- I have broad research interests in many aspects of coral reef ecology ranging from organism biology to the biogeography and evolution of the Scleractinia. The main focus of my research has been coral larval ecology and reproductive biology. I have also made significant contributions to the field of coral bleaching and likely effects of climate change on coral reefs. My primary research interest at present is to understand and predicting range limits of corals under a changing climate. My research into coral larval ecology has been instrumental in establishing the role of pre-settlement process, in particular larval behaviour, in determining patterns of adult distribution at multiple scales. I demonstrated that the depth zonation of coral assemblages is influenced in part by choices made by larvae at settlement. Similarly, the large geographical range size of many coral species is caused, in part, by an extraordinary capacity for larvae to delay metamorphosis. This research also provided an explanation for the paradox of heterogeneous genetic population structure within the extensive geographical range of many coral species. When given the choice, larvae will settle rapidly, however, if transported away from their natal reefs they retain the ability to settle for many months. Furthermore, we recently provided a mechanism to explain this extraordinary capacity of coral larvae to stay alive in the plankton: hypometabolism, which essentially means coral larvae will “hibernate” in the absence of sensory stimulus. Currently, I am working with the postdoctoral fellows in my lab and my colleague, Prof Sean Connolly, to develop mechanistic models of larval dispersal that allow for patterns of dispersal to be predicted from a few simple and easily measured traits. In addition, we are using a combination of experimental biology and ecological modelling to explore the effects of climate change on patterns of coral larval connectivity.
- Research Disciplines
- Ecology (0602)
- Socio-Economic Objectives
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Casey J, Baird A, Brandl S, Hoogenboom M, Rizzari J, Frisch A, Mirbach C and Connolly S (2017) A test of trophic cascade theory: fish and benthic assembalges across a predator density gradient on coral reefs. Oecologia, 183 (1). pp. 161-175
- Pratchett M, Baird A, Bauman A and Burt J (2017) Abundance and composition of juvenile corals reveals divergent trajectories for coral assemblages across the United Arab Emirates. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 114 (2). pp. 1031-1035
- Álvarez-Noriega M, Baird A, Dornelas M, Madin J, Cumbo V and Connolly S (2016) Fecundity and the demographic strategies of coral morphologies. Ecology, 97 (12). pp. 3485-3493
- Arrigoni R, Benzoni F, Huang D, Fukami H, Chen C, Berumen M, Hoogenboom M, Thompson D, Hoeksema B, Budd A, Zayasu Y, Terraneo T, Kitano Y and Baird A (2016) When forms meet genes: revision of the scleractinian genera Micromussa and Homophyllia (Lobophylliidae) with a description of two new species and one new genus. Contributions to Zoology, 85 (4). pp. 387-422
- Madin J, Hoogenboom M, Connolly S, Darling E, Falster D, Huang D, Keith S, Mizerek T, Pandolfi J, Putnam H and Baird A (2016) A trait-based approach to advance coral reef science. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31 (6). pp. 419-428
- Shuail D, Wiedenmann J, D'Angelo C, Baird A, Pratchett M, Riegl B, Burt J, Petrov P and Amos C (2016) Local bleaching thresholds established by remote sensing techniques vary among reefs with deviating bleaching patterns during the 2012 event in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 105 (2). pp. 654-659
- Baird A, Cumbo V, Gudge S, Keith S, Maynard J, Tan C and Woolsey E (2015) Coral reproduction on the world's southernmost reef at Lord Howe Island, Australia. Aquatic Biology, 23 (3). pp. 275-284
- Bouwmeester J, Baird A, Chen C, Guest J, Vicentuan K and Berumen M (2015) Multi-species spawning synchrony within scleractinian coral assemblages in the Red Sea. Coral Reefs, 34 (1). pp. 65-77
- Bouwmeester J, Benzoni F, Baird A and Berumen M (2015) Cyphastrea kausti sp n. (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Scleractinia), a new species of reef coral from the Red Sea. ZooKeys, 496. pp. 1-13
- Keith S, Woolsey E, Madin J, Byrne M and Baird A (2015) Differential establishment potential of species predicts a shift in coral assemblage structure across a biogeographic barrier. Ecography, 38 (12). pp. 1225-1234
- Pratchett M, Anderson K, Hoogenboom M, Windman E, Baird A, Pandolfi J, Edmunds P and Lough J (2015) Spatial, temporal and taxonomic variation in coral growth: implications for the structure and function of coral reef ecosystems. Oceanography and Marine Biology, 53. pp. 215-295
- Scott A and Baird A (2015) Trying to find Nemo: low abundance of sea anemones and anemonefishes on central and southern mid-shelf reefs in the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Biodiversity, 45 (2). pp. 327-331
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 141+ research outputs authored by Prof Andrew Baird from 1997 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Australian Research Council - Centres of Excellence
ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies
- Indicative Funding
- $28,000,000 over 7 years
- The overarching aim of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies is to provide the scientific knowledge necessary for sustaining ecosystem goods and services of the world's coral reefs, which support the livelihoods and food security of millions of people in the tropics. The Centre will enhance Australia's global leadership in coral reef science through three ambitious research programs addressing the future of coral reefs and their ability to adapt to change. A key outcome of the research will be providing tangible benefits to all Australians by bui8lding bridges between the natural and social sciences, strengthening capacity, and informing and supporting transformative changes in coral reef governance and management.
- Terry Hughes, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Malcolm McCulloch, Peter Mumby, Sean Connolly, John Pandolfi, Bob Pressey, Bette Willis, Andrew Baird, David Bellwood, Joshua Cinner, Sophie Dove, Sylvain Foret, Nick Graham, Mia Hoogenboom, Geoff Jones, Mike Kingsford, Ryan Lowe, Mark McCormick, David Miller, Philip Munday, Morgan Pratchett and Garry Russ in collaboration with Neil Andrew, Jeremy Jackson, Janice Lough, Laurence McCook, Stephen Palumbi, Serge Planes and Madeleine van Oppen (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, College of Science & Engineering, Australian National University, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, WorldFish, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Stanford University and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
- coral reef ecosystems; Climate Change Adaptation; ecological resilience; biodiversity goods and services; social-ecological dynamics
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Coral Depth Zonation: Its Nature and Significance. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Species Boundaries in the Coral Genus Porities: An Integrated Approach (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The Impacts of Coal Contamination on Reproduction and Early Life History Stages in Corals. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Coexistence-promoting mechanisms in reef-coral communities (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Adaptive Strategies of Scleractinian Corals. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Effects of Ocean Warming on Coral Reproduction and Transgenerational Effect: Comparison of Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Resilience (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The ecology and dynamics of coral reef communities in an extreme reef environment: the southern Persian Gulf (2013, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Variation in early post-settlement growth and mortality of scleractinian corals (2013, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- The energetics of scleractinian coral larvae and implications for dispersal (2012, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- The establishment and development of symbiosis in coral larvae (2012, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Inter- and intra- specific variation in bleaching susceptibility among scleractinian corals (2014, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Coral larval ecology and biogeography in a warming ocean (2014, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Spatial and Temporal Variation in Demographic Traits in the Reef Coral, Acropora Millepora, on The Great Barrier Reef (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The effects of ocean acidification and warming on the early life history stages of corals (2012, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Advancing conservation planning for persistence: design of a conservation strategy for Brazilian coral reefs (2016, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Temporal and Spatial Variation in the Growth of Branching Corals (2016, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Understanding and integrating socioeconomic factors into the design and management of marine protected areas (2015, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
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- Baird, A. (2013) Acropora Reproduction and Biogeography. James Cook University
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