April is a post-doctoral research fellow; her research activities explore fundamental concepts of coral reef fish ecology, with a particular focus on marine parks management and conservation of coral reef fish communities. April’s current research activities are focussed around evaluating the value of conservation park (yellow) zones to biodiversity conservation in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. April holds an Advance Queensland Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, and works in collaboration with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, as well as the Reef and Ocean Ecology Laboratory. April’s PhD research focused on the importance of predatory fishes on reefs, and the trophic impacts of predator removals on coral reef fish communities. This project provided valuable information on how fishing of predators affects trophic dynamics on the Great Barrier Reef, and demonstrated the utility of no-take marine reserves in protecting ecosystem processes on reefs. Other research projects include investigation of the demographics, reproduction and habitat associations of nemipterid fishes, as well as collaborative projects examining spatial and temporal trends in coral trout abundance in the Capricorn Bunkers. April has co-supervised a masters student, and has held several roles as a course demonstrator in the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences.

  • Fisheries
  • Marine reserve networks
  • Conservation and management
  • Coral reef predators
  • Trophic dynamics
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 to 2020 - Advance Queensland Early Career Research Fellowship

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QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Research Fellowship

The value of conservation parks on the Great Barrier Reef

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$180,000 over 5 years, in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority ($15,000 over 3 yrs)
This project examines the importance of partially protected areas on the Great Barrier Reef. Conservation park zones offer partial protection to coral reef ecosystems by limiting fishing impacts through use of restrictions on fishing gear. Conservation parks have the potential to provide a conservation middle ground by allowing limited extraction by fishers whilst still providing a conservation benefit. Despite this potential, little is known about the value of the zones. This project will be the first to examine how conservation park zones contribute to conservation and management of coral reef fish communities on the Great Barrier Reef.
April Hall and Mike Kingsford (College of Science & Engineering)
Conservation; Marine Parks; Fishing Impacts; Fisheries Management; Zoning; Great Barrier Reef

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