Dr JP Hobbs

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science


My research examines human impacts on the evolution of coral reef fishes. The ultimate goal is to characterise and mitigate threats to marine biodiversity and fisheries resources.

This research covers a range of scales from global studies on macroecology, phylogeography and biogeography through to long-term monitoring of population changes and studies of life history traits, behaviour, sensory systems and stress responses of individuals. To conduct this research requires a combination of fieldwork, aquarium experiments, and laboratory analyses. Although this research spans a range of organisms, the main study group is anemonefishes (clownfishes).


  • Doctor of Philiosophy, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Science Marine Bilogy, James Cook University


  • DiBattista, Joseph D., Saenz-Agudelo, Pablo, Piatek, Marek J., Cagua, Edgar Fernando, Bowen, Brian W., Choat, John Howard, Rocha, Luiz A., Gaither, Michelle R., JP Hobbs, Sinclair-Taylor, Tane H., McIlwain, Jennifer H., Priest, Mark, Braun, Camrin D., Hussey, Nigel E., Kessel, Steven T. and Berumen, Michael L. (2020) Population genomic response to geographic gradients by widespread and endemic fishes of the Arabian Peninsula. Ecology and Evolution, .doi:10.1002/ece3.6199

  • Salas, Eva, JP Hobbs, Bernal, Moisés A., Simison, W. Brian, Berumen, Michael L., Bernardi, Giacomo and Rocha, Luiz A. (2020) Distinct patterns of hybridization across a suture zone in a coral reef fish (Dascyllus trimaculatus). Ecology and Evolution, 10 6: 2813-2837.doi:10.1002/ece3.6068

  • Emms, Madeleine A., Saenz-Agudelo, Pablo, Giles, Emily C., Gatins, Remy, Nanninga, Gerrit B., Scott, Anna, JP Hobbs, Frisch, Ashley J., Mills, Suzanne C., Beldade, Ricardo and Berumen, Michael L. (2020) Comparative phylogeography of three host sea anemones in the Indo-Pacific. Journal of Biogeography, 47 2: 487-500.doi:10.1111/jbi.13775

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Book Chapter

  • Hobbs, Jean-Paul A., van Herwerden, Lynne, Pratchett, Morgan S. and Allen, Gerald R. (2014). Hybridisation among Butterflyfishes. In Morgan S. Pratchett, Michael L. Berumen and B.G. Kapoor (Ed.), Biology of Butterflyfishes (pp. 48-69) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

Journal Article