Dr Daniel Dunn

Associate Professor

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science
daniel.dunn@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 58513

Overview

Daniel is an Associate Professor in the School of the Environment, and the Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on how migratory species use and connect the ocean; how we can use spatial management measures to help conserve them and marine biodiversity more broadly; and how we need to work together on regional and global scales to conserve marine spaces. He has worked with seven UN Conventions and organisations to try to provide the information and tools necessary to support a healthy ocean.

His research focuses on applying ecological and biogeographical theory to develop applied solutions to natural resource management and conservation problems in the ocean across a range of scales. I am particularly interested in developing and disseminating actionable information to inform conservation planning in areas beyond national jurisdiction and improving environmental governance of that “other” half of our planet. His current focus is on delivering an open-access, online system to describe how migratory species use and connect the ocean (mico.eco), and new tools to increase stakeholder engagement in systematic conservation planning.

Research Interests

  • Marine conservation
  • Migratory species
  • Conservation planning
  • Connectivity
  • Areas beyond national jurisdiction (i.e., the High Seas)

Publications

  • Tittensor, Derek P., Beger, Maria, Boerder, Kristina, Boyce, Daniel G., Cavanagh, Rachel D., Cosandey-Godin, Aurelie, Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Dunn, Daniel C., Ghiffary, Wildan, Grant, Susie M., Hannah, Lee, Halpin, Patrick N., Harfoot, Mike, Heaslip, Susan G., Jeffery, Nicholas W., Kingston, Naomi, Lotze, Heike K., McGowan, Jennifer, McLeod, Elizabeth, McOwen, Chris J., O’Leary, Bethan C., Schiller, Laurenne, Stanley, Ryan R. E., Westhead, Maxine, Wilson, Kristen L. and Worm, Boris (2019). Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean. Science Advances, 5 (11) eaay9969, eaay9969. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay9969

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Harrison, Autumn-Lynn, Curtice, Corrie, DeLand, Sarah, Donnelly, Ben, Fujioka, Ei, Heywood, Eleanor, Kot, Connie Y., Poulin, Sarah, Whitten, Meredith, Åkesson, Susanne, Alberini, Amalia, Appeltans, Ward, Arcos, José Manuel, Bailey, Helen, Ballance, Lisa T., Block, Barbara, Blondin, Hannah, Boustany, Andre M., Brenner, Jorge, Catry, Paulo, Cejudo, Daniel, Cleary, Jesse, Corkeron, Peter, Costa, Daniel P., Coyne, Michael, Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Davies, Tammy E., Dias, Maria P. ... Halpin, Patrick N. (2019). The importance of migratory connectivity for global ocean policy. Proceedings. Biological Sciences, 286 (1911) 1472, 20191472. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1472

  • Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Dunn, Daniel C., Gianni, Matthew, Gjerde, Kristina, Wright, Glen and Halpin, Patrick N. (2019). High-seas fish biodiversity is slipping through the governance net. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 3 (9), 1273-1276. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0981-4

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Van Dover, Cindy L., Etter, Ron J., Smith, Craig R., Levin, Lisa A., Morato, Telmo, Colaço, Ana, Dale, Andrew C., Gebruk, Andrey V., Gjerde, Kristina M., Halpin, Patrick N., Howell, Kerry L., Johnson, David, Perez, José Angel A., Ribeiro, Marta Chantal, Stuckas, Heiko, Weaver, Philip and SEMPIA Workshop Participants (2018). A strategy for the conservation of biodiversity on mid-ocean ridges from deep-sea mining. Science Advances, 4 (7) eaar4313, eaar4313. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4313

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The distributions of migratory species in the ocean span local, national and international jurisdictions. Across these ecologically interconnected regions, migratory marine species interact with anthropogenic stressors throughout their lives. Migratory connectivity, the geographical linking of individuals and populations throughout their migratory cycles, influences how spatial and temporal dynamics of stressors affect migratory animals and scale up to influence population abundance, distribution and species persistence. Population declines of many migratory marine species have led to calls for connectivity knowledge, especially insights from animal tracking studies, to be more effectively incorporated into management and policy frameworks. However, while the quantity of data on marine migratory species has increased dramatically in recent decades, efforts to synthesize and integrate information on animal movement and connectivity into global management and policy fora are nascent with examples largely originating from individual efforts.

    Launched in April 2019 at the UN, the Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean system (MiCO system; https://mico.eco/system) represents a step-change: a move from aggregating raw data that require precious human resources to re-analyze, to aggregating and developing fit-for-purpose, actionable knowledge. MiCO has been conducting a massive literature review of over 1200 publications describing how marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and fish use and connect our oceans. That review has now generated a dataset on migratory connectivity for more than 85 marine species. The integrated network models which are being derived from this datset can feed countless analyses of cumulative impacts, extinction risk, governance fit, biodiversity hotspots based on empirical data of areas of importance to species rather than models of distribution, and regional and global systematic conservation planning among many, many other options.

    The Applied Marine Bioegeography Lab at UQ seeks HDR students to engage with this datset and expand it to integrate other sampling methods that can inform network models for migriatory species (e.g., mark/recapture, stable isotopes, genetics and acoustics). A strong interest in either movement modeling or network modeling is desirable, as is some background in statistics, R and marine ecology. With a global dataset that spans taxa, output from this research should be emminently publishable in high level journals. Opportunities to collaborate with field ecologists, numerical ecologists, conservation scientists, and experts in regional and global governance are plentiful, as are chances to engage directly with regional and global ocean governance bodies including the Convention on Migratory Species, the Convention on Biological Diversity, Regional Seas Organizations, and the UN negotiations (and eventual implementation) of a new treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Dr. Dunn, AMBL and MiCO are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in this project and the lab. Applicants of any background, age, ability or gender are strongly encouraged to apply. Feel free to reach out for more information and check out the mico.eco & AMBL websites.

