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Professor Glenn Hyndes

Professor in Coastal Ecology

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5798
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5509
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.345  

Overview of role

Glenn is Professor in Coastal Ecology in the School of Science who is active in teaching aspects of biological and environmental sciences, and is an active researcher in the ecology of coastal and marine ecosystems.

Current Teaching

  • SCI2111 – Marine and Fisheries Biology
  • SCB3201 – Studies in Ecology
  • SCI3210 – Marine and Coastal Systems
  • SCI5140 – Current Issues in Natural Sciences


  • 2008-2017: Associate Professor (Edith Cowan University)
  • 2016-2018: Associate Dean Research (Edith Cowan University)
  • 2008-2016: Co-founder Co-Director Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (Edith Cowan University)
  • 2001-2007: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Edith Cowan University)
  • 1999-2000: Postdoctoral Fellow (Edith Cowan University)
  • 1997-1999: Postdoctoral Fellow (Murdoch University)

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching

Research Areas and Interests

My research focuses on marine ecology and fisheries science, specifically on the: (1) trophic connectivity within and between habitats in the marine environment; (2) interactions of fauna with coastal habitats, such as seagrass meadows and surf zones; and (3) fisheries interactions with the environment and management. My major focus on connectivity within and between habitats in the marine environment, seeks to understand the importance of the movement of material from one habitat to another in coastal seascapes. This program is directed towards examining the movement of nutrients via detritus from reefs to seagrass meadows and detritus from reefs and seagrass meadows to surf zones and beaches.

A large part of my research focuses on using stable isotopes as a tool for understanding ecological interactions. This has focused on: testing the assumptions of bulk stable isotopes in food web studies and comparing this approach to other biomarker tools; using novel enriched stable isotopes to test for flow of nutrients through food webs; and using stable isotopes and fatty acids to determine the source of nutrients in food webs.

A large aspect of my research has focused on understanding how consumers interact with their habitat, particularly in seagrass ecosystems. More recently, this program has focused more on grazing pressure by herbivorous fishes in reef ecosystems, showing that intense grazing is limited to only a few key species, but this has a strong influence on recruitment and standing biomass of algae in these systems, adding to the evidence that these species are key players in coral-reef resilience. This work in the tropics, combined with studies examining herbivory in temperate seagrass meadows, has led to a focus on examining the potential effects of tropical grazers moving into temperate seagrass meadows as a consequence of global ocean warming, and setting the agenda for future research on this important topic.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 1997.
  • Bachelor of Science with honours, Murdoch University, 1988.
  • Bachelor of Science, Murdoch University, 1987.


Recent Research Grants

  • Integrated state-wide survey of recreational fishing Phase 3: dual frame sampling of boat- and shore based activity ,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2020 - 2029,  $3,193,960.
  • The role of fringing mangroves as a habitat for macroinvertebrate infauna and as a contributor to carbon in coastal food webs,  Woodside Energy Ltd,  Grant,  2021 - 2023,  $20,000.
  • Understanding predator-prey interactions between ghost crabs and loggerhead turtles for better management of an endangered species,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2018 - 2023,  $45,000.
  • Data Analysis for the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Tender,  2020 - 2021,  $34,222.
  • Integrated state-wide survey of recreational fishing Phase 2: boat- and shore based activity ,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2015 - 2020,  $3,761,142.
  • Investigating habitat values of seagrass, macroalgae and wrack in the Swan Canning Riverpark,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $36,770.
  • Latitudinal gradients of host associated microbial diversity,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.
  • Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands Investigation,  South West Catchment Council,  Grant,  2014 - 2018,  $234,853.
  • Climate-driven transformations of temperate seagrass meadows: testing predictions,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $7,000.
  • Ghost crabs on mid-west beaches,  WA Landskills Inc,  WA Landskills Inc - Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $5,000.
  • 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.
  • Benthic primary productivity and herbivory,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $131,866.
  • Beach Wrack Dynamics in Geraldton, WA,  Northern Agricultural Catchments Council,  NACC Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $46,746.
  • Quantification of the Biodiversity of the Lake MacLeod Northern Ponds,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2010 - 2016,  $433,711.
  • Microbes: The Missing Link in Coastal Landscape Connectivity,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Marine Science Program,  2013 - 2016,  $88,545.
  • Boat -based recreational boat fishing activity in Western Australia: a long term profile,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2010 - 2015,  $2,407,195.
  • Scholarship (Singh)-WAMSI Reef-Seagrass Connectivity - Role of Wrack in Marine Foodwebs-Project 7,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Scholarship,  2008 - 2015,  $78,000.
  • Bacterial carbon usage - loss, sink or link of carbon in coastal systems?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $15,000.
  • Collaborative Temperate Marine Research,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2011 - 2014,  $18,000.
  • 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,  ANZ Executors and Trustee - Grant,  2012 - 2014,  $10,000.
  • The role of Kyphosus spp in reef ecosystems,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  ANZ Executors and Trustee - Grant,  2012 - 2014,  $11,700.
  • Transport and the Importance of Seaweed Wrack - Project 6,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Scholarship,  2008 - 2012,  $78,000.
  • Survey of New Zealand fur seal in south-west Western Australia,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $168,211.
  • Trophic Interaction and Ecosystem Modelling - WAMSI Node 4.3,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2007 - 2011,  $291,982.
  • Assessing the benefits of closed fishing areas for spawning aggregations and egg production for coral trout.,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2004 - 2011,  $153,852.
  • Latitudinal Gradients in Tolerance to Multiple Stressors of a Temperate Seagrass,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $24,966.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Western Rock Lobster in Ecosystem Processes of South-Western Australia,  Australian Biological Resources Study,  Australian Biological Resources Study - Fellowship,  2007,  $8,000.
  • 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.
  • Evaluation of the return of ecological function in transplanted meadows,  Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $47,769.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Book Chapters

