Peter Mumby

 Pete-smallProfessor Peter J Mumby

Marine Spatial Ecology Lab
School of Biological Sciences
University of Queensland
St. Lucia Brisbane, Qld 4072

tel: +61 (0)7 3365 1686
skype: pete_mumby

Our research focuses on delivering science to improve the management of coral reefs. We carry out empirical ecological studies at scales ranging from millimetres (algal patch dynamics) to thousands of kilometres (gene flow in Caribbean corals) in an effort to plug gaps in our understanding of reef processes. Empirical data are then used to develop ecosystem models from which we can investigate the effectiveness of conservation measures in mitigating disturbance on reefs including climate change. Lastly, we combine the ecological models with remotely-sensed data to allow spatial conservation planning such as marine reserve design.


2010-onwards ARC Laureate Professorial Fellow, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2006-2010 Professor and Royal Society Research Fellow (till 2008), University of Exeter
2000-2006 Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Exeter
1997-2000 NERC Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Newcastle
1994-1997 Research Associate, University of Sheffield
1992-1994 Science Coordinator, Coral Cay Conservation


1997 PhD (Coral reef remote sensing), University of Sheffield
1992 BSc (Hons) First Class, Marine Biology, University of Liverpool


2011 Rosenstiel Award for Marine Science, University of Miami

2010 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (

2010 Marsh Award for Marine Conservation, Zoological Society of London

Taking our chances in Moorea (with Bob Steneck)


Setting up cages


President, Australian Coral Reef Society

Theme Lead, ‘Oceans & Coasts’, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland (
Coordinator, EU Project ‘Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment’ (
Editorial boards: Ecology Letters, Current Biology, Marine Ecology Progress Series
Science Advisory Board: Living Oceans Foundation
Keeping going

Recent grants / projects

  1. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, $24m (among multiple faculty), 2014-2021
  2. World Bank / Global Environmental Facility, Capturing coral reef ecosystem services, $8m, 2013-2018
  3. Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, 2010-2015, AUS$4,500,000
  4. Qld Government Accelerate Project, Solving the crown-of-thorns starfish problem on the Great Barrier Reef, $500,000 (2014-2016)
  5. Stocker Industrial Endowment Fund, 2012-2014, Effects of climate change on coral reef networks, $300,000 (with Ken Anthony, Hugh Possingham)
  6. NERP, 2011-2014, Vulnerability assessment of coral reefs of the GBR. $517,000 (with Ken Anthony, Hugh Possingham, Paul Marshall, Roger Beedon)
  7. ARC Discovery Grant, 2012-2014, Effects of ocean acidification on coral-algal interactions. $300,000 (with Guillermo Diaz, Ken Anthony, Mark Hay)
  8. Pew Charitable Trusts, Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, 2010-2013, US$150,000
  9. Natural Environment Research Council, Climate change and the fragmentation of coral reef habitats, 2010-2013, £388,000
  10. European Union, Future of Coral Reefs in a Changing Environment, Coordinator, 2010-2015 €6.7m involving 18 partners from the Caribbean, Europe and US.
  11. Australian Research Council, Super Science Initiative, Sea-level impacts on tropical coastal areas (2010-2014, $1.8m)
  12. Global Environmental Facility, Partner in research award to The Nature Conservancy, Bahamas National Trust, and Government of the Bahamas. US$107,000 (2010-2012)
  13. Natural Environment Research Council, Global analysis of temperature regimes to stratify the management of coral reefs for climate change, 2009-2010, £53,000
  14. National Geographic Society, Coral recruitment in Pacific systems, 2009-2010, US$22,500
  15. US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Effects of herbivore exploitation in Micronesia, 2008-2010, US$85,000
  16. Natural Environment Research Council, Generic model of aquatic remote sensing that includes ecological inputs and a Bayesian framework. 2007-2010, £310,000
  17. Natural Environment Research Council, Modelling fishing impacts on the resilience of Caribbean coral reefs. 2007-2010, £330,000

