Elizabeth Madin

2018-present: Assistant Professor, Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai’i, USA

2012-18: Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow, Macquarie University, Australia

2012-15: World Wildlife Fund Fuller Fellow, Macquarie University, Australia

2010-12: National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of Technology-Sydney, Australia

2003-09: Ph.D. & M.S., Univ. of California-Santa Barbara, USA

2000-02: Fulbright Fellow, James Cook University, Australia

1995-99: B.A., Emory University, USA


It all started when…

I grew up in the beautiful state of Kentucky and spent part of every childhood summer with my grandparents in and around Louisiana’s waters. Those days spawned a lifelong fascination with the ocean. After graduating with from Emory University in Georgia with a joint degree in Psychology and Ecology, I decided to move to Australia to study marine science and conservation on the Great Barrier Reef. I received a Fulbright Fellowship to do so, and since then I’ve been living between Australia and the US doing conservation-focused marine research.


My research...

My research focuses broadly on the intersection of human impacts and animal behaviour and how this can lead to cascading effects through food webs.

The majority of my research is centered around three key questions:

  1. How does predation risk structure marine ecosystems?

  2. How are humans affecting marine predators – and thus predation risk and marine ecosystem structure?

  3. How can new and emerging technologies be applied to marine ecological and conservation questions?

Within these questions, I aim to shed light on both fundamental ecological questions about how marine systems function (Question #1) as well as applied conservation questions (Question #2) and solutions (Question #3). Much of my work has explored these questions by taking advantage of the many uncontrolled, large-scale ‘natural experiments’ that humans have inadvertently created across the globe.

I sometimes venture into related research areas and am generally keen to collaborate on topics that are outside of this scope but are of importance to marine ecology and conservation. Increasingly, my work uses new and emerging technologies, such as extremely high spatial resolution satellite and aerial (e.g., drone) imagery, to achieve these goals.


What I've written...

My peer-reviewed publications are listed here and my other publications are here. Feel free to email me for copies of any of them. 


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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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