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Tittensor, Derek P., Beger, Maria, Boerder, Kristina, Boyce, Daniel G., Cavanagh, Rachel D., Cosandey-Godin, Aurelie, Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Dunn, Daniel C., Ghiffary, Wildan, Grant, Susie M., Hannah, Lee, Halpin, Patrick N., Harfoot, Mike, Heaslip, Susan G., Jeffery, Nicholas W., Kingston, Naomi, Lotze, Heike K., McGowan, Jennifer, McLeod, Elizabeth, McOwen, Chris J., O’Leary, Bethan C., Schiller, Laurenne, Stanley, Ryan R. E., Westhead, Maxine, Wilson, Kristen L. and Worm, Boris (2019). Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean. Science Advances, 5 (11) eaay9969, eaay9969. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay9969

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Harrison, Autumn-Lynn, Curtice, Corrie, DeLand, Sarah, Donnelly, Ben, Fujioka, Ei, Heywood, Eleanor, Kot, Connie Y., Poulin, Sarah, Whitten, Meredith, Åkesson, Susanne, Alberini, Amalia, Appeltans, Ward, Arcos, José Manuel, Bailey, Helen, Ballance, Lisa T., Block, Barbara, Blondin, Hannah, Boustany, Andre M., Brenner, Jorge, Catry, Paulo, Cejudo, Daniel, Cleary, Jesse, Corkeron, Peter, Costa, Daniel P., Coyne, Michael, Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Davies, Tammy E., Dias, Maria P. ... Halpin, Patrick N. (2019). The importance of migratory connectivity for global ocean policy. Proceedings. Biological Sciences, 286 (1911) 1472, 20191472. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1472

  • Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Dunn, Daniel C., Gianni, Matthew, Gjerde, Kristina, Wright, Glen and Halpin, Patrick N. (2019). High-seas fish biodiversity is slipping through the governance net. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 3 (9), 1273-1276. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0981-4

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Van Dover, Cindy L., Etter, Ron J., Smith, Craig R., Levin, Lisa A., Morato, Telmo, Colaço, Ana, Dale, Andrew C., Gebruk, Andrey V., Gjerde, Kristina M., Halpin, Patrick N., Howell, Kerry L., Johnson, David, Perez, José Angel A., Ribeiro, Marta Chantal, Stuckas, Heiko, Weaver, Philip and SEMPIA Workshop Participants (2018). A strategy for the conservation of biodiversity on mid-ocean ridges from deep-sea mining. Science Advances, 4 (7) eaar4313, eaar4313. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4313

Book Chapter

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño and Caddell, Richard (2019). Area-based Fisheries Management. Strengthening International Fisheries Law in an Era of Changing Oceans. (pp. 189-218) Bloomsbury Publishing Plc..

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño and Caddell, Richard (2019). Area-based Fisheries Management. Strengthening International Fisheries Law in an Era of Changing Oceans. (pp. 189-217) edited by Richard Caddell and Erik Jaap Molenaar. Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart.

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Crespo, Guillermo Ortuno and Halpin, Patrick N. (2019). Incorporating the dynamic and connected nature of the open ocean into governance of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. Predicting future oceans: sustainability of ocean and human systems amidst global environmental change. (pp. 425-435) edited by Andrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor, William W.L. Cheung and Yoshitaka Ota. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-817945-1.00041-1

  • Reygondeau, Gabriel and Dunn, Daniel (2019). Pelagic Biogeography. Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences. (pp. 588-598) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11633-1

  • Reygondeau, Gabriel and Dunn, Daniel (2019). Pelagic biogeography. Encyclopedia of ocean sciences. (pp. 588-598) edited by J. Kirk Cochran, Henry J. Bokuniewicz and Patricia L. Yager. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11633-1

Journal Article

  • Buenafe, Kristine Camille V., Everett, Jason D., Dunn, Daniel C., Mercer, James, Suthers, Iain M., Schilling, Hayden T., Hinchliffe, Charles, Dabalà, Alvise and Richardson, Anthony J. (2024). Author Correction: A global, historical database of tuna, billfish, and saury larval distributions. Scientific Data, 11 (1) 29, 29. doi: 10.1038/s41597-023-02860-2

  • Fourchault, Léa, Dahdouh-Guebas, Farid, Dunn, Daniel C., Everett, Jason D., Hanson, Jeffrey O., Buenafe, Kristine C. V., Neubert, Sandra, Dabalà, Alvise, Yapa, Kanthi K.A.S., Cannicci, Stefano and Richardson, Anthony J. (2024). Generating affordable protection of high seas biodiversity through cross-sectoral spatial planning. One Earth, 7 (2), 253-264. doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2023.12.006

  • Gignoux-Wolfsohn, Sarah A., Dunn, Daniel C., Cleary, Jesse, Halpin, Patrick N., Anderson, Clarissa R., Bax, Nicholas J., Canonico, Gabrielle, Chaniotis, Peter, DeLand, Sarah, Diorio, Mimi, Gaines, Steven D., Grorud-Colvert, Kirsten, Johnson, David E., Levin, Lisa A., Lundquist, Carolyn J., Manca, Eleonora, Metaxas, Anna, Monaco, Mark E., Morgan, Lance, Mumby, Peter J., Nisthar, Dina, Pashkow, Brittany, Pike, Elizabeth P., Pinsky, Malin L., Ribera, Marta M., Stanley, Ryan R.E., Sullivan-Stack, Jenna, Sutton, Tracey T., Tittensor, Derek P. ... Duffy, J. Emmett (2024). New framework reveals gaps in US ocean biodiversity protection. One Earth, 7 (1), 31-43. doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2023.12.014

  • Blanluet, Arthur, Game, Edward T., Dunn, Daniel C., Everett, Jason D., Lombard, Amanda T. and Richardson, Anthony J. (2023). Evaluating ecological benefits of oceanic protected areas. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 39 (2), 1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2023.09.003

  • Dabalà, Alvise, Dahdouh-Guebas, Farid, Dunn, Daniel C., Everett, Jason D., Lovelock, Catherine E., Hanson, Jeffrey O., Buenafe, Kristine Camille V., Neubert, Sandra and Richardson, Anthony J. (2023). Priority areas to protect mangroves and maximise ecosystem services. Nature Communications, 14 (1) 5863, 1-14. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41333-3

