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Associate Professor Glenn Hyndes

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5798, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.345
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5798  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5509  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.345  


Current Teaching

  • SCI3256 – Coastal and Marine Management
  • SCI3356 – Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • SCI1184 – Australia’s Physical Environment
  • SCI1187 – Form and Function in Biology
  • SCI5123 – Coastal and Marine Systems


  • 2008-present: Associate Professor (Edith Cowan University)
  • 2001-2007: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Edith Cowan University)
  • 1999-2000: Postdoctoral Fellow (Edith Cowan University)
  • 1997-1999: Postdoctoral Fellow (Murdoch University)

Research Areas and Interests

Understanding the roles of coastal habitats in contributing and maintaining biodiversity is fundamental to our ecological knowledge and management practices. My research attempts to address both fundamental ecological and applied issues, focusing predominantly on two major themes: (1) understanding the interactions of organisms in the marine and estuarine environment, particularly the pathways of connectivity across ecosystems in coastal landscapes; and (2) understanding the role of coastal habitats including seagrasses and estuaries for fish.

Considerable focus has been placed on the importance of cross-boundary movement of material in recent years, but much of that focus has been directed towards movement of nutrients via seabirds to islands and wrack onto beaches and in surf zones. There is limited knowledge on the value of this type of movement in other systems such as seagrass. To gain a better understanding of this type of interaction, I adopt approaches using biomarkers, including stable isotopes and fatty acids, and experimental manipulations. Understanding the relative importance of different types of macrophytes and the pathways that lead to spatial subsidies is a critical aspect of landscape ecology and marine management.

Understanding how consumers interact with food resources, and therefore, ecosystem structure is important for effective management of ecosystems through marine protected areas or resource extraction. For example, while the fishery for western rock lobster is the most valuable single-species fishery in Australia and has been awarded Marine Stewardship accreditation for its environmental sustainability, little was known about the fishery’s impact on the ecosystem. Recent work has shown that, under present day densities, there is no detectable influence by this consumer on the benthic ecosystem. Studies on rates of herbivory in the coral-reef system at Ningaloo Reef have shown high spatial variability in the abundances and grazing rates of herbivorous fish species. This variability needs to be considered when using marine protected areas as a management tool.

Seagrass meadows, like many other coastal habitats with relatively high structural complexity (e.g. reefs and mangroves), can strongly influence fish assemblages in coastal regions. This generalization has emerged from a large number of studies that have shown greater diversity and density of fish in seagrass meadows compared to bare sand areas. My research has indicated that these patterns are far less convincing for fish in meadows of Posidonia and Amphibolis species, with meadows comprising different dominant seagrass species displaying different patterns when compared to bare sand areas, and meadows are dominated by species that spend their entire lifecycle in those habitats. Other research has focused on understanding the structure of fish assemblages in a range of other coastal habitats such as estuaries, surf zones.

