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Researcher: Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)

Fields of Research

Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Fisheries Management
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Environment and Resource Economics
Ecosystem Function
Global Change Biology
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Animal Production
Farming Systems Research

Research Objectives

Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna)
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Fisheries - Wild Caught
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Wild Caught Tuna
Climate and Climate Change
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Coastal and Marine Management Policy
Fisheries - Recreational
Global Effects of Climate Change and Variability (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. Social Impacts)
Wild Caught Prawns
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Aquaculture Prawns
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Aquaculture Rock Lobster
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
Wild Caught Rock Lobster

Career Best Publications

A global map of human impact on marine ecosystems; Science
Global biodiversity: Indicators of recent declines; Science
Global marine primary production constrains fisheries catches; Ecology Letters
Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services; Science
Mapping global fisheries: Sharpening our focus; Fish and Fisheries
Marine foods sourced from farther as their use of global ocean primary production increases; Nature Communications
Primary productivity demands of global fishing fleets; Fish and Fisheries
Projecting global marine biodiversity impacts under climate change scenarios; Fish and Fisheries
Rebuilding Global Fisheries; Science
Signature of ocean warming in global fisheries catch; Nature
Systematic distortions in world fisheries catch trends; Nature
The Future for Fisheries; Science
The global ocean is an ecosystem: simulating marine life and fisheries; Global Ecology and Biogeography
Towards sustainability in world fisheries; Nature
Winners and losers in a world where the high seas is closed to fishing; Scientific Reports

