• 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 85 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

Mellin C, Bradshaw CJA, Meekan MG and 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 and Caley MJ (2012) Multi-scale marine biodiversity patterns inferred efficiently from habitat image processing. Ecological Applications. 22: 792-803.

Knowlton N, Brainard RE, Fisher R, Moews M, Plaisance L and Caley MJ (2010) Coral Reef Biodiversity. pp. 65-79. In: McIntyre A Life in the World's Oceans: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance. Wiley-Blackwell. 384 p.

Sutcliffe PR, Mellin C, Pitcher CR, Possingham HP, Caley MJ (2014) Regional-scale patterns and predictors of species richness and abundance across twelve major tropical inter-reef taxa. Ecography 37: 162-171

Caley MJ, O'Leary RA, Fisher R, Low-Choy S, Johnson S, Mengersen K (2014) What is an expert? A systems perspective on expertise. Ecology and Evolution 4(3): 231-242

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

Huang Z, Nichol SL, Harris PT, Caley MJ (2014) Classification of submarine canyons of the Australian continental margin. Marine Geology 357: 362-383

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

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