Professor Peter Mumby
Professor Peter J. Mumby is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow (ARC), leader of the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, at the University of Queensland. He received his B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Marine Biology from the University of Liverpool (UK) in 1992, and the PhD degree from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 1997.
Prof. Mumby is renowned for advancing the understanding of ecological processes of coral reefs, developing ecosystem models to investigate the effectiveness of conservation measures in mitigating disturbances (including climate change), and combining ecological models with remotely-sensed data to allow spatial conservation planning.
Prof. Mumby’s work has focused on providing solutions to coral reef management problems. His research has spanned various applied problems including the impact of losing mangroves on Caribbean reef fish populations and coral reef resilience. His work also provided the first evidence that protecting parrotfishes in Caribbean marine reserves can lead to a dramatic reduction in seaweed and a concomitant rise in the recruitment and recovery of corals.
Prof. Mumby has worked with policy-makers in Belize and Bonaire to develop fisheries regulations that ban parrotfish exploitation, and currently works with the Bahamas National Trust on the design of marine reserve networks, funded, in large part by a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.
Prof. Mumby has authored more than 140 scientific publications and supervised 16 graduate students in both Britain and Australia. He has also chaired the interdisciplinary Remote Sensing Working Group of The World Bank since 2001, and currently forms part of the editorial boards of Phil Transactions B, Ecology Letters, and Marine Ecology Progress Series, and has been the Ecology Editor of the journal Coral Reefs for 4 years.
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Revisiting the paradigm of shark‐driven trophic cascades in coral reef ecosystems
Published in Ecology Abstract Global overfishing of higher‐level predators has caused cascading effects to lower trophic levels in many marine ecosystems. On coral reefs, which support highly diverse food‐webs, the degree to which top‐down trophic cascades can occur remains equivocal. …
Porites and the Phoenix effect: unprecedented recovery after a mass coral bleaching event at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia
Porites and the Phoenix effect: unprecedented recovery after a mass coral bleaching event at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia Springer Berlin Heidelberg 1432-1793 By George Roff, Sonia Bejarano, Yves-Marie Bozec, Maggy Nugues, Robert S. Steneck, Peter J. Mumby April 3, 2014 Abstract The 1997/1998 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) was the most severe coral bleaching event in …
Changes in the spear fishery of herbivores associated with closed grouper season in Palau, Micronesia
This article, published by one of the Living Oceans Foundation Research Fellows, Sonia Bejarano, PhD and science team member, Professor Peter Mumby, looks at changes in the spear fishery of herbivores associated with closed grouper season in Palau, Micronesia. Changes …
Ecological Risk and the Exploitation of Herbivorous Reef Fish Across Micronesia
Nominally herbivorous reef fish play a variety of functional roles that are important in maintaining coral reef resilience, yet are major targets of spear fisheries in Micronesia. Although protection is afforded to iconic species in some areas, impacts of the fishery on the …
Unprecedented coral bleaching induced mortality in Porites spp. at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia. Marine Biology 139(1): 183-189
Unprecedented coral bleaching induced mortality in Porites spp. at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia. Marine Biology 139(1): 183-189 In April–May 1998, mass coral bleaching was observed in the lagoon of Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia. Six months later, the extent …
A bird’s-eye view of the health of coral reefs. Nature 413:36
Almost three-quarters of the world’s coral reefs are thought to be deteriorating as a consequence of environmental stress. Until now, it has been possible to evaluate reef health only by field survey, which is labour-intensive and time-consuming. Here we map …
Cloudy Weather May Have Saved Society Island Reef Corals During the 1998 ENSO Event
Cloudy Weather May Have Saved Society Island Reef Corals During the 1998 ENSO Event During the 1998 El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event, mass coral bleaching in French Polynesia was patchy at a scale of 100s of km. Bleaching was extensive …
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