- Impact of climate change on marine fishes
- Ocean Acidification
- Adaptation to evironmental change
- Role of habitat in structuring fish communities
- 2014 to 2017 - ARC Future Fellow (Professorial Tier), James Cook University (Townsville)
- 2008 to 2013 - ARC QEII Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
- 2003 to 2007 - ARC Australian Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
- 2003 to 2004 - Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara (USA)
- 2000 to 2002 - ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
Professor Philip Munday has broad interests in the ecology and evolution of reef fishes. His primary research focuses on understanding and predicting the impacts that climate change will have on populations and communities of marine fishes, both directly through changes in the physical environment and indirectly through effects on coral reef habitat. Using a range of laboratory and field-based experiments the research group he leads is investigating the effects of climate change on reef fish populations and testing their capacity for acclimation and adaptation to a rapidly changing environment. He is an international authority on the effects of ocean acidification on marine fishes.
Prof Munday has published over 170 referred papers, including major reviews on the impacts of climate change and ocean acidifcation on fishes. He is in the top 1% of cited researchers in the ISI fields of Plant and Animal Science, and Environment and Ecology. He is on the Editorial Board of the journals Biology Letters, Conservation Physiology, Biology Open and Climate Change Responses. He is heavily engaged in ocean acidification initiatives world-wide and has contributed to IPCC reports on Ocean Acidification, the White Paper on Arctic Ocean Acidification and the Australian Science Position Paper on Ocean Acidification. He is the lead author on the tropical fishes section of the Marine Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report Card for Australia for 2009 and 2012.
- 2014 - JCU Award for Excellence in Research
- 2009 - Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research and Research Supervision
- 2014 to 2017 - ARC Future Fellow (Professor)
- 2008 to 2013 - ARC QEII Fellowship
- 2003 to 2007 - ARC ARF Fellowship
- 2003 to 2004 - Fulbright Fellowship
- 2000 to 2002 - ARC APD Fellowship
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.
- Other research outputs
- Rodgers G, Donelson J and Munday P (2017) Thermosensitive period of sex determination in the coral-reef damselfish Acanthochromis polyacanthus and the implications of projected ocean warming. Coral Reefs, 36 (1). pp. 131-138
- Watson S, Fields J and Munday P (2017) Ocean acidification alters predator behaviour and reduces predation rate. Biology Letters, 13. pp. 1-5
- Donelson J, Wong M, Booth D and Munday P (2016) Transgenerational plasticity of reproduction depends on rate of warming across generations. Evolutionary Applications, 9 (9). pp. 1072-1081
- Heinrich D, Watson S, Rummer J, Brandl S, Simpfendorfer C, Heupel M and Munday P (2016) Foraging behaviour of the epaulette shark Hemiscyllium ocellatum is not affected by elevated CO2. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73 (3). pp. 633-640
- Moya A, Howes E, Lacoue-Labarthe T, Forêt S, Hanna B, Medina M, Munday P, Ong J, Teyssié J, Torda G, Watson S, Miller D, Bijma J and Gattuso J (2016) Near-future pH conditions severely impact calcification, metabolism and the nervous system in the pteropod Heliconoides inflatus. Global Change Biology, 22 (12). pp. 3888-3900
- Munday P, Welch M, Allan B, Watson S, McMahon S and McCormick M (2016) Effects of elevated CO2 on predator avoidance behaviour by reef fishes is not altered by experimental test water. PeerJ, 4. pp. 1-18
- Munday P, Donelson J and Domingos J (2016) Potential for adaptation to climate change in a coral reef fish. Global Change Biology, 23 (1). pp. 307-317
- Munday P, Watson S, Parsons D, King A, Barr N, McLeod I, Allan B and Pether S (2016) Effects of elevated CO2 on early life history development of the yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi, a large pelagic fish. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73 (3). pp. 641-649
- 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
- Rummer J and Munday P (2016) Climate change and the evolution of reef fishes: past and future. Fish and Fisheries, 18 (1). pp. 22-39
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 191+ research outputs authored by Prof Philip Munday 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
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - Competitive Research Grant
Genomic evidence for adaptation of marine fishes to ocean acidification
- Indicative Funding
- $536,574 over 3 years (administered by King Abudullah University of Science and Technology)
- Ocean acidification is predicted to have far-reaching impacts on marine biodiversity, especially in vulnerable ecosystems such as coral reefs. Whether marine animals can adapt to the decreasing pH is uncertain and the likely molecular mechanisms responsible for such adaptation are unknown. Recent studies show that ecologically important behaviours of marine fishes can be impaired by CO2 levels projected to occur in the ocean before the end of this century. However, in a unique multi-generational experiment with a common coral reef fish, we have demonstrated that such individuals are more tolerant to high CO2 than others and that this tolerance is heritable. In this study we will use Next-Generation Sequencing to sequence the brain's genomes and transcriptomes from parents and their offspring to test for genetic adaptation in CO2 tolerance.
