BSc (UCSB) - Hons (UCSB)
James Cook University
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.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia
Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Jacob began his career at University of California, Santa Barbara and the Marine Science Institute where he earned a BSc with Honours and Distinction in Environmental Science and Marine Biology with a Minor in Spatial Science (GIS Marine Aquaculture). He began his research career in the Channel Islands, CA studying lobster and urchin predator-prey interactions and urchin barren persistence in kelp forests under Dr. Robert Warner and Dr. Jenn Caselle. During his undergrad he worked as a Research Technician and Lab Assistant for PISCO and Santa Barbara Coastal LTER to gain field sampling and monitoring experience. After university, he continued invertebrate research with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and remained active at UCSB researching fish communities on oil platforms with Dr. Milton Love. He warmed up and switched to the tropics to conduct competitive and territorial research on surgeonfish and parrotfish at Palmyra Atoll, Line Isl., Kiribati with The Nature Conservancy, The Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium, and UCSB. This prompted his drive to study coral reef fish ecology and led to his PhD research with James Cook University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies under the supervision of Prof Geoff Jones and Prof Mark McCormick. He is now carrying out his PhD studying territorial damselfish ecological versatility and niche partitioning in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. He aims to compare findings from PNG to the Great Barrier Reef to examine the affects of coral bleaching and cyclone damage on territorial damselfish and surgeonfish. Jacob also holds the position of Resident Researcher with Mahonia Na Dari Research and Conservation Center in Kimbe Bay, PNG. He helps run a marine educational program for local school children and community-based conservation workshops for teachers and managers.
Processes underlying fine-scale partitioning and niche diversification in a guild of coral reef damselfishes
A major goal of ecology is to explain the mechanisms that drive species distributions and ecological partitioning along gradients in the natural environment. The distributions and coexistence of ecologically similar animals may depend on the degree of habitat specialization and behavioural interactions within and among species. The extent of ecological partitioning in guilds of coral reef fishes and overall function has been a matter of debate, but the roles of habitat selectivity and agonistic interactions have received little attention. In the thesis these effects were examined by investigating fine-scale species distributions, microhabitat use, and competition in a guild of seven territorial damselfish species in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Using species comparisons, ecological surveys, and extensive field experiments, this thesis addresses novel questions about the ecology and functional role of intermediate territorial damselfish and the resulting community effects.
Eurich, J. G., Matley, J. K., Baker, R., McCormick, M. I., and Jones, G. P. (in review) Stable isotope analysis reveals diversity and partitioning in territorial damselfishes on a low latitude coral reef. Marine Biology. Submitted July 2018.
Eurich, J. G., McCormick, M. I., and Jones, G. P. (2018) Direct and indirect effects of interspecific competition in a highly partitioned guild of reef fishes. Ecosphere. 9:e02389.
Eurich, J. G.*, Shomaker, S. M.*, McCormick, M. I., and G. P. Jones (2018) Experimental evaluation of the effect of a territorial damselfish on foraging behaviour of roving herbivores on coral reefs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology. 506:155-162.
Richardson, L. E., Graham, N. A. J., Pratchett, M. S., Eurich, J. G., and A. S. Hoey (2018) Mass coral bleaching causes biotic homogenization of reef fish assemblages. Global Change Biology. 24:3117-3129.
Eurich, J. G., McCormick, M. I., and Jones, G. P. (2018) Habitat selection and aggression as determinants of fine-scale partitioning of coral reef zones in a guild of territorial damselfishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 587:201-215.
Eurich, J. G., Selden R. L., and R. R. Warner (2014) California spiny lobster preference for urchins from kelp forests: implications for urchin barren persistence. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 498:217-225.
Non-peer Reviewed Publications:
California Ocean Science Trust (2015) Final report of the scientific review committee, scientific review of the reference point thresholds prescribed in the draft Fishery Management Plan for California Spiny Lobster (Panulirus interruptus). California Department of Fish and Wildlife. CA, USA.
Eurich, J. G., McCormick, M. I., and Jones, G. P. (2017). The damselfish domino effect: a competitive release in a highly partitioned guild reveals subordinates versatility. 10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference. Tahiti, French Polynesia.
