Camille Mellin

Dr Camille Mellin

ARC Future Fellow

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Camille is an ARC Future Fellow within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and a quantitative ecologist and ecological modeller with a strong interest in marine ecosystems. Her research aims to improve our understanding of ecosystem potential to resist and recover from cumulative disturbance impacts, and to identify the social-ecological factors that are associated with the sustainable provision of ecosystem services in support of human health and well-being.

My research blends theoretical and empirical models at organizational levels ranging from individual organisms to ecosystems, using a wide range of quantitative tools from process-based demographic models to hierarchical models of social-ecological systems. I am particularly interested in uncovering how biodiversity contributes ecosystem services in support of human health and wellbeing, and how conservation and management can alleviate the detrimental impact of natural and anthropogenic disturbances. In addressing this I have developed methods for incorporating climate forecasts to derive future projections of ecological communities and geospatial analysis to inform and map global biodiversity patterns, and how they will be impacted by accelerated rates of climate change.


2 PhD scholarships available!

  • Influence of climate change on reef fish nutritional content. Fish nutrient profiles vary greatly between species, but whether they respond to temperature variations remains unknown. This PhD project will blend experimental biology and sampling along the East coast of Australia to determine how warming oceans will affect the nutritional benefit of multispecies reef fisheries in the future. Candidates with experience in experimental biology, molecular analysis and biostatistics are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Trait-based responses of coral reef organisms to global warming and habitat loss. Increasingly frequent marine heatwaves and coral bleaching events are impacting coral reef communities in various ways, allowing to differentiate 'winners' and 'losers' of climate change. This PhD project will blend functional ecology and community data analysis to identify the species traits that are most likely to make a given species a 'winner' or a 'loser'. Candidates with solid experience in quantitative ecology are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Safeguarding coral reef fisheries for future food security.  ARC Future Fellowship (FT200100870 | $739,557), University of Adelaide (2020-present).
  • Managing the effects of disturbance on coral reef biodiversity: modelling starfish outbreaks in a changing world. ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE140100701 | $386,006), Australian Institute of Marine Science (2014-2018).

Camille is the Coordinator for the third year Research Methods in Ecology / Wildlife Conservation /  and Marine Biology III BSc courses, which focus on statistical modelling, data management, and statistical computing using R.

Currently teaching:

ENV BIOL 3510/3520/3540 - Research Methods in Ecology / Wildlife Conservation / Marine Biology III

Research Methods in Ecology / Wildlife Conservation / Marine Biology III introduces systematic methods of design, collection, analysis and reporting of field and laboratory ecological data, for practical applications in the disciplines of ecology, wildlife conservation biology, and marine biology. Lectures outline the quantitative nature of ecological research and the value of robust sampling strategies and experimental methods.

  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Global Distribution Models for Whale Sharks (Assessing Occurrence Trends of Highly Migratory Marine Species) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ana Micaela Martins Sequeira
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Traits of detectability: Towards unbiased density estimates of reef fishes and invertebrates University of Tasmania Higher Doctorate Full Time Tyson Jones
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Modelling tools for the management of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster cf. solaris) outbreaks on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef James Cook University Doctorate Samuel Matthews
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2020 - 2020 Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) III (SCIENCE 3100) University of Adelaide Sophia Taplin
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Editor Ecology Letters Centre National de Recherche Scientifique France
  • Position: ARC Future Fellow
  • Phone: 83133577
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 1
  • Room: 1 12
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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