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


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Book Chapter

  • Hobbs, Jean-Paul A., van Herwerden, Lynne, Pratchett, Morgan S. and Allen, Gerald R. (2014). Hybridisation among Butterflyfishes. Biology of Butterflyfishes. (pp. 48-69) edited by Morgan S. Pratchett, Michael L. Berumen and B.G. Kapoor. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b15458-5

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