Eurich, J. G., Miller, A. H., McCormick, M. I., and Jones, G. P. (2016). A competitive release in a guild of coral reef fishes reveals subordinates versatility: will other specialists follow suit if resource partitioning is reduced? 13th International Coral Reef Symposium. Honolulu, HI, USA.
Miller, A. H., and Eurich, J. G. (2016). Using spatial statistics to examine damselfish population distributions after a competitive release. ESRI User Conference. San Diego, CA, USA.
Miller, A. H., and Eurich, J. G. (2016) Using spatial statistics to examine damselfish population distributions after a competitive release. California GIS Conference. Anaheim, CA, USA.
Eurich, J. G. (2015) Processes underlying niche partitioning and ecological versatility in an guild of coral reef damselfishes. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University. QLD, AU.
Selden, R. L., and Eurich, J. G. (2013) California spiny lobster’s preference for healthy urchins: implications for urchin barren phase shifts. Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting. Oxnard, CA, USA.
Eurich, J. G., and Miller, A. H. (2012) Humboldt Bay shellfish mariculture expansion project. UCSB Think Spatial GIS Colloquium, UCSB Center for Spatial Studies. CA, USA.
Eurich, J. G., and Selden, R. L. (2012) California spiny lobster’s preference for healthy urchins: implications for urchin barren phase shifts. Undergraduate Research Colloquium, UCSB. CA, USA.
Eurich, J. G., and Manalis, M. (2011) Unite to Light, Inc., lighting the world one country at a time. Greek Accreditation Workshop, UCSB Community Affairs Board and Division of Student Affairs. CA, USA.
Eurich, J. G., and Hill, A. (2010) Premiere of a local public service announcement and sea otter conservation. Santa Barbara Channel Sea Otter Conservation Exhibition, Defenders of Wildlife. CA, USA.
Eurich, J. G. (2010) Greeks gone green recycling initiative. Associate Student Body Sponsorship Conference, UCSB AS Program Board. CA, USA.
Postgraduate Research Fellowship, James Cook University, Ph. D. Tuition and Research Funding, 2014 – 2018
Grants and Scholarships
Higher Degree Research Enhancement Scheme, CMES James Cook University, $500, 2017
Higher Degree Research Enhancement Scheme, CMES James Cook University, $1,500, 2016
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, UCSB College of Letters and Science, $1,500, 2011 – 2012
RCD Conservation Scholarship, Merit based Environmental Studies major, $1,000, 2012
UCSB Honors Scholarship, Renewable quarterly with 3.5+ GPA, $9,000, 2010 – 2012
Martin Kanlund Scholarship, Leadership & merit based, Renewable annually, $20,000, 2008 – 2012
Point Loma Masonic Lodge Exemplary Scholar, Renewable annually, $2,000, 2008 – 2012
EAP UCSB Abroad Scholarship, UCSB College of Letters & Science, $1,000, 2011
Stephan Malloy Memorial Scholarship, Sigma Phi Epsilon, $1,500, 2011
Dr. Pearl Chase Scholarship, UCSB College of Letters & Science, $1,500, 2009
Balanced Man Scholar, Sigma Phi Epsilon, $750, 2008
Burger King Scholarship, Community Service Based Award, $1,000, 2008
New Freshman Scholarship, UCSB Department of Environmental Science, $1,200, 2008
Awards and Honors:
Awardee, HDR Open Access Competitive Research Training Award, JCU, $1250, 2018
Awardee, Doctoral Completion Competitive Research Training Award, JCU, $3,000, 2018
Winner ICRS Video Abstract Competition, ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies, $1,000, 2016
Peoples Choice Runner-up, Bommies Award, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, 2015
Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2013
Distinction in the Major, UCSB Department of Environmental Studies Honors Program, 2012
Photographer Best in Class, University of Queensland EAP, 2011
Andrew Lynch Leadership Chapter President of the Year, Inter-Greek Council, 2010 – 2011
Marine Education Staff, Intensives for teachers and school groups, Mahonia Na Dari, PNG, 2015 – 2017
Part Time Teaching Staff, MB5200 Marine Conservation Biology, Masters level, JCU, 2014 – 2016
Part Time Teaching Staff, MB3200 Marine Conservation Biology, JCU, 2014 – 2016
Assistant Instructor, AAUS/OSHA Scientific Diving Course, NAUI, 2013
Teaching Assistant, EEMB 106 Biology of Fishes, UCSB, 2012
