• Senior Principal Research Scientist
Prior to joining AIMS in 1986:
  • Research Associate, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA (1982-1986)
  • Senior Research Associate, Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (1980-1982)
  • 1982 PhD Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK
  • 1976 BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK
Current Research Activities
I undertake research in 2 main areas:
  • extraction and interpretation of proxy climate and environmental information from records contained in long-lived annually-banded massive corals. Such records extend the short instrumental records the for tropical oceans & provide critical insights into the nature and causes of past climate and environmental changes;
  • detecting and understanding the consequences of a rapidly changing global climate due to human activities for tropical coral reef ecosystems.
Expert Committees and Boards
  • Adjunct Professorial Research Fellow and Partner Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Reef Studies, James Cook University
  • Advisory Editor - Coral Reefs
Over 160 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

Albright R, KRN Anthony, M Baird, R Beeden, M Byrne, C Collier, S Dove, K Fabricius, O Hoegh-Guldberg, RP Kelly, J Lough, M Mongin, PL Munday, RJ Pears, BD Russell, B Tilbrook & E Abal (2016) Ocean acidification: linking science to management solutions using the Great Barrier Reef as a case study. J Environmental Management 182:641-650

Su R, JM Lough, D Sun (2016) Variations in massive Porites growth rates at Hainan Island, northern South China Sea Marine Ecology Progress Series 546:47-60

Lough JM, NE Cantin, J Benthuysen, TF Cooper (2016) Environmental drivers of growth in massive Porites corals over 16 degrees of latitude along Australia's northwest shelf. Limnology & Oceanography, 61:684-700

Lough JM, SE Lewis, NE Cantin (2015) Freshwater impacts in the central Great Barrier Reef: 1648-2011. Coral Reefs 34(3):739-751

Lough JM et al (2014) Evidence for suppressed mid-Holocene monsoon variability in northeast Australia from coral luminescence. Paleoceanography, doi:10.1002/2014PA002630

Zinke J et al (2014) Corals record long-term Leeuwin current variability including Ningaloo Nino/Nina since 1795. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms4607

Cantin NE, Lough JM (2014) Surviving coral bleaching events: Porites growth anomalies on the Great Barrier Reef. PLos ONE 9:e0088720

Bell JD et al(2013) Mixed responses of tropical Pacific fisheries and aquaculture to climate change. Nature Climate Change 3:591-599

Lough JM (2012) Small change, big difference: sea surface temperature distributions for tropical coral reef ecosystems, 1950-2011. J Geophys Res-Oceans 117 doi:10.1029/2012JC008199

Cooper TF, O'Leary RA, Lough JM (2012) Growth of Western Australian corals in the Anthropocene. Science 335:593-596

Lough JM, Cooper TF (2011) New insights from coral growth band studies in an era of rapid environmental change. Earth-Science Reviews 108:170-184

Lough JM, Hobday AJ (2011) Observed climate change in Australian marine and freshwater environments. Mar Freshwater Res 62:984-999

Lough JM (2011) Great Barrier Reef coral luminescence reveals rainfall variability over northeastern Australia since the 17th century. Paleoceanography 26 doi:10.1029/2010PA002050

Lough JM (2011) Measured coral luminescence as a freshwater proxy: comparison with visual indices and a potential age artefact. Coral Reefs 30:169-182

Lough JM (2010) Climate records from corals. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 1:318-331

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