  • McLean, Mercedes, Warner, Brian, Markham, Robert, Fischer, Mibu, Walker, Jim, Klein, Carissa, Hoeberechts, Maia and Dunn, Daniel C. (2023). Connecting conservation and culture: The importance of Indigenous Knowledge in conservation decision-making and resource management of migratory marine species. Marine Policy, 155 105582, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2023.105582

  • Kot, Connie Y., DeLand, Sarah E., Harrison, Autumn-Lynn, Alberini, Amalia, Blondin, Hannah, Chory, Maggie, Cleary, Jesse, Curtice, Corrie, Donnelly, Benjamin, Fujioka, Ei, Palacio, Alejandro Herrero, Heywood, Eleanor I., Mason, Elizabeth, Nisthar, Dina, Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Poulin, Sarah, Whitten, Meredith, Woolston, Colyer, Dunn, Daniel C. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2023). Synthesizing connectivity information from migratory marine species for area-based management. Biological Conservation, 283 110142, 1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2023.110142

  • Pereira, Laura M., Ortuño Crespo, Guillermo, Amon, Diva J., Badhe, Renuka, Bandeira, Salomão, Bengtsson, Frida, Boettcher, Miranda, Carmine, Gabrielle, Cheung, William W.L., Chibwe, Bwalya, Dunn, Daniel, Gasalla, Maria A., Halouani, Ghassen, Johnson, David E., Jouffray, Jean-Baptiste, Juri, Silvana, Keys, Patrick W., Lübker, Hannah M., Merrie, Andrew S., Obaidullah, Farah, Palacios-Abrantes, Juliano, Shannon, Lynne J., Sumaila, U. Rashid, Superchi, Edoardo, Terry, Naomi, Wabnitz, Colette C.C., Yasuhara, Moriaki and Zhou, Wei (2023). The living infinite: envisioning futures for transformed human-nature relationships on the high seas. Marine Policy, 153 105644, 105644. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2023.105644

  • Buenafe, Kristine Camille V., Dunn, Daniel C., Everett, Jason D., Brito‐Morales, Isaac, Schoeman, David S., Hanson, Jeffrey O., Dabalà, Alvise, Neubert, Sandra, Cannicci, Stefano, Kaschner, Kristin and Richardson, Anthony J. (2023). A metric‐based framework for climate‐smart conservation planning. Ecological Applications, 33 (4) e2852, 1-29. doi: 10.1002/eap.2852

  • Roberson, L. A., Beyer, H. L., O'Hara, C., Watson, J. E. M., Dunn, D. C., Halpern, B. S., Klein, C. J., Frazier, M. R., Kuempel, C. D., Williams, B., Grantham, H. S., Montgomery, J. C., Kark, S. and Runting, R. K. (2022). Multinational coordination required for conservation of over 90% of marine species (vol 27, pg 6206, 2021). Global Change Biology, 28 (22), 6834-6834. doi: 10.1111/gcb.16401

  • Boteler, Ben, Wagner, Daniel, Durussel, Carole, Stokes, Emily, Gaymer, Carlos F., Friedlander, Alan M., Dunn, Daniel C., Vargas, Felipe Paredes, Veliz, David and Hazin, Carolina (2022). Borderless conservation: integrating connectivity into high seas conservation efforts for the Salas y Gómez and Nazca ridges. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9 915983, 1-17. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.915983

  • Roberson, Leslie A., Beyer, Hawthorne L., O’Hara, Casey, Watson, James E. M., Dunn, Daniel C., Halpern, Benjamin S., Klein, Carissa J., Frazier, Melanie R., Kuempel, Caitlin D., Williams, Brooke, Grantham, Hedley S., Montgomery, Jamie C., Kark, Salit and Runting, Rebecca K. (2022). Multinational coordination required for conservation of over 90% of marine species. Global Change Biology, 27 (23), 6206-6216. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15844

  • Buenafe, Kristine Camille V., Everett, Jason D., Dunn, Daniel C., Mercer, James, Suthers, Iain M., Schilling, Hayden T., Hinchliffe, Charles, Dabalà, Alvise and Richardson, Anthony J. (2022). A global, historical database of tuna, billfish, and saury larval distributions. Scientific Data, 9 (1) 423, 423. doi: 10.1038/s41597-022-01528-7

  • Sullivan-Stack, Jenna, Aburto-Oropeza, Octavio, Brooks, Cassandra M., Cabral, Reniel B., Caselle, Jennifer E., Chan, Francis, Duffy, J. Emmett, Dunn, Daniel C., Friedlander, Alan M., Fulton-Bennett, Heather K., Gaines, Steven D., Gerber, Leah R., Hines, Ellen, Leslie, Heather M., Lester, Sarah E., MacCarthy, Jessica M. C., Maxwell, Sara M., Mayorga, Juan, McCauley, Douglas J., Micheli, Fiorenza, Moffitt, Russell, Nickols, Kerry J., Palumbi, Stephen R., Pearsall, Douglas R., Pike, Elizabeth P., Pikitch, Ellen K., Sancho, Gorka, Spalding, Ana K., Suman, Daniel O. ... Grorud-Colvert, Kirsten (2022). A scientific synthesis of marine protected areas in the United States: status and recommendations. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9 849927, 1-23. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.849927

  • Kot, Connie Y., Åkesson, Susanne, Alfaro-Shigueto, Joanna, Amorocho Llanos, Diego Fernando, Antonopoulou, Marina, Balazs, George H., Baverstock, Warren R., Blumenthal, Janice M., Broderick, Annette C., Bruno, Ignacio, Canbolat, Ali Fuat, Casale, Paolo, Cejudo, Daniel, Coyne, Michael S., Curtice, Corrie, DeLand, Sarah, DiMatteo, Andrew, Dodge, Kara, Dunn, Daniel C., Esteban, Nicole, Formia, Angela, Fuentes, Mariana M. P. B., Fujioka, Ei, Garnier, Julie, Godfrey, Matthew H., Godley, Brendan J., González Carman, Victoria, Harrison, Autumn-Lynn, Hart, Catherine E. ... Halpin, Patrick N. (2022). Network analysis of sea turtle movements and connectivity: a tool for conservation prioritization. Diversity and Distributions, 28 (4), 810-829. doi: 10.1111/ddi.13485

