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Jessica Meeuwig

Professor Jessica Meeuwig

Director/Professorial Fellow
Marine Futures, Centre for

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Centre for Marine Futures
The University of Western Australia (M092)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 400 024 999
+61 8 6488 1001
Professor Jessica Meeuwig is the Centre for Marine Futures inaugural Director. Jessica completed her PhD research at McGill University (Canada) in statistical modelling of aquatic ecosystems, with an emphasis on estuaries, eutrophication and mussel aquaculture. Her research interests then returned to her first love, fish. As Deputy Director of Project Seahorse, an international NGO, Jessica worked in SE Asia on the science and management of reef fisheries, including the application of novel statistical approaches to understanding catch and effort data. Since coming to Perth, Jessica has worked for the WA Department of Environment and Conservation and the Australian Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts in policy/planning positions. At UWA, Jessica was part of the research team that delivered the Natural Heritage Trust funded "Marine Futures" project prior to being appointed as Director of the new Centre.
Watson, D; Harvey, ES, Shortis, M, Seager, J, Cappo, M, and MEEUWIG, JJ 2008. The application of stereo-video technology to survey demersal fish assemblages. Proceedings of the World Fisheries Congress.

Cheung, WWL, MEEUWIG, JJ and Lam, VWY. (Invited Chapter). Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management in the face of climate change. In: Christensen, V. and Maclean, J. (eds.). Thinking Big About Aquatic Ecosystems. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Vincent, ACJ, MEEUWIG, JJ, Pajaro, M.J and Perante, N. 2007. Characterizing a small-scale, data-poor, artisanal fishery: seahorses in the central Philippines. Fisheries Res. 86(2-3):207-215.

Waddington, K.I MEEUWIG, J.J, Contribution of bait to lobster production in an oligotrophic marine ecosystem. Submitted Can J. Fish. Aquat. Sci,

MEEUWIG, JJ, Samoilys, MA , Erediano, J and Hall, HJ. 2007. Fishers' Perceptions on the Seahorse Fishery in Central Philippines: Interactive approaches and an evaluation of results. In: Fishers' Knowledge in Fisheries Science and Management. Haggan, N, Neis, B Baird IG. (eds). Paris: UNESCO 221-247.

Marcus, JE, Samoilys, MA, MEEUWIG, JJ Villongco, ZAD and Vincent ACJ. 2007. Benthic status of near-shore fishing grounds in the central Philippines and associated seahorse densities. Mar. Poll Bull. 54:1483-1494

MEEUWIG, JJ, Hoang, DH, Ky, TS, Job, SD, and Vincent, ACJ. 2006. Non-target seahorse fisheries in central Vietnam. Fisheries Res. 81:149-157.
Martin-Smith, K, Samoilys, M, MEEUWIG, JJ and

Vincent, A.C.J. 2004. Collaborative development of management options for an artisanal fishery for seahorses in the central Philippines. Ocean Coastal Management 47: 165-193.

Pajaro, MG, MEEUWIG, JJ, Giles, BG and Vincent, ACJ. 2004. Biology, fishery and trade of sea moths (Pisces: Pegasidae) in the central Philippines. Oryx 38(4): 432-438.

Baum, JK, MEEUWIG, JJ and Vincent, ACJ. 2003. Bycatch of the seahorse, Hippocampus erectus, in a Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery: Implications for Conservation. Fisheries Bulletin 101(4):722-731.

Kauppila, P, MEEUWIG, JJ and Pitkänen, H. 2003. Predicting oxygen in Finnish coastal waters: a comparative approach. Est. Coast. Shelf. 57:1115-1126.

Fa, JE, Currie, D, and MEEUWIG, JJ. 2003. Bushmeat and food security in the Congo Basin: linkages between wildlife and people’s future. Environmental Conservation. 30(1): 71-78.

Job, SD, Do, HH, MEEUWIG, JJ and Hall, HJ. 2002. Culturing the Oceanic Seahorse, Hippocampus kuda. Aquaculture 214(1-4):333-341

Perante, NC, Pajaro, MG., MEEUWIG, JJ and Vincent, ACJ 2002. Biology of a seahorse species Hippocampus comes in the central Philippines. J. Fish Biol. 60:821-830.

