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People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.

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Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

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Responding to a changing world

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Garry Russ

Garry Russ


Professor and Chief Investigator


Professor (2006-present), Associate Professor (1998 - 2005, including acting Head of School in early 2001), Senior Lecturer (1989 - 1997), Lecturer (1988-89) Marine Biology Dept., JCU; Lecturer (1986-87) School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney.


BSc (Hons) Melbourne & Latrobe • PhD Melbourne.


Australian Society for Fish Biology; Australian Marine Sciences Association; Australian Coral Reef Society; Asian Fisheries Society; Scientific Divers Association of Australia; International Bryozoology Association.


James Cook University



+61 (0)7 4781 4432


Research Interests

On the Great Barrier Reef, Australia my research interests involve studies of the biology and fisheries of species of reef fish of commercial and recreational fishing significance (mostly serranids, lutjanids and lethriids). Specific areas of research include age and growth, reproduction, mortality, movements, mark-release-recapture, use of fish traps as sampling devices, catch per unit effort and stock assessment. A major area of research now and in the future, is studies of age structures of reef fish of commercial/recreational significance on coral reefs opened and closed to fishing.

In south-east Asia, I am undertaking long-term (15 year) monitoring of reef fish populations inside and outside marine reserves. Work in the Philippines has been related to the use of marine reserves in reef fisheries management.

Member of: Australian Society for Fish Biology; Australian Marine Sciences Association; Australian Coral Reef Society; Asian Fisheries Society; Scientific Divers Association of Australia; International Bryozoology Association.

Recent and Currently Supervised PhD Topics

Future PhD Directions

Selected Publications

Sparrow L, Momigliano P, Russ G and Heimann K (2017) Effects of temperature, salinity and composition of the dinoflagellate assemblage on the growth of Gambierdiscus carpenteri isolated from the Great Barrier Reef. Harmful Algae, 65. pp. 52-60

Leahy S, Russ G and Abesamis R (2016) Primacy of bottom-up effects on a butterflyfish assemblage. Marine and Freshwater Research, 67 (8). pp. 1175-1185

Abesamis R, Jadloc C and Russ G (2015) Varying annual patterns of reproduction in four species of coral reef fish in a monsoonal environment. Marine Biology, 162 (10). pp. 1993-2006

Bergseth B, Russ G and Cinner J (2015) Measuring and monitoring compliance in no-take marine reserves. Fish and Fisheries, 16 (2). pp. 240-258

Emslie M, Logan M, Williamson D, Ayling A, MacNeil M, Ceccarelli D, Cheal A, Evans R, Johns K, Jonker M, Miller I, Osborne K, Russ G and Sweatman H (2015) Expectations and outcomes of reserve network performance following re-zoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Current Biology, 25 (8). pp. 983-992

Januchowski-Hartley F, Graham N, Cinner J and Russ G (2015) Local fishing influences coral reef fish behavior inside protected areas of the Indo-Pacific. Biological Conservation, 182. pp. 8-12

Lamb J, Williamson D, Russ G and Willis B (2015) Protected areas mitigate diseases of reef-building corals by reducing damage from fishing. Ecology, 96 (9). pp. 2555-2567

Leahy S, Russ G and Abesamis R (2015) Pelagic larval duration and settlement size of a reef fish are spatially consistent, but post-settlement growth varies at the reef scale. Coral Reefs, 34 (4). pp. 1283-1296

Russ G, Miller K, Rizzari J and Alcala A (2015) Long-term no-take marine reserve and benthic habitat effects on coral reef fishes. Marine Ecology – Progress Series, 529. pp. 233-248

Russ G, Bergseth B, Rizzari J and Alcala A (2015) Decadal-scale effects of benthic habitat and marine reserve protection on Philippine goatfish (F: Mullidae). Coral Reefs, 34 (3). pp. 773-787

Russ G, Questel S, Rizzari J and Alcala A (2015) The parrotfish-coral relationship: refuting the ubiquity of a prevailing paradigm. Marine Biology, 162 (10). pp. 2029-2045

Abesamis R, Green A, Russ G and Jadloc C (2014) The intrinsic vulnerability to fishing of coral reef fishes and their differential recovery in fishery closures. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 24 (4). pp. 1033-1063

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au