Research Director

Oversight of all research planning and activities at AIMS.
Member of the Executive Team
Dr Oliver joined AIMS in September 2009. Prior to this he worked for the WorldFish Center from 2000, first as senior scientist in charge of coral reef projects (including the Center's ReefBase information system) and then as Director of Science Coordination and Secretary for the WorldFish Board of Trustees. He has also served as the Chair of the International Coral Reef Action Network Steering Committee and co-Chair of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Management Committee. Prior to WorldFish he was the Director of Information Support at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and a senior scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. During this period he conceived, and led the production of the first State of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Report and edited the first AIMS Long-term Monitoring Report for the GBR. He has carried out consultancy work on coral reef monitoring and management in many countries throughout Asia and the Pacific.
  • 1987: PhD, James Cook University
  • 1979: BSc Hons, James Cook University
Current Research Activities
I have a long-standing interest in coral bleaching, particularly the documentation of long-term and large-scale bleaching patterns and their relation to global climate variability. I also maintain an active interest in long-term monitoring of coral reef ecosystems and the development of effective indicators of reef status, anthropogenic impacts and management effectiveness. Following my leadership of ReefBase, I have an interest in the development of knowledge bases that provide a repository for research and monitoring data, which provides an easy access to higher level interpretations and advice for managers.
Expert Committees and Boards
Board Member, Western Australian Marine Science Institution
Over 30 science and technical papers in international journals. The following is a selection of key publications.

Oliver J, Berkelmans R, Eakin M (2009) Coral Bleaching in Space and Time. In: van Oppen MJH, Lough JM (eds) Coral Bleaching: Patterns, Processes, Causes and Consequences. Springer.

Bell JD, Ratner BD, Stobutzki I, Oliver J (2006) Addressing the coral reef crisis in developing countries. Ocean and Coastal Management 49:976-985.

Orpin A, Ridd PV, Thomas S, Anthony K, Marshall P, Oliver J (2004) Natural turbidity variability and weather forecasts in risk management of anthropogenic sediment discharge near sensitive environments. Marine Pollution Bulletin 49:602-612.

Andréfouët S, Berkelmans R, Odriozola L, Done T, Oliver J, Müller-Karger F (2002) Choosing the appropriate spatial resolution for monitoring coral bleaching events using remote sensing. Coral Reefs 21: 147-154.

Berkelmans R, Oliver JK (1999) Large-scale bleaching of corals on the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 17: 55-60.

Jones RJ, Berkelmans R, Oliver JK (1997) Recurrent bleaching of corals at Magnetic Island (Australia) relative to air and seawater temperature. Marine Ecology Progress Series 158: 289-292.

Babcock RC, Mundy C, Keesing J, Oliver J (1992) Predictable and unpredictable spawning events:in situ behavioural data from free-spawning coral reef invertebrates. Invertebrate Reproduction & Development 22:1-3.

Oliver JK, Babcock RC, Harrison PL, Willis BL (1988) The geographic extent of mass coral spawning: clues to ultimate factors. Proc. 6th Int. Coral Reef Symp. Townsville. 2:803-810.

Babcock RC, Bull GD, Harrison PL, Heyward AJ, Oliver JK, Wallace CC, Willis BL (1986) Synchronous spawnings of 105 scleractinian species on the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Biology 75:379-394.

Oliver J (1985) Recurrent seasonal bleaching and mortality of corals on the Great Barrier Reef. Proc. 5th Int. Coral Reef Congr., Tahiti, 4:201-206.

Willis BL, Babcock RC, Harrison PL, Oliver JK, Wallace CC (1985) Patterns in the mass spawning of corals on the Great Barrier Reef from 1981 to 1984. Proc. 5th Int. Coral Reef Congr. 4:343-348

Oliver JK,Babcock RC (1992) Aspects of the fertilisation ecology of broadcast spawning corals: sperm dilution effects and in situ measurements of fertilisation. Biological Bulletin 183:409-417.

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