  • Brito-Morales, Isaac, Schoeman, David S., Everett, Jason D., Klein, Carissa J., Dunn, Daniel C., García Molinos, Jorge, Burrows, Michael T., Buenafe, Kristine Camille V., Dominguez, Rosa Mar, Possingham, Hugh P. and Richardson, Anthony J. (2022). Towards climate-smart, three-dimensional protected areas for biodiversity conservation in the high seas. Nature Climate Change, 12 (4), 402-407. doi: 10.1038/s41558-022-01323-7

  • Satterthwaite, Erin V., Bax, Nicholas J., Miloslavich, Patricia, Ratnarajah, Lavenia, Canonico, Gabrielle, Dunn, Daniel, Simmons, Samantha E., Carini, Roxanne J., Evans, Karen, Allain, Valerie, Appeltans, Ward, Batten, Sonia, Benedetti-Cecchi, Lisandro, Bernard, Anthony T. F., Bristol, Sky, Benson, Abigail, Buttigieg, Pier Luigi, Gerhardinger, Leopoldo Cavaleri, Chiba, Sanae, Davies, Tammy E., Duffy, J. Emmett, Giron-Nava, Alfredo, Hsu, Astrid J., Kraberg, Alexandra C., Kudela, Raphael M., Lear, Dan, Montes, Enrique, Muller-Karger, Frank E., O’Brien, Todd D. ... Zivian, Anna (2021). Establishing the foundation for the global observing system for marine life. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8 737416. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.737416

  • Davies, Tammy E., Carneiro, Ana P. B., Campos, Bruna, Hazin, Carolina, Dunn, Daniel C., Gjerde, Kristina M., Johnson, David E. and Dias, Maria P. (2021). Tracking data and the conservation of the high seas: Opportunities and challenges. Journal of Applied Ecology, 58 (12), 2703-2710. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.14032

  • Fader, Joseph E., Baird, Robin W., Bradford, Amanda L., Dunn, Daniel C., Forney, Karin A. and Read, Andrew J. (2021). Patterns of depredation in the Hawai‘i deep‐set longline fishery informed by fishery and false killer whale behavior. Ecosphere, 12 (8) e03682. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.3682

  • Sequeira, Ana M. M., O'Toole, Malcolm, Keates, Theresa R., McDonnell, Laura H., Braun, Camrin D., Hoenner, Xavier, Jaine, Fabrice R. A., Jonsen, Ian D., Newman, Peggy, Pye, Jonathan, Bograd, Steven J., Hays, Graeme C., Hazen, Elliott L., Holland, Melinda, Tsontos, Vardis M., Blight, Clint, Cagnacci, Francesca, Davidson, Sarah C., Dettki, Holger, Duarte, Carlos M., Dunn, Daniel C., Eguiluz, Victor M., Fedak, Michael, Gleiss, Adrian C., Hammerschlag, Neil, Hindell, Mark A., Holland, Kim, Janekovic, Ivica, McKinzie, Megan K. ... Weise, Michael (2021). A standardisation framework for bio-logging data to advance ecological research and conservation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 12 (6), 996-1007. doi: 10.1111/2041-210x.13593

  • Dellmuth, Lisa M., Petersson, Matilda T., Dunn, Daniel C., Boustany, André and Halpin, Patrick N. (2021). Dataset on non-state actor participation in regional fisheries management organizations. Data in Brief, 34 106682, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2020.106682

  • Dellmuth, Lisa M., Petersson, Matilda T., Dunn, Daniel C., Boustany, André and Halpin, Patrick N. (2020). Empowering NGOs? Long-term effects of ecological and institutional change on regional fisheries management organizations. Global Environmental Change, 65 102197, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102197

  • Vierros, Marjo K., Harrison, Autumn-Lynn, Sloat, Matthew R., Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Moore, Jonathan W., Dunn, Daniel C., Ota, Yoshitaka, Cisneros-Montemayor, Andrés M., Shillinger, George L., Watson, Trisha Kehaulani and Govan, Hugh (2020). Considering Indigenous peoples and local communities in governance of the global ocean commons. Marine Policy, 119 104039, 104039. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104039

  • Levin, Lisa A., Wei, Chih‐Lin, Dunn, Daniel C., Amon, Diva J., Ashford, Oliver S., Cheung, William W. L., Colaço, Ana, Dominguez‐Carrió, Carlos, Escobar, Elva G., Harden‐Davies, Harriet R., Drazen, Jeffrey C., Ismail, Khaira, Jones, Daniel O. B., Johnson, David E., Le, Jennifer T., Lejzerowicz, Franck, Mitarai, Satoshi, Morato, Telmo, Mulsow, Sandor, Snelgrove, Paul V. R., Sweetman, Andrew K. and Yasuhara, Moriaki (2020). Climate change considerations are fundamental to management of deep‐sea resource extraction. Global Change Biology, 26 (9) gcb.15223, 1-15. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15223

  • Ortuño Crespo, Guillermo, Mossop, Joanna, Dunn, Daniel, Gjerde, Kristina, Hazen, Elliott, Reygondeau, Gabriel, Warner, Robin, Tittensor, Derek and Halpin, Patrick (2020). Beyond static spatial management: scientific and legal considerations for dynamic management in the high seas. Marine Policy, 122 104102, 104102. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104102

  • Woolley, Skipton N. C., Foster, Scott D., Bax, Nicholas J., Currie, Jock C., Dunn, Daniel C., Hansen, Cecilie, Hill, Nicole, O'Hara, Timothy D., Ovaskainen, Otso, Sayre, Roger, Vanhatalo, Jarno P. and Dunstan, Piers K. (2020). Bioregions in Marine Environments: Combining Biological and Environmental Data for Management and Scientific Understanding. Bioscience, 70 (1), 48-59. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biz133

