Below are the recent publications from members of the group. We attempt to make all papers open access, so anyone can download them by following the link to the publishers website. Complete publication lists for group members can be found by browsing the People pages.


  • Precoda K, Allen AP, Grant L, Madin JS (in press) Using traits to assess nontransitivity of interactions among coral species. American Naturalist.
  • Dornelas M, Baird AH, Madin JS, Connolly SR (in press) Allometric growth in reef-building corals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
  • Pizarro O, Friedman A, Bryson M, Williams SB, Madin JS (in press) A simple, fast, and repeatable survey method for underwater visual 3D benthic mapping and monitoring. Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2701


  • Luiz OJ, Madin EMP, Madin JS, Baird AH, Grutter AS (2016) A tropical cleaner wrasse finds new clients at the frontier. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14:110–111 [pdf]
  • Luiz OJ, Woods RM, Madin EMP, Madin JS (2016) Predicting IUCN extinction risk categories for the world’s data-deficient groupers. Conservation Letters, 9:342–350 [pdf]
  • Madin JS, Allen AP, Baird AH, Pandolfi JM, Sommer B (2016) Limited scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals – a comment. Frontiers of Biogeography, e29328 [pdf]
  • 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 (2016) The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans. Nature Scientific Data, 3:160017 [pdf]
  • Madin JS, Hoogenboom MO, Connolly SR, Darling E, Falster D, Huang D, Keith SA, Mizerek T, Pandolfi JM, Putnam H, Baird AH (2016) A trait-based approach to advance coral reef science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31:419–428 [pdf]
  • Martinelli J, Madin JS, Kosnik M (2016) Dead shell assemblages faithfully record living molluscan assemblages at One Tree Reef. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 457:158–169 [pdf]
  • Martinelli J, Kosnik M, Madin JS (2016) Passive defensive traits are not good predictors of predation across infaunal reef molluscs. Palaios, 31:607-615 [pdf]
  • Mizerek T, Baird AH, Beaumont LJ, Madin JS (2016) Physical tolerance governs the presence of reef corals in high latitude communities beyond reef growth. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25:979–987 [pdf]
  • Álvarez‐Noriega M, Baird AH, Dornelas M, Madin JS, Cumbo VR, Connolly SR (2016) Fecundity and the demographic strategies of coral morphologies. Ecology, 97: 3485-3493 [pdf]
  • Woods R, Baird AH, Mizerek T, Madin JS (2016) Environmental factors limiting fertilisation and larval success in corals. Coral Reefs, 35:1433-1440 [pdf]


  • Hachich NF, Bonsall MB, Arraut EM, Barneche DR, Lewinsohn TM, Floeter SR (2015) Island biogeography: patterns of marine shallow-water organisms in the Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Biogeography, online early. [link]
  • Barneche DR, Allen AP (2015) Embracing general theory and taxon-level idiosyncrasies to explain nutrient recycling. PNAS, 112:6248–6249. [link]
  • Falster DS, Duursma RA, Ishihara MI, Barneche DR, FitzJohn RG, et al. (2015) BAAD: a Biomass and allometry database for woody plants. Ecology, 96: 1445. [link] [GitHub repository]
  • 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 [pdf]
  • 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, 38:1225–1234 [pdf]
  • 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, 42:2323–2333. [pdf]
  • Luiz OJ, Mendes TC, Barneche DR, Ferreira CGW, Noguchi R, Villaça RC, Rangel CA, Gasparini JL, Ferreira CEL (2015) Community structure of reef fishes on a remote oceanic island: the relative influence of abiotic and biotic variables. Marine and Freshwater Research, 66: 739–749. [link]
  • Madin JS, Kuo CY, Martinelli J, Mizerek T, Baird AH (2015) Very high coral cover at 36°S on the east coast of Australia. Coral Reefs. 34: 327 [pdf]
  • Madin JS, Madin EPM (2015) The full extent of the global coral reef crisis. Conservation Biology, 29:1724–1726 [pdf] [post]
  • Martinelli J, Kosnik M, Madin JS (2015) Encounter frequency does not predict predation frequency in tropical dead-shell assemblages. Palaios, 30:818-826. [pdf]


