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Queensland 4811 Australia

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Geoff P. Jones

Geoff P. Jones


Professor and Chief Investigator


Professor (2006- Present), Reader (1999 – 2005), Senior Lecturer (1994 - 1998), Lecturer (1992-93) Marine Biology Dept., JCU; Lecturer, Auckland University (1987-91); National Research Fellow, University of Sydney (1986-87); Queens Fellowship in Marine Science, University of Sydney (1983-86); Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne (1981-83).


BSc PhD Auckland


James Cook University



+61 (0)7 4781 4559


Research Interests

Geoff Jones has worked extensively on the ecology of both tropical and temperate reefs in Australia, New Zealand, Oceania and Papua New Guinea. His research interests include the ecology, behaviour and life histories of reef fishes, and their interactions with reef communities. Recent work has focussed on the local and regional impacts of natural and human disturbances to coral reef habitats and associated fish populations. The role of larval connectivity in determining the spatial scales of human impact and recovery programs has been central to his research program. He obtained his PhD at the University of Auckland in 1980, and subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne, a Queen’s Fellowship in Marine Science at the University of Sydney and a lectureship at the University of Auckland. He joined the faculty at James Cook University in 1992, where he has maintained a large graduate group studying interactions between reef fish ecology, behaviour and life histories. He has supervised a career total of over 100 graduate students, and has published over 120 articles in leading international journals, including Nature. He teaches courses in Marine Ecology, Marine Conservation Biology, Marine Animal Behaviour and Experimental Design and is also the Director of the Masters Program in Tropical Marine Biology and Fisheries Ecology.

Recent and Currently Supervised PhD Topics

Selected Publications

[1]  Almany, GR, Berumen, ML, Thorrold, SR, Planes, S and Jones, GP (2007). Local Replenishment of Coral Reef Fish Populations in a Marine Reserve. Science 316(5825): 742-744.
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[2]  Feary, D, Almany, G, McCormick, M and Jones, G (2007). Habitat choice, recruitment and the response of coral reef fishes to coral degradation. Oecologia.
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[3]  Feary, DA, Almany, GR, Jones, GP and McCormick, MI (2007). Coral degradation and the structure of tropical reef fish communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series 333: 243-248.
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[4]  Thompson, V, Munday, P and Jones, G (2007). Habitat patch size and mating system as determinants of social group size in coral-dwelling fishes. Coral Reefs 26(1): 165-174.
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[5]  Wong, MYL, Buston, PM, Munday, PL and Jones, GP (2007). The threat of punishment enforces peaceful cooperation and stabilizes queues in a coral-reef fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 274(1613): 1093-1099.
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[6]  Baird, AH, Salih, A and Trevor-Jones, A (2006). Fluorescence census techniques for the early detection of coral recruits. Coral Reefs 25(1): 73-76.
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[7]  Beger, M, Jones, G and Possingham, H. (2006). A method of statistical modelling of coral reef fish distribution: can it aid conservation planning in data poor regions? in Proceedings of the 10th International Coral Reef Symposium. Okinawa, Japan: ICRS. 1445-1456.
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[8]  Nardi, K, Newman, SJ, Moran, MJ and Jones, GP (2006). Vital demographic statistics and management of the baldchin groper (Choerodon rubescens) from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. Marine and Freshwater Research 57(5): 485-496.
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[9]  Pratchett, MS, Pradjakusuma, OA and Jones, GP (2006). Is there a reproductive basis to solitary living versus pair-formation in coral reef fishes? Coral Reefs 25(1): 85-92.
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[10]  Wilson, SK, Graham, NAJ, Pratchett, MS, Jones, GP and Polunin, NVC (2006). Multiple disturbances and the global degradation of coral reefs: are reef fishes at risk or resilient? Global Change Biology 12(11): 2220-2234.
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[11]  Ceccarelli, DM, Jones, GP and McCook, LJ (2005). Effects of territorial damselfish on an algal-dominated coastal coral reef. Coral Reefs 24(4): 606-620.
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[12]  Ceccarelli, DM, Jones, GP and McCook, LJ (2005). Foragers versus farmers: contrasting effects of two behavioural groups of herbivores on coral reefs. Oecologia 145(3): 445-453.
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[13]  Gardiner, NM and Jones, GP (2005). Habitat specialisation and overlap in a guild of coral reef cardinalfishes (Apogonidae). Marine Ecology-Progress Series 305: 163-175.
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[14]  Hixon, MA and Jones, GP (2005). Competition, predation, and density-dependent mortality in demersal marine fishes. Ecology 86(11): 2847-2859.
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[15]  Jones, GP, Planes, S and Thorrold, SR (2005). Coral reef fish larvae settle close to home. Current Biology 15(14): 1314-1318.
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[16]  Messmer, V, Jones, GP, van Herwerden, L and Munday, PL (2005). Genetic and ecological characterisation of colour dimorphism in a coral reef fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes 74(2): 175-183.
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[17]  Messmer, V, van Herwerden, L, Munday, PL and Jones, GP (2005). Phylogeography of colour polymorphism in the coral reef fish Pseudochromis fuscus, from Papua New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 24(3): 392-402.
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[18]  Sale, PF, Cowen, RK, Danilowicz, BS, Jones, GP, Kritzer, JP, Lindeman, KC, Planes, S, Polunin, NVC, Russ, GR, Sadovy, YJ and Steneck, RS (2005). Critical science gaps impede use of no-take fishery reserves. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 20(2): 74-80.
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[19]  Wong, MYL, Munday, PL and Jones, GP (2005). Habitat patch size, facultative monogamy and sex change in a coral-dwelling fish, Caracanthus unipinna. Environmental Biology of Fishes 74(2): 141-150.
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Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au