Visiting Research Fellow
Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.
Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution
Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.
From 2005 to 2022, the main node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland (Australia)
Starting his research career as crustacean ecologist at the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, in 2006 David took a leap into the world of fisheries and development. Based at WorldFish Center headquarters in Penang, Malaysia from 2006 until early 2011, he worked on diverse projects relating to fisheries information systems, governance, fisheries and food security, and aquaculture development. He has worked on projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana and Solomon Islands. David is a visiting scholar at the Centre, and has a degree in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (1988 – 1992) and a PhD in fisheries ecology (2001-2005) from the University of Tasmania.
Evans, Louisa S., Cohen, Philippa J., Case, Peter, Hicks, Christina C., Prideaux, Murray, and Mills, David J. (2017) The landscape of leadership in environmental governance. Human Ecology. (In Press)
Case, Peter, Evans, Louisa S., Fabinyi, Michael, Cohen, Philippa J., Hicks, Christina C., Prideaux, Murray, and Mills, David J. (2015) Rethinking environmental leadership: the social construction of leaders and leadership in discourses of ecological crisis, development, and conservation. Leadership, 11 (4). pp. 396-423.
Evans, Louisa S., Hicks, Christina C., Cohen, Philippa J., Case, Peter, Prideaux, Murray, and Mills, David J. (2015) Understanding Leadership in the Environmental Sciences. Ecology and Society, 20 (1). pp. 1-18.
Gardner, Caleb, and Mills, David J. (2013) Determination of moulting events in rock lobsters from pleopod clipping. PLoS ONE, 8 (8). pp. 1-9.
Purcell, Steven W., Hair, Cathy A., and Mills, David J. (2012) Sea cucumber culture, farming and sea ranching in the tropics: progress, problems and opportunities.Aquaculture, 368-369. pp. 68-81.
Mills, David J., Adhuri, Dedi S., Phillips, Michael J., Ravikumar, Bangarusamy, and Padiyar, Arun P. (2011) Shocks, recovery trajectories and resilience among aquaculture-dependent households in post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia. Local Environment, 16 (5). pp. 425-444.
Bene, C, Evans, Louisa, Mills, David, Ovie, S, Raji, A, Tafida, A, Kodio, A, Sinaba, F, Morand, F, Lemoalle, Jacques, and Andrew, N (2011) Testing resilience thinking in a poverty context: experience from the Niger River basin. Global Environmental Change, 21 (4). pp. 1173-1184.
de Graaf, Gertjan J., Grainger, Richard J.R., Westlund, Lena, Willmann, Rolf, Mills, David, Kelleher, Kieran, and Koranteng, Kwame (2011) The status of routine fishery data collection in Southeast Asia, central America, the South Pacific, and West Africa, with special reference to small-scale fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68(8). pp. 1743-1750.
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