Joshua Madin

  • ARC Future Fellow, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (2012-2016)
  • Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (2010-2015)
  • Lecturer, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (2008-09)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (2004-07)
  • Ph.D., James Cook University, Townsville, Australia (2000-04)


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My main interests are quantitative ecology, biophysics and informatics. My big academic challenges at the moment are:


  • Madin JS, Kuo CY, Martinelli JC, Mizerek T, Baird AH (2015) Very high coral cover at 36°S on the east coast of Australia. Coral Reefs. 34: 327 [link]
  • Madin JS, Madin EPM (2015) The full extent of the global coral reef crisis. Conservation Biology. [link] [post]
  • Keith SA, Woolsey ES, Madin JS, Byrne M, Baird AH (2015) Differential establishment potential of species predicts a shift in coral assemblage structure across a biogeographic barrier. Ecography. [link]
  • Luiz OJ, Allen AP, Robertson DR, Floeter SR, Madin JS (2015) Seafarers or castaways: ecological traits associated with rafting dispersal in tropical reef fishes. Journal of Biogeography. [link]
  • Edmunds PJ, Burgess SC, Putnam HM, Baskett ML, Bramanti L, Fabina NS, Han X, Lesser MP, Madin JS, Wall CB, Yost DM, Gates RD (In press) Evaluating the causal basis of ecological success within the Scleractinia: an Integral Projection Model approach. Marine Biology.
  • Madin JS, Dornelas M, Baird AH, Connolly SR (In press) Mechanical vulnerability explains size-dependent mortality of reef corals. Ecology Letters.
  • Madsen A, Madin JS, Tan CH, Baird AH (2014) The reproductive biology of the scleractinian coral Plesiastrea versipora in Sydney Harbour, Australia. Sexuality and Early Development in Aquatic Organisms, 1: 25-33.
  • Luiz OJ, Comin E, Madin JS (2014) Far away from home: the occurrence of the Indo-Pacific bannerfish Heniochus acuminatus in the Atlantic. Bulletin of Marine Science, Fast-Track Online. [link]
  • Luiz OJAllen AP, Robertson DR,  Floeter SR, Kulbicki M, Vigliola L, Becheler R, Madin JS (2013) Adult and larval traits as determinants of geographic range size among tropical reef fishes. PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. early view. [link]
  • Keith SA, Baird AH, Hughes TP, Madin JS and Connolly SR (2013) Faunal breaks and species composition of Indo-Pacific corals: potential influence of plate tectonics, environment, and habitat distribution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, in press.
  • Maina J, de Moel H, Zinke J,  Madin JS, McClanahan TR, Vermaat JE (2013) Human deforestation outweighs future climate change impacts of sedimentation on coral reefs. Nature Communications, in press.
  • Umbers KDL, Herberstein ME, Madin JS (2013) Colour in insect thermoregulation: empirical and theoretical tests in a colour-changing grasshopper.  Journal of Insect Physiology .
  • Madin JS, Dell AI, Madin EMP and Nash MC (2013) Spatial variation in mechanical properties of coral reef substrate and implications for coral colony integrity. Coral Reefs DOI: 10.1007/s00338-012-0958-0.
  • Madin JS, Hughes TP and Connolly SR (2012) Calcification, storm damage and population resilience of tabular corals under climate change. PLoS ONE 10: e46637.
  • Baird AH, Sommers B, Madin JS (2012) Pole-ward range expansion of Acropora spp. along the east coast of Australia. Coral Reefs doi:10.1007/s00338-012-0928-6.
  • Maina J, de Moel H, Vermaat JE, Grove CA, Bruggemann H, Gillaume MM, Madin JS, Mertz-Kraus R, Zinke J (2012) Linking coral river runoff proxies with climate variability, hydrology and land-use in Madagascar catchments. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64: 2047–2059.
  • Harmer AMT, Kokko H, Herberstein ME, Madin JS (2012). Optimal web investment in sub-optimal foraging conditions. Naturwissenschaften. 99: 65-70.
  • Madin EMP, Gaines SD, Madin JS, Link A-K, Lubchenco PJ, Selden RL and Warner RR (2012) Do behavioral responses of prey to predation risk function similarly in restored and pristine foodwebs? PLoS ONE 7, e32390.
  • Madin JS, Hoogenboom M and Connolly S (2012) Integrating physiological and biomechanical drivers of population growth over environmental gradients on coral reefs. Journal of Experiment Biology 215, 968-976.
  • Luiz OJ, Madin JS, Robertson DR, Rocha LA, Wirtz P and Floeter SR (2012) Ecological traits influencing range expansion across large oceanic dispersal barriers: insights from tropical Atlantic reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279, 1033-1040.
