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 150 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 Ocean Acidification, 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.

  • Impact of climate change on marine fishes
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Adaptation to evironmental change
  • Role of habitat in structuring fish communities
  • Evolution of habitat specialisation
  • 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)
Research Disciplines
  • 2009 - Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research and Research Supervision
  • 2008 to 20013 - ARC QEII Fellowship
  • 2014 to 2017 - ARC Future Fellow (Professor)
  • 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.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores a total of 137 research outputs authored by Prof Philip Munday from 2000 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding 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, with the help of Neil Andrew, Jeremy Jackson, Janice Lough, Laurence McCook, Stephen Palumbi, Serge Planes and Madeleine van Oppen (ARCCoE, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, Marine & Tropical Biology, Australian National University, Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences, Worldfish Centre - Penang, 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 - 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 (ARCCoE)
Ocean Acidification; Marine Fish; Adaptation

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Super Science Fellowships

Resilience of Coral Reef Ecosystems to Climate Change - Round 2

Indicative Funding
$835,200 over 5 years
The unifying theme of this proposal is the development of technologies and new knowledge for management and sustainable use of the world's coral reefs. The capacity of marine organisms and ecosystems to cope with accelerating climate change will depend on their potential for rapid acclimatisation, and ultimately adaptation, to changing climate. Research in Round 2 will use a unique combination of experiments, genomics and modeling to reveal the molecular and physiological mechanisms for acclimation and adaptation to climate change corals and reef fishes, leading to an enhanced capacity for predicting and managing changes to these critical natural assets.
Terry Hughes, Bette Willis, David Miller, Philip Munday and Bob Pressey (ARCCoE, Marine & Tropical Biology and Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences)
Climate Change; Coral reefs; Fisheries; Adaptation; Resilience; Disease; Genomics; Modelling; Physiology

Australian Research Council - Centres of Excellence

ARC Centre of Excellence - Innovative science for sustainable management of coral reef biodiversity

Indicative Funding
$19,400,000 over 11 years
The primary goal of this Centre of Excellence is to develop research programs of international significance (through the establishment of new collaborative teams of Australia's leading coral reef researchers) that transcend traditional disciplinary, institutional and geographic boundaries. Our aim is to focus, scale and scope to building an enduring program of innovative research development, leading to world leadership in coral reef science. A key outcome of the Centre will be to actively transfer scientific knowledge (through its governance structure) to industry partners and end-users, to increase their capacity and effectiveness and provide tangible benefits to all Australians.
Terry Hughes, Ken Anthony, Andrew Baird, David Bellwood, Sean Connolly, Sophie Dove, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Morgan Pratchett, Geoffrey Jones, Michael Kingsford, Mark McCormick, Malcolm McCulloch, David Miller, Philip Munday, John Pandolfi, Garry Russ, Bette Willis, David Yellowlees, Bob Pressey, Bill Leggat and Christopher Fulton, with the help of Carl Folke, Ronald Karlson, Janice Lough, Mark Meekan, Serge Planes, Robert H Steneck, Madeleine van Oppen and Laurence McCook (ARCCoE, Marine & Tropical Biology, The University of Queensland, Stockholm Universitet, University of Delaware, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australian National University, Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, University of Maine and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
Coral reefs; climate change adaptation; resource management; resilience; biodiversity goods and services; environmental socio-economics

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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.

  • The Interacting Effects of Increased Co2 and Elevated Temperature on the Life History of a Coral Reef Fish (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Competition Habitat Selection and Imprinting of Coral-Dwelling Fishes. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Investigating Ecological Consequences of Thermal Acclimation to near Future Ocean Temperatures and Marine Fishes (Masters, Co-Advisor)
  • Effects of ocean warming on larval coral reef fish (PhD, Associate Advisor)
  • Reef Fish Competition in a Changing World. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
  • Predator-Prey Interactions and the Importance of Sensory Cues in our Changing World. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
  • Ecology of the harlequin filefish, Oxymonacanthus longirostris (PhD, Co-Advisor)
  • Climate Change in a Stable Thermal Environment: Effects on the Performance and Life History of a Coral Reef Fish. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
  • School's Out For Summer: Influence of Climate Change on Schooling Behaviour in Coral Reef Fish. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Predator-Prey Performance. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
  • Behavioural effects on Coral Reef Species due to increased Ocean Acidification. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Epigenetic Transgenerational Acclimation to Increasing Sea Surface Temperatures in a Coral Reef Fish (PhD, Co-Advisor)

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  • 4 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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