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:


  • Luiz OJ, Woods RM, Madin EMP, Madin JS (in press) Predicting IUCN extinction risk categories for the world’s data-deficient groupers. Conservation Letters
  • Madin JS, Allen AP, Baird AH, Pandolfi JM, Sommer B (in press) Limited scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals – a comment. Frontiers of Biogeography
  • Madin JS, Anderson KD, Andreasen MH, Bridge T, Cairns SD, Connolly SR, Darling E, Diaz M, Falster D, Franklin EC, Gates RD, Hoogenboom MO, Huang D, Keith SA, Kosnik MA, Kuo CY, Lough JM, Lovelock CE, Luiz O, Martinelli J, Mizerek T, Pandolfi JM, Pochon X, Pratchett MS, Putnam H, Roberts TE, Stat M, Wallace CC, Widman E, Baird AH (in press) The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans. Nature Scientific Data
  • Madin JS, Hoogenboom MO, Connolly SR, Darling E, Falster D, Huang D, Keith SA, Mizerek T, Pandolfi JM, Putnam H, Baird AH (in press) A trait-based approach to advance coral reef science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • Martinelli J, Kosnik M, Madin JS (in press) Dead shell assemblages from One Tree Reef lagoon faithfully record the living mollusk communities. Palaios
  • Mizerek TL, Baird AH, Beaumont LJ, Madin JS (in press) Physical tolerance governs the presence of reef corals in high latitude communities beyond reef growth. Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Luiz OJ, Madin EMP, Madin JS, Baird AH, Grutter AS (2016) Interactions among tropical and temperate reef fishes in a biogeographic transition zone: Implications for range shifts of a specialist species. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14:110–111.
  • Harmer AMT, Clausen PD, Wroe S, Madin JS (2015) Large orb-webs adapted to maximise total biomass not rare, large prey. Nature Scientific Reports, 5:14121.
  • Martinelli J, Kosnik M, Madin JS (2015) Encounter frequency does not predict predation frequency in tropical dead-shell assemblages. Palaios, 30:818-826.
  • 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, 42:323-2333.
  • Madin JS, Madin EPM (2015) The whole extent of the coral reef crisis. Conservation Biology, 29:1724-1726.
  • Keith SA, Woolsey ES, Madin JS, Byrne M, Baird AH (2015) Differential establishment potential of species drives a shift in coral assemblage structure across a biogeographic barrier. Ecography, 38:1225-1234.
  • 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.
  • Madin, JS, Dornelas M, Baird AH, Connolly SR (2014) Mechanical vulnerability explains size-dependent mortality of reef corals. Ecology Letters, 17:1008–1015.
  • Edmunds PJ, Burgess SC, Putnam HM, Baskett ML, Bramanti L, Fabina NS, Han X, Lesser MP, Madin JS, Wall CB, Yost DM, Gates RD (2014) Evaluating the causal basis of ecological success within the Scleractinia: an Integral Projection Model approach. Marine Biology, 161:2719-2734.
  • 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, 90:741-744.
  • 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. Sexuality and Early Development in Aquatic Organisms, 1:25-33.
  • Keith SA, Baird AH, Hughes TP, Madin JS, 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, 280:20130818.
  • Luiz OJ, Allen 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. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 110:16498-16502.
  • 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, 4:1986.
  • Umbers KDL, Herberstein ME, Madin JS (2013) Colour in insect thermoregulation: empirical and theoretical tests in a colour changing grasshopper. Journal of Insect Physiology, 51:81-90.
  • Madin JS, Hughes TP, Connolly SR (2012) Calcification, storm damage and population resilience of tabular corals under climate change. PLoS ONE, 10:e46637.
  • Luiz OJ, Madin JS, Robertson DR, Rocha LA, Wirtz P, 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.
  • Madin JS, Hoogenboom M, Connolly SR (2012) Integrating physiological and biomechanical drivers of population growth over environmental gradients on coral reefs. Journal of Experiment Biology, 215:968-976.
  • Madin JS, Dell AI, Madin EMP, Nash MC (2012) Spatial variation in mechanical properties of coral reef substrate and implications for coral colony integrity. Coral Reefs, 32:173-179.
  • Maina J, de Moel H, Vermaat JE, Bruggemann JH, Guillaume MMM, Grove CA, 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.
  • Baird AH, Sommers B, Madin JS (2012) Pole-ward range expansion of Acropora spp. along the east coast of Australia. Coral Reefs, 31:1063.
