Diego Barneche

Dr Diego Barneche

Ecological Statistician
Knowledge Systems
(08) 6369 4068
(+61) 08 6369 4068


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.

Tertiary Education

PhD in Quantitative Ecology, 2011-2016 Macquarie University, Australia

MSc in Ecology, 2009-2011 Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

BSc in Biological Sciences, 2004-2008 Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Employment History

2020–present Ecological Statistician. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia

2019–2020 Lecturer in Marine Ecology. Centre for Ecology and Conservation, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK

2018 Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology Lab. The University of Sydney, Australia

2018 Casual Academic. Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. The University of Tasmania, Australia

2015–2017 Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Centre for Geometric Biology. Monash University, Australia


2015 Research Excellence Awards in Higher Degree Research: Engineering, Medicine and Science, Macquarie University, Australia

2014 Best student talk. Biogeography Society Early Career Conference, ANU, Australia

2013 Highly commended talk. Annual Higher Degree Research Conference, Macquarie University, Australia

2008 Best Oral Presentation at the 18th Scientific Initiation Program Meeting. UFSC, Brazil

2008 Academic Excellence: Undergraduate GPA > 9 (from 0 to 10). UFSC, Brazil


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



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].