I recieved my PhD from James Cook University where my thesis focused on the ecology of reef fishes on submerged pinnacle and seamount coral reefs. My research spans broad themes in fundamental ecology with specific interests in reef fish community ecology, biogeography, mesophotic coral ecosystems and ecological connectivity. My current research utilises Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and remote video technologies to investigate deep and distinct coral reefs in Papua New Guinea and The Coral Sea. I assist teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Marine Conservation Biology and supervise marine ecology HDR candidates.

  • MB3200: Marine Conservation Biology (Level 3; TSV)
  • MB5004: Marine Conservation Biology (Level 5; TSV)
  • Coral Reef Ecology
  • Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems
  • Remote Survey Methods
  • Reef Fish Ecology
  • Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)
  • Ecological Monitoring
  • 2023 to present - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • 2022 to present - Postdoctoral Research Associate, James Cook University
  • 2021 to 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Assistant, James Cook University
  • 2017 to 2021 - Doctoral Candidate, James Cook University
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 13+ research outputs authored by Dr Gemma Galbraith from 2021 onwards.

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

Coral Sea Bright Spot Reef Health and Resilience Survey ? 2022-24

Indicative Funding
$1,010,595 over 2 years
The Coral Sea Marine Park (CSMP) covers approximately 990,000 km2 and includes over 30 individual reef systems that are surrounded by deep waters. Extensive bleaching of corals was recorded across shallow reef habitats within the CSMP in 2020 and 2021. This project will use surveys of benthic, fish and invertebrate communities to assess the ongoing effects and potential recovery from these back-to-back bleaching events.
Andrew Hoey, Eva McClure, Morgan Pratchett, Deborah Burn and Gemma Galbraith (Research Division)
Coral reef; Coral bleaching; Marine park management; Reef fish; Coral Sea

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

Moore Reef Grounding Assessment (Coral Sea Marine Park)

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$51,487 over 1 year
A vessel was reported to have run aground at Moore Reef in the Coral Sea Marine Park in December 2022. This project will use surveys of the grounding site and surrounding habitat to understand the impact of the vessel grounding on reef habitats, and benthic and fish communities on Moore Reef.
Andrew Hoey, Eva McClure and Gemma Galbraith (College of Science & Engineering and TropWater)
Coral reef; Grounding; Marine park management; Reef fish; Coral Sea; Impact assessment

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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.

  • Changing mesophotic nature coral of reef ecosystems fish herbivory with depth: from shallow to upper mesophotic coral ecosystems (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Drivers of Biodiversity on Coral Reefs - the role of Antipatharians Supporting Species Richness and Abundance on Shallow and Mesophotic Reefs (PhD , External Advisor)
  • Variation in the susceptibility of early life stages of macroalgae to herbivores (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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