Journal publications


  1. Mumby PJ and van Woesik R (2014) Consequences of ecological, evolutionary, and biogeochemical uncertainty on the response of coral reefs to climatic stress. Current Biology 24: R413-R423
  2. Rogers A, Blanchard JL, Mumby PJ (2014) Vulnerability of coral reef fisheries to a loss of structural complexity. Current Biology 24: 1000-1005
  3. Mumby PJ (2014) Stratifying herbivore fisheries by habitat to avoid ecosystem overfishing of coral reefs. Fish and Fisheries doi: 10.1111/faf.12078
  4. Brown CJ, Mumby PJ (2014) Tradeoffs between fisheries and the conservation of ecosystem function are defined by management strategy. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 12: 324-329
  5. Mumby PJ, Wolff NH, Bozec YM, Chollett I, Halloran P (2014) Operationalising the resilience of coral reefs in an era of climate change. Conservation Letters 7: 176-187 (Feature Article)
  6. Brown CJ, Abdulla S, Mumby PJ (2014) Minimizing the short-term impacts of marine reserves on fisheries while meeting long-term goals for recovery. Conservation Letters doi: 10.1111/conl.12124
  7. Perry CT, Murphy GN, Kench PS, Edinger EN, Smithers SG, Steneck RS, Mumby PJ (2014) Changing dynamics of Caribbean reef carbonate budgets: emergence of reef bioeroders as critical controls on present and future reef growth potential. Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  8. Perry CT, Murphy GN, Kench PS, Edinger EN, Smithers SG, Steneck RS, Mumby PJ (2014) Evidence for the regional scale dominance of weedy coral taxa on Caribbean coral reefs: impacts on reef carbonate production and implications for future reef growth. Global Change Biology (in press)
  9. Ortiz JC, Bozec Yves-Marie, Wolff NH, Doropoulos C, Mumby PJ (2014) Global disparity in the ecological benefits of reducing carbon emissions for coral reefs. Nature Climate Change (in press)
  10. O’Farrell S, Bearhop S, McGill RAR, Dahlgren CP, Brumbaugh DR, Mumby PJ (2014) Habitat and body size effects on the isotopic niche space of invasive lionfish and endangered Nassau group. Ecosphere 5(10):123
  11. Conversi A, Dakos V, Gardmark A, Ling S, Folke C, Mumby PJ, Greene C, Edwards M, Blenckner T, Casini M, Pershing A, Mollman C (2014) A holistic view of marine regime shifts. Phil Trans. Royal Society B. (in press)
  12. Green A, Maypa A, Almany G, Rhodes K, Abesamis R, Gleason M, Mumby PJ, White A (2014) Larval dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes, and implications for marine reserve network design. Biological Reviews (in press)
  13. Rogers A, Harborne AR, Brown CJ, Bozec Y-M, Castro C, Chollett I, Hock K, Knowland C, Marshell A, Ortiz JC, Razak T, Roff G, Samper-Villarreal J, Saunders MI, Wolff N, Mumby PJ (2014) Anticipative management for coral reef ecosystem services in the 21st century. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.12725
  14. Tittensor DP, Walpole M, Hill SLL, Boyce DG, Britten GL, Burgess ND, Butchart SHM, Leadley PW, Regan EC, Alkemade R, Baumung R, Bellard C, Bouwman L, Bowles-Newark NJ, Chenery AM, Cheung WWL, Christensen V, Cooper HD, Crowther AR, Dixon MJR, Galli A, Gaveau V, Gregory RD, Gutierrez NL, Hirsch TL, Höft R, Januchowski-Hartley SR, Karmann M, Krug CB, Leverington FJ, Loh J, Lojenga RK, Malsch K, Marques A, Morgan DHW, Mumby PJ, Newbold T, Noonan-Mooney K, Pagad SN, Parks BC, Pereira HM, Robertson T, Rondinini C, Santini L,Scharlemann JPW, Schindler S, Sumaila UR, Teh LSL, van Kolck J, Visconti P, Ye Y (2014) A mid-term analysis of progress towards international biodiversity targets. Science (in press) doi://10.1126/science.1257484
  15. Bell J, Saunders M, Patino JL, Mills M, Kythreotis A, Phinn S, Mumby PJ, Lovelock CE, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Morrison T (2014) Maps, laws and planning policy: working with biophysical and spatial uncertainty in the case of sea level rise. Environmental Science and Policy 44: 247-257
  16. Mace GM, Reyers B, Alkemade R, Biggs R, Stuart Chapin II F, Cornell SE, Diaz S, Jennings S, Leadley P, Mumby PJ, Purvis A, Scholes RJ, Seddon AWR, Solan M, Steffen W, Woodward G (2014) Approaches to defining a planetary boundary for biodiversity. Global Environmental Change 28: 289-297
  17. Steneck RS, Arnold SN, Mumby PJ (2014) Cascading processes on recruitment may limit coral reef recovery and drive alternate attractors. Marine Ecology Progress Series 506: 115-127
  18. Allgeier JE, Layman CA, Mumby PJ, Rosemond AD (2014) Biogeochemical implications of biodiversity and community structure across multiple coastal ecosystems. Ecological Monographs (in press)
  19. Vergés A, Steinberg PD, Hay ME, Poore AGB, Campbell AH, Ballesteros E, Heck, Jr KI, Booth DJ, Coleman MA, Feary DA, Figueira W, Langlois T, Marzinelli EM, Mizerek T, Mumby PJ, Nakamura Y, Roughan M, Sebille EV, Gupta AS, Smale DA, Tomas F, Wernberg T, Wilson SK (2014) The tropicalisation of temperate marine ecosystems: climate-mediated changes in herbivory and community phase shifts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  20. Saunders MI, Leon JX, Callaghan DP, Roelfsema CM, Hamylton S, Brown CJ, Baldock T, Golshani A, Phinn SR, Lovelock CE, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Woodroffe CD, Mumby PJ (2014) Interdependency of tropical marine ecosystems in response to climate change. Nature Climate Change 4: 724-729
  21. Hock K, Wolff NH, Condie SA, Anthony KRN, Mumby PJ (2014) Connectivity networks reveal the risks of crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks on the Great Barrier Reef. J. Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12320
  22. Ainsworth, C, Mumby PJ (2014) Coral-algal phase shifts alter fish communities and reduce fisheries production. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.12667
  23. Bozec YM, Alvarez-Filip L, Mumby PJ (2014) The dynamics of architectural complexity on coral reefs. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.12698
