About

I investigate how processes occurring at the physiological scale influence the growth, survival and reproduction (fitness) of organisms. My work establishes mechanistic links between environmental conditions, individual performance and population processes, and focuses on three main themes.

Environmental controls on individual performance

I use process-based models to determine how energy acquisition and allocation influence demographic rates of different coral species. Recent projects have demonstrated how the physiological response of corals to light and water flow influences colony health and reproduction, and how enhanced condition of coral colonies prior to an environmental stress mitigates mortality risk. My work on freshwater fishes has shown that the quality and predictability of food resources determines the performance advantages of different behavioural strategies.

Adaptive significance of phenotypic plasticity

My research has developed 2- and 3-dimensional models of light interception by coral colonies, then analysed and field-tested these models to demonstrate that morphological plasticity in foliose corals maximises total energy available for coral growth and reproduction. Recent research under this theme has also investigated how spawning female fish control the phenotype of their offspring by varying hormone deposition among different eggs within a clutch.

Metabolism and photosynthesis

Photosynthesis by algal symbionts within coral tissue is extremely important for reef growth. My work in this field has shown that colonies grown at high-light intensities suffer reduced daily energy acquisition, but that seasonal fluctuations in symbiont densities have a negligible influence on colony energetics. My recent research has also revealed that, in contrast to the deleterious effects of temperature stress on the activity of Photosystem II within coral symbionts, the function of Photosystem I is robust to temperature stress, particularly when rates of heterotrophic feeding are high.

Teaching
  • BZ2008: Adaptation to Environmental Change (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ2808: Adapting to Environmental Challenges (Level 2; CNS)
  • BZ5008: Adaptation to Environmental Change (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB3190: Coral Reef Ecology (Level 3; TSV)
  • MB5190: Coral Reef Ecology (Level 5; TSV)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 36+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Mia Hoogenboom from 2005 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
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
coral reef ecosystems; Climate Change Adaptation; ecological resilience; biodiversity goods and services; social-ecological dynamics

AIMS@JCU - Scholarship

Modelling the net growth of coral reefs under climate change: the neglected role of bio-eroding sponges

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 4 years
Summary
The project will investigate the hypothesis that under climate change, sponges will erode coral reefs at a faster rate than corals can form reefs. If true, sponge bioerosion may make it more difficult for corals to sustain reefs under climate change. The project will use controlled experiments to determine how sponge reproduction and fitness are affected by predicted climate change conditions. These data will then be used to develop models to predict sponge fitness, sponge-coral competition, reef erosion patterns, and overall reef resilience under climate change scenarios.
Investigators
Blake Ramsby, Nicole Webster, Mia Hoogenboom, Marcus Sheaves and Stephen Whalan (College of Science & Engineering, Australian Institute of Marine Science and Southern Cross University)
Keywords
Cliona sp. (Clionaidae); Bioerosion; Sponge
Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

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
  • Impacts and Risk of the Microplastic portion of Marine Debris to Marine Organisms. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Spatial Dynamics in the Territories of Stegastes spp. Relative to Coral Growth, Disease and Mortality within Opal Reef (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • From People to Reefs: Marine Debris and Plastic Pollution in North Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Effects of a Changing Marine Environment on the Bioeroding Sponge Cliona orientalis (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Trait Diversity of Reef Corals: A Response-and-effect Framework (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Effects of Ocean Warming on Coral Reproduction and Transgenerational Effect: Comparison of Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Resilience (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Vectors and Environmental Drivers of Coral Disease Dynamics on The Great Barrier Reef;; (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Environmental Controls Over the Nature of Species-Interactions in Coral Reef Ecosystems. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Effects of Coal Contamination on Tropical Marine Organisms (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Impacts of Coal Contamination on Reproduction and Early Life History Stages in Corals. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The effect of spatial and temporal fluctuations in temperature on the thermal performance of scleractinian corals (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Viruses: Contributors to and Mitigators of Black Band Disease in Corals (PhD , Associate Advisor)
  • Effects of Coral Loss on Reproductive Biology and Population Viability of Chaetodon Butterflyfish (Masters , Advsor Mentor)
Completed
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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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