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Dr Alastair Harborne

Dr Alastair Harborne

Honorary University Fellow

Dr Alastair Harborne

Dr Alastair Harborne

Overview

I am a coral reef ecologist with wide ranging interests in fish and coral ecology, with the overarching aim of using ecological insights to aid biodiversity conservation. My key research interest concerns the processes affecting the abundance of reef fishes on reefs, but I am also interested in the landscape ecology of reefs and the design and effects of marine reserves. I am a member of the Environment and Evolution research group.

I am now an ARC DECRA Fellow working at the University of Queensland. For more information please visit my Queensland staff profile.

Qualifications

2007 PhD (Exeter)
1993 BSc (Southampton)

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Dr Alastair Harborne

Dr Alastair Harborne

Research

Research interests

My PhD and post-doctoral research focused on how considering Caribbean marine habitats at seascape scales provides novel insights into their ecology and conservation. I was able to address the large-scale ecology of coral reefs through a combination of extensive field sampling of benthic and fish community structures and remotely-sensed imagery. The research considered reefs in the Bahamas and U.S. Virgin Islands. Specific research topics included:

  • The multiple effects of marine reserves on fish and corals
  • Habitats as surrogates of fish community structure
  • Mapping wave energy using remotely-sensed imagery and linear wave theory
  • Modelling the beta diversity of coral reefs
  • Functional value of Caribbean reef habitats to ecosystem processes

Research during my Fellowship will build on this work by considering the various processes controlling the abundance of reef fishes in the Bahamas. I will investigate the relative importance of pre-recruitment processes, such as larval supply and the availability of nursery habitats, and post-recruitment processes, such as predation, habitat quality, and fishing pressure. It is anticipated that the importance of these processes will vary among species, and I aim to obtain generic insights into which processes are most important for different fishes. A key component of this work will be integrating data from the biophysical models of Dr Claire Paris at the University of Miami.

Research grants

  • 2008 Natural Environment Research Council
    Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, A holistic model of the factors controlling reef-fish populations, including both pre- and post-settlement processes

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Perry CT, Salter MA, Harborne AR, Crowley SF, Jelks HL, Wilson RW (2011). Fish as major carbonate mud producers and missing components of the tropical carbonate factory. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108(10), 3865-3869. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mumby PJ, Harborne AR (2010). Marine reserves enhance the recovery of corals on Caribbean reefs. PLoS One, 5(1). Abstract.
Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Kappel CV, Dahlgren CP, Micheli F, Holmes KE, Sanchirico JN, Broad K, Elliott IA, Brumbaugh DR, et al (2008). Reserve effects and natural variation in coral reef communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45(4), 1010-1018. Abstract.
Mumby, C.V. Kappel, C.P. Dahlgren, F. (2008). Tropical coastal habitats as surrogates of fish community structure, grazing, and fisheries value. Ecological Applications