  • Hyndes, G., Francour, P., Guidetti, P., Heck, KL., Jenkins, G., (2018), The Roles of Seagrasses in Structuring Associated Fish Assemblages and Fisheries. Seagrasses of Australia: Structure, Ecology and Conversation, 589-627, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-71354-0_18.
  • York, PH., Hyndes, G., Bishop, MJ., Barnes, RS., (2018), Faunal Assemblages of Seagrass Ecosystems. Seagrasses of Australia: Structure, Ecology and Conversation, 541-586, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-71354-0_17.

Journal Articles

  • Keck, K., Samsonova, M., Poore, A., Hyndes, G., (2021), Global patterns in seagrass herbivory: why, despite existing evidence, there are solid arguments in favor of latitudinal gradients in seagrass herbivory. Estuaries and Coasts, 44(Special Issue: Seagrasses Tribute to Susan Williams), 481–490, DOI: 10.1007/s12237-020-00833-x.
  • Lai, E., Ryan, K., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., (2021), Corroborating effort and catch from an integrated survey design for a boat-based recreational fishery in Western Australia. Fisheries Research, 236(4), 105865, DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105865.
  • Cartraud, A., Lavery, P., Rae, C., Hyndes, G., (2021), The role of allochthonous kelp in providing spatial subsidies in seagrass meadows. Estuaries and Coasts, 44(Special Issue: Seagrasses Tribute to Susan Williams), 468–480, DOI: 10.1007/s12237-020-00860-8.
  • Tate, A., Lo, J., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, K., Taylor, S., (2020), Standardizing harvest rates of finfish caught by shore-based recreational fishers. ICES Journal of Marine Science: journal du conseil, 77(6), 2207–2215, Oxford, DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsz228.
  • Rae, C., Hyndes, G., Schlacher, TA., (2019), Trophic ecology of ghost crabs with diverse tastes: Unwilling vegetarians. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 224(2019), 272-280, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol 78 (Journal), press: Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2019.02.023.
  • Lai, E., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, KL., (2019), Comparing estimates of catch and effort for boat-based recreational fishing from aperiodic access-point surveys. Fisheries Research, 219(November 2019), Article no.105305, DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2019.06.003.
  • Vitelli, F., Hyndes, G., Saunders, B., Blake, D., Newman, SJ., Hobbs, JA., (2019), Do ecological traits of low abundance and niche overlap promote hybridisation among coral-reef angelfishes?. Coral Reefs, 38(5), 931-943, Germany, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s00338-019-01816-6.
  • Tarquinio, F., Hyndes, G., Laverock, B., Koenders, A., Sawstrom, C., (2019), The seagrass holobiont: understanding seagrass-bacteria interactions and their role in seagrass ecosystem functioning. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 366(6), article no. fnz057, DOI: 10.1093/femsle/fnz057.
  • Olds, AD., Vargas-Fonseca, E., Connolly, RM., Gilby, BL., Huijbers, CM., Hyndes, G., Layman, CA., Whitfield, AK., Schlacher, TA., (2018), The ecology of fish in the surf zones of ocean beaches: A global review. Fish and Fisheries, 19(1), 78-89, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/faf.12237.
  • Tarquinio, F., Bourgoure, J., Koenders, A., Laverock, B., Sawstrom, C., Hyndes, G., (2018), Microorganisms facilitate uptake of dissolved organic nitrogen by seagrass leaves. The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology, 12(11), 2796-2800, DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0218-6.
  • Suárez‑jiménez, R., Hepburn, CD., Hyndes, G., McLeod, RJ., Taylor, RB., Hurd, CL., (2017), Importance of the invasive macroalga Undaria pinnatifida as trophic subsidy for a beach consumer. Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 164(5), article no. 113, Germany, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00227-017-3140-y.
  • Suárez-Jiménez, R., Hepburn, CD., Hyndes, G., McLeod, RJ., Taylor, RB., Hurd, CL., (2017), The invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida hosts an epifaunal assemblage similar to native seaweeds with comparable morphologies. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 582(November), 45-55, Oldendorf, Germany, Inter-Research, DOI: 10.3354/meps12321.
  • Vargas-Fonseca, E., Olds, AD., Gilby, BL., Connolly, RM., Shoeman, DS., Huijbers, CM., Hyndes, G., Schlacher, TA., (2016), Combined effects of urbanization and connectivity on iconic coastal fishes. Diversity and Distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, 22(12), 1328-1341, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12495.
