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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

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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Coral Reef Studies

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

Russ, G.R and Zeller, D.C. (2003). From Mare Liberum to Mare Reservarum . Marine Policy 27: 75-78.

Zeller, D.C. , Stoute, S. L. and G. R. Russ (2003) The movement of reef fishes across marine reserve boundaries: effects of manipulating a density gradient. Marine Ecology Progress Series . 254: 269-280

Graham, N. A. J., Evans, R. D. and G.R. Russ (2003) The effects of marine reserve protection on the trophic relationships of reef fishes on the Great Barrier Reef. Environmental Conservation 30: 200-208

Williams, A.J, Davies C.R., Mapstone, B.P. and Russ, G.R. (2003). Spatial variation in demographic parameters of red-throat emperor, Lethrinus miniatus (Bloch and Schneider) among regions of the Great Barrier Reef. Fish. Bull. 101:673-683.

Russ G.R. and Alcala A. C. (2003) Marine reserves: rates and patterns of recovery and decline of predatory fish, 1983-2000. Ecological Applications 13: 1553-1565.

Russ, G.R., A.C. Alcala and A.P. Maypa. (2003). Spillover from marine reserves: The case of Naso vlamingii at Apo Island, Philippines. Marine Ecology Progress Series 264: 15-20.

Russ, G.R. and Alcala A.C. (2004). Marine reserves: long-term protection is required for full recovery of predatory fish populations. Oecologia 138: 622-627

Russ G.R. and Alcala A. C. (2004) Marine reserve benefits local fisheries. Ecological Applications 14:597-606

Zeller, D.C. and Russ G.R (2004). Are fisheries sustainable? A counterpoint to Steele and Hoagland. Fisheries Research 67:241-245.

Williamson D.H., Russ G.R. and A.M Ayling (2004) No-Take Marine Reserves Increase Abundance and Biomass of Reef Fish on Inshore Fringing Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Environmental Conservation 31(2):

 

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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