Senior Research Scientist in Data and Technology Innovations at AIMS
My research background is in understanding the role of fishes in aquatic ecosystems, primarily through the use of statistical models. I have developed novel approaches for quantifying the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on fish communities, trends and patterns in biodiversity, and for making informed management decisions. Often this work has involved the use of Bayesian hierarchical models to handle the limited, real-world constraints of quantifying social and ecological processes from non-experimental data.
  • 2001: BSc Marine Biology, Dalhousie Univeristy, Halifax, NS Canada
  • 2004: MSc Fisheries, University of Georgia, Athens, GA USA
  • 2007: PhD Marine Biology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Current Research Activities
I develop ecosystem benchmarks to support management of the Great Barrier Reef and reefs throughout the world. My primary work involves developing adaptive management projects within the GBR Marine Park in an effort to understand key reef processes and to promote increased resilience in the future. In collaboration with researchers at James Cook University and the Wildlife Conservation Society, I am working to understand the effects of fish declines in reef ecosystems and the socio-ecological dynamics of marine fisheries. I am also a PI on the Vulcan-funded Global FinPrint project to quantify the density of reef sharks around the world.
Expert Committees and Boards
Editorial Board: Environmental Conservation
Handling Editor: Conservation Biology
Associate Editor: Collabra
Associate Faculty Member: F1000
Over 45 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

Mellin C, MacNeil MA, Cheal AJ, Emslie MJ, Caley MJ (2016) Marine protected areas increase resilience among coral reef communities. Ecology Letters (Online Mar2016)

MacNeil MA, Graham NAJ, Cinner JE, Wilson SK, Williams ID, Maina J, Newman S, Friedlander AM, Jupiter S, Polunin NVC, McClanahan TR (2015) Recovery potential of the world's coral reef fishes. Nature 520:341-344

Graham NAJ, Jennings S, MacNeil MA, Mouillot D, Wilson SK (2015) Predicting climate-driven regime shifts versus rebound potential in coral reefs. Nature 518:94-97

Connolly SR, MacNeil MA, Caley MJ, Cripps E, et al. (2014) Commonness and rarity in the marine biosphere. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111:85248-529

Hussey NE, Macneil MA, McMeans BC, Olin JA, Dudley SFJ, Cliff G, Wintner SP, Fennessy ST, Fisk AT (2014) Rescaling the trophic structure of marine food webs. Ecology Letters 17(2):239-250

MacNeil MA, Cinner JE (2013) Hierarchical livelihood outcomes among co-managed fisheries. Global Environmental Change 23(6):1393-1401

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