Research Publications

A bottom-up re-estimation of global fisheries subsidies; Journal of Bioeconomics
A database of global marine commercial, small-scale, illegal and unreported fisheries catch 19502014; Scientific Data
A global ex-vessel fish price database: Construction and applications; Journal of Bioeconomics
A global map of human impact on marine ecosystems; Science
A global, regional and national developmental status assessment of fishing capacity and fishing effort from 1950 to 2012
Aggregate performance in managing marine ecosystems of 53 maritime countries; Marine Policy
An approach to modeling crustacean egg-bearing fractions as a function of size and season; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Application of macroecological theory to predict effects of climate change on global fisheries potential; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Assessing the inclusion of seafood in the sustainable diet literature; Fish and Fisheries
Background and interpretation of the 'Marine Trophic Index' as a measure of biodiversity; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Benefits of rebuilding global marine fisheries outweigh costs; PLoS ONE
Bias introduced by the non-random movement of fish in visual transect surveys; Ecological Modelling
Bioeconomic modelling and risk assessment of tiger prawn (Penaeus esculentus) stock enhancement in Exmouth Gulf, Australia; Fisheries Research
Catching some needed attention; Marine Policy
China's distant-water fisheries in the 21st century; Fish and Fisheries
Close two-thirds of the ocean to make fishing better and fairer
Closed seasons and tropical penaeid fisheries: A simulation including fleet dynamics and uncertainty; North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Closing the high seas opens fishing opportunities; Australian Science
Coastal catch transects as a tool for studying global fisheries; Fish and Fisheries
Comparison of marine spatial planning methods in Madagascar demonstrates value of alternative approaches; PLoS ONE
Considering land-sea interactions and trade-offs for food and biodiversity; Global Change Biology
Construction and first applications of a global cost of fishing database; ICES Journal of Marine Science
Continental-scale hotspots of pelagic fish abundance inferred from commercial catch records; Global Ecology and Biogeography
Counting the last fish; Scientific American
Database-driven models of the world's Large Marine Ecosystems; Ecological Modelling
Defining and observing stages of climate-mediated range shifts in marine systems; Global Environmental Change
Distribution of seagrasses, and their fish and penaeid prawn communities, in Cairns Harbour, a tropical estuary, northern Queensland, Australia; Australian Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research
Domestic or imported? An assessment of carbon footprints and sustainability of seafood consumed in Australia; Environmental Science and Policy
Drivers of fuel use in rock lobster fisheries; ICES Journal of Marine Science
Driving planetary adaptation using natural laboratories for climate change; Species on the Move 2016
Ecosystem model of Tasmanian waters explores impacts of climate-change induced changes in primary productivity; Ecological Modelling: International Journal on Ecological Modelling and Engineering and Systems Ecology
Effects of climate-driven primary production change on marine food webs: Implications for fisheries and conservation; Global Change Biology
Energy prices and seafood security; Global Environmental Change
Environmental and economic dimensions of fuel use in Australian fisheries; The Journal of Cleaner Production
Erratum: Modelling the effects of fishing on the biomass of the world's oceans from 1950 to 2006 (Marine Ecology Progress Series (2011) 442 (169-185)); Marine Ecology Progress Series
Estimating illegal and unreported catches from marine ecosystems: A basis for change; Fish and Fisheries
Estimating the worldwide extent of illegal fishing; PLoS ONE
Exploring Patterns of Seafood Provision Revealed in the Global Ocean Health Index; Ambio
Farming and the geography of nutrient production for human use: a transdisciplinary analysis; Lancet Planetary Health
Fishing access agreements and harvesting decisions of host and distant water fishing nations; Marine Policy: The International Journal of Ocean Affairs
Fishing down the deep; Fish and Fisheries
Fishing down the deep: Accounting for within-species changes in depth of fishing; Fisheries Research
Fishing gear associated with global marine catches. I. Database development; Fisheries Research
Fishing gear associated with global marine catches. II. Trends in trawling and dredging; Fisheries Research
Food security implications of global marine catch losses due to overfishing; Journal of Bioeconomics
Fuel price increase, subsidies, overcapacity, and resource sustainability; ICES Journal of Marine Science
Fueling global fishing fleets; Ambio
Global biodiversity: Indicators of recent declines; Science
Global Ex-vessel Fish Price Database Revisited: A New Approach for Estimating 'Missing' Prices; Environmental and Resource Economics
Global Fisheries Economic Analysis; Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries: A Global Perspective
Global fisheries losses at the exclusive economic zone level, 1950 to present; Marine Policy
Global fishery development patterns are driven by profit but not trophic level; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Global fishing capacity and fishing effort from 1950 to 2012; Fish and Fisheries
Global fishing effort (1950-2010): Trends, gaps, and implications; Fisheries Research
Global marine primary production constrains fisheries catches; Ecology Letters
Global marine yield halved as fishing intensity redoubles; Fish and Fisheries
Global reductions in seafloor biomass in response to climate change; Global Change Biology
Global seafood trade flows and developing economies: insights from linking trade and production; Marine Policy
Global trends in world fisheries: Impacts on marine ecosystems and food security; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
High value and long life - Double jeopardy for tunas and billfishes; Science
How Much Fish is Being Extracted from the Oceans and What is it Worth?; Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries: A Global Perspective
Hundred-year decline of North Atlantic predatory fishes; Fish and Fisheries
Identifying tropical penaeid recruitment patterns; Marine and Freshwater Research
Impact of the deepwater horizon well blowout on the economics of US gulf fisheries; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services; Science
