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Researcher: Melbourne-Thomas, J (Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas)

Fields of Research

Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Ecosystem function
Physical oceanography
Environmental management
Conservation and biodiversity
Fisheries management
Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Wildlife and habitat management
Sociology of inequalities
Evolutionary biology
Environment policy
Ecosystem services (incl. pollination)
Other environmental sciences
Climate change impacts and adaptation
Fisheries sciences
Other biological sciences
Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Behavioural ecology
Biological physics
Public policy
Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Aquaculture
Biological oceanography
Classical physics

Research Objectives

Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Fisheries - wild caught
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Understanding climate change
Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Marine biodiversity
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
The media
Communication
Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
Other education and training
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in marine environments
Natural hazards
Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
Expanding knowledge in human society
Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
Protection and conservation of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Climate change models
Fisheries - aquaculture
Technological and organisational innovation

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

Salpa thompsoni in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean: environmental drivers and life history parameters; Deep-Sea Research Part II
A biologically relevant method for considering patterns of oceanic retention in the Southern Ocean; Progress in Oceanography
A decision support tool for managing coral reefs at regional scales; Building capacity in coral reef science: An anthology of CRTR scholars’ research 2010
A mass-balanced ecosystem model for the Kerguelen Plateau; The Kerguelen Plateau: Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries
A multi-scale biophysical model to inform regional management of coral reefs in the western Philippines and South China Sea; Environmental Modelling and Software
A preliminary model of iron fertilisation by baleen whales and Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean: sensitivity of primary productivity estimates to parameter uncertainty; Ecological Modelling
Abrupt transitions in dynamics of a NPZD model across Southern Ocean fronts; Ecological Modelling
Algorithms to estimate Antarctic sea ice algal biomass from under-ice irradiance spectra at regional scales; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Alternative energy pathways in Southern Ocean food webs: insights from a balanced model of Prydz Bay, Antarctica; Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Antarctic slush-ice algal accumulation not quantified through conventional satellite imagery: beware the ice of March; The Cryosphere Discussions
Assessing status and trends of open ocean habitats: a regionally resolved approach and Southern Ocean application; Ecological Indicators
Beyond big fish: the case for more detailed representations of top predators in marine ecosystem models; Ecological Modelling
Building capacity in coral reef science: An anthology of CRTR scholars' research 2010; Currie Communications
Can isoscapes of mesopelagic fish determine foraging hotspots of marine mammals and birds in the southern Indian Ocean?; MEASO 18
Can isoscapes of mesopelagic fish predict top predator hotspots?; Where the Poles come together: A SCAR and IASC Conference
Characterizing sensitivity and uncertainty in a multiscale model of a complex coral reef system; Ecological Modelling: International Journal on Ecological Modelling and Engineering and Systems Ecology
Climate change and Southern Ocean ecosystems I: how changes in physical habitats directly affect marine biota; Global Change Biology
Climate change cascades: Shifts in oceanography, species' ranges and subtidal marine community dynamics in eastern Tasmania; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Comprehensive evaluation of model uncertainty in qualitative network analyses; Ecological Monographs
Coral disease prevalence and coral health in the Wakatobi Marine Park, south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia; Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Coupling Biophysical and Socioeconomic Models for Coral Reef Systems in Quintana Roo, Mexican Caribbean; Ecology and Society
Decades of dietary data demonstrate regional food web structures in the Southern Ocean; Ecology and Evolution
Decision Support Tools for Visualising Coral Reef Futures at Regional Scales
Delivering sustained, coordinated, and integrated observations of the Southern Ocean for global impact; Frontiers in Marine Science
Detecting ecological regime shifts from transect data; Ecological Monographs
Determining natural scales of ecological systems; Ecological Monographs
Developing achievable alternate futures for key challenges during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Developing priority variables (“ecosystem Essential Ocean Variables” — eEOVs) for observing dynamics and change in Southern Ocean ecosystems; Journal of Marine Systems
Disease outbreaks, bleaching and a cyclone drive changes in coral assemblages on an inshore reef of the Great Barrier Reef; Coral Reefs
Future risk for Southern Ocean ecosystem services under climate change; Frontiers in Marine Science
