Yves-Marie Bozec, PhD

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


Research interests

I am a coral reef ecologist with research interests in the mechanisms controlling the abundance of corals and reef-associated fish populations. As a Research Fellow for the FORCE (Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment) project, I am investigating the resilience of Caribbean coral reefs to human and climate-driven disturbances. My work is based on the development of demographic models of corals and fish herbivores (parrotfish) to (1) understand the processes that regulate their populations and (2) forecast their responses to different warming scenarios. A key focus of my research is the positive interactions between corals and parrotfish 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


2010-2014 | Postdoctoral fellow, Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, University of Exeter (UK) /University of Queensland (Australia)
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

Journal publications

  1. Bozec Y-M, Alvarez-Filip L, Mumby PJ (2014) The dynamics of architectural complexity on coral reefs under climate change. Global Change Biology (accepted)

  2. Bozec Y-M, Mumby PJ (2014) Synergistic impacts of global warming on the resilience of coral reefs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (in press)

  3. 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 (in press)

  4. 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

  5. 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 (in press)

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  2. 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
DEA (~ MSc II) in Marine Ecology – statistics and modelling (Univ. Paris 6)