Improving understanding of the functional diversity of fisheries by exploring the influence of global catch reconstruction; Scientific Reports
Intrinsic vulnerability in the global fish catch; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Is creating a fish bank for the world a pipedream?
Is fisheries production within Large Marine Ecosystems determined by bottom-up or top-down forcing?; Fish and Fisheries
Large-scale redistribution of maximum fisheries catch potential in the global ocean under climate change; Global Change Biology
Life cycle assessment of wild capture prawns: expanding sustainability considerations in the Australian northern prawn fishery; The Journal of Cleaner Production
Linked sustainability challenges and trade-offs among fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture; Nature Ecology and Evolution
Management effectiveness of the world's marine fisheries; PLoS Biology
Mapping global fisheries: Sharpening our focus; Fish and Fisheries
Mapping world-wide distributions of marine mammal species using a relative environmental suitability (RES) model; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Marine foods sourced from farther as their use of global ocean primary production increases; Nature Communications
Marine reserves and the restoration of fisheries and marine ecosystems in the South China Sea; Bulletin of Marine Science
Migration and growth of two tropical penaeid shrimps within Torres Strait, northern Australia; Fisheries Research
Modelling and mapping resource overlap between seabirds and fisheries on a global scale: A preliminary assessment; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Modelling the effects of fishing on the biomass of the world's oceans from 1950 to 2006; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Naturalness as a basis for incorporating marine biodiversity into life cycle assessment of seafood; International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
Performance of transect and point count underwater visual census methods; Ecological Modelling
Plenty more fish in the sea?; Fish and Fisheries
Potential costs and benefits of marine reserves in the high seas; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Potential impact of the deepwater horizon oil spill on commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico; Fisheries
Primary productivity demands of global fishing fleets; Fish and Fisheries
Projecting global marine biodiversity impacts under climate change scenarios; Fish and Fisheries
Protected and threatened components of fish biodiversity in the mediterranean sea; Current Biology
Provenance of global seafood; Fish and Fisheries
Rapid global expansion of invertebrate fisheries: Trends, drivers, and ecosystem effects; PLoS ONE
Rebuilding Global Fisheries; Science
Reconciling fisheries catch and ocean productivity; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Reinventing residual reserves in the sea: are we favouring ease of establishment over need for protection?; Aquatic Conservation
Response; Science
Response to comment on 'A global map of human impact on marine ecosystems'; Science
Response to removing biases in forecasts of fishery status; Journal of Bioeconomics
Response [4]; Science
Seamount fisheries: Do they have a future?; Oceanography
Serial exploitation of global sea cucumber fisheries; Fish and Fisheries
Signature of ocean warming in global fisheries catch; Nature
Simulation estimates of annual yield and landed value for commercial penaeid prawns from a tropical seagrass habitat, northern Queensland, Australia; Australian Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research
Sledges for daytime sampling of juvenile penaeid shrimp; Fisheries Research
Sourcing seafood for the three major markets: The EU, Japan and the USA; Marine Policy
Spatial and seasonal variation in demersal trawl fauna associated with a prawn fishery on the central Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Australian Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research
Species traits and climate velocity explain geographic range shifts in an ocean-warming hotspot; Ecology Letters
Subsidies to high seas bottom trawl fleets and the sustainability of deep-sea demersal fish stocks; Marine Policy
Sustainability of deep-sea fisheries; Marine Policy
Systematic distortions in world fisheries catch trends; Nature
Temporal and spatial zonation of the demersal trawl fauna of the central Great Barrier reef; Memoirs - Queensland Museum
The changing face of global fisheries-The 1950s vs. the 2000s; Marine Policy
The contribution of cephalopods to global marine fisheries: can we have our squid and eat them too?; Fish and Fisheries
The debt of nations and the distribution of ecological impacts from human activities; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
The Future for Fisheries; Science
The global ocean is an ecosystem: simulating marine life and fisheries; Global Ecology and Biogeography
The Mediterranean Sea under siege: Spatial overlap between marine biodiversity, cumulative threats and marine reserves; Global Ecology and Biogeography
The spatial expansion and ecological footprint of fisheries (1950 to present); PLoS ONE
Towards sustainability in world fisheries; Nature
Tropical marginal seas: priority regions for managing marine biodiversity and ecosystem function; Annual Review of Marine Science
Uncertainty and risk associated with optimised fishing patterns in a tropical penaeid fishery; Environment International
When is a fishery sustainable?; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Where the waters meet: sharing ideas and experiences between inland and marine realms to promote sustainable fisheries management; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Widely used marine seismic survey air gun operations negatively impact zooplankton; Nature Ecology & Evolution
Winners and losers in a world where the high seas is closed to fishing; Scientific Reports

Research Projects

Fishing for change: enhancing Australia's seafood futures; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Putting fisheries in the food bowl ; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
Producing a database and summary report of country-level global fisheries effort

Research Candidate Supervision

An Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Selected Primary Industries and the Implications for Food Security
Understanding Energy Inputs to Australian Fisheries to Manage Environmental Performance, Respond to Changing Variable Costs of Fishing, and Maximise Economic Return of Fisheries