RLS Annual Report 2016

Some of this year's highlights include:

  • 2016 saw 1,626 RLS surveys completed across 8 different countries, as well as Antarctica, from 71 trained RLS divers
  • RLS welcomed 18 newly trained divers, taking the total number of trained divers up to 286.
  • RLS now has over 9, 276 surveys from over 2500 sites in 50 different countries
  • 112 new fish species were recorded and 137 new invertebrate species were recorded.

Key publications:

  • Cinner J.E. et al (2016). Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs. Nature 535: 416-419 Duffy, J.E., Lefcheck, J.S., Stuart-Smith, R.D., Navarrete, S.A., and Edgar, G.J. (2016). Biodiversity enhances reef fish biomass and resistance to climate change PNAS 6230–6235.
  • Edgar, G.J., Bates, A.E., Bird, T., Jones, A.H., Kininmonth, S., Stuart-Smith, R.D., Webb, T.J. (2016). New approaches to marine conservation through scaling up of ecological data. Annual Review of Marine Science 8: 435-461.
  • Mellin, C., Mouillot, D., Kulbicki, M., McClanahan, T.R., Vigliola, L., Bradshaw, C.J.A., Brainard, R.E., Chabanet, P., Edgar, G.J., Fordham, D.A., Friedlander, A.M., Parravicini, V., Sequeira, A.M.M., Stuart-Smith, R.D., Wantiez, L., Caley, M.J. (2016). Humans and seasonal climate variability threaten large-bodied, small-ranging fishes on coral reefs. Nature Communications 7: 10491.
  • Mourier, J., Maynard, J., Parravicini, V., Ballesta, L., Clua, E., Domeier, M.L., Planes, S. (2016) Extreme inverted trophic pyramid of reef sharks supported by spawning groupers. Current Biology 26: 2011-2016.
  • Stuart-Smith R.D., Edgar, G.J., Barrett, N.S., Kininmonth, S.J., and Bates, A.E. (2015). Thermal biases and vulnerability to warming in the world’s marine fauna. Nature 528 88-92.
  • Sunday, J. M., Pecl, G. T., Frusher, S., Hobday, A. J., Hill, N., Holbrook, N. J., Edgar, G. J., Stuart-Smith, R., Barrett, N., Wernberg, T., Watson, R. A., Smale, D. A., Fulton, E. A., Slawinski, D., Feng, M., Radford, B. T., Thompson, P. A. and Bates, A. E. (2015), Species traits and climate velocity explain geographic range shifts in an ocean-warming hotspot. Ecology Letters, 18: 944–953.
  • Althaus F, Hill N, Ferrari R, Edwards L, Przeslawski R, Schönberg CHL, et al. (2015) A Standardised Vocabulary for Identifying Benthic Biota and Substrata from Underwater Imagery: The CATAMI Classification Scheme. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0141039.
  • Soler G.A., Edgar G.J., Thomson R.J., Kininmonth S., Campbell S.J., Dawson T.P., et al. (2015) Reef Fishes at All Trophic Levels Respond Positively to Effective Marine Protected Areas. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140270


  • Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia (2015) Stuart-Smith RD, Edgar GJ, Green AJ, Shaw IV. Reed New Holland Publishers 479 pp.
  • Tropical Marine Wildlife Of Australia (2017) GJ Edgar. Reed New Holland Publishers 528 pp.

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