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Challenges of transferring models of fish abundance between coral reefs

Challenges of transferring models of fish abundance between coral reefs

Reliable abundance estimates for species are fundamental in ecology, fisheries, and conservation. Consequently, predictive models able to provide reliable estimates for un- or poorly-surveyed locations would prove a valuable tool for management. We developed predictive models of total fish abundance and of abundance by fish family for ten representative taxonomic families for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) using multiple temporal scenarios ...
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First quantification of subtidal community structure at Tristan da Cunha Islands

First quantification of subtidal community structure at Tristan da Cunha Islands

Tristan da Cunha Islands, an archipelago of four rocky volcanic islands situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, present a rare example of a relatively unimpacted temperate marine ecosystem. We conducted the first quantitative surveys of nearshore kelp forests, offshore pelagic waters and deep sea habitats ...
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Transferring biodiversity models for conservation: Opportunities and challenges

Transferring biodiversity models for conservation: Opportunities and challenges

The ability of a model to predict biodiversity metrics in novel environments is termed ‘transferability’, and models with high transferability will be the most useful. We synthesise recent advances in biodiversity model transfers to facilitate increased understanding of what underpins successful model transferability, demonstrating that a consistent approach has so far been lacking ...
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Science that matters

Our goal is to make a difference

Our research boasts high academic and real-life impacts. It is used to directly inform and influence both policy and management actions on national and international scales. We are also a member group of the Ocean Science Council of Australia (OSCA), an independent consortium of leading Australian experts concerned with advancing marine conservation.

Prof. Jessica Meeuwig (middle) was a finalist in the 2012 WA Science Ambassador Awards  

Multidisciplinary approach

Our skill set is as broad as our range of interests

With strong expertise in areas such as quantitative and behavioural ecology, statistical modelling, environmental monitoring, molecular biology, or wildlife genetics.

Teamwork focus

When it comes to ocean conservation, two brains are often better than one

We collaborate both nationally and internationally to deliver on-the-ground outcomes and tackle problems of local, regional and global significance.

Big picture thinking

Our vision is global, with partnerships and field programmes in most ocean basins either side of the Equator.

Past and current sampling sites include: Western Australia, Palau, New Caledonia, the Chagos Archipelago, Tonga, French Polynesia, the Savage Islands (Ilhas Selvagens), The Philippines, Clipperton, the Revillagegido Islands, and the Gulf of Oman.