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Dr Diego Barneche

Ecological Statistician
Knowledge Systems
Contact number
(08) 6369 4068
(+61) 08 6369 4068
Contact email

I am a quantitative marine ecologist, and my overarching research goal entails the use of theory-driven, fundamental science to better inform decision-making processes and ecosystem management in an ever-changing world. I am passionate about making better use of mathematical, statistical and computational tools to integrate physiology and ecology across scales. Transparent and reproducible open science are at the core of my daily working routine, and I mostly use the R programming environment to code my projects.

Ecological Statistician. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia
Lecturer in Marine Ecology. Centre for Ecology and Conservation, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK
Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology Lab. The University of Sydney, Australia
Casual Academic. Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. The University of Tasmania, Australia
Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Centre for Geometric Biology. Monash University, Australia
PhD in Quantitative Ecology, Macquarie University, Australia
MSc in Ecology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
BSc in Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Please see my personal webpage for information and updates on research activities and publications:

Research Excellence Awards in Higher Degree Research: Engineering, Medicine and Science, Macquarie University, Australia
Best student talk. Biogeography Society Early Career Conference, ANU, Australia
Highly commended talk. Annual Higher Degree Research Conference, Macquarie University, Australia
Best Oral Presentation at the 18th Scientific Initiation Program Meeting. UFSC, Brazil
Academic Excellence: Undergraduate GPA > 9 (from 0 to 10). UFSC, Brazil

Barneche DR, Rezende EL, Luiz OJ, Ferreira CEL, Parravicini V, Maire E, Edgar G, Stuart-Smith RD, Green AL, Rodríguez-Zaragoza FA, Arias-González JE, Friedlander AM, Vigliola L, Kulbicki M, Floeter SR (2019) Body size drives global species packing of reef fishes across spatial scales. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28: 315–327. doi: 10.1111/geb.12851. [GitHub repository].

Barneche DR, Robertson DR, White CR, Marshall DJ (2018) Fish reproductive-energy output increases disproportionately with body size. Science, 360: 642–645. doi: 10.1126/science.aao6868. [GitHub repository].

Barneche DR, Allen AP (2018) The energetics of fish growth and how it constrains food-web trophic structure. Ecology Letters, 21: 836–844. doi: 10.1111/ele.12947. [GitHub repository].

Barneche DR, Kulbicki M, Floeter SR, Friedlander AM, Allen AP (2016) Energetic and ecological constraints on population density of reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283: 20152186. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2186. [DRYAD data repository].

Barneche DR, Allen AP (2015) Embracing general theory and taxon-level idiosyncrasies to explain nutrient recycling. PNAS, 112: 6248–6249. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1506305112.

Barneche DR, Kulbicki M, Floeter SR, Friedlander AM, Maina J, Allen AP (2014) Scaling metabolism from individuals to reef-fish communities at broad spatial scales. Ecology Letters, 17: 1067–1076. doi: 10.1111/ele.12309. [GitHub repository].