Grading Assistant, EEMB 152 Marine Ecology, UCSB, 2012
Marine Educator, School education program, Ty Warner Sea Center, 2011 – 2012
Teaching Assistant, ES 115 Energy and the Environment, UCSB, 2010 – 2011
Undergraduate research advisor, Simone Shomaker, James Cook University 2016 – 2017
Thesis: Herbivore foraging and territorial damselfish dynamics in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
* High Distinction
MSc research mentor, Ahna Miller, Clark University 2015 – 2017
Thesis: GIS Applications Examining the spatial distribution of damselfish populations after the removal of a dominant competitor
International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS), 2016 – present
Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS), 2014 – 2017
Journal reviewer: Journal of Fish Biology, 2017; Journal of Fish Biology, 2018
Member, Board of Directors, Mahonia Na Dari Research and Conservation Centre, 2014 – 2015
Member, Scientific Advising Committee, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2013
Selected Popular Media:
Stock footage, Palmyra Atoll Reef Sharks, by D. McCauley, Ocean 180 Video Challenge, 2018
Coral CoE blog article, A story of coexistence by J. Eurich, ARC CoE, 2018
Stock footage, Diving into Reef Resilience: Lessons from Palmyra Atoll by E. O’Reilly et al., PARC, 2017
Competition video, First Place – 2016 CoralCoE Communicating your science by J. Eurich, ARC CoE, 2016
Article interview, Collaborative Conservation by J. Gilligan, Australian Geographic Magazine, Is. 131, 2016
Book interview, 438 Days by J. Franklin, Simon and Schuster, 2015
TV interview, Walindi Resort: A Divers Oasis by A. Leahy, EM TV PNG, 2015
Research article interview, Picky Eaters: Feeding Preference by Lobsters by G. Ober, oceanbites.org, 2014
Media tool, Palmyra Atoll Ono Tagging and Monitoring Project by J. Eurich, The Nature Conservancy, 2014
Television commercial, Sea Otter Public Service Announcement by J. Eurich and A. Hill, Defenders of Wildlife, 2011
The future of the world’s coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change, the response of the
Scientists have solved the mystery of why some closely-related species of an iconic reef fish have vastly different colour patterns, while others look very similar.Innovative research led by scien
Climate change must no longer be viewed as a “tragedy of the commons”, say researchers from the University of Exeter and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook Universit
A James Cook University scientist is investigating how people’s social networks prompt them to take action on climate change - or discourage them from doing so – in an attempt to help communities
Who: Julian Cribb Where: JCU HY002, UQ CMS Meeting Room When: Monday 20 March 2006, 11.00am-12.00pm
The Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships Program provides financial support for field-intensive coral reef research at Lizard Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef by outstanding PhD student
Who: Go Suzuki, Kyoto University Where: ARC Centre of Excellence Conference Room, James Cook University, Townsville with video link to Centre for Marine Studies, UQ, Brisbane When: 1.00pm Monday 23
Who: Lead by Meir Sussman Where: ARC Centre of Excellence Conference Room, JCU, Townsville with video link to Centre for Marine Studies, UQ, Brisbane When: 4.00pm, Thursday 26 April 2007
Dr. Frank Thomalla is a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) where he leads the Stockholm-based group of the “Risk, Livelihoods and Vulnerability Programme” and at the re
Dr Troy Day is a theoretical evolutionary ecologist at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada (http://www.mast.queensu.ca/~tday/index.html). His primary research interests are in the evolution of in
Who: Lead by Dr Sophie Dove Where: Video link ARC Centre of Excellence Conference Room, JCU, Townsville and Centre for Marine Studies, UQ, Brisbane When: 4.00pm, Thursday 10 May 2007
Who: Lead by Professor Terry Hughes Where: Video link ARC Centre of Excellence Conference Room, JCU, Townsville and JCU Cairns, Room B1.108 When: 12.00pm, Monday 14 May 2007
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia
Phone: 61 7 4781 4000