• Senior Principal Research Scientist
  • Leader, AIMS Quantitative Unit
  • Leader, AIMS - Queensland University of Technology Collaboration
  • Partner Investigator, ACEMS
  • Member, Governance Advisory Board, ACEMS
  • 1992-1993 Killam and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia
  • 1994-1996 ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University
  • 1997-2001 ARC Australian Research Fellow, James Cook University
  • 1982: BSc Zoology, University of Guelph
  • 1986: MSc Zoology, University of Guelph
  • 1991: PhD Zoology, University of Sydney
Current Research Activities
I study population and community ecology, macroecology, and evolutionary biology using many different model organisms. Most of my recent work has concentrated on the ecology and evolutionary biology of reef fishes, but I also maintain active research interests focused on other taxa. In general, my research explores ecological and contemporary evolutionary processes that generate and maintain biodiversity and how this knowledge and be used for effective conservation and resource management.
Expert Committees and Boards
  • Member, Governance Advisory Board, ACEMS
  • Adjunct Professor, James Cook University
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Mathematics, Queensland University of Technology
Over 100 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

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.

Fisher R, Radford B, Knowlton N, Brainard RE, Michaelis FB and Caley MJ (2011) Global mismatch between research effort and conservation needs of tropical coral reefs. Conservation Letters. 4: 64-72.

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, Bradshaw CJA, Fordham DA, Caley MJ (2014) Strong but opposing beta-diversity-stability relationships in coral reef fish communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281 (no. 1777): 20131993

Caley MJ, Fisher R, Mengersen K (2014) Global species richness estimates have not converged. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29(4): 187-188

Connolly SR, MacNeil MA, Caley MJ, Knowlton N, Cripps E, Hisano M, Thibaut LM, Bhattacharya BD, Benedetti-Cecchi L, Brainard RE, Brandt A, Bulleri F, Ellingsen KE, Kaiser S, Kröncke I, Linse K, Maggi E, O'Hara TD, Plaisance L, Poore GCB, Sarkar SK, Satpathy KK, Schückel U, Williams A, Wilson RS (2014) Commonness and rarity in the marine biosphere. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(23): 8524-8529

Mellin C, Mengersen K, Bradshaw CJA, Caley MJ (2014) Generalizing the use of geographical weights in biodiversity modelling. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23(11): 1314-1323

Fisher R, O'Leary RA, Low-Choy S, Mengersen K, Knowlton N, Brainard RE, Caley MJ (2015) Species richness on coral reefs and the pursuit of convergent global estimates. Current Biology 25(4): 500-505

Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Lozano-Montes HM, Vanderklift MA, Babcock RC, Haywood MDE, Meeuwig JJ, Caley MJ (2016) Transferability of predictive models of coral reef fish species richness. Journal of Applied Ecology 53(1): 64-72

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

Mellin C, MacNeil MA, Cheal AJ, Emslie MJ, Caley MJ (2016) Marine protected areas increase resilience among coral reef communities. Ecology Letters 19(6): 629-637

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