Dr Mark Meekan

Principal Research Scientist
Fish biology
Contact number
(08) 6369 4039
+61 8 6369 4039
Contact email

As a fish biologist, my research interests fall within the broad topics of the ecology of larval reef fishes and elasmobranchs. I was awarded a PhD from Griffith University in 1992, which followed with a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Laval University, Quebec, Canada from 1992-96. When AIMS set up a new out-station at Karratha in Western Australia, I was offered a research scientist position as the fish ecologist. I was relocated to Darwin in 2001 and was appointed Scientist in Charge of the Darwin office in 2004. With the change in focus for the Darwin office, I moved back to Western Australia in 2009.

PhD School of Environmental Sciences, Griffith University
MSc Department of Biological Sciences, Auckland University (admitted to the degree of Master of Sciences with Honours)

I currently lead three major projects. The first examines the ecology of larval fish with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. This research looks at the sensory ecology and behaviour of reef fish during the larval and juvenile stages. The second quantifies the effects of fishing on sharks in northern Australian waters; and the third, based at Ningaloo Reef, examines the ecology and migration patterns of elasmobranchs and reef fishes. This last project is a large, multi-agency collaboration and involves numerous post-graduate students.


Hays GC, Ferreira LC, Sequeira AMM, Meekan MG, et al (2016) Key questions in marine megafauna movement ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31:463-475

Ong JJL, Rountrey AN, Zinke J, Meeuwig JJ, Grierson PF, O'Donnell AJ, Newman SJ, Lough JM, Trougan M, Meekan MG (2016) Evidence for climate-driven synchrony of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in northwest Australia. Global Change Biol 22:2776-2786

Simpson SD, Radford AN, Nedelec SL, Ferrari MCO, Chivers DP, McCormick MI, Meekan MG (2016) Anthropogenic noise increases fish mortality by predation. Nature Comms 7:10544

Thums M, Whiting SD, Reisser J, Pendoley KL, Pattiaratchi CB, Proietti M, Hetzel Y, Fisher R, Meekan MG (2016) Artificial light on water attracts turtle hatchlings during their near shore transit. Royal Society Open Science 3:160142

Ferrari MCO, Munday PL, Rummer JL, McCormick MI Corkill K, Watson S-A, Allan, BJM, Meekan MG, Chivers DP (2015) Interactive effects of ocean acidification and rising sea temperatures alter predation rate and predator selectivity in reef fish communities. Global Change Biology 21:1848-1855

Meekan MG, Fuiman LA, Davis R, Berger Y, Thums M (2015) Swimming strategy and body plan of the world's largest fish: implications for foraging efficiency and thermoregulation. Frontiers in Mar Sci 2:64

Nguyen HM, Rountrey AN, Meeuwig JJ, Coulson PG, Feng M, Newman SJ, Waite AM, Wakefield CB, Meekan MG (2015) Growth of a deep-water, predatory fish is influenced by the productivity of a boundary current system. Sci Reports 5:9044

Sanzogni RL, Meekan MG, Meeuwig JJ (2015) Multi-year impacts of ecotourism on whale shark (Rhincodon typus) visitation at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. PLoS ONE 10:e0127345

Chivers DP, McCormick MI, Nilsson GE, Munday PL, Watson S-A, Meekan MG, Mitchell MD, Corkill KC, Ferrari MCO (2014) Impaired learning of predators and lower prey survival under elevated CO2: a consequence of neurotransmitter interference. Global Change Biology 20:515-522

Rountrey AN, Coulson PG, Meeuwig JJ, Meekan M (2014) Water temperature and fish growth: otoliths predict growth patterns of a marine fish in a changing climate. Global Change Biology 20:2450-2458

Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Fordham DA, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2014) Predicting current and future global distributions of whale sharks. GCB 20:778-789