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Researcher: Stuart-Smith, RD (Dr Rick Stuart-Smith)

Fields of Research

Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Conservation and Biodiversity
Freshwater Ecology
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Environmental Monitoring
Community Ecology
Fisheries Sciences
Population Ecology
Ecosystem Function
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Management
Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Behavioural Ecology
Biological Oceanography
Climate Change Processes
Global Change Biology
Natural Resource Management
Animal Systematics and Taxonomy
Landscape Ecology

Research Objectives

Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Protected Conservation Areas in Marine Environments
Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Fisheries - Wild Caught
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mountain and High Country Environments
Mountain and High Country Land and Water Management
Climate and Climate Change
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Coastal and Marine Management Policy
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Natural Hazards in Marine Environments
Fisheries - Recreational
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Environmental Education and Awareness
Wild Caught Prawns

Career Best Publications

Biodiversity enhances reef fish biomass and resistance to climate change; National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings
Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs; Nature
Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features; Nature
Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity; Nature
Resilience and signatures of tropicalization in protected reef fish communities; Nature Climate Change
Stability in temperate reef communities over a decadal time scale despite concurrent ocean warming; Global Change Biology
Thermal biases and vulnerability to warming in the world’s marine fauna; Nature

Research Publications

2010 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement
A shift in the habitat use pattern of a lentic galaxiid fish: an acute behavioural response to an introduced predator; Environmental Biology of Fishes
A standardised vocabulary for identifying benthic biota and substrata from underwater imagery: the CATAMI classification scheme; PLoS ONE
Adaptive management of temperate reefs to minimise effects of climate change: developing new effective approaches for ecological monitoring and predictive modelling
Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs; Bioscience
Assessment of coral reef biodiversity in the Coral Sea
Baseline biodiversity survey of the Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Biodiversity enhances reef fish biomass and resistance to climate change; National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings
Biological interactions both facilitate and resist climate-related functional change in temperate reef communities; Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences
Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs; Nature
Broad-scale impacts of salmon farms on temperate macroalgal assemblages on rocky reefs; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Citizen science as a research tool for monitoring ecological change in the marine environment; Climate Change Effects on Fish and Fisheries
Coastal Climate Change Range Extension Database and Mapping Project (Redmap)
Community assisted scientific assessment and management of Western Australian Marine Protected Areas. Ningaloo Marine Park report for Coastwest and Caring for our Country
Community-assisted scientific assessment and management of Western Australian Marine Protected Areas. Rottnest Island Marine Reserve report for Coastwest and Caring for our Country
Condition of rocky reef communities: A key marine habitat around Tasmania
Consistent multi-level trophic effects of marine reserve protection across northern New Zealand; PLoS One
Continental-scale assessment of Australia's rocky and coral reef biodiversity
Contributions of body size, habitat and taxonomy to predictions of temperate Australian fish diets; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Coral sea marine biodiversity
Distinguishing geographical range shifts from artefacts of detectability and sampling effort; Diversity and Distributions
Ecological effects of marine protected areas on rocky reef communities - a continental-scale analysis; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Eureka Prize for Environmental Research 2014
Exploited reefs protected from fishing transform over decades into convservation features otherwise absent from seascapes; Ecological Applications
Functional traits reveal early responses in marine reserves following protection from fishing; Diversity and Distributions
Gathering information on marine climate impacts
Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features; Nature
Global human footprint on the linkage between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in reef fishes; Public Library of Science Biology
Humans and seasonal climate variability threaten large-bodied coral reef fish with small ranges; Nature Communications
Increasing turbidity significantly alters the diet of brown trout: a multi-year longitudinal study; Journal of Fish Biology
Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity; Nature
Is fecundity the ultimate cause of female-biased size dimorphism in a dragon lizard?*; Journal of Zoology
Loss of native rocky reef biodiversity in Australian metropolitan embayments; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Macro-algal communities in three major Australian estuaries: Broad-scale patterns in response to anthropogenic impacts; New Waves in Marine Science
Marine Biodiversity
New approaches to marine conservation through the scaling up of ecological data; Annual Review of Marine Science
New opportunities for conservation of handfishes (Family Brachionichthyidae) and other inconspicuous and threatened marine species through citizen science; Biological Conservation
Nocturnal and diurnal feeding by Galaxias auratus, a lentic galaxiid fish; Ecology of Freshwater Fish
Out of sight, out of mind: threats to the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands (NE Atlantic Ocean); Marine Pollution Bulletin
Predicting the diet of coastal fishes at a continental scale based on taxonomy and body size; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Quantifying wave exposure in shallow temperate reef systems: applicability of fetch models for predicting algal biodiversity; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Redmap: Citizen science as an engagement and communication tool in a warming world; Australia - New Zealand Climate Forum 2010
Reef biodiversity monitoring at Lord Howe Island 2015
Reef fishes at all trophic levels respond positively to effective marine protected areas; PloS One
Reef Life Survey assessment of biodiversity in northern New Zealand marine reserves and associated coastlines
Research challenges to improve the management and conservation of subtropical reefs to tackle climate change threats (Findings of a workshop conducted in Coffs Harbour, Australia on 13 September 2010); Ecological Management and Restoration
Resilience and signatures of tropicalization in protected reef fish communities; Nature Climate Change
Size dimorphism in Rankinia (Tympanocryptis) diemensis (Family Agamidae): sex-specific patterns and geographic variation; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Spatial patterns in impacts of fishing on temperate rocky reefs: Are fish abundance and mean size related to proximity to fisher access points?; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Species traits and climate velocity explain geographic range shifts in an ocean-warming hotspot; Ecology Letters
Stability in temperate reef communities over a decadal time scale despite concurrent ocean warming; Global Change Biology
Statistical solutions for error and bias in global citizen science datasets; Biological Conservation
Systematic global assessment of reef fish communities by the Reef Life Survey program; Scientific Data
Tasmanian Young Tall Poppy of the Year 2012: Dr Rick Stuart-Smith
The effects of turbidity and complex habitats on the feeding of a galaxiid fish are clear and simple; Marine and Freshwater Research
The impact of an introduced predator on a threatened galaxiid fish is reduced by the availability of complex habitats; Freshwater Biology
The Importance of Complex Habitats for the Predator-Prey Interaction Between the Threatened Galaxiid Fish and an Introduced Salmonid
The potential of trait-based approaches to contribute to marine conservation; Marine Policy
Thermal biases and vulnerability to warming in the world’s marine fauna; Nature
Translating local benthic community structure to national biogenic reef habitat types; Global Ecology and Biogeography
Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia; Reed New Holland Publishers Pty Ltd

Research Projects

Biotic connectivity within the temperate Australian marine protected area network at three levels of biodiversity - communities, populations and genes; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Coastal Climate Change Range Extension Database & Mapping Project (CCC REDMAP); Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
Coral Sea Marine Biodiversity - Globally Significant, Largely Unprotected; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Extending the Success of Redmap with New Website Sections and Communication Materials; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
Rewiring marine food webs: predicting consequences of species range shifts; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Spotted Handfish recovery; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Volunteer Monitoring of the State of Australian Rocky Reef Communities; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Rocky Reef Health
The Baseline Biodiversity Survey of the Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Research Candidate Supervision

Comparing and Developing Methods of Longitudinal Analysis for Different Types of Biological Data Sets
Ecological Difference Between Subtropical Reef Communities and Biodiversity and Response to Warming of the East Australian Current
Influence of Environmental Covariates on Reed Food Webs