Michael is a Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology in the College of Science and Engineering.  The College is a recognized world leader in tropical marine science, aquaculture, ecology, environmental sciences, fisheries, planning, plant sciences and zoology.; he is the recent past Dean of the College.  Furthermore, he has been President of the Australian Coral Reef Society, Director of One Tree Island Research Station, member of the Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation and the Museum of Tropical Queensland advisory committees. 

He has published extensively on the ecology of reef fishes, jellyfishes, biological oceanography and climate change.  His projects have encompassed a range of latitudes and he has edited two books on tropical and temperate ecology.  He is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovative Coral Reef Studies. A major focus of his research has been on connectivity of reef fish populations, environmental records in corals and fishes and deadly irukandji jellyfishes.  In addition to research and leadership, he teaches undergraduate students and supervises many postgraduate students.

The activities of his research group can be seen on the Reef and Ocean Ecology website; http://reefoceanlab.org.au.

Michael has published one hundred and seventy publications including two major books entitled ‘Studying Temperate Marine Environment: A Handbook for Ecologists’ 335 pp.; Great Barrier Reef: Biology, Environment and Management 400 pp.  Thirty one chapters in books, 130 refereed publications and nine refereed proceedings.  Publications include ten major refereed reviews (since 1988). For coverage of most journal articles see his ResearcherID and his Google Scholar page.

  • BZ1001: Introduction to Biological Processes (Level 1; TSV)
  • BZ2001: Quantitative Methods in Science (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ5001: Quantitative Methods in Science (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB1110: Introductory Marine Science (Level 1; TSV)
  • MB2090: Tropical Marine Ecosystems (Level 2; CNS)
  • MB3050: Biological Oceanography (Level 3; TSV)
  • MB5055: Biological Oceanography (Level 5; TSV)
  • Pelagic ecology and oceanography; Population and community ecology of reef and pelagic fish in temperate and tropical systems (most of my present work is in the tropics); Elemental chemistry of fishes and jellyfishes what it can tell us about their movements and the environmental conditions they experience; Quantitative marine ecology; Climate change.
  • Pedagogy of teaching in biology; Blended/Flexible learning; Distance-based learning.
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 81+ research outputs authored by Prof Mike Kingsford from 2000 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

Department of the Environment - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Early warning systems to minimise the risk of box jellyfish stings by empowering stakeholders

Indicative Funding
$25,000 over 3 years (administered by CSIRO)
This project will minimise the risk of box jellyfish sting by empowering stakeholders with an early warning system. We will firs develop an openly-accessible database based o information from existing sting datasets, hospital records and surf lifesaving and research data. We will use this database to develop real-time forecasting models in major stinger hotspots on the GBR, based on environmental conditions and water quality. These forecasts will be tested with out project partners, SLSQ and AMPTO. This project will empower tourism operators, Traditional Owners, and the public to mitigate stinger impacts.
Anthony Richardson and Mike Kingsford in collaboration with S Condie and K Pitt (Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, College of Science & Engineering and Griffith University)
Jellyfish; Engagement; Cubozoa; Ecology; Irukandji; Risk

Department of the Environment - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Establishing a research framework for future NESP investment into better understanding of the presence of Box-Jellyfishes (Irukandji) and risks in the Great Barrier Reef

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 2 years (administered by Reef and Rainforest Research Centre)
This project intends to conduct a workshop with key researchers and stakeholders to establish the future research framework for NEP investment into better understanding of box-jellyfishes presence and risk in the Great Barrier Reef. This will include defining the scope of work required to: identify how species of Irukandji and stingers respond to changing water quality conditions, predictions of box-jellyfishes presence based on environmental conditions, determine ecological impacts, innovative management options. We will engage with stakeholders to discuss scientific information already available, research gaps to be filled and develop a framework to guide future NESP research to meet end-user needs.
Mike Kingsford in collaboration with Kylie Pitt, Lyndon Llewellyn and Mark O'Callaghan (College of Science & Engineering, Griffith University and Australian Institute of Marine Science)
framework; Workshops; Box jellyfish; Research; Irukandji

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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.

  • Diving into the Deep-End: Investigating Tropical Deep-Reef Fish Assemblages (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Population Ecology of Common Baitfish Species in the Indo-Pacific (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • The sources and physical tolerances of Chiron ex fleckeri, a stinging jellyfish (PhD, Primary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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