Dr Yves-Marie Bozec


ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Marine Spatial Ecology Lab [contact]
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

School of Biological Sciences
University of Queensland, St. Lucia Qld 4072 Australia

Research interests

I am a coral reef ecologist with research interests in the mechanisms controlling the abundance of corals and reef-associated fish populations.

My current project is looking at the resilience of coral reefs to human and climate-driven disturbances. My work is based on the development of demographic models of corals and fish herbivores to (1) understand the processes that regulate their populations and (2) forecast their responses to different scenarios of climate change and fishing. A key focus of my research is the interactions between corals, macroalgae and herbivores and the maintenance of functional reef habitats under climate change.



Keywords: Coral reef resilience, acute and chronic disturbances, topographic complexity, parrotfish grazing, fisheries, trophic interactions

Journal publications


  1. Vergés A, Doropoulos C, Malcolm HA, Skye M, Garcia-Pizá M, Marzinelli EM, Campbell AH, Ballesteros E, Hoey AS, Vila-Concejo A, Bozec Y-M, Steinberg P (2016) Long-term empirical evidence of ocean warming leading to tropicalization of fish communities, increased herbivory, and loss of kelp. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences In press
  2. Harborne AR, Rogers A, Bozec Y-M, Mumby PJ (2017) Multiple stressors and the functioning of coral reefs. Annual Review of Marine Science 9 in press
  3. Roff G, Doropoulos C, Rogers A, Bozec Y-M, Krueck NC, Aurellado E, Priest M, Birrell C, Mumby PJ (2016) Reassessing shark-driven trophic cascades on coral ceefs: a reply to Ruppert et al. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31 (8), 587–589 pdf
  4. Bozec Y-M, O’Farrell S, Bruggemann JH, Luckhurst BE, Mumby PJ (2016) Tradeoffs between fisheries harvest and the resilience of coral reefs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (6), 4536–4541. pdf
  5. Roff G, Doropoulos C, Rogers A, Bozec Y-M, Krueck N, Aurellado E, Priest M, Birrell C, Mumby PJ (2016) The ecological role of sharks on coral reefs. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31 (5), 395–407. pdf
  6. Doropoulos C, Roff G, Bozec Y-M, Zupan M, Werminghausen J, Mumby PJ (2016) Characterizing the ecological trade-offs throughout the early ontogeny of coral recruitment. Ecological Monographs 86 (1), 20-44. pdf
  7. González-Rivero M, Bozec Y-M, Chollett I, Ferrari R, Schönberg CHL, Mumby PJ (2016) Asymmetric competition prevents the outbreak of an opportunistic species after coral reef degradation. Oecologia 181 (1), 161–173. pdf
  8. Harborne AR, Nagelkerken I, Wolff N, Bozec Y-M, Dorenbosch M, Grol M, Mumby PJ (2016) Direct and indirect effects of nursery habitats on coral-reef fish assemblages, grazing pressure, and benthic dynamics. Oikos in press.
  9. O’Farrell S, Harborne AR, Bozec YM, Luckhurst BE, Mumby PJ (2015) Protection of functionally important parrotfishes increases their biomass but fails to deliver enhanced recruitment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 522: 245-254. pdf
  10. Bozec Y-M, Mumby PJ (2015) Synergistic impacts of global warming on the resilience of coral reefs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370: 20130267. pdf
  11. 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 (2015) Anticipative management for coral reef ecosystem services in the 21st century. Global Change Biology 21:504-514 pdf
  12. Bozec Y-M, Alvarez-Filip L, Mumby PJ (2015) The dynamics of architectural complexity on coral reefs under climate change. Global Change Biology 21:223-235. pdf
  13. Ortiz JC, Bozec Y-M, Wolff NH, Doropoulos C, Mumby PJ (2014) Global disparity in the ecological benefits of reducing carbon emissions for coral reefs. Nature Climate Change 4:1090-1094. pdf
  14. 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. pdf