  • Hyndes, G., Heck, KL., Verges, A., Harvey, ES., Kendrick, GA., Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Orth, RJ., Pearce, A., Vanderklift, M., Wernberg, T., Whiting, S., Wilson, S., (2016), Accelerating Tropicalization and the Transformation of Temperate Seagrass Meadows. Bioscience, 66(11), 938-948, DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw111.
  • Schlacher, TA., Lucrezi, S., Peterson, CH., Connolly, RM., Olds, AD., Althaus, F., Hyndes, G., Maslo, B., Gilby, BL., Leon, JX., Weston, MA., Lastra, M., Williams, A., Schoeman, DS., (2016), Estimating animal populations and body sizes from burrows: Marine ecologists have their heads buried in the sand. Journal of Sea Research, 112(2016), 55-64, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier B.V., DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2016.04.001.
  • Aidoo, E., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, K., (2016), The effects of measurement uncertainty on spatial characterisation of recreational fishing catch rates. Fisheries Research, 181(1), 1-13, Elsevier B.V., DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2016.03.022.
  • Schlacher, T., Lucrezi, S., Connolly, RM., Peterson, CH., Gilby, BL., Maslo, B., Olds, AD., Walker, SJ., Leon, JX., Huijbers, CM., Weston, MA., Turra, A., Hyndes, G., Holt, R., Schoeman, DS., (2016), Human threats to sandy beaches: A meta-analysis of ghost crabs illustrates global anthropogenic impacts. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 169(2016), 56-73, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Academic Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2015.11.025.
  • Sawstrom, C., Hyndes, G., Eyre, B., Huggett, M., Fraser, M., Lavery, P., Thomson, P., Tarquinio, F., Steinberg, P., Laverock, B., (2016), Coastal connectivity and spatial subsidy from a microbial perspective. Ecology and Evolution, 6(18), 6662-6671, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2408.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • 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,  Comparisons of habitat use and diet of herbivorous kyphosids (genus kyphosus) in tropical and temperate reefs
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Detached macrophyte accumulations in surf zones: Significance of macrophyte type and volume in supporting secondary production
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Herbivory by parma mccullochi (pomacentridae) : Its role as an ecosystem engineer in temperate algal-dominated reefs.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Causes and possible consequences of hybridisation in angelfishes at christmas island
  • 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
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Diet of the tropicalised herbivore siganus fuscescens across a broad latitudinal gradient and comparisons with temperate seagrass-associated omnivorous fishes
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  The Western Australian charter industry: Working towards long term sustainability
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Development and distribution of nematalosa vlaminghi (Perth herring) eggs and larvae within an estuary
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Habitat use, movements and trophic linkages of Western rock lobster (panulirus cygnus) within the jurien Bay marine park.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  The distribution and trophic ecology of golden ghost crabs (ocypode convexa)
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Tropicalisation of temperate seagrass meadows in Western Australia: Predicting the impact of tropical herbivorous fishes on temperate seagrass meadows
  • 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,  Biology and stock assessment of the sandbar shark, carcharhinus plumbeus, in Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The role of the seagrass leaf microbiome in assisting nitrogen uptake by the Western Australian seagrass, posidonia sinuosa
  • Master of Science (Chemistry),  Investigation of interferences and development of pre-treatment methods for arsenic analysis by anodic stripping voltammetry
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Population biology of two key fish species and the dynamics and management of the trap fishery in Beung Borapet, Thailand.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The biology and ecology of epinephilidae species and their implications to fisheries management.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Geostatistical modelling of recreational fishing data: A fine-scale spatial analysis
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Assessing variability in standardised harvest rates from shore-based recreational fishing surveys

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Do marine resources subsidise island ecosystems?
  • A comparison of seagrass communities at varying proximity to a low-density mussel-line aquaculture in King George Sound, Western Australia
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