- T Ravasi, Philip Munday, V Orlando, Michael Berumen and Jodie Rummer (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
- Ocean Acidification; Coral Reef Fish; Adaptation; Genome
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - Technology's Competititve Research Grant Program-Round 3 (CRG3)
Transcriptional program and the epigenome of transgenerational acclimation in reef fishes
- Indicative Funding
- $631,579 over 4 years
- Transgenerational acclimation is a form of non-genetic inheritance in which the environmental conditions experienced by one-generation influences the performance of future generations in that environment. New studies show that the performance of juvenile fish at higher water temperatures is significantly improved when their parents also experienced the warmer temperature. However, the molecular mechanisms responsible for transgenerational thermal acclimation, and how it is controlled, are currently unknown. Genomic DNA methylation is a form of epigenetic inheritance that cells use to control gene expression, and recent evidence suggests that genome methylation can be driven by external signals in cells after birth as well as in adult cells. This raises the intriguing possibility that DNA methylation can serve as a mechanism for genomes to rapidly adapt to changing environments. Here we propose a unique multi-generational manipulative experiment for a common coral reef fish, Acanthochromis polyacanthus, with genome-wide measurements of gene expression and DNA methylation. Using an integrative analysis, we seek to identify molecular pathways responsible for transgenerational acclimation to rising ocean temperatures and to test the hypothesis that genomic DNA methylation serves as a central mechanism mediating transgenerational acclimation to climate change.
- Philip Munday, Jennifer Donelson, T Ravasi and T Berumen (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, College of Science & Engineering and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
- Climate Change; acclimation; Adaptation; coral reef; Marine Fish; Genomics
Australian Research Council - Discovery - Future Fellowships
Ocean acidification and marine fish: an evolutionary perspective
- Indicative Funding
- $989,144 over 5 years
- The overarching aim of this research program is to advance knowledge on the long-term impacts of ocean acidification on marine fish and fisheries. The Fellowship will develop an interrelated set of projects that tests the capacity of marine fish to adapt to projected future rises in ocean CO2 and will investigate the effects of ocean acidification on apex predators and key fisheries species. The Fellowship will address critical knowledge gaps in ocean acidification research and provide advice about the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity and fisheries productivity on time scales relevant to strategic management and policy decision-making in Australia and internationally.
- Philip Munday (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
- Ocean Acidification; Marine Fish; Adaptation
PADI Foundation - Research Grant
Effects of Elevated CO2 on Squid Behaviours and Physiology
- Indicative Funding
- We will investigate the potential for transgenerational plasticity of behaviours, as well as life-history traits, in bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) at near-future projected CO2 levels. Results will determine for the first time if cephalopods can potentially adapt to ocean acidification.
- Blake Spady, Sue-Ann Watson and Philip Munday (College of Science & Engineering and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
- Cephalopod; Behaviour; Transgenerational Plasticity; Ocean Acidification; Life-history
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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.
- Non-genetic inheritance of stress tolerance in corals (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Influence of Elevated Temperature on Juvenile Damselfish Performance and Their Scope for Adjustment Through Developmental Plasticity (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- The Effects of Projected Future CO2 on Cephalopod Behaviours and Physiology (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- The Role of Microbes in Acclimatisation of Corals to Environmental Changes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- The Effects of Natural Variation in CO2 and rising CO2, on Coral Reef Fish. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- The Mechanisms Underpinning Maintained or Enhanced Performance of Coral Reef Fishes Under Elevated Carbon Dioxide Conditions (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- Warming up to climate change: the evolutionary potential of transgenerational acclimation of coral reef fishes to elevated sea temperature (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- Adaptive Potential of Coral Reef Fishes to Ocean Acidification (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- The Effects of High-risk Conditions on Coral Reef Fishes (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
- Determinants of resource specialisation and its ecological consequences for the corallivorous filefish, Oxymonacanthus longirostris (2014, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Intergenerational effects of climate change on a coral reef fish, Amphiprion melanopus (2014, PhD , Primary Advisor)
- Effects of ocean warming on the larval development of coral reef fishes (2014, PhD , Associate Advisor)
- Social learning and its role in anti-predator behaviour by coral reef fishes (2013, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Predator-Prey Interactions and the Importance of Sensory Cues in our Changing World. (2014, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Molecular Processes of Thermal Acclimation in a Coral Reef Fish. (2015, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Competition and habitat selection in coral-dwelling fishes (2016, PhD , Primary Advisor)
- Transgenerational Acclimation and Adaptation of Reef Fishes to Ocean Acidification (2016, PhD , Primary Advisor)
- Behavioural and physiological effects of shoaling in a coral reef fish (2016, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Climate change in a stable thermal environment: effects on the performance and life history of coral reef fish (2016, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- The importance of live coral habitat for reef fishes and its role in key ecological processes (2012, PhD , Associate Advisor)
- Effects of climate change-induced thermal stress and habitat degradation to the biodiversity and species composition of coral-associated invertebrates (2016, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Habitat degradation and competition for resources in coral reef fishes (2016, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- The effects of climate change on predator-prey interactions in coral reef fish (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.
- Nadler, L. (2016) Effect of elevated carbon dioxide on shoal familiarity and metabolism in a coral reef fish . 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
- Munday, P. (2016) Effects of elevated CO2 on predator avoidance behaviour by reef fishes is not altered by experimental test water. James Cook University
- McLeod, I. (2015) Shallow (5 & 10 metre depth) water temperature data from the northern coast of Baudisson Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea (2012-2014). James Cook University
- Miller, G. (2014) Reproductive characteristics of Amphiprion melanopus held under elevated CO2 and increased temperature conditions. James Cook University
- Munday, P. (2012) Ocean acidification and otolith development in larvae of a tropical marine fish. James Cook University
- Munday, P. (2012) Ocean acidification and the early life history development of a tropical marine fish. James Cook University
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