  • Tittensor, Derek P., Beger, Maria, Boerder, Kristina, Boyce, Daniel G., Cavanagh, Rachel D., Cosandey-Godin, Aurelie, Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Dunn, Daniel C., Ghiffary, Wildan, Grant, Susie M., Hannah, Lee, Halpin, Patrick N., Harfoot, Mike, Heaslip, Susan G., Jeffery, Nicholas W., Kingston, Naomi, Lotze, Heike K., McGowan, Jennifer, McLeod, Elizabeth, McOwen, Chris J., O’Leary, Bethan C., Schiller, Laurenne, Stanley, Ryan R. E., Westhead, Maxine, Wilson, Kristen L. and Worm, Boris (2019). Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean. Science Advances, 5 (11) eaay9969, eaay9969. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay9969

  • Bax, Nicholas J., Miloslavich, Patricia, Muller-Karger, Frank Edgar, Allain, Valerie, Appeltans, Ward, Batten, Sonia Dawn, Benedetti-Cecchi, Lisandro, Buttigieg, Pier Luigi, Chiba, Sanae, Costa, Daniel Paul, Duffy, J. Emmett, Dunn, Daniel C., Johnson, Craig Richard, Kudela, Raphael M., Obura, David, Rebelo, Lisa-Maria, Shin, Yunne-Jai, Simmons, Samantha Elisabeth and Tyack, Peter Lloyd (2019). Corrigendum: A response to scientific and societal needs for marine biological observations (Frontiers in Marine Science, (2019), 6, 10.3389/fmars.2019.00395). Frontiers in Marine Science, 6 643. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00643

  • Johnson, David, Barrio Froján, Christopher, Bax, Nicholas, Dunstan, Piers, Woolley, Skipton, Halpin, Pat, Dunn, Daniel, Hazin, Carolina, Dias, Maria, Davies, Tammy, Jiménez, Jorge, Ross, Erick, Van Dover, Cindy, Notarbartolo Di Sciara, Giuseppe, Hoyt, Erich, Tetley, Michael J., Gunn, Vikki and Von Nordheim, Henning (2019). The global ocean biodiversity initiative: Promoting scientific support for global ocean governance. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29 (S2), 162-169. doi: 10.1002/aqc.3024

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Harrison, Autumn-Lynn, Curtice, Corrie, DeLand, Sarah, Donnelly, Ben, Fujioka, Ei, Heywood, Eleanor, Kot, Connie Y., Poulin, Sarah, Whitten, Meredith, Åkesson, Susanne, Alberini, Amalia, Appeltans, Ward, Arcos, José Manuel, Bailey, Helen, Ballance, Lisa T., Block, Barbara, Blondin, Hannah, Boustany, Andre M., Brenner, Jorge, Catry, Paulo, Cejudo, Daniel, Cleary, Jesse, Corkeron, Peter, Costa, Daniel P., Coyne, Michael, Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Davies, Tammy E., Dias, Maria P. ... Halpin, Patrick N. (2019). The importance of migratory connectivity for global ocean policy. Proceedings. Biological Sciences, 286 (1911) 1472, 20191472. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1472

  • Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Dunn, Daniel C., Gianni, Matthew, Gjerde, Kristina, Wright, Glen and Halpin, Patrick N. (2019). High-seas fish biodiversity is slipping through the governance net. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 3 (9), 1273-1276. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0981-4

  • Tanhua, Toste, McCurdy, Andrea, Fischer, Albert, Appeltans, Ward, Bax, Nicholas, Currie, Kim, DeYoung, Brad, Dunn, Daniel, Heslop, Emma, Glover, Linda K., Gunn, John, Hill, Katherine, Ishii, Masao, Legler, David, Lindstrom, Eric, Miloslavich, Patricia, Moltmann, Tim, Nolan, Glenn, Palacz, Artur, Simmons, Samantha, Sloyan, Bernadette, Smith, Leslie M., Smith, Neville, Telszewski, Maciej, Visbeck, Martin and Wilkin, John (2019). What We Have Learned From the Framework for Ocean Observing: Evolution of the Global Ocean Observing System. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6 (AUG) 471. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00471

  • Hays, Graeme C., Bailey, Helen, Bograd, Steven J., Bowen, W. Don, Campagna, Claudio, Carmichael, Ruth H., Casale, Paolo, Chiaradia, Andre, Costa, Daniel P., Cuevas, Eduardo, Nico de Bruyn, P. J., Dias, Maria P., Duarte, Carlos M., Dunn, Daniel C., Dutton, Peter H., Esteban, Nicole, Friedlaender, Ari, Goetz, Kimberly T., Godley, Brendan J., Halpin, Patrick N., Hamann, Mark, Hammerschlag, Neil, Harcourt, Robert, Harrison, Autumn-Lynn, Hazen, Elliott L., Heupel, Michelle R., Hoyt, Erich, Humphries, Nicolas E., Kot, Connie Y. ... Sequeira, Ana M.M. (2019). Translating marine animal tracking data into conservation policy and management. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 34 (5), 459-473. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.01.009

  • Bax, Nicholas J., Miloslavich, Patricia, Muller-Karger, Frank Edgar, Allain, Valerie, Appeltans, Ward, Batten, Sonia Dawn, Benedetti-Cecchi, Lisandro, Buttigieg, Pier Luigi, Chiba, Sanae, Costa, Daniel Paul, Duffy, J. Emmett, Dunn, Daniel C., Johnson, Craig Richard, Kudela, Raphael M., Obura, David, Rebelo, Lisa-Maria, Shin, Yunne-Jai, Simmons, Samantha Elisabeth and Tyack, Peter Lloyd (2019). A response to scientific and societal needs for marine biological observations. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6 (JUL) 395. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00395

