- Reef Fish Population Processes and Underlying Mechanisms
- Fish/Habitat Interactions and the Influence of Habitat Degradation on Fish Communities
- Larval Biology
- Fish Behaviour and Chemical Ecology of Predator-Prey Interactions
Prof Mark McCormick has a very broad range of interests within the field of reef fish population dynamics. His major research field explores the links between life history stages of coral reef fishes, and how events in earlier phases influence subsequent population dynamics. To this end, he has active research programs in the field of maternal effects, larval development and growth, and how individual performance measures of larvae and juveniles influence survival within the confines of their social and physical environment.
He uses field collections, observation and experiments in conjunction with laboratory experiments to address such questions as: the importance of starvation of larvae in tropical waters; the role of maternal condition in influencing fish population processes; whether mortality in the larval and juvenile phases are selective with respect to growth, size or body condition; the role of predator characteristics in influencing prey selection.
Mark has an active research program exploring predator-prey interactions, and how these influence which prey survive. His team has shown that chemical alarm signals are an important mechanism whereby newly settled fish can learn the identity of predators. This mechanism is compromised by elevated levels of CO2 through a mechanism that alters the activity of neuroreceptors in the brain.
Check out my lab website at: www.reeffishecology.com
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
- McCormick M, Chivers D, Allan B and Ferrari M (2017) Habitat degradation disrupts neophobia in juvenile coral reef fish . Global Change Biology, 23. pp. 719-727
- Lienart G, Ferrari M and McCormick M (2016) Thermal environment and nutritional condition affect the efficacy of chemical alarm cues produced by prey fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 99 (10). pp. 729-739
- McLeod I, Jones R, Jones G, Takahashi M and McCormick M (in press) Interannual variation in the larval development of a coral reef fish in response to temperature and associated environmental factors. Marine Biology,
- Nadler L, Killen S, McCormick M, Watson S and Munday P (2016) Effect of elevated carbon dioxide on shoal familiarity and metabolism in a coral reef fish. Conservation Physiology, 4 (1).
- Nadler L, Killen S, McClure E, Munday P and McCormick M (2016) Shoaling reduces metabolic rate in a gregarious coral reef fish species. Journal of Experimental Biology, 219 (18). pp. 2802-2805
- Roberts M, Jones G, McCormick M, Munday P, Neale S, Thorrold S, Robitzch V and Berumen M (2016) Homogeneity of coral reef communities across 8 degrees of latitude in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 105 (2). pp. 558-565
- Simpson S, Radford A, Nedelec S, Ferrari M, Chivers D, McCormick M and Meekan M (2016) Anthropogenic noise increases fish mortality by predation. Nature Communications, 7. pp. 1-7
- Sun D, Cheney K, Werminghausen J, McClure E, Meekan M, McCormick M, Cribb T and Grutter A (2016) Cleaner wrasse influence habitat selection of young damselfish. Coral Reefs, 35 (2). pp. 427-436
- Warren D, Donelson J, McCormick M, Ferrari M and Munday P (2016) Duration of exposure to elevated temperature affects competitive interactions in juvenile reef fishes. PLoS ONE, 11 (10). pp. 1-13
- Allan B, Domenici P, Munday P and McCormick M (2015) Feeling the heat: the effect of acute temperature changes on predator–prey interactions in coral reef fish. Conservation Physiology, 3 (1). pp. 1-8
- Atherton J and McCormick M (2015) Active in the sac: damselfish embryos use innate recognition of odours to learn predation risk before hatching. Animal Behaviour, 103. pp. 1-6
- Carter A, Carton A, McCormick M, Tobin A and Williams A (2015) Maternal size, not age, influences egg quality of a wild, protogynous coral reef fish Plectropomus leopardus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 529. pp. 249-263
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 191+ research outputs authored by Prof Mark McCormick from 1992 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
Natural Environment Research Council - Standard Research Grant
Impacts of anthropogenic noise on reproduction and survival
- Indicative Funding
- $58,225 (administered by University of Exeter)
- The aim of this project is to use an established field-based study system (coral reef fish) to assess the impacts of vessel noise on key life-history processes (reproduction, embryonic and larval survival) that have direct fitness and ecological implications in fishes. We use laboratory and field studies to experimentally determine the impact of vessel noise on coral reef fish at a number of important points in their life history. In doing so we will be able to provide recommendations concerning the management of vessel noise in sensitive marine systems.
- Stephen Simpson, Andrew Radford and Mark McCormick (University of Exeter, University of Bristol and College of Science & Engineering)
- vessel noise; pollution; Coral Reef Fish; Marine Ecology; Predator-Prey
Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects
Coping with habitat degradation on coral reefs
- Indicative Funding
- $462,500 over 3 years
- Live corals are ecosystem engineers that support the world?s most biodiverse communities. Regrettably, anthropogenic factors have lead to unprecedented global declines in live coral. Preliminary work indicates that the transition from live to dead coral-dominated habitats is associated with a modified sensory landscape of fear for resident fishes, via chemical interference emanating from degraded coral. This project aims to determine (1) how reef degradation affects fish communities by modifying predator-prey dynamics, and (2) the extent to which parental effects may help species to cope with habitat change. The existence of inter-generational advantages would inform management on how best to regulate reef usage to promote reef resilience.