  24. Anthony KRN, Marshall PA, Abdulla A, Beeden R, Bergh C, Black R, Eakin CM, Game ET, Gooch M, Graham NAJ, Green A, Heron SF, van Hooidonk R, Knowland C, Mangubhai S, Marshall N, Maynard JA, McGinnity P, McLeod E, Mumby PJ, Nystrom M, Obura D, Oliver J, Possingham HP, Pressey RL, Rowlands GP, Tamelander J, Wachenfeld D, Wear S (2014) Operationalising resilience for adaptive coral reef management under global environmental change. Global Change Biology DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12700
  25. Baldock TE, Karampour H, Sleep R, Vyltla A, Albermani F, Golshani A, Callaghan DP, Roff G, Mumby PJ (2014) Resilience of branching and massive corals to wave loading under sea level rise – a coupled computational fluid dynamics-structural analysis. Marine Pollution Bulletin 82: 91-101
  26. Baldock TE, Golshani A, Callaghan DP, Saunders M, Mumby PJ (2014) Impact of sea-level rise and coral mortality on wave dynamics on barrier reefs. Marine Pollution Bulletin 83: 155-164
  27. Sale PF, Agardy T, Ainsworth CH, Feist BE, Bell JD, Christie P, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ, Feary DA, Saunders MI, Daw TM, Foale SJ, Levin PS, Lindeman KC, Lorenzen K, Pomeroy RS, Allison EH, Bradbury RH, Corrin J, Edwards AJ, Obura DO, Sadovy de Mitcheson YJ, Samoilys MA, Sheppard CRC (2014) Transforming management of tropical coastal seas to cope with challenges of the 21st century. Marine Pollution Bulletin 85: 8-23
  28. Doropoulos C, Zupan M, Roff G, Nestor V, Isechal AL, Mumby PJ (2014) Reef-scale failure of coral settlement following typhoon disturbance and macroalgal bloom in Palau, Western Pacific. Coral Reefs 33: 613-623
  29. Roff G, Bejarano S, Bozec Y-M, Nugues M, Steneck RS, Mumby PJ (2014) Porites and the Phoenix effect: unprecedented recovery after a mass coral bleaching event at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia. Marine Biology 161: 1385-1393
  30. Chollett I, Canty SWJ, Box SJ, Mumby PJ (2014) Adapting to the impacts of global change on an artisanal coral reef fishery. Ecological Economics 102: 118-125
  31. Allgeier JE, Layman CA, Mumby PJ, Rosemond AD (2014) Consistent nutrient storage and supply mediated by diverse fish communities in coral reef ecosystems. Global Change Biology 20: 2459-2472
  32. Bozec YM, Mumby PJ (2014) Synergistic effects of chronic and acute stress on the resilience of coral reefs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
  33. Christianen MJA, Herman PMJ, Bouma TJ, Lamers LPM, van Katwijk MM, van der Heide T, Mumby PJ, Silliman BR, Engelhard SL, van de Kerk M, Kiswara W, van de Koppel J (2014) Habitat collapse due to overgrazing threatens turtle conservation in marine protected areas. Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  34. Mumby PJ, Chollett I, Wolff NW, Bozec YM (2014) Ecological resilience, robustness and vulnerability: how do these concepts benefit ecosystem management? Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability 7: 22-27
  35. Chollett I, Enriquez S, Mumby PJ (2014) Redefining thermal regimes to design reserves for climate change. PloS One (in press)
  36. Micheli F, Mumby PJ, Brumbaugh DR, Broad K, Dahlgren CP, Harborne AR, Holmes KE, Kappel CV, Litvin SY, Sanchirico JN (2014) High vulnerability of ecosystem function and services to diversity loss in Caribbean coral reefs. Biological Conservation 171: 186-194
  37. Kwiatkowski L, Halloran PR, Mumby PJ, Stephenson DB (2014) What spatial scales are believable for climate model projections of sea surface temperature? Climate Dynamics 43: 1483-1496
  38. Holstein DM Paris CB, Mumby PJ (2014) Consistency and inconsistency in multispecies population network dynamics of coral reef ecosystems. Marine Ecology Progress Series 499:1-18 (Feature Article)
  39. Ortiz JC, Gonzalez-Rivero M, Mumby PJ (2014) An ccosystem-level perspective on the host and symbiont traits needed to mitigate climate change impacts on Caribbean coral reefs. Ecosystems 17:1-13
  40. Mumby PJ, Steneck RS, Hastings A (2013) Evidence for and against the existence of alternate attractors on coral reefs. Oikos 122: 481-491 Download
  41. Chollett I, Mumby PJ (2013) Reefs of last resort: Locating and assessing thermal refugia in the wider Caribbean. Biological Conservation 167: 179-186 Download
  42. Kennedy EV, Perry CT, Halloran PR, Iglesias-Prieto R, Schonberg CH, Wisshak M, Form AU, Carricart-Ganivet JP, Fine M, Eakin CM, Mumby PJ (2013) Avoiding coral reef functional collapse requires local and global action. Current Biology 23: 912-918 Download
  43. Mumby PJ, Bejarano S, Golbuu Y, Steneck RS, Arnold SN, van Woesik R, Friedlander AM (2013) Empirical relationships among resilience indicators on Micronesian reefs. Coral Reefs 32: 213-226 Download
  44. Kwaitkowski L, Cox PM, Economou T, Halloran PR, Mumby PJ, Booth BB, Carilli J, Guzman HM (2013) Caribbean coral growth influenced by anthropogenic aerosol emissions. Nature Geoscience 6: 362-366 Download
  45. Bejarano S, Golbuu Y, Sabolu T, Mumby PJ (2013) Effects of grouper closure on the herbivore spear fishery in Palau. Animal Conservation 17:133-143
  46. Ortiz JC, Gonzalez M, Mumby PJ (2013) Can a thermally tolerant symbiont improve the future of Caribbean coral reefs? Global Change Biology 19: 273-281 Download
  47. Roff G, Wabnitz CCC, Harborne AR, Mumby PJ (2013) Macroalgal associations of motile epifaunal invertebrate communities on coral reefs. Marine Ecology 34: 409-419
  48. Bejarano S, Golbuu Y, Sabolu T, Mumby PJ (2013) Ecological risk and the exploitation of herbivorous fish across Micronesia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 482:197-215 Download
  49. Perry CT, Murphy GN, Kench PS, Smithers SG, Edinger EN, Steneck RS, Mumby PJ (2013) Caribbean-wide decline in carbonate production threatens coral reef growth. Nature Communications 4: 1402 Download
  50. Foster NL, Baums IB, Sanchez JA, Agudelo CL, Vermeij MJA, Chollett I, Mumby PJ (2013) Hurricane-driven patterns of clonality in an ecosystem engineer: The Caribbean coral Montastraea annularis. PLoS One 8: e53283 Download
  51. Roff G & Mumby PJ (2012) Global disparity in the resilience of coral reefs. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27:404-413 Download
