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Joe Scutt Phillips

Senior Fisheries Scientists (Tuna Behavioural Ecology), Secretariat of the Pacific Community

I am a Senior Fisheries Scientist at The Pacific Community, Nouméa New Caledonia. I completed my PhD (2015) in Marine Ecology at the Institute of Complex Systems Simulation at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

My research interests center on trying to understand and predict the behaviour of marine ecosystems, in which fishing pressure, changing climate and loss of biodiversity are of immediate concern in many parts of the world. In particular, my principal work focuses on examining the way in which small-scale animal behavioural data can inform or be incorporated into larger scale management of marine ecosystems. I employ empirical analysis of tagging and catch data alongside simulation experiments to explore the mechanisms that are responsible for the often complex patterns we observe in the real world. I have provided management and policy advice in this regard to commissions and governments in both Europe and the Pacific region.


  • –present
    Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of New South Wales