Centre for Marine Futures & UWA Oceans Institute School of Biological Sciences The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia

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Current activities

Phil is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia. His PhD research focused on ways to model and predict hotspots of mobile oceanic vertebrate predators in relation to submarine topography.


Phil has extensive experience in surveys of marine mammals and other large megafauna. His primary interests lie in the spatial modelling of species distributions and movements, as well as the estimation of animal abundance.

Academic qualifications

PhD Spatial Ecology - Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia

MRes Marine Mammal Science - St Andrews University, Scotland

BSc Population Biology - University of Western Brittany, France

Recent publications

Bouchet PJ, Meeuwig JJ, Huang Z, Letessier TBL, Nichol SL, Caley MJ, Watson RA. 2017. Continental-scale hotspots of pelagic fish abundance inferred from commercial catch records. Global Ecology and Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/geb.12619.

Allen SJ, Pollock KH, Bouchet PJ, Kobryn HT, McElligott DB, Nicholson KE, Smith JN, Loneragan NR. 2017. Preliminary estimates of the abundance and fidelity of dolphins associating with a demersal trawl fishery. Scientific Reports, 7: art4995.

Letessier TB, Bouchet PJ, Meeuwig JJ. 2015. Sampling mobile oceanic fishes and sharks: Implications for fisheries and conservation planning. Biological Reviews, 92(2): 627-646.

Bouchet, P., Meeuwig, J. 2015. Drifting baited stereo-videography: A novel sampling tool for surveying pelagic wildlife in offshore marine reserves. Ecosphere6: art137.

Bouchet, P., Meeuwig, J., Salgado Kent, C., Letessier, T., Jenner, C. (2015). Topographic determinants of mobile vertebrate predator hotspots: current knowledge and future directions. Biological Reviews, 90(3): 699-728.

Parsons ECM, Baulch S, Bechshoft T, Bellazzi G, Bouchet PJ, Cosentino AM, Godard-Codding CAJ, Gulland F, Hoffmann-Kuhnt M, Hoyt E, Livermore S, MacLeod CD, Matrai E, Munger L, Ochiai M, Peyman A, Recalde-Salas A, Regnery R, Rojas-Bracho L, Salgado-Kent CP, Slooten E, Wang JY, Wilson SC, Wright AJ, Young S, Zwamborn E, Sutherland WJ. 2015. Key research questions of global importance for cetacean conservation. Endangered Species Research, 27(2): 113-118.

Letessier TB, Bouchet PJ, Reisser, J, Meeuwig JJ. 2014. Baited videography reveals remote foraging and migration behaviour of sea turtles. Marine Biodiversity. DOI: 10.1007/s12526-014-0287-3

Letessier, T., Kemp, K., Gollock, M., Groves, L., Bouchet, P., Chapuis, L., Vianna, G., Koldewey, H., Meeuwig, J. (2013). Assessing pelagic fish and shark populations: The application of demersal techniques to the mid-water. Methods in Oceanography, 8: 41-55.

Salgado Kent, C., Jenner, C., Jenner, M., Bouchet, P., Rexstad, E. (2012). Southern hemisphere breeding stock D humpback whale population estimates from North West Cape, Western Australia. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 12(1): 29-38.