Publications by category


Journal articles

Perry CT, Salter MA, Harborne AR, Crowley SF, Jelks HL, Wilson RW (2011). Fish as major carbonate mud producers and missing components of the tropical carbonate factory. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108(10), 3865-3869. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mumby PJ, Harborne AR, Brumbaugh DR (2011). Grouper as a natural biocontrol of invasive lionfish. PLoS One, 6(6). Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson SK, Adjeroud M, Bellwood DR, Berumen ML, Booth D, Bozec Y-M, Chabanet P, Cheal A, Cinner J, Depczynski M, et al (2010). Crucial knowledge gaps in current understanding of climate change impacts on coral reef fishes. J Exp Biol, 213(6), 894-900. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mumby PJ, Harborne AR (2010). Marine reserves enhance the recovery of corals on Caribbean reefs. PLoS One, 5(1). Abstract.
Harborne AR (2009). First among equals: why some habitats should be considered more important than others during marine reserve planning. Environmental Conservation, 36(2), 87-90.
Harborne AR, Renaud PG, Tyler EHM, Mumby PJ (2009). Reduced density of the herbivorous urchin Diadema antillarum inside a Caribbean marine reserve linked to increased predation pressure by fishes. Coral Reefs, 28(3), 783-791. Abstract.
Broad, K. Brumbaugh, D.R. Dahlgren, C.P. (2008). Coral reef habitats as surrogates of species, ecological functions and ecosystem services. Conservation Biology
Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Kappel CV, Dahlgren CP, Micheli F, Holmes KE, Sanchirico JN, Broad K, Elliott IA, Brumbaugh DR, et al (2008). Reserve effects and natural variation in coral reef communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45(4), 1010-1018. Abstract.
Harborne, A. R. P. J. Mumby, F. Micheli, C. T. Perry, C. P. Dahlgren, K. E. Holmes, and D. R. Brumbaugh. (2008). The functional value of Caribbean coral reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats to ecosystem processes. Advances in Marine Biology, 50, 57-189.
Mumby, C.V. Kappel, C.P. Dahlgren, F. (2008). Tropical coastal habitats as surrogates of fish community structure, grazing, and fisheries value. Ecological Applications
Mumby PJ, Blackwell PG, Brumbaugh DR, Harborne AR (2007). Trophic cascade facilitates coral recruitment in a marine reserve. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(20), 8362-8367.
Mumby PJ, Dahlgren CP, Harborne AR, Kappel CV (2006). Fishing, trophic cascades and the process of grazing on coral reefs. Science, 311(5757), 98-101.
Mumby PJ, Micheli F, Dahlgren CP, Litvin SY, Gill AB, Brumbaugh DR, Broad K, Sanchirico JN, Kappel CV, Harborne AR, et al (2006). Marine parks need sharks? Response. SCIENCE, 312(5773), 527-528. Author URL.
Harborne, A. R. P. J. Mumby, K. Ż, ychaluk, J. D. Hedley, and P. G. Blackwell. (2006). Modelling the beta diversity of coral reefs. Ecology, 87, 2871-2881.
Mumby, P. J. J. D. Hedley, K. Zychaluk, A. R. Harborne, and P. G. Blackwell (2006). Revisiting the catastrophic die-off of the urchin <em>Diadema antillarum</em> on Caribbean coral reefs: fresh insights on resilience from a simulation model. Ecological Modelling, 196, 131-148.
Hoyle M, Harborne AR (2005). Mixed effects of habitat fragmentation on species richness and community structure in a microarthropod microecosystem. Ecological Entomology, 30(6), 684-691. Abstract.
Hedley JD, Harborne AR, Mumby PJ (2005). Simple and robust removal of sun glint for mapping shallow-water benthos. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(10), 2107-2112. Abstract.
Beger, M. A. R. Harborne, T. P. Dacles, J. L. Solandt, and G. L. Ledesma. (2004). A framework of lessons learned from community-based marine reserves and its effectiveness in guiding a new coastal management initiative in the Philippines. Environmental Management, 34, 786-801.
Mumby PJ, Arias-Gonzalez JE, Edwards AJ, Lindeman KC (2004). Mangroves enhance the biomass of coral reef fish communities in the Caribbean. Nature, 427(6974), 533-536.
White WH, Harborne AR, Sotheran IS, Walton R, Foster-Smith RL (2003). Using an Acoustic Ground Discrimination System to map coral reef benthic classes. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 24(13), 2641-2660. Author URL.
Harborne AR, Afzal DC, Andrews MJ (2001). Honduras: Caribbean Coast. Mar Pollut Bull, 42(12), 1221-1235. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mumby, P. J. and A. R. Harborne. (1999). Development of a systematic classification scheme of marine habitats to facilitate regional management and mapping of Caribbean coral reefs. Biological Conservation, 88, 155-163.
Mumby PJ, Clarke KR, Harborne AR (1996). Weighting species abundance estimates for marine resource assessment. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 6(3), 115-120. Abstract.
Mumby, P. J. A. R. Harborne, P. S. Raines, and J. M. Ridley. (1995). A critical assessment of data derived from Coral Cay Conservation volunteers. Bulletin of Marine Science, 56, 737-751.

Chapters

Harborne, A.R. (2006). A seascape-level perspective of coral reef ecosystems. In Cote IM, Reynods JM (Eds.) , Cambridge University Press, 78-114.
Harborne AR, McField MD, Delaney EK (2000). Belize. In Sheppard CRC (Ed) Seas at the Millennium: an Environmental Evaluation, Amsterdam: Pergamon, 501-516.

Conferences

HARBORNE AR, MUMBY PJ, RAINES PS, RIDLEY JM (1995). The Bacalar Chico reserve - a case study in government and NGO collaboration in conservation projects.  Author URL.

Publications by year


2011

Perry CT, Salter MA, Harborne AR, Crowley SF, Jelks HL, Wilson RW (2011). Fish as major carbonate mud producers and missing components of the tropical carbonate factory. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108(10), 3865-3869. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mumby PJ, Harborne AR, Brumbaugh DR (2011). Grouper as a natural biocontrol of invasive lionfish. PLoS One, 6(6). Abstract.  Author URL.

2010

Wilson SK, Adjeroud M, Bellwood DR, Berumen ML, Booth D, Bozec Y-M, Chabanet P, Cheal A, Cinner J, Depczynski M, et al (2010). Crucial knowledge gaps in current understanding of climate change impacts on coral reef fishes. J Exp Biol, 213(6), 894-900. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mumby PJ, Harborne AR (2010). Marine reserves enhance the recovery of corals on Caribbean reefs. PLoS One, 5(1). Abstract.

2009

Harborne AR (2009). First among equals: why some habitats should be considered more important than others during marine reserve planning. Environmental Conservation, 36(2), 87-90.
Harborne AR, Renaud PG, Tyler EHM, Mumby PJ (2009). Reduced density of the herbivorous urchin Diadema antillarum inside a Caribbean marine reserve linked to increased predation pressure by fishes. Coral Reefs, 28(3), 783-791. Abstract.

