ARC DECRA Fellow (2013-2015)
Isobel Bennett Research Fellowship (2013), Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation
Research Fellow, James Cook University (2012-2013)
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (2011-2012)
Churchill Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology (2011)
- Functional importance of herbivorous fishes
- Role of ecological feedbacks in ecosystem dynamics
- Impacts of habitat degradation on biological communities and ecosystem processes
- Fish-algal-coral interactions
- Functional biology of reef fishes
My research focuses on broad-scale ecological processes and the functional importance of different taxa to the resilience of coral reef ecosystems, in particular the functional role of herbivorous fishes and the dangers of seaweed expansion on coral reefs. I have worked at over 20 locations spanning the Pacific and Indian Oceans and this experience has provided me with considerable insight into the differences among these systems in terms of diversity, reef community structure, human use patterns and, perhaps more importantly, the underlying processes. My current research focuses on understanding the functional importance of different herbivorous fishes in preventing and/or reversing seaweed expansion on coral reefs, the differential responses of herbivorous fishes to changes in the benthic community structure on coral reefs, the recruitment dynamics and replenishment of reef fish populations, and the effects of increasing water temperature on the physiology and function of reef fish.
Councilor (2010-present) for the Australian Coral Reef Society
Member of: International Society of Reef Studies, Australian Society of Fish Biology, Society for Conservation Biology
- Hoey AS, Brandl SJ, Bellwood DR (in press) Diet and cross-shelf distribution of rabbitfishes (f. Siganidae) on the northern Great Barrier Reef: implications for ecosystem function. Coral Reefs doi:10.1007/s00338-013-1043-z
- Rasher DB, Hoey AS, Hay ME (in press) Consumer diversity interacts with prey defences to drive ecosystem function. Ecology doi: 10.1890/12-0389.1
- Trapon ML, Pratchett MS, Adjeroud M, Hoey AS, Baird AH (in press) Post-settlement growth and mortality rates of juvenile scleractinian corals in Moorea, French Polynesia versus Trunk Reef, Australia. Mar Ecol Prog Serdoi: 10.3354/meps10389
- Johansson CL, van de Leemput I, Depczynski M, Hoey AS, Bellwood DR (in press) Key herbivores reveal limited functional redundancy on inshore coral reefs. Coral Reefs doi: 10.1007/s00338-013-1044-y
- Baird AH, Hoey AS, Campbell SJ, Herdiana Y, Pratchett MS (2013) Acanthaster planci is a major cause of coral mortality in Indonesia. Coral Reefs doi:10.1007/s00338-013-1025-1
- Johansson CL, Bellwood DR, Depczynski M, Hoey AS (2013) The distribution of the sea urchin Echinometra mathaei (de Blainville) and its predators at Ningaloo reef, Western Australia: the implications for top-down control in an intact reef system. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 442:39-46
- Trapon ML, Pratchett MS, Hoey AS (2013) Spatial variation in abundance, size and orientation of juvenile corals related to the biomass of parrotfishes on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia PLoS ONE 8:e57788
- Hoey AS, Bellwood DR, Barnett A (2012) To feed or to breed: morphological constraints of mouthbrooding in coral reef cardinalfishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 2426-2432.
- Bellwood DR, Hoey AS, Hughes TP (2012) Human activity selectively impacts the ecosystem roles of parrotfishes on coral reefs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:1621-1629.
- Bellwood DR, Baird AH, Depczynski M, Gonzalez-Cabello A, Hoey AS, Lefevre C, Tanner JK (2012) Coral recovery may not herald the return of fishes on damaged coral reefs. Oecologia 170:567-573.
- Campbell, SJ, Cinner JE, Ardiwijaya S, Pardede S, Kartawijaya T, Mukmunin A, Herdiana Y, Hoey AS, Pratchett MS, Baird AH (2012) Avoiding conflicts and protecting coral reefs: customary management benefits marine habitats and fish biomass. Oryx 46:486-494.
- Hoey AS, Bellwood DR (2011) Suppression of herbivory by macroalgal density: a critical feedback on coral reefs. Ecol Lett 14: 267-273. (Faculty of 1000 – must read; Virginia Chadwick Award).
- Hoey AS, Pratchett MS, Cvitanovic C (2011) High macroalgal cover and low coral recruitment undermines the potential resilience of the world’s southernmost coral reef assemblage. PLoS ONE 6: e25824.
- Pratchett MS, Hoey AS, Wilson SK, Messmer V, Graham NAJ (2011) Changes in biodiversity and functioning of reef fish assemblages following coral bleaching and coral loss. Diversity 3: 424-452.
- Hoey AS (2010) Size matters: macroalgal height influences the feeding response of coral reef herbivores. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 411: 299-301.
- Hoey AS, Bellwood DR (2010) Cross-shelf variation in browsing intensity on the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs29: 499-508.
- Hoey AS, Bellwood DR (2010) Damselfish territories as a refuge for macroalgae on coral reefs Coral Reefs 29: 107-118.
- Hoey AS, Bellwood DR (2010) Among-habitat variation in grazing intensity on Sargassum spp. on a mid-shelf reef in the northern Great Barrier Reef. Mar Biol 157: 189-200.
- Wilson SK, Adjeroud M, Bellwood DR, Berumen ML, Booth D, Bozec Y-M, Chabanet P, Cheal A, Cinner J, Depczynski M, Feary DA, Gagliano M, Graham NAJ, Halford AR, Halpern BS, Harborne AR, Hoey AS, et al. (2010) Critical knowledge gaps in current understanding of climate change impacts on coral reef fishes. J Exp Biol 213: 894-900.
- Hoey AS, Bellwood DR (2009) Limited functional redundancy in a high diversity system: single species dominates key ecological process on coral reefs. Ecosystems 12: 1316-1328 (Virginia Chadwick Award).
- Hoey AS, Bellwood DR (2008) Cross-shelf variation in the role of parrotfishes on the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 27: 37-47.
- Bellwood DR, Hughes TP, Hoey AS (2006) Sleeping functional groups drive coral reef recovery. Curr Biol 16: 2434-2439.
- Bellwood DR, Hoey AS, Ackerman JL, Depczynski M (2006) Reef fish community phase shifts and the resilience of coral reefs. Glob Change Biol 12: 1587-1594.
- Bellwood DR, Wainwright PC, Fulton CJ, Hoey AS (2006) Functional versatility supports coral reef biodiversity.Proc R Soc London B 273: 101-107.
- Hoey AS, McCormick MI (2004) Selective predation for low body condition at the larval-juvenile transition of a coral reef fish. Oecologia 139: 23-29.
- McCormick MI, Hoey AS (2004) Larval growth history determines juvenile growth and survival in a tropical marine fish. Oikos 106: 225-242.
- Bellwood DR, Hoey AS, Choat JH (2003) Limited functional redundancy in high diversity systems: resilience and ecosystem function on coral reefs. Ecol Lett 6: 281-285.