  • Wright, Glen, Gjerde, Kristina M., Johnson, David E., Finkelstein, Aria, Ferreira, Maria Adelaide, Dunn, Daniel C., Chaves, Mariamalia Rodriguez and Grehan, Anthony (2019). Marine spatial planning in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Marine Policy, 132 103384, 103384. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.12.003

  • Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño, Dunn, Daniel C., Reygondeau, Gabriel, Boerder, Kristina, Worm, Boris, Cheung, William, Tittensor, Derek P. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2018). The environmental niche of the global high seas pelagic longline fleet. Science Advances, 4 (8) eaat3681, eaat3681. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat3681

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Van Dover, Cindy L., Etter, Ron J., Smith, Craig R., Levin, Lisa A., Morato, Telmo, Colaço, Ana, Dale, Andrew C., Gebruk, Andrey V., Gjerde, Kristina M., Halpin, Patrick N., Howell, Kerry L., Johnson, David, Perez, José Angel A., Ribeiro, Marta Chantal, Stuckas, Heiko, Weaver, Philip and SEMPIA Workshop Participants (2018). A strategy for the conservation of biodiversity on mid-ocean ridges from deep-sea mining. Science Advances, 4 (7) eaar4313, eaar4313. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4313

  • Muller-Karger, Frank E., Miloslavich, Patricia, Bax, Nicholas J., Simmons, Samantha, Costello, Mark J., Pinto, Isabel Sousa, Canonico, Gabrielle, Turner, Woody, Gill, Michael, Montes, Enrique, Best, Benjamin D., Pearlman, Jay, Halpin, Patrick, Dunn, Daniel, Benson, Abigail, Martin, Corinne S., Weatherdon, Lauren V., Appeltans, Ward, Provoost, Pieter, Klein, Eduardo, Kelble, Christopher R., Miller, Robert J., Chavez, Francisco P., Iken, Katrin, Chiba, Sanae, Obura, David, Navarro, Laetitia M., Pereira, Henrique M., Allain, Valerie ... Geller, Gary (2018). Advancing marine biological observations and data requirements of the complementary Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) frameworks. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5 (JUN) 211, 211. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00211

  • Miloslavich, Patricia, Bax, Nicholas J., Simmons, Samantha E., Klein, Eduardo, Appeltans, Ward, Aburto-Oropeza, Octavio, Andersen Garcia, Melissa, Batten, Sonia D., Benedetti-Cecchi, Lisandro, Checkley, David M., Chiba, Sanae, Duffy, J. Emmett, Dunn, Daniel C., Fischer, Albert, Gunn, John, Kudela, Raphael, Marsac, Francis, Muller-Karger, Frank E., Obura, David and Shin, Yunne-Jai (2018). Essential ocean variables for global sustained observations of biodiversity and ecosystem changes. Global Change Biology, 24 (6), 2416-2433. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14108

  • Dunn, Daniel C, Jablonicky, Caroline, Crespo, Guillermo O., McCauley, Douglas J., Kroodsma, David A., Boerder, Kristina, Gjerde, Kristina M. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2018). Empowering high seas governance with satellite vessel tracking data. Fish and Fisheries, 19 (4), 729-739. doi: 10.1111/faf.12285

  • Johnson, David E., Barrio Froján, Christopher, Turner, Phillip J., Weaver, Philip, Gunn, Vikki, Dunn, Daniel C., Halpin, Patrick, Bax, Nicholas J. and Dunstan, Piers K. (2018). Reviewing the EBSA process: improving on success. Marine Policy, 88, 75-85. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.11.014

  • Crespo, Guillermo Ortuño and Dunn, Daniel C. (2017). A review of the impacts of fisheries on open-ocean ecosystems. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74 (9), 2283-2297. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsx084

  • Mannocci, Laura, Boustany, Andre M., Roberts, Jason J., Palacios, Daniel M., Dunn, Daniel C., Halpin, Patrick N., Viehman, Shay, Moxley, Jerry, Cleary, Jesse, Bailey, Helen, Bograd, Steven J., Becker, Elizabeth A., Gardner, Beth, Hartog, Jason R., Hazen, Elliott L., Ferguson, Megan C., Forney, Karin A., Kinlan, Brian P., Oliver, Matthew J., Perretti, Charles T., Ridoux, Vincent, Teo, Steven L. H. and Winship, Arliss J. (2017). Temporal resolutions in species distribution models of highly mobile marine animals: recommendations for ecologists and managers. Diversity and Distributions, 23 (10), 1098-1109. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12609

  • Sutton, Tracey T., Clark, Malcolm R., Dunn, Daniel C., Halpin, Patrick N., Rogers, Alex D., Guinotte, John, Bograd, Steven J., Angel, Martin V., Perez, Jose Angel A., Wishner, Karen, Haedrich, Richard L., Lindsay, Dhugal J., Drazen, Jeffrey C., Vereshchaka, Alexander, Piatkowski, Uwe, Morato, Telmo, Błachowiak-Samołyk, Katarzyna, Robison, Bruce H., Gjerde, Kristina M., Pierrot-Bults, Annelies, Bernal, Patricio, Reygondeau, Gabriel and Heino, Mikko (2017). A global biogeographic classification of the mesopelagic zone. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 126, 85-102. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2017.05.006

  • Wedding, L.M., Maxwell, S.M., Hyrenbach, D., Dunn, D.C., Roberts, J.J., Briscoe, D., Hines, E. and Halpin, P.N. (2016). Geospatial approaches to support pelagic conservation planning and adaptive management. Endangered Species Research, 30 (1), 1-9. doi: 10.3354/esr00716

  • Bax, Nicholas J., Cleary, Jesse, Donnelly, Ben, Dunn, Daniel C., Dunstan, Piers K., Fuller, Mike and Halpin, Patrick N. (2016). Results of efforts by the Convention on Biological Diversity to describe ecologically or biologically significant marine areas : EBSAs in the High Seas. Conservation Biology, 30 (3), 571-581. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12649

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Maxwell, Sara M., Boustany, Andre M. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2016). Dynamic ocean management increases the efficiency and efficacy of fisheries management. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (3), 668-673. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1513626113

