Dr. Jean-Paul Hobbs is an Australian marine biologist working as a Research Fellow in the School Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. In 2020, he was awarded an ARC DECRA fellowship to research how human impacts affect the evolution of coral reef fishes. The ultimate goal is to characterise and mitigate threats to marine biodiversity and fisheries resources.
Most of his research is conducted on coral reef ecosystems because these are the most biodiverse marine communities in the world and are also among the most threatened by human impacts. 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 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 reef fishes, particularly anemonefishes (clownfishes).