Contact

Postdoctoral researcher
Email 
c.mellin@aims.gov.au
Phone 
(08) 8303 6321

Person details

About

Current activities

My research interests include species distribution modelling, community ecology, macroecology and the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on biological communities, with a particular emphasis on coral reef fish communities. Using quantitative tools and statistical modelling, I explore the determism of species occurrence and abundance patterns at a global scale, the role of climate change and natural disturbance events and the influence of different management scenarios.

Background

  • Postdoctoral fellowship (Ecological Modelling), Australian Institute of Marine Science, supervised by J. Caley (AIMS), M. Meekan (AIMS) & C. Bradshaw (University of Adelaide), ongoing.
  • Postdoctoral fellowship (Ecological Modelling), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement of Nouméa, New Caledonia supervised by S. Andréfouët, two months.

Education

  • PhD Thesis, University Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris VI, France) and Ecole Pratique des hautes Etudes (EPHE), performed at Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) of Nouméa, New Caledonia, supervised by D. Ponton & R. Galzin. Obtained on 2007, Dec 11th with the Highest Grade.
  • Master’s Thesis in Oceanology and Marine Environment, UPMC Paris VI. 2004.
  • Engineering diploma in Food and Life Sciences, AgroParisTech, previously Institut National Agronomique de Paris-Grignon (INA P-G). 2004.

 

Publications

Over 20 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

  • Mellin C, Parrott L, Andrefouet S, Bradshaw CJA, MacNeil MA, Caley MJ (2012) Multi-scale marine biodiversity patterns inferred efficiently from habitat image processing. Ecological Applications 22:792-803.
  • Mellin C, Russell BD, Connell SC, Brook BW, Fordham DA (2012) Geographic range determinants of two commercially important marine molluscs. Diversity and Distributions 18: 133-146.
  • Sequeira A, Mellin C, Rowat D, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2012) Ocean-scale prediction of whale shark distribution. Diversity and Distributions 18:504-518
  • Watts MJ, Li Y, Russell BD, Mellin C, Connell SD, Fordham DA (2011) A novel method for mapping reefs and subtidal rocky habitats using artificial neural networks. Ecological Modelling 222:2606-2614.
  • Mellin C, Delean S, Caley MJ, Edgar GJ, Meekan MG, Pitcher CR, Przeslawski R, Williams A, Bradshaw CJA (2011) Effectiveness of Biological Surrogates for Predicting Patterns of Marine Biodiversity : a Global Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20141.
  • Mellin C, Huchery C, Caley MJ, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2010) Reef size and isolation determine the temporal stability of coral reef fish populations. Ecology 91:3138-3145.
  • McArthur, M.A., Brooke, B.P., Przeslawski, R., Ryan, D.A., Lucieer, V.L., Nichol, S., McCallum, A.W., Mellin, C., Cresswell, I.D., Radke, L.C. (2010). On the use of abiotic surrogates to describe marine benthic biodiversity. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 88:21-32.
  • Mellin C, Bradshaw CJA, Meekan MG, Caley MJ (2010) Environmental and spatial predictors of species richness and abundance in coral reef fishes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19:212-222.
  • Mellin C, Andréfouët S, Kulbicki M, Dalleau M, Vigliola L (2009) Remote sensing and fish-habitat relationships in coral reef ecosystems: review and pathways for systematic multi-scale hierarchical research. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58:11-19.

 

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