  52. Dornelas M, Magurran AE, Buckland ST, Chao A, Chazdon RL, Colwell RK, Curtis T, Gaston KJ, Gotelli NJ, Kosnik MA, McGill B, McCune JL, Morlon H, Mumby PJ, Ovreas L, Studeny A, Vellend M (2012) Quantifying temporal change in biodiversity: challenges and opportunities. Proc Royal Society B 280: 1570 Download
  53. Doropoulos C, Ward S, Marshell A, Diaz-Pulido G, Mumby PJ (2012) Interactions among chronic and acute impacts on coral recruits: the importance of size-escape thresholds. Ecology 93: 2131-2138 Download
  54. Marshell A, Mumby PJ (2012) Revisiting the functional roles of the surgeonfish Acanthurus nigrofuscus and Ctenochaetus striatus. Coral Reefs 31: 1092-1101 Download
  55. Yakob L, Mumby PJ (2012) Life histories offer a clue to the future of infectious disease on coral reefs. ANZIAM Journal 54: 64-73
  56. Bozec YM, Yakob L, Bejarano S, Mumby PJ (2013) Reciprocal facilitation and non-linearity maintain habitat engineering on coral reefs. Oikos 122: 428-440 Download
  57. McClanahan TR, Donner S, Maynard JA, MacNeil MA, Graham NAJ, Maina JM, Baker AC, Alemu JB, Beger M, Campbell SJ, Darling ES, Eakin CM, Heron SF, Jupiter SD, Lundquist CJ, McLeod E, Mumby PJ, Paddack MJ, Selig ER, van Woesik R (2012) Evidence-based resilience assessments support coral reef management in a changing climate. PLoS One 7:e42884 Download
  58. Ferrari R, Gonzalez M, Mumby PJ (2012) Size matters in the competition between corals and macroalgae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 467: :77-88 Download
  59. Chollett I, Mumby PJ, Muller-Karger FE, Hu C (2012) Physical environments of the Caribbean Sea. Limnology & Oceanography 57: 1233-1244 Download
  60. Doropoulos C, Ward S, Diaz-Pulido G, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ (2012) Ocean acidification reduces coral recruitment by disrupting intimate larval-algal settlement interactions. Ecology Letters 15: 338-346 Download
  61. Foster NL, Paris CB, Kool JT, Baums IB, Stevens JR, Sanchez JA, Bastidas C, Agudelo C, Bush P, Day O, Ferrari R, Gonzalez P, Gore S, Guppy R, McCartney M, McRoy CP, Mendes JM, Srinivasan A, Steiner S, Vermeij MAJ, Weil E, Mumby PJ (2012) Connectivity of Caribbean coral populations: complementary insights from empirical and modelled gene flow. Molecular Ecol. 21:1143-1157 Download
  62. Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Ferrari R (2012). The effectiveness of different meso-scale rugosity metrics for predicting intra-habitat variation coral-reef fish assemblages. Environmental Biology of Fishes 94: 431-442 Download
  63. Nagelkerken I, Grol MGG, Mumby PJ (2012) Effects of marine reserves versus nursery habitat availability on the structure of reef fish communities. PLoS One 7(6):e36906 Download
  64. Ferrari R, Gonzalez M, Ortiz JC, Mumby PJ (2012) Interaction of herbivory and seasonality on the dynamics of Caribbean macroalgae. Coral Reefs 31: 683-692 Download
  65. Perry CT, Edinger EN, Kench PS, Murphy GN, Smithers SG, Steneck RS, Mumby PJ (2012) Estimating rates of biologically driven coral reef framework production and erosion: a new census-based carbonate budget methodology and applications to the reefs of Bonaire. Coral Reefs 31: 853-868 Download
  66. Chollett I, Mumby PJ (2012) Predicting the distribution of Montastraea reefs using wave exposure. Coral Reefs 31(2) 493-503  Download
  67. Chollett I, Müller-Karger FE, Heron SF,  Skirving W, Mumby PJ (2012) Seasonal and spatial heterogeneity of recent sea surface temperature trends in the Caribbean Sea and southeast Gulf of Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64(5) 956-965 Download
  68. Ticzon VS, Mumby PJ, Samaniego BR, Bejarano-Chavarro S (2012) Microhabitat use of juvenile coral reef fish in Palau. Environmental Biology of Fishes  DOI 10.1007/s10641-012-0010-9     Download
  69. Hedley JD, Roelfsema C, Phinn SR, Mumby PJ (2012) Environmental and sensor limitations in optical remote sensing of coral reefs: Implications for monitoring and sensor design. Remote Sensing 4:271-302 Download
  70. Mumby PJ, Steneck RS, Edwards AJ, Ferrari R, Gibson J, Harborne AR, Coleman R (2012) Fishing down a Caribbean food web relaxes trophic cascades. Marine Ecology Progress Series 445:13-24 Download
  71. Blackwood J, Hastings A, Mumby PJ (2012) The effect of fishing on hysteresis in Caribbean coral reefs. Theoretical Ecology 5: 105-114 Download
  72. Gonzalez-Rivero M, Ferrari R, Schonberg CHL, Mumby PJ (2012) Impacts of macroalgal competition and parrotfish predation on the growth of a common bioeroding sponge. Marine Ecology Progress Series 444:133-142 Download
  73. Phinn SR, Roelfsema CM, Mumby PJ (2012) Multiscale, object-based image analysis for mapping geomorphic and ecological zones on coral reefs. International Journal of Remote Sensing 33: 3768-3797 Download
  74. Mumby PJ, Vitolo R, Stephenson DB (2011) Temporal clustering of tropical cyclones and its ecosystem impacts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 17626-17630 Download
  75. Yakob L, Mumby PJ (2011) Climate change induces demographic resistance to disease in novel coral assemblages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 1967-1969 Download
  76. Mumby PJ, Elliott IA, Eakin CM, Skirving W, Paris CP, Edwards HJ, Enriquez S, Iglesias-Prieto R, Cherubin L, Stevens JR (2011) Reserve design for uncertain responses of coral reefs to climate change. Ecology Letters 14: 132-140 Download
  77. Mumby PJ, Harborne AR, Brumbaugh DR (2011) Grouper as a natural biocontrol of invasive lionfish. PLoS One 6(6): e21510 Download
  78. Harborne AR, Mumby PJ (2011) Novel ecosystems: altering fish assemblages in warming waers. Current Biology 21: R822-R824 Download
  79. Roff G, Ortiz JC, Ledlie M, Mumby PJ (2011) Spatial patterns of parrotfish corallivory in the Caribbean: the importance of coral taxa, density and size. PLoS One 6(12): e29133. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029133 Download
  80. Edwards HJ, Elliott IA, Eakin CM, Irikawa A, Madin JS, McField M, Morgan JA, van Woesik R, Mumby PJ (2011) How much time can herbivore protection buy for coral reefs under realistic regimes of hurricanes and coral bleaching? Global Change Biology 17: 2033-2048 Download