  • Anderson AB, Bonaldo RM, Barneche DR, Hackradt CW, Félix-Hackradt FC, García-Chartón JA, Floeter SR (2014) Recovery of grouper assemblages indicates effectiveness in a Marine Protected Area in Southern Brazil. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 514: 207–215. [link]
  • Barneche DR, Kulbicki M, Floeter SR, Friedlander AM, Maina J, Allen AP (2014) Scaling metabolism from individuals to reef-fish communities at broad spatial scales. Ecology Letters, 17: 1067–1076. [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 (2014) Evaluating the causal basis of ecological success within the Scleractinia: an Integral Projection Model approach. Marine Biology, 161:2719–2734 [pdf]
  • Lobato FL, Barneche DR, Siqueira AC, Liedke AR, Lindner A, Pie MR, Bellwood DR, Floeter SR (in press) Diet and diversification in the evolution of coral reef fishes. PLoS One, 9: e102094. [link]
  • 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. [pdf]
  • Madin JS, Dornelas M, Baird AH, Connolly SR (2014) Mechanical vulnerability explains size-dependent mortality of reef corals. Ecology Letters, 17: 1008–1015. [pdf]
  • 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.
  • Vergés A, Steinberg PD, Hay ME, Poore AG, Campbell AH, Ballesteros E, Heck KL, Booth D, Coleman MA, Feary D, Figueira W, Langlois T, Marzinelli EM, Mizerek T, Mumby PJ, Nakamura Y, Roughan M, van Sebille E, Sen Gupta A, Smale DA, Tomas F, Wernberg T, Wilson SK (2014) The tropicalisation of temperate marine ecosystems: climate-mediated changes in herbivory and community phase shifts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, in press.


  • Feary D, Pratchett M, Emslie M, Fowler A, Figueira W, Luiz OJ, Nakamura Y, Booth DJ (2013) Latitudinal shifts in coral reef fishes: why some species do and others do not shift. *Fish and Fisheries, *on-line early. [link] [post]
  • 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, 280: 20130818. [pdf] [post] [ABC Science]badgef1000
  • Lanfear R, Ho SYW, Davies TJ, Moles AT, Aarssen L, Swenson NG, Warman L, Zanne AE, Allen AP (2013) Taller plants have lower rates of molecular evolution: the rate of mitosis hypothesis. Nature Communications, 4: 1879. [link]
  • Luiz OJ, Floeter SR, Rocha LA, Ferreira CEL (2013) Perspectives for the lionfish invasion in the South Atlantic: Are Brazilian reefs protected by the currents? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 485:1–7. [link] [post]
  • 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 [link]badgef1000
  • 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. 32: 173-179. [link]
  • 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. [link] [post] [ABC Science]badgef1000
  • Martinelli J, Gordillo S, Archuby F (2013) Muricid drilling predation at high latitudes: Insights from the Southernmost Atlantic. PALAIOS, 28: 33-41.
  • Strotz LC, Allen AP (2013) Assessing the role of cladogenesis in macroevolution by integrating fossil and molecular evidence. PNAS, 110: 2904-2909. [link] [post]
  • Umbers KDL, Herberstein ME, Madin JS (2013) Colour in insect thermoregulation: empirical and theoretical tests in a colour-changing grasshopper. Journal of Insect Physiology, 59: 81-90.


  • 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
  • Cinner JE, McClanahan TR, Graham NAJ, Daw TM, Maina J, Stead SM, Wamukota A, Brown K , Bodin O (2012) Vulnerability of coastal communities to key impacts of climate change on coral reef fisheries. Global Environmental Change, 22: 12-20.
  • Daw TM, Cinner JE, McClanahan TR, Brown KB, Stead SM, Graham NAJ, Maina J (2012) To Fish or Not to Fish: Factors at Multiple Scales Affecting Artisanal Fishers’ Readiness to Exit a Declining Fishery. PLoS ONE, 7: 2. 02.
  • Grove CA, Zinke J, Scheufen T, Maina J, Epping E, Boer W, Randriamanantsoa B, Brummer G-J A (2012) Spatial linkages between coral proxies of terrestrial runoff across a large embayment in Madagascar. *Biogeosciences. 9: 3063–3081. *
  • Harmer AMT, Kokko H, Herberstein ME, Madin JS (2012). Optimal web investment in sub-optimal foraging conditions. *Naturwissenschaften. *99: 65-70.
  • 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. [link]
  • 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 Experimental Biology 215, 968-976.badgef1000
  • Madin JS, Hughes TP and Connolly SR (2012) Calcification, storm damage and population resilience of tabular corals under climate change. PLOS ONE 10, e46637.
  • McClain CR, Allen AP, Tittensor DP, Rex MA (2012) Energetics of life on the deep seafloor. PNAS 109:15366-15371.
  • McClanahan TR, Donner SD, Maynard JA, MacNeil MA, Graham NAJ, Maina J et al. (2012) Prioritizing Key Resilience Indicators to Support Coral Reef Management in a Changing Climate. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42884. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042884.
  • 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, 10: 2047–2059.
  • Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP (2012) Linking community size structure and ecosystem functioning using metabolic theory. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 367:2998-3007.
  • Yvon-Durocher G, Caffrey JM, Cescatti A, Dossena M, Giorgio PD, Gasol JM, Montoya JM, Pumpanen J, Staehr PA, Trimmer M, Woodward G, Allen AP (2012) Reconciling the temperature dependence of respiration across timescales and ecosystem types. Nature 487:472-476.


