- MB2050: Functional Biology of Marine Organisms (Level 2; TSV)
- MB2070: Evolution and Biogeography of Marine Organisms (Level 2; TSV)
- MB3160: Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes (Level 3; TSV)
- MB5070: Marine Evolution and Biogeography (Level 5; TSV)
- MB5160: Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes (Level 5; TSV)
- SC1101: Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding (Level 1; TSV)
- Research Disciplines
- Ecology (0602)
Prof David Bellwood's research interests encompass the evolution and ecology of reef fishes. The central theme of his research is to understand the role that fishes play on coral reefs; from the origins of herbivory in the Cenozoic to the role of fishes in maintaining reef resilience. The approach is largely based on ecology, although it encompasses functional morphology, molecular phylogenetics, and palaeontology.
At larger scales, David's interests include global biogeography and the conservation of coral reefs, particularly the role of biodiversity in ecosystem processes.
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
- Brandl S and Bellwood D (2016) Microtopographic refuges shape consumer‑producer dynamics by mediating consumer functional diversity. Oecologia, 182 (1). pp. 203-217
- Kerry J and Bellwood D (2016) Competition for shelter in a high-diversity system: structure use by large reef fishes. Coral Reefs, 35 (1). pp. 245-252
- Kramer M, Bellwood O and Bellwood D (2016) Foraging and microhabitat use by crustacean-feeding wrasses on coral reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 548. pp. 277-282
- Lefèvre C, Nash K, González-Cabello A and Bellwood D (2016) Consequences of extreme life history traits on population persistence: do short-lived gobies face demographic bottlenecks? Coral Reefs, 35 (2). pp. 399-409
- Leprieur F, Colosio S, Descombes P, Parravicini V, Kulbicki M, Cowman P, Bellwood D, Mouillot D and Pellissier L (2016) Historical and contemporary determinants of global phylogenetic structure in tropical reef fish faunas. Ecography, 39 (9). pp. 825-835
- Mouillot D, Parravicini V, Bellwood D, Leprieur F, Huang D, Cowman P, Albouy C, Hughes T, Thuiller W and Guilhaumon F (2016) Global marine protected areas do not secure the evolutionary history of tropical corals and fishes. Nature Communications, 7. pp. 1-8
- Young M, Foale S and Bellwood D (2016) The last marine wilderness: spearfishing for trophy fishes in the Coral Sea. Environmental Conservation, 43 (1). pp. 90-95
- Young M, Foale S and Bellwood D (2016) Why do fishers fish? A cross-cultural examination of the motivations for fishing. Marine Policy, 66. pp. 114-123
- Bellwood D, Goatley C, Bellwood O, Delbarre D and Friedman M (2015) The rise of jaw protrusion in spiny-rayed fishes closes the gap on elusive prey. Current Biology, 25 (20). pp. 2696-2700
- Brandl S and Bellwood D (2015) Coordinated vigilance provides evidence for direct reciprocity in coral reef fishes. Scientific Reports, 5.
- Brandl S, Robbins W and Bellwood D (2015) Exploring the nature of ecological specialization in a coral reef fish community: morphology, diet and foraging microhabitat use. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences, 282 (1815). pp. 1-10
- Book Chapters
- Bellwood D, Goatley C, Cowman P and Bellwood O (2015) The evolution of fishes on coral reefs: fossils, phylogenies and functions. In: Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 55-63
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 217+ research outputs authored by Prof David Bellwood from 1999 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
Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects
Intervention ecology on coral reefs: a new role for fishes
- Indicative Funding
- $435,000 over 3 years
- In a world where few intact reefs remain, our goal is to find ways to restore degraded reefs. Recent research has identified the species responsible for removing harmful algae from coral reefs, while advances in mariculture provide us with the capacity to rear these critically important reef fish species. Combining captive rearing, experimental manipulations, and a global analysis of the functional capacity of herbivorous fishes, in intact, degraded and human-modified systems, we will explore the potential for restoring, or boosting, the capacity of reefs to withstand disturbance. Our goal is to provide the scientific knowledge required to directly modify the key processes operating on coral reefs.
- David Bellwood in collaboration with David Mouillot (College of Science & Engineering and Universite Montpellier 2)
- Coral Reefs; Resilience; Ecosystem Function
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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.
- Feeding ecology of corallivorous reef fishes (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Community Assembly and Diversity-Stability Relationship in Coral Reef Fishes (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Spatial ecology and space use in browsing herbivorous reef fishes: ecological drivers and effects on ecosystem function. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Tropic Pathways Between Primary Production and Biomass Accumulation on Tropical Reefs. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The Evolution, Biogeography and Ecological Significance of Colour in Coral Reef Fishes (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Assessment of scale dependent function in reef fish, and application to the evaluation of coral reef resilience (2014, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Ecological structure and processes on disturbed coral reefs (2014, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Biogeography and the evolution of coral reef fish species (2014, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- The spatial ecology of coral reef fishes (2014, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The ecological role of sediments on coral reefs (2014, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- A functional analysis of herbivory on Ningaloo Reef, Australia (2013, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Energetics of habitat use in planktivorous coral reef fishes: does specialization confer sensitivity to changing environmental conditions? (2012, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Small cryptic fishes on coral reefs: ecological effects of extreme life history traits (2016, Masters, Primary Advisor)
- The trophic and spatial ecology of rabbitfishes (Perciformes, Siganidae) on coral reefs (2012, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Recreational spearfishing: an historical, ecological and sociological perspective (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The Role of Tabular Structure in the Ecology of Large Reef Fishes (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Crustacea on coral reefs: habitat associations and trophic relationships (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Functional niche partitioning in herbivorous coral reef fishes (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
These are the most recent metadata records associated with this researcher. To see a detailed description of all dataset records, visit the JCU Research Data Catalogue.
- Bellwood, D. (2017) Data from: Biogeographic patterns in major marine realms: function not taxonomy unites fish assemblages in reef, seagrass and mangrove systems. James Cook University
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