  81. Foster J, Ticzon V, Reigl B, Mumby PJ (2011) Detecting end-member structural and biological elements of a coral reef using a single-beam acoustic ground discrimination system. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32: 7749-7776 Download
  82. Gonzalez-Rivero M, Yakob L, Mumby PJ (2011) The role of sponge competition on coral reef alternative steady states. Ecological Modelling 222: 1847-1853 Download
  83. Mumby PJ, Iglesias-Prieto R, Hooten AJ, Sale PF, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Edwards AJ, Harvell CD, Gomez ED, Knowlton N, Hatziolos ME, Kyewalyanga MS, Muthiga N (2011) Revisiting climate thresholds and ecosystem collapse. Frontiers in Ecology & Environment 9: 94-96 Download
  84. Yakob L, Mumby PJ (2011) Reply to Jordan-Garza et al: Demographic dynamism as an additional mechanism of coral disease resistance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: E112-E112
  85. Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Kennedy EV, Ferrari R (2011) Effect on coral reef fishes of biotic ad multi-scale abiotic controls of habitat quality. Marine Ecology Progress Series 437: 201-214 Download
  86. Blackwood JC, Hastings A, Mumby PJ (2011) A model-based approach t determine the long-term effects of multiple interacting stressors on coral reefs. Ecological Applications 21: 2722-2733 Download
  87. Hughes TP, Graham NAJ, Jackson JBC, Mumby PJ, Steneck RS (2010) Rising to the challenge of sustaining coral reef resilience. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 25: 633- 642 download
  88. Bejarano S, Mumby PJ, Sotheran IS (2011) Predicting the structural complexity of reefs and fish abundance using RoxAnn. Marine Biology 158: 489-504 Download
  89. Kellner JB, Sanchirico HN, Hastings A, Mumby PJ (2010) Optimizing for multiple species and multiple values: tradeoffs inherent in ecosystem-based fisheries management. Conservation Letters 4:21-30 Download
  90. Arnold SN, Steneck RS, Mumby PJ (2010) Running the gauntlet to coral recruitment through a sequence of local multiscale processes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 414: 91-105 Download
  91. Chollett IC, Mumby PJ, Cortes J (2010) Upwelling regions: a refuge for coral reefs in a warming ocean? Marine Ecology Progress Series 416: 47-56 Download
  92. Anthony K, Maynard J, Diaz-Pulido G, Mumby PJ, Cao L, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2011) Ocean acidification and warming will lower coral reef resilience. Global Change Biology 17:1798-1808 Download
  93. Bejarano S, Mumby PJ, Hedley JD, Sotheran IS (2010) Combining optical and acoustic data to enhance the detection of Caribbean forereef habitats. Remote Sensing of Environment 114: 2768-2778 Download
  94. Eakin CM, Nim C, Brainard RE, Aubrecht C, Elvidge C, Gledhill DK, Muller-Karger F, Mumby PJ, Skirving WJ, Strong AE, Wang M, Weeks S, Wentz F (2010) Monitoring coral reefs from space. Oceanography 23:118-133 Download
  95. Kellner JB, Litvin SY, Hastings A, Micheli F, Mumby PJ (2010) Disentangling trophic interactions inside a Caribbean marine reserve. Ecological Applications 20: 1979-1992 Download
  96. Mumby PJ, Harborne AR (2010) Marine reserves enhance the recovery of corals on Caribbean reefs. PloS One 5: e8657 Download
  97. Wilson SK, Adjeroud M, Bellwood DR, Berumen ML, Booth D, Bozec Y-Marie, Chabanet P, Cheal A, Cinner J, Depczynski M, Feary DA, Gagliano M, Graham NAJ, Halford AR, Halpern BS, Harborne AR, Hoey AS, Holbook SJ, Jones GP, Kulbiki M, Letourneur Y, De Loma TL, McClanahan TM, McCormick MI, Meekan MG, Mumby PJ, Munday PL, Ohman MC, Pratchett MS, Riegl B, Sano M, Schmitt RJ, Syms C (2010) Crucial knowledge gaps in current understanding of climate change impacts on coral reef fishes. J Exp Biol 213: 894-900. Download
  98. Edwards HJ, Elliott IA, Pressey RL, Mumby PJ (2010) Incorporating ontogenetic dispersal, ecological processes, and conservation zoning into reserve design. Biological Conservation 143: 457-470 Download
  99. Renken H, Mumby PJ, Matsikis I, Edwards HJ (2010) Effects of physical environmental conditions on the patch dynamics of Dictyota pulchella and Lobophora variegata on Caribbean coral reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 403: 67-73 Download
  100. Beger M, Grantham HS, Pressey RL, Wilson KA, Peterson EL, Dorfman D, Mumby PJ, Lourival R, Brumbaugh DR, Possingham HP (2010) Conservation planning for connectivity across marine, freshwater, and terrestrial realms. Biological Conservation 143: 565-575 Download
  101. Mumby PJ (2009) Herbivory vs. corallivory: Are parrotfish good or bad for Caribbean reefs? Coral Reefs 28: 761-773 Download
  102. Mumby PJ (2009) Phase shifts and the stability of macroalgal communities on Caribbean coral reefs. Coral Reefs 28: 683-690 Download
  103. Baskett ML, Nisbet RM, Kappel CV, Mumby PJ, Gaines SD (2010) Conservation management approaches to protecting the capacity for corals to respond to climate change: a theoretical comparison. Global Change Biology 16: 1229-1246 Download
  104. Harborne AR, Renaud PG, Tyler EHM, Mumby PJ (2009) Reduced density of the herbivorous urchin Diadema antillarum inside a Caribbean marine reserve linked to increased predation pressure by fishes. Coral Reefs 28: 783-791 Download
  105. Paddack MJ, Reynolds JD, Aguilar C, Appeldoorn RS, Beets J, Burkett EW, Chittaro PM, Clarke K, Esteves R, Fonseca AC, Forrester GE, Friedlander AM, Garcia-Sais J, Gonzalez-Sanson G, Jordan LKB, McClellan DB, Miller MW, Molloy PP, Mumby PJ, et al (2009) Recent region-wide declines in Caribbean reef fish abundance. Current Biology 19: 1-6 Download
  106. Lim A, Hedley J, LeDrew E, Mumby PJ, Roelfsema C (2009) The effects of ecologically determined spatial complexity on the classification accuracy of simulated coral reef images. Remote Sensing of Environment 113: 965-978 Download
  107. Renken H, Mumby PJ (2009) Modelling the dynamics of coral reef macroalgae using a Bayesian Belief Network approach. Ecological Modelling 220: 1305-1314 Download
  108. Sanchirico JN, Mumby PJ (2009) Mapping ecosystem functions to the valuation of ecosystem services: Implications of species-habitat associations for coastal land-use decisions. Theoretical Ecology 2: 67-77 Download
