• MB3190: Coral Reef Ecology (Level 3; TSV)
  • MB5190: Coral Reef Ecology (Level 5; TSV)
  • My research focuses on broad-scale ecological processes and the functional importance of different taxa to the resilience of coral reef ecosystems, in particular the functional role of herbivorous fishes and the dangers of seaweed expansion on coral reefs. I have worked at over 30 locations spanning the world’s tropical oceans and this experience has provided him with considerable insight into the differences among these systems in terms of diversity, reef community structure, human use patterns and, perhaps more importantly, the underlying processes. My current research focuses on understanding the functional importance of different herbivorous fishes in preventing and/or reversing seaweed expansion on coral reefs, the differential responses of herbivorous fishes to changes in the benthic community structure on coral reefs, the recruitment dynamics and replenishment of reef fish populations, and the effects of increasing water temperature on the physiology and function of reef fish.
  • 2019 - Principal Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  • 2013 to 2018 - Senior Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  • 2016 to 2017 - President, Australian Coral Reef Society
  • 2013 to 2015 - DECRA Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  • 2012 to 2013 - Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  • 2011 to 2012 - Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST
  • 2010 to 2011 - Experimental Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science (Townsville, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2019 - Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award
  • 2018 - JCU Primary Advisor of the Year
  • 2018 - Fellow of the International Society for Reef Studies
  • 2017 - JCU Research Excellence Award
  • 2014 - ESA George Mercer Award - Outstanding Ecological Paper
  • 2013 - Churchill Medal
  • 2012 - Virginia Chadwick Award
  • 2009 - Virginia Chadwick Award
  • 2008 - Science for Management Award, GBRMPA
  • 2008 - Terry Walker Award, Australia Coral Reef Society
  • 2013 - Isobel Bennett Marine Biology Fellowship, Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation
  • 2011 - Churchill Fellowship
  • 2007 to 2009 - Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship at Lizard Island

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Ian Potter Foundation - Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation - Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Research Grants

Effective sampling of Acanthaster cf. solaris to provide early-warning of new and renewed outbreaks

Indicative Funding
$62,727 over 2 years
This project aims to develop a holistic monitoring program that will not only help to deliver an early-warning syste, but will increase the viability of culling CoTS populations even during non-outbreak periods with the ultimate goal of reducing the frequency and severity of future outbreaks. Perhaps even more importantly, this project will deliver (for the first time) spatially and temporally explicit information about the structure and dynamics of crown-of-thorns starfish within the ?initiation zone? and in the lead-up to a new population irruption, which is a critical knowledge gap that limits understanding of the initiation and causes of population outbreaks.
Morgan Pratchett, Andrew Hoey, Ciemon Caballes, Sven Uthicke and Jason Doyle in collaboration with Peter Doll and Janai Chandler (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Coral Reefs; Disturbance; Management; Monitoring

New York University Abu Dhabi - Research Enhancement Fund

Migrate or hibernate: How do coral reef fishes survive extreme seasonal temperatures in the Arabian Gulf?

Indicative Funding
$30,098 over 2 years (administered by New York University Abu Dhabi)
Seawater temperatures of the Arabian Gulf are among the most extreme and variable in which coral reefs exist, consistently reaching above 36 degrees C in summer and below 14 degrees C in winter. These temperatures present a challenging environment for marine organisms, extending substantially beyond the survivable temperature range of most tropical coral reef fishes worldwide. This project will use implanted acoustic tags to track fish movement and activity patterns and location (presence /absence on the reef) on the reef during summer and winter; and aquarium studies of metabolic activity to determine how these fishes cope with the extreme temperatures in the Arabian Gulf.
John Burt, Andrew Hoey and Jacob Johansen (New York University Abu Dhabi, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and University of Hawaii - Manoa)
Temperature; activity patterns; Coral Reef Fish; seasonal movement; Arabian Gulf

Department of the Environment and Energy - Director of National Parks - Tender

Coral Reef Health in the Coral Sea Marine Park

Indicative Funding
$968,346 over 3 years
A number of coral reefs occur in the Australian Marine Parks estate, particularly within the Coral Sea Marine Park (CSMP). In 2016 and 2017, coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and CSMP were impacted by a mass global coral bleaching event. Regular surveys of coral bleaching and associated reef health in the CSMP are needed to inform future marine park management over the next three years to either enable comparisons against historical baselines where bleaching has previously occurred, or set new baselines for areas that aren?t bleached but may be in the future.
Morgan Pratchett, Andrew Hoey, Hugo Harrison, Andrew Baird, Tom Bridge, Daniela Ceccarelli and Jean-Paul Hobbs (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Curtin University of Technology)
Coral Reefs; Monitoring; Coral Bleaching; Coral Sea Marine Park

Australian Museum - Crown-of-Thorns Starfish research grants

Distribution, abundance and reproductive behaviour of non-outbreak populations of Acanthaster cf. solaris