  15. Mumby PJ, Chollett I, Bozec Y-M, Wolff NH (2014) Ecological resilience, robustness and vulnerability: how do these concepts benefit ecosystem management? Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability 7: 22-27. pdf
  16. Mumby PJ, Wolff NH, Bozec Y-M, Chollett I, Halloran P (2014) Operationalising the resilience of coral reefs in an era of climate change. Conservation Letters 7:176-187. pdf
  17. Bozec Y-M, Yakob L, Bejarano S, Mumby PJ (2013) Reciprocal facilitation and non-linearity maintain habitat engineering on coral reefs. Oikos 122: 428-440. pdf
  18. Largouët C, Cordier MO, Bozec Y-M, Zhao Y, Fontenelle G (2012) Use of timed automata and model-checking to explore scenarios on ecosystem models. Environmental Modelling & Software 30: 123-138. pdf
  19. Bozec Y-M, Kulbicki M, Laloë F, Mou-Tham G, Gascuel D (2011) Factors affecting the detection distances of reef fish: implications for visual counts. Marine Biology 158: 969–981. pdf
  20. Wilson S.K., M. Adjeroud, D.R. Bellwood, M.L. Berumen, D. Booth, Y.-M. Bozec, P. Chabanet, A. Cheal, J. Cinner, M. Depczynski, D.A. Feary, M. Gagliano, N.A.J. Graham, A.R. Halford, B.S. Halpern, A.R. Harborne, A.S. Hoey, S.J. Holbrook, G.P. Jones, M. Kulbicki, Y. Letourneur, T.L. De Loma, T. McClanahan, M.I. McCormick, M.G. Meekan, P.J. Mumby, P.L. Munday, M.C. Öhman, M.S. Pratchett, B. Riegl, M. Sano, R.J. Schmitt, C. Syms (2010) Crucial knowledge gaps in current understanding of climate change impacts on coral reef fishes. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 213: 894-900. pdf
  21. Bozec Y.-M., S. Dolédec, M. Kulbicki (2005) An analysis of fish-habitat associations on disturbed coral reefs: chaetodontid fishes in New Caledonia. Journal of Fish Biology, 66: 966-982. pdf
  22. Bozec Y.-M., M. Kulbicki, E. Chassot, D. Gascuel (2005) Trophic signature of coral reef fish assemblages: towards a potential indicator of ecosystem disturbance. Aquatic Living Resources, 18: 103-109. pdf
  23. Fichez R., M. Adjeroud, Y.-M. Bozec, L. Breau, Y. Chancerelle, C. Chevillon, P. Douillet, J.-M. Fernandez, P. Frouin, M. Kulbicki, B. Moreton, S. Ouillon, C. Payri, T. Perez, P. Sasal, J. Thébault (2005) A review of selected indicators of particle, nutrient and metal inputs in coral reef lagoon systems. Aquatic Living Resources, 18: 125-147. pdf
  24. Chabanet P., Adjeroud M., S. Andrefouët, Y.-M. Bozec, J. Ferraris, J. Garcìa-Charton, M. Schrimm (2005). Human-induced physical disturbances and their indicators on coral reef habitats: A multi-scale approach. Aquatic Living Resources, 18: 215-230. pdf
  25. Gascuel D., Y.-M. Bozec, E. Chassot, A. Colomb, M. Laurans (2005) The trophic spectrum: theory and application as an ecosystem indicator. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 62: 443-452. pdf
  26. Kulbicki M., Y.-M. Bozec (2005) The use of butterflyfish (Chaetodontidae) species richness as a proxy of total species richness of reef fish assemblages in the Western and Central Pacific. Aquatic Conservation, 15 : S127-S141. pdf
  27. Kulbicki M., Y.-M. Bozec, A. Green (2005) Implications of biogeography in the use of butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae) as indicators for Western and Central Pacific areas. Aquatic Conservation, 15: S109-S126. pdf
  28. Kulbicki M., Y.-M. Bozec, P. Labrosse, Y. Letourneur, G. Mou-Tham, L. Wantiez (2005). Diet composition of carnivorous fishes from coral reef lagoons of New Caledonia. Aquatic Living Resources, 18: 231-250. pdf
  29. Moloney C.L., A. Jarre, H. Arancibia, Y.-M. Bozec, S. Neira, J.-P. Roux, L.J. Shannon (2005) Comparing the Benguela and Humboldt marine upwelling ecosystems with indicators derived from inter-calibrated models. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 62: 493-502. pdf
  30. Bozec Y.-M., D. Gascuel, M. Kulbicki (2004) Trophic model of lagoonal communities in a large open atoll (Uvea, Loyalty islands, New Caledonia). Aquatic Living Resources, 17: 151-162. pdf
  31. Bozec Y.-M., J. Ferraris, D. Gascuel, M. Kulbicki (2003) The trophic structure of coral reef fish assemblages: “trophic spectra” as indicators of human disturbances. Journal de Recherche Océanographique, 28: 15-20. pdf