  109. Mumby PJ, Steneck RS (2008) Coral reef management and conservation in the light of rapidly-evolving ecological paradigms. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 555-563 Download
  110. Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Kappel CV, Dahlgren CP, Micheli F, Holmes KE, Brumbaugh DR (2008) Tropical coastal habitats as surrogates of fish community structure, grazing and fisheries value. Ecological Applications 18: 1689-1701 Download
  111. Foster NL, Box SJ, Mumby PJ (2009) Competitive effects of macroalgae on the fecundity of the reef building coral, Montastraea annularis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 367: 143-152 Download
  112. Mumby PJ, Hastings A (2008) The impact of ecosystem connectivity on coral reef resilience. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 854-862 Download
  113. Mumby PJ, Broad K, Brumbaugh DR, Dahlgren CP, Harborne AR, Hastings A, Holmes KE, Kappel CV, Micheli F, Sanchirico JN (2008) Coral reef habitats as surrogates of species, ecological functions and ecosystem services. Conservation Biology 22: 941-951 Download
  114. Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Kappel CV, Dahlgren CP, Micheli F, Holmes KE, Sanchirico JN, Broad K, Elliott I, Brumbaugh DR (2008) Reserve effects versus natural variation in coral reef communities. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 1010-1018 Download
  115. Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ, Hooten AJ, Steneck RS, Greenfield P, Gomez E, HarvellCD, Sale PF, Edwards AJ, Caldeira K, Knowlton N, Eakin CM, Iglesias-Prieto R, Muthiga N, Bradbury RH, Dubi A, Hatziolos ME (2007) Coral reefs under rapid climate change and ocean acidification. Science 318: 1737-1742 Download
  116. Mumby PJ, Hastings A, Edwards HJ (2007) Thresholds and the resilience of Caribbean coral reefs. Nature 450: 98-101 Download
  117. Mumby PJ, Harborne AR, Williams J, Cappel CV, Brumbaugh DR, Micheli F, Holmes KE, Dahlgren CP, Paris CB, Blackwell PG (2007) Trophic cascade facilitates coral recruitment in a marine reserve.ProceedingsNationalAcademy of Science 104: 8362-8367 Download
  118. Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ, Hooten AJ, Steneck RS, Greenfield P, Gomez E, Harvell DR, Sale PF, Edwards AJ, Caldeira K, Knowlton N, Eakin CM, Iglesias-Prieto R, Muthiga N, Bradbury RH, Dubi A, Hatziolos ME (2008) Coral adaptation in the face of climate change – response. Science 320: 315-316
  119. Foster NL, Baums IB, Mumby PJ (2007) Sexual versus asexual reproduction in an ecosystem engineer: the massive coral Montastraea annularis. Journal of Animal Ecology 76: 384-391 Download
  120. Habeeb RL, Johnson CR, Wotherspoon S, Mumby PJ (2007) Optimal scales to observe habitat dynamics: A coral reef example. Ecological Applications 17: 641-647 Download
  121. Box SJ, Mumby PJ (2007) The effect of macroalgal competition on the growth and survival of juvenile Caribbean corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 342: 139-149 Download
  122. Sanchirico, J.N. & Mumby, P.J. (2007) Economics, habitats, and biological populations: Finding the right value. Resources 165: 11-13 Download
  123. Mumby PJ, Micheli F, Dahlgren CP, Litvin SY, Gill AB, Brumbaugh DR, Broad K, Sanchirico JN, Kappel CV, Harborne AR, Holmes KE (2006) Marine parks need sharks: reply? Science 312: 526-528 Download
  124. Mumby PJ, Dahlgren CP, Harborne AR, Kappel CV, Micheli F, Brumbaugh DR, Holmes KE, Mendes JM, Broad K, Sanchirico JN, Buch K, Box S, Stoffle RW, Gill AB (2006) Fishing, trophic cascades, and the process of grazing on coral reefs. Science 311: 98-101 Download
  125. Mumby PJ, Harborne AR, Hedley JD, Zychualuk K, Blackwell P (2006) The spatial ecology of Caribbean coral reefs: revisiting the catastrophic die-off of the urchin Diadema antillarum. Ecological Modelling 196: 131-148 Download
  126. Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Hedley JD, Zychaluk K, Blackwell PB (2006) Modelling the beta diversity of coral reefs. Ecology 87: 2871-2881 Download
  127. Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Brumbaugh D, Micheli F, Holmes K, Perry C, Dahlgren CP (2006) Functions of Caribbean coral reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats. Advances in Marine Biology 50: 57-189 Download
  128. Mumby PJ (2006) The impact of exploiting grazers (Scaridae) on the dynamics of Caribbean coral reefs. Ecological Applications 16: 747-769 Download
  129. Mumby PJ (2006) Connectivity of reef fish between mangroves and coral reefs: algorithms for the design of marine reserves at seascape scales. Biological Conservation 128: 215-222 Download
  130. Mumby PJ, Foster NL, Glynn Fahy E (2005) The patch dynamics of coral reef macroalgae under chronic and acute disturbance. Coral Reefs 24: 681-692 Download
  131. Hedley JD, Harborne AR, Mumby PJ (2005) Simple and robust removal of sunglint for mapping shallow-water benthos. International Journal of Remote Sensing 26: 2107-2112
  132. Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Arias-Gonzalez JE, Lindeman KC, Blackwell PG, Gall A, Gorczynska MI, Harborne AR, Pescod CL, Renken H, Wabnitz CCC, Llewellyn G (2004) Mangroves enhance the biomass of coral reef fish communities in the Caribbean. Nature 427: 533-536 Download
  133. Mumby PJ, Skirving W, Strong AE, Hardy JT, LeDrew EF, Hochberg EJ, Stumpf RP, David LT (2004) Remote sensing of coral reefs and their physical environment. Marine Pollution Bulletin 48: 219-228 Download
  134. McClanahan TR, Sala E, Mumby PJ, Jones S (2004) Phosphorus and nitrogen enrichment do not enhance brown frondose ‘macroalgae’. Marine Pollution Bulletin 48: 196-199 Download
  135. Mumby PJ, Hedley JD, Chisholm JRM, Clark CD, Jaubert J (2004) The cover of living and dead corals using airborne remote sensing. Coral Reefs 23: 171-183 Download
  136. Hedley JD, Mumby PJ, Joyce KE, Phinn SR (2004) Spectral unmixing of coral reef benthos under ideal conditions. Coral Reefs 23: 60-73 Download