2008

Broad, K. Brumbaugh, D.R. Dahlgren, C.P. (2008). Coral reef habitats as surrogates of species, ecological functions and ecosystem services. Conservation Biology
Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Kappel CV, Dahlgren CP, Micheli F, Holmes KE, Sanchirico JN, Broad K, Elliott IA, Brumbaugh DR, et al (2008). Reserve effects and natural variation in coral reef communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45(4), 1010-1018. Abstract.
Harborne, A. R. P. J. Mumby, F. Micheli, C. T. Perry, C. P. Dahlgren, K. E. Holmes, and D. R. Brumbaugh. (2008). The functional value of Caribbean coral reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats to ecosystem processes. Advances in Marine Biology, 50, 57-189.
Mumby, C.V. Kappel, C.P. Dahlgren, F. (2008). Tropical coastal habitats as surrogates of fish community structure, grazing, and fisheries value. Ecological Applications

2007

Mumby PJ, Blackwell PG, Brumbaugh DR, Harborne AR (2007). Trophic cascade facilitates coral recruitment in a marine reserve. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(20), 8362-8367.

2006

Harborne, A.R. (2006). A seascape-level perspective of coral reef ecosystems. In Cote IM, Reynods JM (Eds.) , Cambridge University Press, 78-114.
Mumby PJ, Dahlgren CP, Harborne AR, Kappel CV (2006). Fishing, trophic cascades and the process of grazing on coral reefs. Science, 311(5757), 98-101.
Mumby PJ, Micheli F, Dahlgren CP, Litvin SY, Gill AB, Brumbaugh DR, Broad K, Sanchirico JN, Kappel CV, Harborne AR, et al (2006). Marine parks need sharks? Response. SCIENCE, 312(5773), 527-528. Author URL.
Harborne, A. R. P. J. Mumby, K. Ż, ychaluk, J. D. Hedley, and P. G. Blackwell. (2006). Modelling the beta diversity of coral reefs. Ecology, 87, 2871-2881.
Mumby, P. J. J. D. Hedley, K. Zychaluk, A. R. Harborne, and P. G. Blackwell (2006). Revisiting the catastrophic die-off of the urchin <em>Diadema antillarum</em> on Caribbean coral reefs: fresh insights on resilience from a simulation model. Ecological Modelling, 196, 131-148.

2005

Hoyle M, Harborne AR (2005). Mixed effects of habitat fragmentation on species richness and community structure in a microarthropod microecosystem. Ecological Entomology, 30(6), 684-691. Abstract.
Hedley JD, Harborne AR, Mumby PJ (2005). Simple and robust removal of sun glint for mapping shallow-water benthos. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(10), 2107-2112. Abstract.

2004

Beger, M. A. R. Harborne, T. P. Dacles, J. L. Solandt, and G. L. Ledesma. (2004). A framework of lessons learned from community-based marine reserves and its effectiveness in guiding a new coastal management initiative in the Philippines. Environmental Management, 34, 786-801.
Mumby PJ, Arias-Gonzalez JE, Edwards AJ, Lindeman KC (2004). Mangroves enhance the biomass of coral reef fish communities in the Caribbean. Nature, 427(6974), 533-536.

2003

White WH, Harborne AR, Sotheran IS, Walton R, Foster-Smith RL (2003). Using an Acoustic Ground Discrimination System to map coral reef benthic classes. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 24(13), 2641-2660. Author URL.

2001

Harborne AR, Afzal DC, Andrews MJ (2001). Honduras: Caribbean Coast. Mar Pollut Bull, 42(12), 1221-1235. Abstract.  Author URL.

2000

Harborne AR, McField MD, Delaney EK (2000). Belize. In Sheppard CRC (Ed) Seas at the Millennium: an Environmental Evaluation, Amsterdam: Pergamon, 501-516.

1999

Mumby, P. J. and A. R. Harborne. (1999). Development of a systematic classification scheme of marine habitats to facilitate regional management and mapping of Caribbean coral reefs. Biological Conservation, 88, 155-163.

1996

Mumby PJ, Clarke KR, Harborne AR (1996). Weighting species abundance estimates for marine resource assessment. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 6(3), 115-120. Abstract.

1995

Mumby, P. J. A. R. Harborne, P. S. Raines, and J. M. Ridley. (1995). A critical assessment of data derived from Coral Cay Conservation volunteers. Bulletin of Marine Science, 56, 737-751.
HARBORNE AR, MUMBY PJ, RAINES PS, RIDLEY JM (1995). The Bacalar Chico reserve - a case study in government and NGO collaboration in conservation projects.  Author URL.

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I have acted as UK co-ordinator for Reef Check  since 1997. Reef Check is a programme to complete an annual global synopsis of the state of the world's coral reefs using volunteer divers and marine scientists. I am a founder member of the Reef Conservation - UK committee. RCUK organises an annual 1 day conference for UK reef researchers, published a newsletter and administers a small grants scheme.

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