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Moxley, Jerry H. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2015). Temperature-based targeting in a multispecies fishery under climate change. Fisheries Oceanography, 25 (2), 105-118. doi: 10.1111/fog.12138

  • Bjorkland, Rhema, Dunn, Daniel C., McClure, Michelle, Jannot, Jason, Bellman, Marlene A., Gleason, Mary and Schiffers, Katja (2015). Spatiotemporal patterns of rockfish bycatch in US west coast groundfish fisheries: Opportunities for reducing incidental catch of depleted species. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 72 (12), 1835-1846. doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2014-0242

  • Morato, Telmo, Miller, Peter I, Dunn, Daniel C, Nicol, Simon J, Bowcott, James and Halpin, Patrick N (2015). A perspective on the importance of oceanic fronts in promoting aggregation of visitors to seamounts. Fish and Fisheries, 17 (4), 1227-1233. doi: 10.1111/faf.12126

  • Maxwell, Sara M., Hazen, Elliott L., Lewison, Rebecca L., Dunn, Daniel C., Bailey, Helen, Bograd, Steven J., Briscoe, Dana K., Fossette, Sabrina, Hobday, Alistair J., Bennett, Meredith, Benson, Scott, Caldwell, Margaret R., Costa, Daniel P., Dewar, Heidi, Eguchi, Tomo, Hazen, Lucie, Kohin, Suzanne, Sippel, Tim and Crowder, Larry B. (2015). Dynamic ocean management: Defining and conceptualizing real-time management of the ocean. Marine Policy, 58, 42-50. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.03.014

  • Lewison, Rebecca, Hobday, Alistair J., Maxwell, Sara, Hazen, Elliott, Hartog, Jason R., Dunn, Daniel C., Briscoe, Dana, Fossette, Sabrina, O'Keefe, Catherine E., Barnes, Michele, Abecassis, Melanie, Bograd, Steven, Bethoney, N. David, Bailey, Helen, Wiley, David, Andrews, Samantha, Hazen, Lucie and Crowder, Larry B. (2015). Dynamic ocean management: Identifying the critical ingredients of dynamic approaches to ocean resource management. BioScience, 65 (5), 486-498. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biv018

  • Ban, Natalie C., Maxwell, Sara M., Dunn, Daniel C., Hobday, Alistair J., Bax, Nicholas J., Ardron, Jeff, Gjerde, Kristina M., Game, Edward T., Devillers, Rodolphe, Kaplan, David M., Dunstan, Piers K., Halpin, Patrick N. and Pressey, Robert L. (2014). Better integration of sectoral planning and management approaches for the interlinked ecology of the open oceans. Marine Policy, 49, 127-136. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.11.024

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Ardron, Jeff, Bax, Nicholas, Bernal, Patricio, Cleary, Jesse, Cresswell, Ian, Donnelly, Ben, Dunstan, Piers, Gjerde, Kristina, Johnson, David, Kaschner, Kristin, Lascelles, Ben, Rice, Jake, von Nordheim, Henning, Wood, Louisa and Halpin, Patrick N. (2014). The convention on biological diversity's ecologically or biologically significant areas: Origins, development, and current status. Marine Policy, 49, 137-145. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.12.002

  • Dunn, Daniel C, Boustany, Andre M, Roberts, Jason J, Brazer, Eric, Sanderson, Melissa, Gardner, Beth and Halpin, Patrick N (2014). Empirical move-on rules to inform fishing strategies: a New England case study. Fish and Fisheries, 15 (3), 359-375. doi: 10.1111/faf.12019

  • Merrie, Andrew, Dunn, Daniel C., Metian, Marc, Boustany, Andre M., Takei, Yoshinobu, Elferink, Alex Oude, Ota, Yoshitaka, Christensen, Villy, Halpin, Patrick N. and Österblom, Henrik (2014). An ocean of surprises – Trends in human use, unexpected dynamics and governance challenges in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Global Environmental Change, 27 (1), 19-31. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.012

  • Lewison, R. L., Crowder, L. B., Wallace, B. P., Moore, J. E., Cox, T., Zydelis, R., McDonald, S., DiMatteo, A., Dunn, D. C., Kot, C. Y., Bjorkland, R., Kelez, S., Soykan, C., Stewart, K. R., Sims, M., Boustany, A., Read, A. J., Halpin, P., Nichols, W. J. and Safina, C. (2014). Global patterns of marine mammal, seabird, and sea turtle bycatch reveal taxa-specific and cumulative megafauna hotspots. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (14), 5271-5276. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1318960111

  • Ban, Natalie C., Bax, Nicholas J., Gjerde, Kristina M., Devillers, Rodolphe, Dunn, Daniel C., Dunstan, Piers K., Hobday, Alistair J., Maxwell, Sara M., Kaplan, David M., Pressey, Robert L., Ardron, Jeff A., Game, Edward T. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2014). Systematic conservation planning: A better recipe for managing the high seas for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use : Managing the high seas. Conservation Letters, 7 (1), 41-54. doi: 10.1111/conl.12010

  • Curtice, Corrie, Dunn, Daniel C., Roberts, Jason J., Carr, Sarah D. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2012). Why ecosystem-based management may fail without changes to tool development and financing. BioScience, 62 (5), 508-515. doi: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.5.13

  • Van Dover, C.L., Smith, C.R., Ardron, J., Dunn, D., Gjerde, K., Levin, L. and Smith, S. (2012). Designating networks of chemosynthetic ecosystem reserves in the deep sea. Marine Policy, 36 (2), 378-381. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2011.07.002

  • Garcia, S. M., Kolding, J., Rice, J., Rochet, M.- J., Zhou, S., Arimoto, T., Beyer, J. E., Borges, L., Bundy, A., Dunn, D., Fulton, E. A., Hall, M., Heino, M., Law, R., Makino, M., Rijnsdorp, A. D., Simard, F. and Smith, A. D. M. (2012). Reconsidering the consequences of selective fisheries. Science, 335 (6072), 1045-1047. doi: 10.1126/science.1214594