  137. Andréfouët S, Kramer P, Torres-Pulliza D, Joyce KE, Hochberg EJ, Garza-Perez R, Mumby PJ, Riegl B, Yamano H, White WH, Zubia M, Brock JC, Phinn SR, Naseer A, Hatcher BG, Muller-Karger FE (2003) Multi-sites evaluation of IKONOS data for classification of tropical coral reef environments. Remote Sensing of Environment 88: 128-143 Download
  138. Malthus TJ, Mumby PJ (2003) Remote sensing of the coastal zone: an overview and priorities for future research. International Journal of Remote Sensing 24: 2805-2815 Download
  139. Hedley JD, Mumby PJ (2003) Spectral unmixing and the resolution of depth from remotely sensed data of aquatic systems. Limnology & Oceanography 48: 480-488 Download
  140. Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ (2002) Mapping marine environments with IKONOS imagery: enhanced spatial resolution does deliver greater thematic accuracy. Remote Sensing of Environment 82: 248-257 Download
  141. Andréfouët S, Mumby PJ, McField M, Hu C, Muller-Karger FE (2002) Revisiting coral reef connectivity. Coral Reefs 21: 43-48. Download
  142. Mumby PJ (2002) Statistical power for non-parametric tests: a quick guide for designing sampling strategies. Marine Pollution Bulletin 44: 85-87 Download
  143. Mumby PJ, Wabnitz CCC (2002) Spatial patterns of aggression, territory size, and harem size in five sympatric Caribbean parrotfish species. Environmental Biology of Fishes 63: 265-279 Download
  144. Hedley JD, Mumby PJ (2002) Biological and remote sensing perspectives on pigmentation in coral reefs. Advances in Marine Biology 43: 277-317. Download
  145. Mumby PJ, Chisholm JRM, Edwards AJ, Andréfouët S, Jaubert J (2001) Cloudy weather may have saved Society Islands coral reefs during the 1998 ENSO event. Marine Ecology Progress Series 222: 209-216 Download
  146. Mumby PJ, Chisholm JRM, Hedley JH, Clark CD, Jaubert J (2001) A bird’s-eye view of the health of coral reefs. Nature 413 (6852): 36 Download
  147. Mumby PJ (2001) Beta and habitat diversity in marine systems: a new approach to measurement, scaling and interpretation. Oecologia 128: 274-280 Download
  148. Mumby PJ, Chisholm JRM, Edwards AJ, Clark CD, Jaubert J, Andrefouet A (2001) A quantitative assessment of mass bleaching-induced coral mortality at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia. Marine Biology 139:183-189 Download
  149. Clark CD, Mumby PJ, Chisholm JRM, Jaubert J (2000) Spectral discrimination of coral mortality states following a severe bleaching event. International Journal of Remote Sensing21: 2321-2327 Download
  150. Mumby PJ (1999) Bleaching and hurricane disturbances to populations of coral recruits in Belize. Marine Ecology Progress Series190: 27-35 Download
  151. Mumby PJ (1999) Can Caribbean coral populations be modelled at metapopulation scales? Marine Ecology Progress Series 180: 275-288 Download
  152. Mumby PJ and Harborne AR (1999) Development of a systematic classification scheme of marine habitats to facilitate regional management of Caribbean coral reefs. Biological Conservation88(2): 155-163 Download
  153. Mumby PJ, Green EP, Edwards AJ, Clark CD (1999) The cost-effectiveness of remote sensing for tropical coastal resources assessment and management. Journal of Environmental Management 55:157-166 Download
  154. Mumby PJ, Green EP, Clark CD, Edwards AJ (1998) Digital analysis of multispectral airborne imagery of coral reefs. Coral Reefs 17(1): 59-69 Download
  155. Mumby PJ, Clark CD, Green EP, Edwards AJ (1998) The practical benefits of water column correction and contextual editing for mapping coral reefs. International Journal of Remote Sensing 19: 203-210. Download
  156. Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Clark CD, Green EP (1998) Managing tropical coastal habitats: should I use satellite or airborne sensors? Backscatter 9(2): 20-24.
  157. Green EP, Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Clark CD, Ellis AC (1998) The assessment of mangrove areas using high resolution multispectral airborne imagery (CASI). Journal of Coastal Research 14: 433-443. Download
  158. Green EP, Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Clark CD (1998) Cost-effective mapping of coastal habitats. GIS Asia Pacific August / September: 40-44.
  159. Green EP, Clark CD, Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Ellis AC (1998) Remote sensing techniques for mangrove mapping. International Journal of Remote Sensing 19: 935-956. Download
  160. Mumby PJ, Green EP, Edwards AJ, Clark CD (1997) Coral reef habitat mapping: how much detail can remote sensing provide? Marine Biology 130(2): 193-202. Download
  161. Mumby PJ, Green EP, Edwards AJ, Clark CD (1997) Measurement of seagrass standing crop using satellite and digital airborne remote sensing. Marine Ecology Progress Series 159: 51-60. Download
  162. Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Green EP, Anderson CW, Ellis AC, Clark CD (1997) A visual assessment technique for estimating seagrass standing crop. Aquatic Conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems7: 239-251. Download
  163. Green EP, Mumby PJ, Ellis AC, Edwards AJ, Clark CD (1997) Estimating leaf area index of mangroves from satellite data. Aquatic Botany, 58: 11-19. Download
  164. Clark CD, Ripley HT, Green EP, Edwards AJ, Mumby PJ (1997) Mapping and measurement of tropical coastal environments with hyperspectral and high spatial resolution data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 18: 237-242.Download
  165. Mumby PJ, Clarke KR, Harborne AR (1996) Weighting species abundance estimates for marine resource assessment. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems6:115-120 Download
  166. Green EP, Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Clark CD (1996) A review of remote sensing for tropical coastal resources assessment and management. Coastal Management 24(1): 1-40 Download
  167. Mumby PJ, Gray DA, Gibson J, Raines PS (1995) Geographic Information Systems: A tool for integrated coastal zone management in Belize. Coastal Management 23(2): 111-121 Download
  168. Mumby PJ, Harborne AR, Raines PS, Ridley JM (1995) A critical assessment of data derived from Coral Cay Conservation volunteers.  Bulletin of Marine Science 56(3): 742-756. Download