  • Madin EMP, Gaines SD, Madin JS, Link A-K, Lubchenco PJ, Selden RL, Warner RR (2012) Do behavioral responses of prey to predation risk function similarly in restored and pristine foodwebs? PLoS ONE, 7:e32390.
  • Harmer AMT, Kokko H, Herberstein ME, Madin JS (2012) Optimal web investment in sub-optimal foraging conditions. Naturwissenschaften, 99:65-70.
  • Diaz M, Madin JS (2011) Macroecological relationships between coral species’ traits and disease potential. Coral Reefs, 30:73-84.
  • Madin JS (2011) Climate Change: Increasing Storm Activity. In: Encyclopaedia of Modern Coral Reefs (ed. D. Hopley). Springer.
  • Edwards HJ, Elliott IA, Eakin CM, Irikawa A, Madin JS, McField M, Morgan JA, Van Woesik R, 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.
  • Harmer AMT, Blackledge TA, Madin JS, Herberstein ME (2011) High-performance spider webs: integrating biomechanics, ecology and behaviour. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 8:457-471.
  • Madin EMP., Madin JS, Booth DJ (2011) Landscape of fear visible from space. Nature Scientific Reports, 1:1-4.
  • Madin EMP, Madin JS (2011) Predators, facilitators, or both? Re-evaluating an apparent predator-prey interaction. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 431:299-302.
  • Maina J, McClanahan TR, Venus V, Ateweberhan M, Madin JS (2011) Global gradients of coral exposure to environmental stresses and implications for local management. PLoS ONE, 6:e23064.
  • Kattge J, Ogle K, Bönisch G, Díaz S, Lavorel S, Madin JS, Nadrowski K, Noellert S, Sartor K, Wirth C (2011) A generic structure for plant trait databases. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2:202-213.
  • Bowers S, Madin JS, Schildhauer, M (2010) Owlifier: Creating OWL_DL ontologies from simple spreadsheet-based knowledge descriptions. Ecological Informatics, 5:19-25.
  • 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, Vermeij GJ (2010) Decentralize, adapt and cooperate. Nature, 465:292–293.
  • Madin EMP, Gaines S, Madin JS, Warner RR (2010) Fishing indirectly structures macroalgal assemblages by altering herbivore behavior. American Naturalist, 176:785-801.
  • Berkley C, Bowers S, Jones M, Madin JS, 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.
  • Bowers S, Madin JS, Schildhauer M (2008) A conceptual modeling framework for expressing observational data semantics. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5231:41-54.
  • Pennington D, Athanasiadis IN, Bowers S, Krivov S, Madin JS, Schildhauer M, Villa F (2008) Indirectly driven knowledge modelling in ecology. International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, 3:210-225.
  • Johnson D, Madin JS (2008) Population Models and Counter-Insurgency Strategies. In: Natural Security (eds. R. Sagarin and T. Taylor). UC Press: Berkeley.
  • Madin JS, Bowers S, Schildhauer M, Jones M (2008) Advancing ecological research with ontologies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 23:159-168.
  • Madin JS, O’Donnell MJ, Connolly SR (2008) Climate-mediated mechanical changes to post-disturbance coral assemblages. Biology Letters, 4:490-493.
  • Madin JS, Bowers S, Schildhauer M, Krivov S, Pennington D, Villa F (2007) An ontology for describing and synthesizing ecological observational data. Ecological Informatics, 2:279-296.
  • Madin JS, Connolly SR (2006) Ecological consequences of major hydrodynamic disturbances on coral reefs. Nature, 444:477-480.
  • Madin JS, Black KP, Connolly SR (2006) Scaling water motion on coral reefs: from regional to organismal scales. Coral Reefs, 25:635-644.
  • Madin JS, Alroy J, Aberhan M, Fürsich FT, Kiessling W, Kosnik MA, Wagner PJ (2006) Comment on “Statistical independence of escalatory ecological trends in Phanerozoic marine invertebrates.” Science, 314:925.
  • Madin JS, Alroy J, Aberhan M, Fürsich FT, Kiessling W, Kosnik MA, Wagner PJ (2006) Statistical independence of escalatory ecological trends in Phanerozoic marine invertebrates. Science, 312:897-900.
  • Madin JS, Lyons SK (2005) Incomplete sampling of geographic ranges weakens or reverses the positive relationship between animal species geographic range size and its body size. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 7:607-617.
  • Madin JS (2005) Mechanical limitations of reef corals during hydrodynamic disturbances. Coral Reefs, 24:630-635.