ARC Future Fellow, James Cook University

I have broad research interest in coral reef ecology. My recent work has documented the history of disturbance on the coral reefs of Aceh, including the effects of the Indian Ocean Tsunami (Baird et al. 2005; Feagin et al. 2010) and the mass bleaching of 2010 (Guest et al. 2012). My early research highlighted the role of larval ecology in determining patterns of adult distribution including depth zonation (Baird et al. 2003) and patterns of dispersal (Connolly and Baird 2010). My research on the reproductive biology of tropical corals has demonstrated that, contrary to the prevailing paradigm, multi-specific synchronous spawning is a feature of all speciose coral assemblages (Guest et al. 2005; Baird et al. 2009a). My research on coral bleaching identified the hierarchy of species susceptibility to thermal stress (Baird and Marshall 2002) and includes reviews on the role of the host (Baird et al. 2009b) and the effects of global warming on coral reefs assemblages (Hughes et al. 2003). The current focus of my research is exploring the ways that corals might adjust to climate change.


  • –present
    ARC Future Fellow, James Cook University


  • 2001 
    James Cook University, PhD

Research Areas

  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change (050101)
  • Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)