Book chapters and conference proceedings

  1. Yakob L & Mumby PJ (2012) Infectious disease and the novel Caribbean coral reef. In: Novel Ecosystems: intervening in the new ecological world order. RJ Hobbs, Higgs ES, Hall CM (eds). Wiley (in press)
  2. Mumby PJ & Steneck RS (2011) The resilience of coral reefs and its implications for reef management. In: Dubinsky Z, Stambler N. (eds.) Coral Reefs: An ecosystem in transition. Springer, Amsterdam 509-519  download
  3. Mumby PJ (2009) Grazing and the resilience of coral reefs. In: Sheppard CRC (ed). The Biology of Coral Reefs, Oxford University Press, 186-188
  4. Mumby PJ, Harborne AR (2006) A seascape-level perspective of coral reef ecosystems. In: Cote IM, Reynods JD (eds) Coral Reef Conservation, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp 78-114.
  5. Mumby PJ, Dytham C (2006) Metapopulation dynamics of hard corals. In: Marine Metapopulations (Eds J Kritzer, PF Sale), Elsevier, USA pp 157-203
  6. Mumby PJ (2001) A synopsis of mangrove remote sensing. In Mangrove ecosystems: natural distribution, biology and management (Eds. Bhat NR, Taha FK, Al-Naseer AY), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait pp. 3-6.
  7. Mumby PJ (2000) Remote sensing of tropical coastal resources: progress and fresh challenges for the new Millennium. In. Seas at the Millennium (Ed. CRC Sheppard), Elsevier Science, London III: 283-291
  8. Mumby PJ, Green EP, Clark CD, Edwards AJ (1997) Reefal habitat assessment using CASI airborne remote sensing. Proceedings of the 8th Int.Coral Reef Symp., Panama City, Panama. 2: 1499-1502
  9. Green EP, Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Clark CD (1997) Mapping reefal habitats using remotely sensed data: exploring the relationship between cost and accuracy. Proceedings of the 8th Int. Coral Reef Symp. Panama City, Panama. 2: 1503-1506
  10. Green EP, Mumby PJ, Clark CD, Edwards AJ, Ellis AC (1997). A comparison between satellite and airborne multispectral data for the assessment of mangrove areas in the Eastern Caribbean. Proceedings 4th Int. Conf. on Remote Sensing of Marine and Coastal Environments, Orlando, March 1997. 1: 168-176.
  11. Harborne AR, Mumby PJ, Raines PS, Ridley JM (1995) The Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve: a case study in government and NGO collaboration in conservation projects In. The Peaceful Management of Transboundary Resources (Eds. Blake GH, Hildesley WJ, Pratt MA, Ridley RJ, Schofield CH) Graham and Trotman, London. pp 301-306.
  12. Mumby PJ, Baker MA, Raines PS (1994) The potential of SPOT Panchromatic imagery as a tool for mapping coral reefs. Proceedings of the Second Thematic Conference for Remote Sensing of Marine and Coastal Environments, New Orleans 1: 259-267.


  1. Mumby PJ, et al (2014) Towards Reef Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods. University of Exeter, 180 pp. Foreword by Sir Richard Branson
  2. Green EP, Mumby PJ, Edwards AJ, Clark CD (Ed. A.J. Edwards) (2000). Remote Sensing Handbook for Tropical Coastal Management. Coastal Management Sourcebooks 3. UNESCO, Paris. x + 316 pp. + 24 colour plates. ISBN 92-3-103736-6 Remote Sensing Handbook for Tropical Coastal Management Complete