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Jacob Eurich

Jacob Eurich


PhD candidate


BSc (UCSB) - Hons (UCSB)


James Cook University




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.

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Project Title:

Processes underlying fine-scale partitioning and niche diversification in a guild of coral reef damselfishes

Project Summary:

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.

Supervisors:

Prof. Geoff P. Jones and Prof. Mark I. McCormick

 

Publications:

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.

 

Presentations:

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.

 

Fellowships:

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

AwardeeDoctoral Completion Competitive Research Training Award, JCU, $3,000, 2018

Winner ICRS Video Abstract CompetitionARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies, $1,000, 2016

Peoples Choice Runner-up, Bommies Award, Great Barrier Reef Foundation2015

Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program2013

Distinction in the Major, UCSB Department of Environmental Studies Honors Program2012

Photographer Best in Class, University of Queensland EAP2011

Andrew Lynch Leadership Chapter President of the Year, Inter-Greek Council2010 – 2011

 

Teaching:

Marine Education Staff, Intensives for teachers and school groups, Mahonia Na Dari, PNG2015 – 2017

Part Time Teaching Staff, MB5200 Marine Conservation Biology, Masters level, JCU2014 – 2016

Part Time Teaching Staff, MB3200 Marine Conservation Biology, JCU2014 – 2016

Assistant Instructor, AAUS/OSHA Scientific Diving Course, NAUI2013

Teaching Assistant, EEMB 106 Biology of Fishes, UCSB2012

Grading Assistant, EEMB 152 Marine Ecology, UCSB2012

Marine Educator, School education program, Ty Warner Sea Center2011 – 2012

Teaching Assistant, ES 115 Energy and the Environment, UCSB2010 – 2011

 

Mentorship:

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

 

Professional Societies:

International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS), 2016 – present

Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS), 2014 – 2017

 

Scientific Service:

Journal reviewer: Journal of Fish Biology, 2017; Journal of Fish Biology, 2018

Member, Board of Directors, Mahonia Na Dari Research and Conservation Centre2014 – 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 articleA story of coexistence by J. Eurich, ARC CoE2018

Stock footageDiving 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 CoE2016

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.org2014

Media toolPalmyra Atoll Ono Tagging and Monitoring Project by J. Eurich, The Nature Conservancy2014

Television commercial, Sea Otter Public Service Announcement by J. Eurich and A. Hill, Defenders of Wildlife2011

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