,Bouchet PJ, Meeuwig JJ. 2017. Sampling mobile oceanic fishes and sharks: Implications for fisheries and conservation planning. Biological Reviews, 92(2): 627-646.


    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 PJ, 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.

    Parsons ECM, Baulch S, Bechshoft T, Bellazzi G, Bouchet PJ, Cosentino AM, Godard-Codding CAJ, Gulland F, Hoffmann-Kuhnt M, Hoyt E, Livermore S, MacLeod CD, Matrai E, Munger L, Ochiai M, Peyman A, Recalde-Salas A, Regnery R, Rojas-Bracho L, Salgado-Kent CP, Slooten E, Wang JY, Wilson SC, Wright AJ, Young S, Zwamborn E, Sutherland WJ. 2015. Key research questions of global importance for cetacean conservation. Endangered Species Research, 27(2): 113-118.


    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


    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.


    Salgado Kent CP, Jenner KCS, Jenner MN, Bouchet PJ, Rexstad E. 2012. Southern Hemisphere breeding stock “D” humpback whale population estimates from North West Cape, Western Australia. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 12(1): 29-38.


    AMSA Allen Award – Australian Marine Science Association [AUD $2,500].

    Graduation Valedictorian – University of Western Australia


    Special commendation – Graduate Research School 2015 Publication Prize for the paper entitled “Topographic determinants of mobile vertebrate predator hotspots: Current knowledge and future directions”.


    Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC) – Research grant [$AUD 55,000]. Distribution and abundance estimate of Australian snubfin dolphins (Orcaella heinsohni) at a key site in the Kimberley region, Western Australia.


    Australian Academy of Science (AAS) – Research Award [AUD $15,000]. Margaret Middleton Fund Award for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals. Characterising the diversity of mobile ocean predators in a biological hotspot and proposed marine reserve, the Perth Canyon (32°S, 115°E).

    Dr Scott Nichol, Dr Zhi Huang – Geoscience Australia

    Dr Julian Caley – Australian Institute of Marine Science

    Prof. Reg Watson – University of Tasmania

    Dr Chandra Salgado Kent – Curtin University of Technology

    Dr Jan Hemmi – University of Western Australia

    Dr Deborah Thiele – Australian National University

    Dr Holly Raudino, Dr Kelly Waples – Department of Parks and Wildlife

    Dr Simon Allen, Prof. Ken Pollock – Murdoch University

    Mr Curt Jenner – Centre for Whale Research (WA) Inc.


    UWA Oceans Institute News Cross-cultural knowledge supports dolphin conservation


    Dave O’Neil’s Summer Afternoons – ABC radio (Melbourne) Why do whales strand?

    Australian Academy of Science Newsletter (article) Margaret Middleton Fund supports marine research

    National Geographic Society – Pristine Seas Programme (blog)

    Rapa expedition: What do sharks do when we’re not looking?

    La Dépêche de Tahiti (National Geographic Society) Une mission scientifique envoyée à Rapa


    UWA Oceans Institute News Surveying an Australian marine frontier

    Melville Times (newspaper article) Fixing deep trouble – Marine predators have Phil hooked

    UWA News (article) Aussie award for young French ocean scientist

    NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub news Surface breathers and seabirds of the Timor Sea (blog)