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Jessica Meeuwig

Wen Family Chair in Conservation, The University of Western Australia

A marine scientist by training, I have conducted research in the Caribbean, North Atlantic, Baltic Sea, Philippines, Vietnam, Western Pacific, British Indian Ocean and Australia over over 25 years. First hand experience of the dramatic changes in our oceans in so many parts of the world, particularly with respect to declines in fish abundance, has focused my research on understanding how fish communities respond to human activities, including both extraction and protection.


  • –present
    Director, Centre for Marine Futures, Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia
  • 2023–present
    Wen Family Chair in Conservation, University of Western Australia


  • 1998 
    McGill University, Montreal, Canada, PhD with Distinction
  • 1993 
    Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, M. Environmental Studies

Research Areas

  • Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Conservation And Biodiversity (050202)
  • Fisheries Sciences (0704)


Western Australian of the Year Finalist