• Research Scientist with the Healthy and Resilient GBR Program at AIMS
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow
I am a quantitative ecologist with a background in marine and coral reef ecology, and strong interests in statistics and ecological modelling. My research area is mostly in biogeography, although I tend to couple it with other disciplines such as remote sensing and habitat imagery to better understand the predictability of marine biodiversity patterns.
  • 2007 PhD Thesis, University Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris VI)
  • 2004 Master's Thesis in Oceanology and Marine Environment, UPMC
  • 2004 Engineering Diploma in Food and Life Sciences, AgroParisTech
Current Research Activities
I am mostly interested in determining the drivers of species occupancy and abundance, their patterns across species ranges, as well as the determinism of species turnover, and the impact of climatic and anthropogenic stressors on species distributions.

I am currently working on the spatially-explicit modelling of Acanthaster planci (Crown-of-Thorns Starfish) metapopulations and outbreaking dynamics as part of my DECRA project entitled "Managing the effects of disturbance on coral reef biodiversity: modelling starfish outbreaks in a changing world".
The following are a selection of recent papers- see for the complete list.

Mellin C, Lugrin C, Okaji K, Francis DS, Uthicke S (2017) Selective feeding and microalgal consumption rates by Crown-of-Thorns Seastar (Acanthaster cf. solaris) larvae. Diversity 9(1): 8. doi:10.3390/d9010008

Mellin C, MacNeil MA, Cheal A, Emslie M, Caley MJ (2016) Marine protected areas increase resilience among coral reef communities. Ecology Letters 19: 629-637.

Mellin C, Mouillot D, Kulbicki M, McClanahan TR, Vigliola L, Bradshaw CJA, Brainard RE, Chabanet P, Edgar GJ, Fordham DA, Friedlander AM, Parravicini V, Sequeira AMM, Stuart-Smith RD, Wantiez L, Caley MJ (2016) Humans and seasonal climate variability threaten large-bodied coral reef fish with small ranges. Nature Communications 7: 10491. doi:10.1038/ncomms10491

Przeslawski R, Byrne M, Mellin C (2015) A review and meta-analysis of the effects of multiple abiotic stressors on marine embryos and larvae. Global Change Biology 21:2122-2140.

Mellin C, Mengersen K, Bradshaw CJA, Caley MJ (2014) Generalizing the use of geographical weights in biodiversity modelling. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:1314-1323.

Mellin C, Bradshaw CJA, Fordham DA, Caley MJ (2014) Strong but opposing beta-diversity-stability relationships in coral reef fish communities. Proc Roy Soc B 281: 20131193.

Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Fordham DAF, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2014) Predicting current and future global distributions of whale sharks. Glob Change Biol 20:778-789.

Sequeira A, Mellin C, Meekan MG, Sims DW, Bradshaw CJA (2013) Inferred global connectivity of whale shark populations. J Fish Biol 82:367-389

Mellin C, Parrott L, Andrefouet S, Bradshaw CJA, MacNeil MA, Caley MJ (2012) Multi-scale marine biodiversity patterns inferred efficiently from habitat image processing. Ecological Applications 22:792-803.

Mellin C, Russell BD, Connell SC, Brook BW, Fordham DA (2012) Geographic range determinants of two commercially important marine molluscs. Diversity and Distributions 18: 133-146.

Sequeira A, Mellin C, Rowat D, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2012) Ocean-scale prediction of whale shark distribution. Diversity and Distributions 18:504-518

Mellin C, Huchery C, Caley MJ, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2010) Reef size and isolation determine the temporal stability of coral reef fish populations. Ecology 91:3138-3145.

Mellin C, Bradshaw CJA, Meekan MG, Caley MJ (2010) Environmental and spatial predictors of species richness and abundance in coral reef fishes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19:212-222.

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