- Mark McCormick in collaboration with Douglas Chivers and Maud Ferrari (College of Science & Engineering and University of Saskatchewan)
- Coral Reef Fishes; Parental Effects; habitat degradation; Predator-Prey Interactions; Coral Bleaching; Behavioural Ecology
Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc - Research Grant
Impact of ship noise on the dynamics of reef fish populations
- Indicative Funding
- The goal of our study is to produce a major body of field evidence that enables managers to determine the extent to which noise from ships represents a threat to fish community processes in shallow tropical waters. Shipping routes through the tropical Indo-Pacific are some of the world's busiest waterways an many transit close to coral reef habitats. This research explores whether coral reef fishes are affected by ship noise and will estimate the spatial extent of the effect (impact kernel). This research will promote informed discussion on whether shipping activities need further spatial management and may in time lead to noise-reduced preservation areas.
- Mark McCormick and J McWilliam (College of Science & Engineering and Curtin University of Technology)
- Acoustics; ship impacts; Noise; Anthropogenic Impacts; Coral Reef Fishes
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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.
- Habitat Specialization and the Effects of Substrate on Coral Reef Fish Communities. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- A Review of the Papua New Guinea Marine Aquarium Fishery (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- The Effects of High-risk Conditions on Coral Reef Fishes (Masters, Primary Advisor)
- Can Species Interactions Cause Rapid Niche Adaptation? (Masters, Secondary Advisor)
- How Do Coral Reef Fish Develop Into Athletes (PhD, Advsor Mentor)
- Understanding the Ecology and Impacts of the Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus Frenatus) (PhD, Advsor Mentor)
- Pheromones as a mating trait in Australian lizards: understanding diversity in morphologically conservative taxa (PhD, Advsor Mentor)
- Dynamics of Coral Reef Fishes at Aggregation Sites Within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Effects of Developmental Thermal Acclimation on Competition in Coral Reef Damselfish (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Controlling Mesopredators: Importance of Intraguild Behavioural Interactions in Trophic Cascades. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Assessment of the effects of boat noise on coral reef fish in their larval stage (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Mate Choice and Modes of Sexual Selection in the Southern Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa);; (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Adaptive Potential of Coral Reef Fishes to Ocean Acidification (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Causes and Consequences of Spatially Non-Random Feeding in a Territorial Excavating Parrotfish, Chlorurus microrhinos. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- The Effects of Natural Variation in CO2 and rising CO2, on Coral Reef Fish. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Suspended sediment and its effects on the behavior and physiology of coral reef fishes (2013, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Social learning and its role in anti-predator behaviour by coral reef fishes (2013, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Intergenerational effects of climate change on a coral reef fish, Amphiprion melanopus (2014, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Predator-prey interactions and the importance of sensory cues in a changing world (2014, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Effects of ocean warming on the larval development of coral reef fishes (2014, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Determinants of home range and territory size in coral reef fishes (2014, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Spatial variation in female reproduction for an exploited coral reef fish, Plectropomus leopardus (2015, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Trophic impact of large predators on coral reefs and management implications (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The role of boldness and other personality traits in the ecology of juvenile marine fishes (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Climate Change in a Stable Thermal Environment: Effects on the Performance and Life History of Coral Reef Fish (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Priority effects and the dynamics of coral reef fish assemblages (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The effect of parental and embryonic predator environments on offspring (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The effects of climate change on predator-prey interactions in coral reef fish (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Behavioural and physiological effects of shoaling in a coral reef fish (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Effects of temperature and food availability on the antipredator behaviour of juvenile coral reef fishes (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The role of chemical alarm cues in risk assessment and predator recognition in coral reef fishes (2012, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Benthic Infauna of Mangrove Forests: Dissolved Oxygen and Environmental Settings Determine Their Community Composition and Function. (2017, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Transgenerational Acclimation and Adaptation of Reef Fishes to Ocean Acidification (2016, PhD, Secondary 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.
- McCormick, M. (2017) Interspecific differences in how habitat degradation affects escape response. James Cook University
- Welch, M. (2016) Megan Welch PhD data for "Effects of elevated CO2 on fish behaviour undiminished by transgenerational acclimation". James Cook University
- Rodgers, G. (2016) Thermosensitive period of sex determination in the coral reef damselfish Acanthochromis polyacanthus and the implications of projected ocean warming. James Cook University
- Holmes, L. (2016) In situ behavioural observation of juvenile Pomacentrus amboinensis in response to small motor boat noise. James Cook University
- Palacios Otero, M. (2016) Behavioral and physiological measures taken for the manuscript "Top-predators negate the effect of mesopredators on prey physiology". James Cook University
- McCormick, M. (2015) Disrupted learning: habitat degradation impairs crucial antipredator responses in naïve prey. James Cook University
- McCormick, M. (2015) Social queuing in a tropical fish. James Cook University
- McCormick, M. (2015) Sensory cues of a top-predator indirectly control a reef fish mesopredator. James Cook University
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