Indicative Funding
This project will investigate the relative importance of diet regime and reproductive effort on the overall health of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish. The aim is to determine the underlying causes and mechanisms that lead to population crashes among COTS at the end of major outbreaks, filling the knowledge gap on what naturally regulates abundance of COTS. This will provide valuable data that will be of great help to the selection of areas to be controlled, thereby increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of control activities, ultimately assisting in the management of this species and preventing coral loss.
Morgan Pratchett and Andrew Hoey (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Acanthaster cf. solaris (Acanthasteridae; Management; distu7rbance; Surveillance; Biology

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Reef Guardian Grants

Temperature and seaweed-fish interactions

Indicative Funding
Marine herbivores play a pivotal role in structuring coral reef communities, building resiliency in the face of a changing climate by the mechanical removal of fleshy macroalgae. Ocean warming is currently one of the greatest threats to marine ecosystems. As global climates are changing, understanding how marine flora and fauna interact is a crucial but understudied aspect of how entire ecosystems will respond. The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of increasing temperature on the interaction between tropical marine herbivorous fish and seaweeds. Specifically, as oceans warm, how primary production by seaweeds will scale with consumption by herbivores.
Alexia Graba-Landry and Andrew Hoey (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Plant-herbivore interactions; Macroalgae; Coral Reefs; Ocean warming; Herbivory; Metabolic Theory of Ecology

Department of the Environment and Energy - Director of National Parks - Contract Research

Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Shallow Reef Monitoring 2018

Indicative Funding
The purpose of this contract is to survey shallow reef environments within the Elizabeth and Middleton reef national Marine Park, to assess the status and trends of reef environments and reef-associated organisms. Surveys will be conducted using methods established during prior surveys, undertaken at Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs in March 2011 and arch 2014.
Morgan Pratchett and Andrew Hoey in collaboration with Katie Sambrook and Sallyann Gudge (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Lord Howe Island Marine Park Authority)
Coral Reefs; Offshore Platforms & Structures; Sharks; Commonwealth Marine Parks; Monitoring; Fishes

Australian Museum - Crown-of-Thorns Starfish research grants

Microhabitat preferences and post-settlement demography for juvenile crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS)

Indicative Funding
We will document fine-scale (within reef) variation in the abundance of juvenile (0+ year old) CoTS and relate patterns of abundance to specific features of the local habitat (e.g., depth and aspect) and micro-habitat (eg., cover of different coralline algae and corals) to further refine where to find newly settled CoTS. In areas with high settlement of CoTS, we will also quantify early post-settlement growth and mortality for a single cohort of CoTS, by measuring the local abundance and size structure of juvenile CoTS at selected locations through the course of 1 year.
Morgan Pratchett, Jennifer Wilmes, Andrew Hoey and Vanessa Messmer (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Acanthaster; Demography; Settlement; Disturbance; Coral Reefs

Department of the Environment and Energy - Director of National Parks - Contract Research

Updated review of research and monitoring in Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves relating to natural values

Indicative Funding
$40,821 over 2 years
Review and summarise all information (including scientific literature, technical reports and other relevant outputs of scientific research and monitoring) relevant to Australia?s Commonwealth Marine Reserves (CMRs). Relevance to CMRs will be assessed on the basis of geographic overlapping with CMR boundaries and adjacent areas and relevance (eg connectivity) to the CMRs'values, including any literature that links uses or pressures to natural values. All information will be incorporated into an updated CMR research database for the Australian Director of National Parks.
Andrew Hoey, Morgan Pratchett and Vanessa Messmer (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Commonwealth Marine Reserves; Tropical Reef; Temperate Reef; Resource Management; Ecosystem Health

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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.

  • Spatial Dynamics of Tropical Shallow Marine Habitats and their Related Mobile marine Faunal Communities (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Socio-ecological dynamics in mollusc fisheries: A case study from the Keppel Bay Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Differential susceptibility of corals to major versus routine disturbances in Australia’s Coral Sea (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Changes in behaviour and sociality of Chaetodon butterflyfish linked to population declines and coral loss (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Dynamics of Reef-building corals along the north-western Australian coastline (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The Effect of Ocean Warming on the Behaviour and Fitness of Post-settlement Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster cf. solaris) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Beyond the Reef: The Influence of Seascape Structure on Fish Communities and Ecological Processes on Coral Reefs (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The impact of habitat condition on parasitism of herbivorous coral reef fishes (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Effects of water quality on the ecology of herbivorous parrotfishes and surgeonfishes in American Samoa (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The effects of habitat degradation on live coral associated reef fishes (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Habitat suitability and patterns of larval settlement for crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster cf. solaris) in the western Pacific (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Interactions between fish and coral reefs: the influence of habitat degradation on fish communities (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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