  • Maina J, McClanahan TR, Venus V, Ateweberhan M and Madin JS (2011) Global gradients of coral exposure to environmental stresses and implications for local management. PLoS ONE 6:e23064. [pdf]
  • Madin EPM and Madin JS (2011) Predators, facilitators, or both? Re-evaluating an apparent predator–prey relationship. Marine Ecology Progress Series 431:299-302. [link]
  • Madin EPM, Madin JS and Booth DJ (2011) Landscape of fear visible from space. Nature Scientific Reports 1:1-4. [pdf]
  • Edwards HJ, Elliott IA, Eakin CM, Irikawa A, Madin JS, McField M, Morgan JA, Van Woesik R and Mumby PJ (2011) How much time can herbivore protection buy for coral reefs under realistic regimes of hurricanes and coral bleaching?  Global Change Biology 17: 2033-2048. [link]
  • Madin JS (2011) Climate Change: Increasing Storm Activity. In: Encyclopaedia of Modern Coral Reefs (ed. D. Hopley).  Springer.
  • Harmer AMT, Blackledge TA, Madin JS and Herberstein ME (2010) High-performance spider webs: integrating biomechanics, ecology and behaviour.Journal of the Royal Society Interface. [link]
  • Madin EMP, Gaines S, Madin JS and Warner RR (2010) Fishing indirectly structures macroalgal assemblages by altering herbivore behavior. American Naturalist 176:785-801. [linkNature (Nov. 4, 2010) [link] [pdfNew York Times (Nov. 4, 2010) [link]
  • Diaz M and Madin JS (2010) Macroecological relationships between coral species’ traits and disease potential. Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-010-0668-4 [link]
  • Kattge J, Ogle K, Bönisch G, Díaz S, Lavorel S, Madin JS, Nadrowski K, Noellert S, Sartor K and Wirth C (2010) A generic structure for plant trait databases. Methods in Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2010.00067.x [link]
  • Sagarin RD, Alcorta CS, Atran S, Blumstein DT, Dietl GP, Hochberg ME, Johnson D, Levin S, Madin EMP, Madin JS, Prescott EM, Sosis R, Taylor T, Tooby J and Vermeij GJ (2010) Decentralize, adapt and cooperate. Nature 465: 292–293. [link]
  • Bowers S, Madin JS and Schildhauer M (2010) Owlifier: Creating OWL-DL ontologies from simple spreadsheet-based knowledge descriptions. Ecological Informatics 5:19-25.
  • Berkley C, Bowers S, Jones M, Madin JS and Schildhauer M (2009) Improving data discovery for metadata repositories through semantic search. Proceedings of the International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems, CISIS, art. no. 5066940, pp. 1152-1159.
  • Madin JS, O’Donnell MJ and Connolly SR (2008) Climate-mediated mechanical changes to post-disturbance coral assemblages. Biology Letters, 4:490-493. [link]
  • Madin JS, Bowers S, Schildhauer M and Jones M (2008) Advancing ecological research with ontologies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 23:159-168. [link]
  • Bowers S, Madin JS and Schildhauer M (2008) A conceptual modeling framework for expressing observational data semantics. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. [pdf]
  • Pennington D, Athanasiadis IN, Bowers S, Krivov S, Madin JS, Schildhauer M and Villa F (2008) Indirectly driven knowledge modelling in ecology.International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies 3:210-225
  • Madin JS, Bowers S, Schildhauer M, Krivov S, Pennington D and Villa F (2007) An ontology for describing and synthesizing ecological observational data.Ecological Informatics 2:279-296. [link]
  • Johnson D and Madin JS (2007) Population Models and Counter-Insurgency Strategies.  In: Natural Security (R. Sargarin and T. Taylor, eds.). UC Press, Berkeley.
  • Madin JS and Connolly SR (2006) Ecological consequences of major hydrodynamic disturbances on coral reefs. Nature 444:477-480. [link]
  • Madin JS, Alroy J, Aberhan M, Fürsich FT, Kiessling W, Kosnik MA and Wagner PJ (2006) Response to comment on “Statistical independence of escalatory ecological trends in Phanerozoic marine invertebrates.” Science314:925. [link]
  • Madin JS, Black KP and Connolly SR (2006) Scaling water motion on coral reefs: from regional to organismal scales. Coral Reefs 25:635-644. [link]
  • Madin JS, Alroy J, Aberhan M, Fürsich FT, Kiessling W, Kosnik MA and Wagner PJ (2006) Statistical independence of escalatory ecological trends in Phanerozoic marine invertebrates. Science 312:897-900. [link]
  • Madin JS (2006) Mechanical limitations of reef corals during hydrodynamic disturbances. Coral Reefs 24:630-635. [link]
  • Madin JS and Lyons SK (2005) Incomplete sampling of geographic ranges weakens or reverses the positive relationship between an animal species’ geographic range size and its body size. Evolutionary Ecology Research 7:607-617. [pdf]