Dr. Jean-Paul Hobbs is an Australian marine biologist currently employed as a Research Fellow in the Department of Environment and Agriculture at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. His research focuses on assessing human impacts on marine organisms with the ultimate goal of characterising and mitigating 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 of the Indo-Pacific and Red Sea.