Integrated modelling to support decision-making for marine social-ecological systems in Australia; ICES Journal of Marine Science
Is Pretenure Interdisciplinary Research a Career Risk?
Kerguelen Axis 2015-16: Marine science activities in support of research and observing of marine ecosystems in the vicinity of the Kerguelen Axis during 2015-16 austral summer
Let’s talk about climate change: Developing effective conversations between scientists and communities; One Earth
Mechanisms driving Antarctic microbial community responses to ocean acidification: a network modelling approach; Polar Biology
Modelling coral reef futures to inform management: can reducing local-scale stressors conserve reefs under climate change?; PLoS ONE
Modelling dispersal of juvenile krill released from the Antarctic ice edge: ecosystem implications of ocean movement; Journal of Marine Systems
Modelling marine community responses to climate-driven species redistribution to guide monitoring and adaptive ecosystem-based management; Global Change Biology
Modelling southern elephant seals Mirounga leonina using an individual-based model coupled with a dynamic energy budget; PloS ONE
Observations and models to support the first Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO); Journal of Marine Systems
Optimal control and system limitation in a Southern Ocean ecosystem model; Deep-Sea Reseach II
Polar Regions
Polar Regions; IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate
Poleward bound: adapting to climate-driven species redistribution; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Position analysis: Antarctic sea ice and climate change 2014
Prey-field use by a Southern Ocean top predator: enhanced understanding using integrated datasets; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Qualitative modelling towards ecosystem-based management of climate-driven species redistribution; Species on the Move
Rebuilding ecosystem resilience: assessment of management options to minimise formation of 'barrens' habitat by the long-spined sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii in Tasmania
Regional-scale scenario analysis for the Meso-American Reef system: Modelling coral reef futures under multiple stressors; Ecological Modelling: International Journal on Ecological Modelling and Engineering and Systems Ecology
Regional-scale scenario modeling for coral reefs: a decision support tool to inform management of a complex system; Ecological Applications
Resolving the role of mesopelagics in Southern Ocean food webs
Resolving the role of mesopelagics in Southern Ocean food webs
Spatio-temporal coral disease dynamics in the Wakatobi Marine National Park, South-East Sulawesi, Indonesia ; Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Spatiotemporal patterns of coral disease prevalence on Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Coral Reefs
Testing Paradigms of Ecosystem Change under Climate Warming in Antarctica; PLOS ONE
The association between coral communities and disease assemblages in the Wakatobi Marine National Park, south-eastern Sulawesi, Indonesia; Marine and Freshwater Research
The policy relevance of Southern Ocean food web structure: implications of food web change for fisheries, conservation and carbon sequestration; Marine Policy
The winter pack-ice zone provides a sheltered but food-poor habitat for larval Antarctic krill; Nature Ecology and Evolution
Time-dynamic food web modeling to explore environmental drivers of ecosystem change on the Kerguelen Plateau; Frontiers in Marine Science
Under ice habitats for Antarctic krill larvae: could less mean more under climate warming?; Geophysical Research Letters
Using satellite altimetry to inform hypotheses of transport of early lifestage of Patagonian toothfish on the Kerguelen Plateau; Ecological Modelling
Using stable isotope data to advance marine food web modelling; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

Research Projects

An integrated study of Antarctic land-fast sea ice physical and biological processes; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Assessing status and trends of marine ecosystems in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Assessment of habitats, productivity and food webs on the Kerguelen Axis in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
DISertation initiative for the advancement of Climate Change Research; National Science Foundation (NSF)
Impact of environmental variability on the Patagonian Toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) fishery; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Mesopelagic Southern Ocean Prey and Predators (MESOPP); European Commission (EC)
New models for understanding the role of mesopelagic fishes and squid in Southern Ocean ecosystems; Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
Projecting ecosystem change in the Southern Ocean using end-to-end models; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystems Experiment II - an integrated study of physical and ecological sea ice processes off East Antarctica during spring; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Squid: the missing link in Southern Ocean ecosystem models; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
The availability of Antarctic krill to large predators and their role in biogeochemical recycling in the Southern Ocean; CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Using size-based models to understand the role of mesopelagic fish and squid in the Southern Ocean ecosystem; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)

Research Candidate Supervision

Representing Southern Ocean predators in end-to-end ecosystem models using individual-based modelling