Other publications


  1. Mumby PJ, Flower J, Chollett I, Box SJ, Bozec YM, Fitzsimons C, Forster J, Gill D, Griffith-Mumby R, Townsley P, van Beukering PJH, Booker F, Brocke HJ, Cabañillas-Terán N, Canty SWJ, Carricart-Ganivet JP, Charlerly J, Dryden C, van Duyl FC, Enríquez S, den Haan J, Iglesias-Prieto R, Kennedy EV, Mahon R,  Mueller B, Newman SP, Nugues MM, Cortés Núñez J, Nurse L, Osinga R, Paris CB, Petersen D, Polunin NVC, Sánchez C, Schep S, Stevens JR, Vallès H, Vermeij MAJ, Visser PM, Whittinghan E, Williams SM (2014) Towards Reef Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods: A handbook for Caribbean coral reef managers. University of Exeter, 172 pp. pdf
  2. Bozec Y.-M., Alvarez-Filip L., Mumby P.J. (2013) Modelling the response of reef rugosity and fish assemblages to climate change in the Caribbean. Proceedings of the 65 th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 5-9 Nov 2012, Santa Marta, Colombia, pp. 104-105.
  3. Bozec Y.-M., G. Acosta-González, E. Núñez-Lara, J.E. Arias-González (2008) Impacts of coastal development on ecosystem structure and function of Yucatan coral reefs, Mexico. Proceedings of the 11th ICRS, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 7-11, 2008, pp. 691-695. pdf
  4. Bozec Y.-M. (2008) Fishes of coral reefs in New Caledonia: abundance estimates, fish-habitat relationships, trophic interactions and ecological indicators. Cybium, 3: 124.



2015-2018 | ARC Research Fellow, Marine Spatial Ecology Lab and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, University of Queensland (Australia)

2014-2015 | ARC Research Fellow, Marine Spatial Ecology Lab and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, University of Queensland (Australia)

2010-2014 | Research Fellow, Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, University of Exeter (UK) / University of Queensland (Australia) – FORCE project (Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment)

2009-2010 | Research associate, Laboratoire Ressources Halieutiques – IFREMER Sete (France)

2009 | Research associate, Laboratoire Informatique – Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes (France)

2007-2008 | Postdoctoral fellow, LEEAC, CINVESTAV Mérida (Mexico)

2002-2006 | PhD candidate, Departement Halieutique, Agrocampus Ouest (France) / IRD (New Caledonia)



2006 | PhD in Environmental Sciences – Marine Ecology (University Paris 6, France)
1999  | MSc in Oceanography & Marine Ecology – Statistics and Modelling (Univ. Paris 6)

Awards & grants


2008 | Mexican Government scholarship for foreigners (2008)
2008 | 11th International Coral Reef symposium Caribbean Travel Award ( Florida)
2007 | Best abstract prize of the Coral Reef Targeted Research (CRTR) Future Leaders Forum (Brisbane, Australia)
2007 | CINVESTAV-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship
2002 | Grant from the Loyalty Island Province of New Caledonia for field surveys (Ouvea atoll)
1999 | National PhD Grant from the French Ministry of Education, Research and Technology
1999 | Postgraduate fellowship of the French Institute of Research for Development

DEA (~ MSc II) in Marine Ecology – statistics and modelling (Univ. Paris 6)