  • Gilman, Eric, Dunn, Daniel, Read, Andrew, Hyrenbach, K. David and Warner, Robin (2011). Designing criteria suites to identify discrete and networked sites of high value across manifestations of biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation, 20 (14), 3363-3383. doi: 10.1007/s10531-011-0116-y

  • Curtice, Corrie, Schick, Robert S., Dunn, Daniel C. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2011). Home range analysis of Hawaiian monk seals (Monachus schauinslandi) based on colony, age, and sex. Aquatic Mammals, 37 (3), 360-371. doi: 10.1578/am.37.3.2011.360

  • Žydelis, Ramūnas, Lewison, Rebecca L., Shaffer, Scott A., Moore, Jeffrey E., Boustany, Andre M., Roberts, Jason J., Sims, Michelle, Dunn, Daniel C., Best, Benjamin D., Tremblay, Yann, Kappes, Michelle A., Halpin, Patrick N., Costa, Daniel P. and Crowder, Larry B. (2011). Dynamic habitat models: using telemetry data to project fisheries bycatch. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278 (1722), 3191-3200. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0330

  • Stewart, Kelly R., Lewison, Rebecca L., Dunn, Daniel C., Bjorkland, Rhema H., Kelez, Shaleyla, Halpin, Patrick N. and Crowder, Larry B. (2010). Characterizing fishing effort and spatial extent of coastal fisheries. PLoS One, 5 (12) e14451. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014451

  • Dunn, Daniel C, Boustany, Andre M and Halpin, Patrick N (2010). Spatio-temporal management of fisheries to reduce by-catch and increase fishing selectivity: Spatio-temporal by-catch management. Fish and Fisheries, 12 (1), 110-119. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-2979.2010.00388.x

  • Roberts, Jason J., Best, Benjamin D., Dunn, Daniel C., Treml, Eric A. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2010). Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools: An integrated framework for ecological geoprocessing with ArcGIS, Python, R, MATLAB, and C++. Environmental Modelling and Software, 25 (10), 1197-1207. doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2010.03.029

  • Dunn, D.C., Stewart, K., Bjorkland, R.H., Haughton, M., Singh-Renton, S., Lewison, R., Thorne, L. and Halpin, P.N. (2010). A regional analysis of coastal and domestic fishing effort in the wider Caribbean. Fisheries Research, 102 (1-2), 60-68. doi: 10.1016/j.fishres.2009.10.010

  • Dunn, D.C. and Halpin, P.N. (2009). Rugosity-based regional modeling of hard-bottom habitat. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 377, 1-11. doi: 10.3354/meps07839

  • Dunn, Daniel C., Kot, Connie Y. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2008). A comparison of methods to spatially represent pelagic longline fishing effort in catch and bycatch studies. Fisheries Research, 92 (2-3), 268-276. doi: 10.1016/j.fishres.2008.01.006

  • Eckert, Scott A., Moore, Jeffrey E., Dunn, Daniel C., van Buiten, Ricardo Sagarminaga, Eckert, Karen L. and Halpin, Patrick N. (2008). Modeling loggerhead turtle movement in the Mediterranean: Importance of body size and oceanography. Ecological Applications, 18 (2), 290-308. doi: 10.1890/06-2107.1

  • Koch, Volker, Suastegui, Jose Manuel Mazon, Sinsel, Francisco, Mungaray, Miguel Robles and Dunn, Daniel (2005). Lion's paw scallop (Nodipecten subnodosus, Sowerby 1835) aquaculture in Bahia Magdalena, Mexico: effects of population density and season on juvenile growth and mortality. Aquaculture Research, 36 (5), 505-512. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2005.01247.x

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The distributions of migratory species in the ocean span local, national and international jurisdictions. Across these ecologically interconnected regions, migratory marine species interact with anthropogenic stressors throughout their lives. Migratory connectivity, the geographical linking of individuals and populations throughout their migratory cycles, influences how spatial and temporal dynamics of stressors affect migratory animals and scale up to influence population abundance, distribution and species persistence. Population declines of many migratory marine species have led to calls for connectivity knowledge, especially insights from animal tracking studies, to be more effectively incorporated into management and policy frameworks. However, while the quantity of data on marine migratory species has increased dramatically in recent decades, efforts to synthesize and integrate information on animal movement and connectivity into global management and policy fora are nascent with examples largely originating from individual efforts.

    Launched in April 2019 at the UN, the Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean system (MiCO system; https://mico.eco/system) represents a step-change: a move from aggregating raw data that require precious human resources to re-analyze, to aggregating and developing fit-for-purpose, actionable knowledge. MiCO has been conducting a massive literature review of over 1200 publications describing how marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and fish use and connect our oceans. That review has now generated a dataset on migratory connectivity for more than 85 marine species. The integrated network models which are being derived from this datset can feed countless analyses of cumulative impacts, extinction risk, governance fit, biodiversity hotspots based on empirical data of areas of importance to species rather than models of distribution, and regional and global systematic conservation planning among many, many other options.

    The Applied Marine Bioegeography Lab at UQ seeks HDR students to engage with this datset and expand it to integrate other sampling methods that can inform network models for migriatory species (e.g., mark/recapture, stable isotopes, genetics and acoustics). A strong interest in either movement modeling or network modeling is desirable, as is some background in statistics, R and marine ecology. With a global dataset that spans taxa, output from this research should be emminently publishable in high level journals. Opportunities to collaborate with field ecologists, numerical ecologists, conservation scientists, and experts in regional and global governance are plentiful, as are chances to engage directly with regional and global ocean governance bodies including the Convention on Migratory Species, the Convention on Biological Diversity, Regional Seas Organizations, and the UN negotiations (and eventual implementation) of a new treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Dr. Dunn, AMBL and MiCO are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in this project and the lab. Applicants of any background, age, ability or gender are strongly encouraged to apply. Feel free to reach out for more information and check out the mico.eco & AMBL websites.