  • Diaz M and Madin JS (2011) Macroecological relationships between coral species’ traits and disease potential. Coral Reefs 30:73-84. [link]
  • Davies TJ, Allen AP, Borda‐de‐Água L, Regetz J, Melián CJ (2011) Neutral biodiversity theory can explain the imbalance of phylogenetic trees but not the tempo of their diversification. Evolution 65:1841-1850.
  • 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]
  • Gordillo S, Martinelli J, Cardenas J, et al. (2011) Testing ecological and environmental changes during the last 6000 years: a multi proxy approach based on the bivalve Tawera gayi from southern South America. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 7: 1413-1427. [link]
  • Harmer AMT, Blackledge TA, Madin JS and Herberstein ME (2011) High-performance spider webs: integrating biomechanics, ecology and behaviour. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. [link]
  • Herberstein ME, Schneider JM, Harmer AMT, Gaskett AC, Robinson K, Shaddick K, Soetkamp D, Wilson PD, Pekar S, Elgar MA. (2011). Sperm storage and copulation duration in a sexually cannibalistic spider. Journal of Ethology 29: 9-15.
  • Luiz OJ and Edwards AJ (2011) Extinction of a shark population in the Archipelago of Saint Paul’s Rocks (equatorial Atlantic) inferred from the historical record. Biological Conservation *144:2873–2881. *[link]
  • 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]
  • Madin JS (2011) Climate Change: Increasing Storm Activity. In: Encyclopaedia of Modern Coral Reefs (ed. D. Hopley). Springer.
  • 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]
  • McClanahan TR, Maina J, Muthiga NA (2011) Associations between climate stress and coral reef diversity in the western Indian Ocean. Global Change Biology 17:2023-2032.
  • Mizerek T, HM Regan, KA Hovel (2011) Seagrass habitat loss and fragmentation influence management strategies for a blue crab Callinectes sapidus fishery. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 427:247-257


  • Bowers S, Madin JS, Schildhauer M (2010) Owlifier: Creating OWL-DL ontologies from simple spreadsheet-based knowledge descriptions. Ecological Informatics 5:19-25. [link]
  • Gordillo S, Bayer MS, Martinelli J (2010) Moluscos recientes del Canal Beagle, Tierra del Fuego: un analisis cualitativo y cuantitativo de ensambles de valvas fosiles y actuales. Anales del Instituto de la Patagonia, 38: 95-106. [link]
  • Harmer AMT, Herberstein ME. (2010). Functional diversity of ladder-webs: moth specialisation or optimal area use? Journal of Arachnology 38: 119-122.
  • Jury M, McClanahan TR, Maina J (2010) West Indian Ocean variability and East African fish catch. Marine Environment Research 70:162-170.
  • 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 2:202-213. [link]
  • Luiz OJ, Sazima I, Waib LF and Ferreira CEL (2010) A honeymoon in Brazil: the spawning behavior of an exotic reef fish in the western south Atlantic. Neotropical Ichthyology 8:369-371. [link]
  • Madin EMP, Gaines S, Madin JS, Warner RR (2010) Fishing indirectly structures macroalgal assemblages by altering herbivore behavior. American Naturalist 176:785-801. [link] Nature (Nov. 4, 2010) [link] [pdf] New York Times (Nov. 4, 2010) [link]
  • Price CA, Gilooly JF, Allen AP, Weitz JS, Niklas KJ (2010) The metabolic theory of ecology: prospects and challenges for plant biology. New Phytologist 188:696-710.
  • 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]
  • Wiens JJ, Ackerly DD, Allen AP, Anacker BL, Buckley LB, Cornell HV, Damschen EI, Davies JT, Grytnes JA, Harrison SP (2010) Niche conservatism as an emerging principle in ecology and conservation biology. Ecology Letters 13:1310-1324.