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctorate, Murdoch University, 1999 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Vasse Wonnerup Investigation Node,  South West Catchment Council,  Grant,  2014 - 2018,  $234,853.
  • Benthic primary productivity and herbivory,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $131,866.
  • Microbes: The Missing Link in Coastal Landscape Connectivity,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Marine Science Program,  2013 - 2016,  $88,545.
  • Protection of coastal ecosystems and marine resource management,  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  CRN - Grant,  2011 - 2016,  $890,684.
  • Beach Wrack Dynamics in Geraldton, WA,  Northern Agricultural Catchments Council,  NACC Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $41,687.
  • Quantification of the Biodiversity of the Lake MacLeod Northern Ponds,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2010 - 2014,  $433,711.
  • Bacterial carbon usage - loss, sink or link of carbon in coastal systems?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014,  $15,000.
  • Boat -based recreational boat fishing activity in Western Australia: a long term profile,  Department of Fisheries WA,  Grant,  2011 - 2014,  $2,407,195.
  • Scholarship (Singh)-WAMSI Reef-Seagrass Connectivity - Role of Wrack in Marine Foodwebs-Project 7,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Scholarship,  2007 - 2011,  $78,000.
  • Ghost crabs on mid-west beaches,  WA Landskills Inc,  WA Landskills Inc - Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $5,000.
  • Spatial and temporal variability in 13C and 15N stable isotope signatures of primary producers and consumers on temperate reefs,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  Grant,  2011 - 2014,  $10,000.
  • The role of Kyphosus spp in reef ecosystems,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  Grant,  2011 - 2014,  $11,700.
  • Collaborative Temperate Marine Research,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2012,  $18,000.
  • Transport and the Importance of Seaweed Wrack - Project 6,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Scholarship,  2008 - 2011,  $78,000.
  • Survey of New Zealand fur seal in south-west Western Australia,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $168,211.
  • Assessing the benefits of closed fishing areas for spawning aggregations and egg production for coral trout.,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2004 - 2010,  $153,852.
  • Trophic Interaction and Ecosystem Modelling - WAMSI Node 4.3,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2007 - 2011,  $291,982.
  • Biodiversity assessment, ecosystem impacts of human usage and management strategy evaluation Node 3.2,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2007 - 2010,  $319,780.
  • Do Different Levels of Fishing Pressure, Through Spatial Management, Influence Communities and Ecological Interactions in Seagrass Meadows in South Western Australia,  Rottnest Island Authority,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $3,517.
  • Latitudinal Gradients in Tolerance to Multiple Stressors of a Temperate Seagrass,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $24,966.
  • Ecological interactions in coastal marine ecosystems: Trophodynamics,  Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment,  Grant,  2004 - 2009,  $426,609.
  • Conservation genetics of humpback whales off Western Australia: Implications for the management of the Antarctic Group IV population,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2002 - 2008,  $166,720.
  • Ecological interactions in coastal marine ecosystems: Rock lobster,  Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment,  Grant,  2004 - 2008,  $250,205.
  • Using acoustic tracking to determine size of home range of the West Australian Dhufish (Glaucosoma hebraicum) for spatial-closure management,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $94,871.
  • Western Rock Lobster in Ecosystem Processes of South-Western Australia,  Australian Biological Resources Study,  Australian Biological Resources Study - Fellowship,  2007,  $8,000.
  • Morphological responses of seagrass meadows to light limitation and their application to environmental quality criteria.,  Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment,  Grant,  2001 - 2006,  $164,609.
  • Population structure and management of the Humpback Whale in Western Australia,  International Fund for Animal Welfare,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $2,000.
  • Evaluation of the return of ecological function in transplanted meadows,  Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $47,769.
  • Assessment of the importance of different near-shore marine habitats to important fishery species in Victoria using standardised survey methods, and in temperate and sub-tropical Australia using stabl,  Fisheries Research and Development Corporation,  Fisheries R&D Corporation - Grant,  2001 - 2004,  $219,322.
  • Develop and optimize techniques for the rehabilitation of seagrasses,  Edith Cowan University,  Scholarship - Industry - ECU (I),  2001 - 2004,  $92,188.
  • Seagrass Micropropagation Programme,  Cockburn Cement Ltd,  Grant,  2001 - 2002,  $71,402.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Farina, S., Arthur, R., Pages, JF., Prado, P., Romero, J., Verges, A., Hyndes, G., Heck, KL., Glenos, S., Alcoverro, T., (2014), Differences in predator composition alter the direction of structure-mediated predation risk in macrophyte communities. OIKOS, 123(1), 1311-1322, DOI: 10.1111/oik.01382.
  • Doropoulos, C., Hyndes, G., Abecasis, D., Verges, A., (2013), Herbivores strongly influence algal recruitment in both coral- and algal- dominated coral reef habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 486(1), 153?164, Germany, DOI: 10.3354/meps10325.
