Joel Williams

Joel Williams

Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales
&  University of Newcastle

Port Stephens Fisheries Research Institute Taylors Beach Rd Taylors Beach, NSW, Australia, 2315

Research interests

My broad interests are in mesophotic fish ecology and data science. My research is based around increasing our understanding what fish are found where and why particularly in this changing environment. We are baited remote underwater video (BRUV), ROV, towed video and multibeam echo sounder to collect biological and seafloor characteristics data. I am currently supported by the National Environment Science Program Marine Biodiversity Hub where we are building a greater understanding of the ecological and economic significance of rocky reef in Commonwealth Marine Parks, which are often at mesophotic depths on the continental shelf.


  Please note that only publications relevant to mesophotic reefs are indexed.

Taking a deeper look: Quantifying the differences in fish assemblages between shallow and mesophotic temperate rocky reefs | article
Williams J, Jordan A, Harasti D, Davies P, Ingleton T (2019)
PLoS ONE 14:e0206778

Key questions for research and conservation of mesophotic coral ecosystems and temperate mesophotic ecosystems | chapter
Turner JA, Andradi-Brown DA, Gori A, Bongaerts P, Burdett HL, Ferrier-Pagès C, Voolstra CR, Weinstein DK, Bridge TCL, Costantini F, Gress E, Laverick J, Loya Y, Goodbody-Gringley G, Rossi S, Taylor ML, Viladrich N, Voss JD, Williams J, Woodall LC, Eyal G (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems () by Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL
A coherent, representative, and bioregional marine reserve network shows consistent change in rocky reef fish assemblages | article
Knott NA, Williams J, Harasti D, Malcolm HA, Coleman MA, Kelaher BP, Rees MJ, Schultz A, Jordan A (2021)

Depth and benthic habitat influence shallow and mesophotic predatory fishes on a remote, high-latitude coral reef | article
Brown K, Monk J, Williams J, Carroll A, Harasti D, Barrett N (2022)
PLoS ONE 17:e0265067

Biological and habitat feature descriptions for the continental shelves of Australia’s temperate-water marine parks - including collation of existi... | report
Monk J, Williams J, Barrett NS, Jordan AR, Lucieer VL, Althaus F, Nichol S (2017)

Research keywords
Research platform experience
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)
  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
  Sonar / Multibeam
  Drop / Towed Video
  Acoustic Telemetry
  Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV)
  Surface-deployed sensors and samplers
Research summary (from publications)