My research experience and expertise spans ecological and evolutionary processes operating at all levels of complexity from molecular to global, gained from nearly 40 years of professional experience as an ecologist. Included in my research have been studies of aquatic (marine and freshwater), semi-aquatic, and terrestrial systems in North America, South America, Australia, Melanesia and Polynesia. A primary focus of my research program has been the exploration of processes that generate and maintain biodiversity and how this knowledge can be used for effective conservation and resource management through the application of active adaptive learning approaches. Most recently, I have been investigating the potential of benefits for natural resource management off-park, particularly those associated with commercial-scale returns. I have extensive experience in the design, implementation, leadership and governance of large-scale research projects and programs, and the training and supervision of students and Postdoctoral Fellows. I am priviledged to have an extensive professional network of collaborators in pure and applied sciences across a broad range of disciplines including mathematics and statistics, and ecology, and have worked closely with conservation and management practitioners and governing bodies to understand and address stakeholder needs. I currently maintain positions at two Australian Universities as Adjunct Professor.
B.Sc. (Honours), University of Guelph, 1982
M.Sc. Zoology, University of Guelph, 1986
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Sydney, 1992
Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2003
ACEMS research combines state-of-art methodologies for coral reef data collection, remote sensing and statistical modelling to predict the future ecological status of the reefs within the Great Barrier Reef as the incidence of multiple disturbances continues to increase.
Enormous effort is invested in monitoring the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), but data collection is currently fragmented over dozens of publicly and privately funded organisations, with data collected using different methods and for different purposes. As a result, the data are rarely analysed together.
Fisher, R., O’Leary R. A., Low-Choy S., Mengersen KL., Knowlton N., Brainard R. E., et al.
(2015). Species Richness on Coral Reefs and the Pursuit of Convergent Global Estimates. Current Biology. 25(4), 500-505. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.12.022