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.

  • 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
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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

Seychelles Fishing Authority - Contract Research

An Assessment of the Viability of Fisheries Independent Data for Determining Stock Status and Deriving Management Advice for Seychelles Inshore Coral Reef Fisheries

Indicative Funding
$56,906 over 2 years
This project will explore the utility of coral reef UVC data to develop fisheries management reference points for inshore coral reef associated fisheries. Various approaches will be trailed, both capturing the status of the stocks, and the state of the ecosystem, in an attempt to set management guidelines for ecosystem based coral reef fisheries management.
Nick Graham and Kirsty Nash (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Coral Reef Ecology; Ecosystem Based Management; Sustainability; Fisheries Management; Reference Points

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  • Diffusion of Gear-based Conservation Innovation in Coral Reef Fisheries (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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