Joel is a fisheries scientist working with Alan Jordan (NSW DPI) on the development of outer shelf reef monitoring approaches and biodiversity inventory for the Australian Marine Park Network as part of the Hub's Evaluating and monitoring the status of marine biodiversity assets on the continental shelf theme. More specifically Joel is focussing on using baited remote underwater video (BRUVs) and remote operated vehicles (ROV) to sample fish assemblages and their habitat at mesophotic depth (50-110m). This coupled with the collation of multibeam data that provides information on reef structure.
Joel is also working on assessing the level of recreational fishing in Commonwealth waters off NSW as part of the Hubs E4 project recreational fishing in Commonwealth waters led by Tim Lynch.
Joel has a diverse background with expertise in estuarine larval fish ecology through to the spatial ecology of fishes on mesophotic reefs. Over the past 15 years Joel has worked and gained valuable experience in each of the university (Deakin University, Melbourne University, Murdoch University, private consulting (Australian Marine Ecology and Biosis) and government (Department of Fisheries Victoria, Authur Rylah Insitute, Department of Fisheries NSW) sectors. He has developed a range of skills including experimental design, monitoring program design, sampling using modern technologies (BRUVs, ROV, multibeam sonar), GIS, statistical modelling and scientific communication.
PhD, University of Melbourne (2012). Thesis title "The importance of freshwater flows to the spawning and larval ecology of black bream (Sparidae: Acanthopagrus butcherii)
BcS (Hons), Deakin University (2004).
Membership of key national committees
Australian Marine Sciences Association (NSW commitee member)
Australian Society of Fish Biology (NSW representative)
Ecological Society of Australia
The Marine Hub has created the following two-sided posters from its marine biodiversity research:
New areas of deep-sea coral reef and more than 100 unnamed species – including corals, lobsters and molluscs– have been discovered on undersea mountains in marine parks south of Tasmania.
Scientists and park managers returned to Hobart today after a four-week survey of the seamounts on CSIRO research vessel Investigator led...
MEDIA RELEASE, 23 November 2018
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Field...
Hundreds of the distinctive, dark-striped sharks were massed on the sandy seafloor among low rocky...
Fish Hook Bay at Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia. Fish communities found here during the 2011 marine heatwave were equivalent to those normally found 250 kilometres farther north. They had moved south with their climate niche. Image: Rick Stuart-Smith
Young scientists Lainey James and Margot Delaporte have completed their first trip aboard the Australian Maritime College Research Vessel Bluefin.
They spent a week surveying seabed life off eastern Tasmania with a team from the UTAS Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the University of Sydney Australian Centre for Field Robotics.
The team revisited deep reef systems in the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR), as well as inshore reefs near Wineglass Bay and ‘...
Deep ocean divers acting as citizen scientists have taken the first close-up look at stunning marine life on a deep granite reef in the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve off Bicheno, eastern Tasmania. Their footage shows an explosion of colourful sponges, gorgonian fans and other corals, clouds of butterfly perch, and large, tree-forming black corals that may be new to science. Researchers with the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Marine Biodiversity Hub mapped the...
Part of National Science Week, the exhibition is funded by a University of Tasmania Cross Disciplinary Incentive Grant, with support from the Marine Biodiversity Hub. It features works by artists Jan Hogan and Annalise Rees from the Tasmanian College of the Arts, and Hub spatial analyst Vanessa Lucieer whose work...
‘I was really excited to see how my data could be visualised,’ Emma says. ‘The concept of routinely making data available for the public to explore was very appealing, and I hope more and more researchers will start to recognise the benefits of open data. I always like being involved in...
Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.
After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).
The NESP is a six-...
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, 11 March 2015
NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub scientists have been evaluating the benefits of no-take protection (ie no fishing) on deep reef systems of Tasmania’s wild southwest coast. Working from the Australian Maritime College's flagship vessel Bluefin, they have just returned from Maatsuyker Island off southern Tasmania. The team of scientists and support staff relied on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to...
Wednesday 10 December 2014
The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...
A shoulder of continental shelf east of Tasmania’s Cape Barren Island marks the edge of Flinders Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR), a southern spoke of Australia’s three-million-square-kilometre CMR Network.
Iconic seabirds – albatrosses and petrels – snatch fish and squid along this marine reserve proclaimed in June 2007, that stretches some 600 kilometres towards New Zealand.
Below the surface, seafloor habitats of all description cover depths from 40–3000 metres: from...