James Cook University professor to receive award for excellence in marine research

Considering James Cook University’s unique location, on the Great Barrier Reef, it’s easy to see why the University has such an excellent reputation for research in marine and tropical biology.

Now it has been announced that Professor Geoffrey Jones, from the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, will soon receive the prestigious 2014 Jubilee Award from the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) for his astounding contribution to marine research in Australia.  Professor Jones, is also Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and has conducted pioneering research on reef fish ecology.

Professor Jones has been researching the dynamics of reef fish populations, and he has been chosen to receive the award after he pioneered the development of new methods to determine where the larvae of reef fishes go.

Professor Philip Munday from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies explained “This research has changed the way we think about connectivity of marine populations, and the techniques he (Professor Jones) has employed have become the gold standard in this field of study,”

“His research has been pivotal in demonstrating the close links between coral reef habitats and the structure of reef fish populations, including the risk of population decline in reef fishes caused by the deteriorating state of coral reef habitats.”

Professor Geoffrey Jones will be presented with his award in July at the AMSA conference in Canberra.

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