MEEUWIG, JJ. 2002. Predicting eutrophication in Prince Edward Island estuaries from land use patterns. In D.K. Cairns (ed.). Effects of land use practices on fish, shellfish, and their habitats on Prince Edward Island. Can.Tech.Rep Fish Aquat.Sci.

Fa, JE, Peres, C, and MEEUWIG, JJ. 2002. Bushmeat exploitation differs between Afrotropical and Neotropical forests. Conservation Biology. 16(1) 232-237.

Saunders, DL, MEEUWIG, JJ. , and Vincent, ACJ. 2002. Freshwater protected areas: new paradigms for protection. Conservation Biology 16(1): 30-41.
deBruyn, AMH and MEEUWIG, JJ. 2001. Detecting lunar cycles in marine ecology: periodic regression vs. categorical ANOVA. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.214:307-310.

MEEUWIG, JJ, Kauppila, P, and Pitkänen, H. 2000. Predicting coastal eutrophication in the Baltic: Vollenweider applied to Finnish estuaries. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 57(4):844-855.

MEEUWIG, JJ. 1998. Predicting coastal eutrophication from land-use: an empirical approach to small non-stratified estuaries. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 176:231-241.

MEEUWIG, JJ, Rasmussen, JR and Peters, RH 1997. Turbid waters and clarifying mussels: their moderation of Chl:nutrient relations in estuaries. Mar Ecol. Prog. Ser. 171:139-150.

MEEUWIG, JJ and Peters, RH 1996. Circumventing phosphorus in lake management: a comparison of chlorophyll-a predictions from land-use and phosphorus-loading models. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 53(8): 1795-1806.

Marsden, J and MEEUWIG, JJ. 1990. Preferences of a planktotrophic larvae of the tropical serpulid Spirobranchus giganteus for exudates of corals from a Barbados reef. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 137:95-104.

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
In addition to serving as Centre Director with responsibility for ensuring the Centre's academic and financial viability, Jessica actively engages in a range of research projects, primarly revolving around marine indicators, temperate reef fish assemblages and their conservation, predictive modelling and marine policy and outreach.

Externally, Jessica is a member of the following advisory boards and committees:
(1) WA Fisheries Research Advisory Body
(2) WA Developing Fishery Advisory Committee
(3) Leave No Trace Australia
(4) Steering Committee: 2009 IndoPacific Fish Conference / Australian Society of Fish Biology

Additionally, she also advises a number of industry bodies on marine policy, sustainable use and research priorities.
Industrial relevance
Our Centre activities directly support industy through research outcomes related to habitat mapping, environmental impact assessments, benthic and demersal fish ecology, climate change and the application of quantitative methods to applied environmental challenges.
French, basic Dutch and Cebuano
Australian Coral Reef Society
Australian Marine Science Association
Australian Society of Fish Biology
Honours and awards
1999Finalist - Governor General / National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Gold Medal for Outstanding PhD thesis

1999Finalist - T.W.M Cameron Award for Outstanding PhD thesis, Canadian Zoology Society.

1998Dean’s Honour List for PhD thesis (top 10%), McGill University.

1993Ultimate Frisbee National Championships (Ottawa) – “Golden Bra” Award for Outstanding Contributions to Support Canadian National Women’s Ultimate.

1992 Nova Scotia Women's Surfing Championship
Although not teaching, I supervise honours and PhD students. Recent completions since coming to UWA in 2006 include:
Hons – Asha McNeil (SEGS-UWA) – Spatial analysis of fish distributions
Hons – Brooke Anderton (ZOOL-UWA) – Seahorse behaviour and vision
PhD - Kris Waddington (BOT-UWA) – Western Rock Lobster Diets and Ecology
PhD – Kylie Ryan (BOT-UWA) – Ecological effects of closures at Marmion Marine Park.
Useful links
New and noteworthy
In late 2008, ABC Catalyst profiled the Marine Futures project
Current projects
The Centre is current involved in a range of projects with respect to marine habitat mapping, benthic and fish surveys, environmental impact assessments and development of indicators and marine monitoring programs.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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