  • Hyndes, G., Nagelkerken, I., McLeod, R., Connolly, R., Lavery, P., Vanderklift, M., (2013), Mechanisms and ecological role of carbon transfer within coastal seascapes. Bilogical Reviews, 89(1), 232-254, DOI: 10.1111/brv.12055.
  • Michael, P., Hyndes, G., Vanderklift, M., Verges, A., (2013), Identity and behaviour of herbivorous fish influence large-scale spatial patterns of macroalgal herbivory in a coral reef. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 482(1), 227-240, Germany, DOI: 10.3354/meps10262.
  • McLeod, R., Hyndes, G., Hurd, C., Frew, R., (2013), Unexpected shifts in fatty acid composition in response to diet in a common littoral amphipod. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 479(8 April 2013), 1-12, Germany, DOI: 10.3354/meps10327.
  • Hyndes, G., Hanson, C., Vanderklift, M., (2013), The magnitude of spatial and temporal variation in ?15N and ?13C differs between taxonomic groups: Implications to food web studies. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 119(1 March 2013), 176-187, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2012.12.015.
  • Hyndes, G., Lavery, P., Doropoulos, C., (2012), Dual processes for cross-boundary subsidies: incorporation of nutrients from reef-derived kelp into a seagrass ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 445(2012), 97-107, Germany, DOI: 10.3354/meps09367.
  • Srinoparatwatana, C., Hyndes, G., (2011), Inconsistent benefits of a freshwater protected area for artisanal fisheries and biodiversity in a South-east Asian wetland. Marine and Freshwater Research, 62(5), 462-470, Australia, DOI: 10.1071/MF10232.
  • Macarthur, L., Phillips, DL., Hyndes, G., Hanson, C., Vanderklift, M., (2011), Habitat surrounding patch reefs influences the diet and nutrition of the western rock lobster. Marine Ecology: Progress Series, 436(31 August 2011), 191-205, Germany, DOI: 10.3354/meps09256.
  • Mellbrand, K., Lavery, P., Hyndes, G., Hamback, PA., (2011), Linking Land and Sea: Different Pathways for Marine Subsidies. Ecosystems, 14(5), 732-744, New York, DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9442-x.
  • Verges, A., Vanderklift, M., Doropoulos, C., Hyndes, G., (2011), Spatial patterns in herbivory on a coral reef are influenced by structural complexity but not by algal traits. PLoS One, 6(2), e17115, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017115.
  • Svensson, CJ., Hyndes, G., Lavery, P., (2010), An efficient method for collecting large samples of live copepods free from detritus. Marine and Freshwater Research, 61(5), 621-624, Australia.
  • Tuya, F., Vanderklift, M., Hyndes, G., Wernberg, T., Thomsen, M., Hanson, C., (2010), Proximity to rocky reefs alters the balance between positive and negative effects on seagrass fauna. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 405(April 29), 175-186, Germany, DOI: 10.3354/meps08516.
  • Hanson, C., Hyndes, G., Wang, SF., (2010), Differentiation of benthic marine primary producers using stable isotopes and fatty acids: Implications to food web studies. Aquatic Botany, 93(2), 114-122, Netherlands.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Herbivory By Parma Mccullochi (pomacentridae) : Its Role As An Ecosystem Engineer In Temperate Algal-dominated Reefs..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Habitat Use, Movements And Trophic Linkages Of Western Rock Lobster (panulirus Cygnus) Within The Jurien Bay Marine Park..
  • Master of Science (Chemistry),  Investigation Of Interferences And Development Of Pre-treatment Methods For Arsenic Analysis By Anodic Stripping Voltammetry.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Biology And Stock Assessment Of The Sandbar Shark, Carcharhinus Plumbeus, In Western Australia..
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  A Preliminary Investigation Of The Potential Effects Of The Invasive Mozambique Tilapia Oreochromis Mossambicus On The Native Fish Assemblages Of Lake Macleod, Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Population Structure And Management Of The Humpback Whale (megaptea Novaeangliae) In Western Australia: Investigation Of The Genetic Status And Structure Of Stock D/antartic Area Group Iv.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Restoration Of Ecological Functions In Transplanted Seagrass Meadows..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Dynamics Of Baseline Stable Isotopes Within A Temperature Coastal Ecosystem: Relationships And Projections Using Physical And Biogeochemical Factors.
  • Resource Utilisation And Reproductive Biology Of Syngnathid Fishes In A Seagrass-dominated Marine Environment In South-western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Biology And Ecology Of Epinephilidae Species And Their Implications To Fisheries Management..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Population Biology Of Two Key Fish Species And The Dynamics And Management Of The Trap Fishery In Beung Borapet, Thailand..
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  The Western Australian Charter Industry: Working Towards Long Term Sustainability .
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Detached Macrophyte Accumulations In Surf Zones: Significance Of Macrophyte Type And Volume In Supporting Secondary Production.

Co-principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisor

  • A Comparison Of Seagrass Communities At Varying Proximity To A Low-density Mussel-line Aquaculture In King George Sound, Western Australia.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Do Marine Resources Subsidise Island Ecosystems?.
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