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 he has investigated the effects of climate change on reef fish populations and testing their capacity for acclimation and adaptation to a rapidly changing environment.

Prof Munday is a Highly Cited Researcher who has published over 270 scientific papers. He is now retired and is an Emeritus Professor in the ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies.

  • 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)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 - Fellow of International Society for Reef Studies
  • 2018 - JCU Outstanding Career Achievement in Research Supervision
  • 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

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Australian Museum - Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship

Mechanisms for underpinning maintained or enhanced performance of coral reef fishes under future climate change conditions.

Indicative Funding
$16,545 over 3 years
The partial pressure of carbon dioxide in the oceans is increasing at unprecedented rate. This is expected to have negative impacts on marine organisms. However, some studies have found enhanced aerobic scope of fishes. No study has identified the mechanisms underpinning maintained or enhanced performance of fishes during predicted future conditions. This basic mechanistic knowledge could help informing how fish communities will perform and survive in future climate change conditions and their adaptive capacity.
Kelly Hannan, Jodie Rummer and Philip Munday (Research Division)
Climate Change; Performance; Reef Fish; Ocean Acidification; Oxygen Consumption

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.
Graeme Cumming, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Malcolm McCulloch, Peter Mumby, Sean Connolly, John Pandolfi, Bob Pressey, Andrew Baird, David Bellwood, Joshua Cinner, Sophie Dove, Maja Adamska, Mia Hoogenboom, Geoff Jones, Mike Kingsford, Ryan Lowe, Mark McCormick, David Miller, Philip Munday, Morgan Pratchett, Garry Russ and Tiffany Morrison in collaboration with Janice Lough, David Wachenfeld, Stephen Palumbi, Serge Planes and Philippa Cohen (Research Division, The University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, College of Science & Engineering, Australian National University, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Stanford University, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and WorldFish)
coral reef ecosystems; Climate Change Adaptation; ecological resilience; biodiversity goods and services; social-ecological dynamics

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