Professor Peter Mumby
Professor of Marine Ecology


My research group, the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab (MSEL), focuses on delivering science to improve the management of coral reefs. We carry out empirical ecological studies at scales ranging from millimetres (algal patch dynamics) to thousands of kilometres (gene flow in Caribbean corals) in an effort to plug gaps in our understanding of reef processes. Empirical data are then used to develop ecosystem models from which we can investigate the effectiveness of conservation measures in mitigating disturbance on reefs including climate change. Lastly, we combine the ecological models with remotely-sensed data to allow spatial conservation planning such as marine reserve design.

In 2010, Peter was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. The award attracts a research grant but, more importantly, provides lifetime membership of the Pew Marine Fellows, which include some of the greatest innovators in marine conservation. Peter was also awarded the Zoological Society of London‘s Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation in 2010.
Peter is on leave at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland (Australia) where he has taken up a prestigious 5 year Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. He can be contacted at: School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia


1997 PhD (Coral reef remote sensing), University of Sheffield
1992 BSc (Hons) First Class, Marine Biology, University of Liverpool


2000-present Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Exeter
1997-2000 NERC Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Newcastle
1994-1997 Research Associate, University of Sheffield
1992-1994 Science Coordinator, Coral Cay Conservation

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