- Impacts of climate change on reef systems
- Predator prey dynamics
- Predicting recovery patterns in disturbed reef systems
- Linking social-ecological data
- Impacts of humans on fish behaviour
- Research Disciplines
Dr Nick Graham tackles large-scale ecological and social-ecological coral reef issues under the overarching themes of climate change, human use and resilience.
He has worked extensively on the ecological ramifications of fishing and closed area management. He assessed the long-term impacts of climate induced coral bleaching on coral reef fish assemblages, fisheries and ecosystem stability.
He studies the patterns and processes by which degraded coral reefs recover, and how this can be incorporated into, or influenced by, management action. Increasingly, he works with social scientists and economists to assess methods of linking social-ecological systems for natural resource assessment and management.
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
- Ban S, Pressey R and Graham N (2015) Assessing the effectiveness of local management of coral reefs sing expert opinion and spatial Bayesian modeling. PLoS One, 10 (8). pp. 1-16
- Coker D, Hoey A, Wilson S, Depczynski M, Graham N, Hobbs J, Holmes T and Pratchett M (2015) Habitat selectivity and reliance on live corals for Indo-Pacific Hawkfishes (Family: Cirrhitidae). PLoS ONE, 10.
- Graham N, Jennings S, MacNeil M, Mouillot D and Wilson S (2015) Predicting climate-driven regime shifts versus rebound potential in coral reefs. Nature, 518 (7537). pp. 94-97
- Green O, Garmestani A, Allen C, Gunderson L, Ruhl J, Arnold C, Graham N, Cosens B, Angeler D, Chaffin B and Holling C (2015) Barriers and bridges to the integration of social-ecological resilience and law. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13 (6). pp. 332-337
- Jankowski M, Graham N and Jones G (2015) Depth gradients in diversity, distribution and habitat specialisation in coral reef fishes: implications for the depth-refuge hypothesis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 540. pp. 203-215
- Januchowski-Hartley F, Graham N, Cinner J and Russ G (2015) Local fishing influences coral reef fish behavior inside protected areas of the Indo-Pacific. Biological Conservation, 182. pp. 8-12
- MacNeil M, Graham N, Cinner J, Wilson S, Williams I, Maina J, Newman S, Friedlander A, Jupiter S, Polunin N and McClanahan T (2015) Recovery potential of the world's coral reef fishes. Nature, 520 (7547). pp. 341-357
- McClanahan T and Graham N (2015) Marine reserve recovery rates towards a baseline are slower for reef fish community life histories than biomass. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences, 282 (1821). pp. 1-10
- McClanahan T, Graham N, MacNeil M and Cinner J (2015) Biomass-based targets and the management of multispecies coral reef fisheries. Conservation Biology, 29 (2). pp. 409-417
- Nash K, Welsh J, Graham N and Bellwood D (2015) Home-range allometry in coral reef fishes: comparison to other vertebrates, methodological issues and management implications. Oecologia, 177 (1). pp. 73-83
- Robinson J, Graham N, Cinner J, Almany G and Waldie P (2015) Fish and fisher behaviour influence the vulnerability of groupers (Epinephelidae) to fishing at a multispecies spawning aggregation site. Coral Reefs, 34 (2). pp. 371-382
- Book Chapters
- Graham N (2015) Phase shifts and coral reef fishes. In: Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 191-198
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 115+ research outputs authored by Dr Nick Graham from 2003 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
Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Ecology of Novel Coral Reef Ecosystems
- Indicative Funding
- $375,000 over 3 years
- Differential vulnerability of species to drivers of ecosystem change is leading to novel ecosystem configurations. The predictable susceptibility of different species of coral to climate change enables novel coral compositions to be anticipated. This study will use experimental manipulations, large-scale ecology and simulation modelling to predict novel coral reef ecosystem configurations, including corals, mobile invertebrates and fish. Further, it will seek to understand how management may influence the continued delivery of ecosystem goods and services from these novel ecosystems. This pragmatic investigation of the future of Australia?s coral reefs will provide the information necessary for resource managers to plan for future change.
- Nick Graham (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
- Coral Reef Ecology; Biodiversity; Marine protected areas
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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.
- Tropic Pathways Between Primary Production and Biomass Accumulation on Tropical Reefs. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Variation in Structure and Function of Reef Fish Assemblages Among Different Coral Habitats. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Coral Reef Mesopredator Trophodynamics in Response to Reef Condition. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Using fisheries dependent data and socio-economic indicators to develop ecosystem based fisheries management tools (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Ecological structure and processes on disturbed coral reefs (2014, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Fear of Fishers: Anti-Predator Behaviour of Coral Reef Fish and its Relevance to Fisheries Management and Conservation. (2013, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Assessment of scale dependent function in reef fish, and application to the evaluation of coral reef resilience (2014, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Multiple stressor effects on coral reefs (2014, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- The importance of live coral habitat for reef fishes and its role in key ecological processes (2012, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Vulnerability to fishing in reef fishes that aggregate (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Relationships among depth distributions, habitat specialisation and demography in coral reef fish communities (2015, 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.
- Robinson, J. (2016) Expert interview data for a risk assessment of spawning aggregation fisheries . James Cook University
- Robinson, J. (2016) Rabbitfish fishery and spawning aggregation surveys in the Seychelles. James Cook University
- Robinson, J. (2016) Multi-species grouper spawning aggregation fishery study in Papua New Guinea. James Cook University
- Robinson, J. (2015) The role of fisher knowledge on the susceptibility of spawning aggregations to fishing: interview data from Papua New Guinea. James Cook University
- Graham, N. (2012) Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in the Chagos Archipelago. James Cook University
- Graham, N. (2012) Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in the Inner Seychelles. James Cook University
- Graham, N. (2012) Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in Papua New Guinea. James Cook University
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.
- 5+ collaborations
- 4 collaborations
- 3 collaborations
- 2 collaborations
- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)