About

Dr. Hugo Harrison is a molecular ecologist with an interest in coral reefs, notably movement ecology of coral reef organisms. His main research is focused on understanding patterns of larval connectivity in coral reef fish, and its relevance to the design and effectiveness of marine protected areas.

Dr. Harrison received his doctoral degree cum laude in Marine Biology from James Cook University in Australia and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etude in France in 2014.  As part of his thesis, Dr. Harrison and colleagues were the first to apply a forensic DNA profiling approach to track the dispersal pathways of fish larvae throughout a network of marine reserves on Australia’s Great Barrier Reefs. Their study provides the first conclusive evidence that larval supply from marine reserves generates important recruitment subsidies to both fished and protected areas.

His expertise lies in combining field-based research with advances in molecular genetics to investigate dispersal and connectivity in coral reef seascapes, which are fundamental to the persistence and effective management of reef ecosystems globally. In 2016, he was awarded a prestigious ARC Discovery Research Fellowship (DECRA) to identify “Critical regions and network connectivity of coral reef ecosystems”.

He now leads a diverse research portfolio on 'Adaptive Seascapes' to investigate coral reefs' adaptive potential to climate change. His research interests span genomics and population genetics, biophysical and metapopulation modelling, as well as species life-history and ecosystem dynamics.

Interests
Research
  • Movement ecology in coral reef seascapes
  • Marine reserves for biodiversity conservation and fisheries management
  • Disturbance regimes and the recovery of coral reef ecosystems
  • Spatial patterns of contemporary selection to climate change
Teaching
  • Marine conservation and fisheries management
Experience
  • 2016 to 2019 - DECRA Research Fellow, James Cook University
  • 2013 to 2016 - Post-doctoral Research Associate, James Cook University
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2016 to 2019 - Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 27+ research outputs authored by Dr Hugo Harrison from 2012 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Coral Sea - Coral Reef Health Multi Year Project

Indicative Funding
$45,455 over 3 years
Summary
The principal output of this project will be providing spatial and temporal analyses of hydrodynamic patterns in the Coral Sea Marine Park (CSMP) to facilitate planning and establishment and/or revisions of existing management plans. This project will inform patterns of connectivity and circulation flow across the broader CSMP, and between CSMP and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park using existing modelling platforms.
Investigators
Morgan Pratchett, Hugo Harrison and Severine Choukroun (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Coral Reefs; Hydrodynamic Modeling; Coral Sea Marine Park; Connectivity

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
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
Coral Reefs; Monitoring; Coral Bleaching; Coral Sea Marine Park

Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Critical regions and network connectivity of coral reef ecosystems

Indicative Funding
$366,000 over 3 years
Summary
The movement of individuals in fragmented landscapes plays a central role in the ecology and evolution of species. This Project aims to measure the degree of connectivity between isolated reefs in Australia's Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef and identify the biological and environmental mechanisms that enhance management strategies or mitigate against disturbances. It will be the first study to measure true connectivity at multiple scales and identify critical regions for the design of networks of marine protected areas. This Project will significantly improve our understanding of connectivity in marine seascapes and directly benefit fisheries management and coral reef conservation.
Investigators
Hugo Harrison (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Coral Reefs; Connectivity; Fisheries; spatial planning; Marine Reserves; metapopulations

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

Coral Bleaching and Holothurian Survey in the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Indicative Funding
$114,727
Summary
Research Objectives: 1) To assess coral reef health in relation to: impact of coral bleaching in 2017 and recovery (if any) from Coral Bleaching that occurred in 2016; 2) Provide Parks Australia with a report about the extend of the bleaching; 3) To survey sea cucumber abundance in the Coral Sea
Investigators
Hugo Harrison (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Coral Reefs; Coral Bleaching; Coral Sea; Holothurian; Monitoring

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

Coral Bleaching and Coral Reef Connectivity Research in the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Indicative Funding
$18,182 over 2 years
Summary
The 2015-16 summer resulted in extensive coral bleaching in the Torres Strait northern and central Great Barrier Reef, northern New South Wales and coastal NW Western Australia. This project will assess the extent and severity of coral bleaching in the waters adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Park.
Investigators
Hugo Harrison (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Coral Reefs; Coral Bleaching; Coral Sea; Australia; Monitoring
Supervision

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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.

Current
  • Connectivity within fisheries species along the Great Barrier Reef: genomics and modelling (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Role of Hybridisation in the Evolution of Coral Reef Fishes (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Seascape connectivity and ecology in pinnacle reef fishes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
Data

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