Dr Camille Mellin

Dr Camille Mellin
 Position Visiting Researcher
 Org Unit School of Biological Sciences
 Email camille.mellin@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5432
 Location Floor/Room G 02 ,  Benham Laboratories ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Camille Mellin is an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award fellow at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Camille is currently working in the Environment Institute with Dr Damien Fordham on the predictive modeling of Acanthaster planci (crown-of-thorns starfish) outbreaks and coral reef biodiversity patterns.


    Camille is a quantitative ecologist with a background in marine and coral reef ecology. She developed strong interests in statistics and ecological modeling during her studies and PhD. As part of her postdoc within the National Environmental Research Program (NERP), Camille developed spatially explicit, statistical predictive models of biodiversity patterns on Australian coral reefs (Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, Ningaloo and Scott Reefs) from physical habitat characteristics.


    Camille completed her PhD in Oceanology and Marine Biology at the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris VI, in December 2007. Camille performed her PhD at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) of Nouméa, New Caledonia, under the supervision of Professors D. Ponton and R. Galzin.

  • Qualifications

    • ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australian Institute of Marine Science, 2014-present.
    • Postdoctoral fellowships (Ecological Modelling), Australian Institute of Marine Science / National Environment Research Program (NERP) Marine Biodiversity Hub, supervised by J. Caley (AIMS), M. Meekan (AIMS) & C. Bradshaw (University of Adelaide), 2008-2011 and 2011-2014.
    • Postdoctoral fellowship (Ecological Modelling), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement of Nouméa, New Caledonia supervised by S. Andréfouët, Mar-May 2008.
    • PhD Thesis, University Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris VI) and Ecole Pratique des hautes Etudes (EPHE), performed at Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) of Nouméa, New Caledonia, supervised by D. Ponton & R. Galzin. Obtained on 2007, Dec 11th with the Highest Grade.
    • Master’s Thesis in Oceanology and Marine Environment, UPMC Paris VI. 2004.
    • Engineering diploma in Food and Life Sciences, AgroParisTech, previously Institut National Agronomique de Paris-Grignon (INA P-G). 2004.

    Scuba diving: ADAS Part I, HSE Scuba Diver, CMAS 4*, CAH (Institut National de Plongée Professionnelle)


  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed articles

    • Mellin C, Matthews S, Anthony KRN, Brown SC, Caley MJ, Johns K, Osborne K, Puotinen M, Thompson A, Wolff NH, Fordham DA, MacNeil MA (in press) Spatial resilience of the Great Barrier Reef under cumulative disturbance impacts. Global Change Biology, accepted 12 March 2019.
    • Mellin C, Thompson A, Jonker MJ, Emslie MJ (2019) Cross-shelf variation in coral community response to disturbance on the Great Barrier Reef. Diversity 11(3), 38.
    • MacNeil MA, Mellin C, Matthews S, Wolff NH, McClanahan TR, Devlin M, Drovandi C, Mengersen K, Graham NAJ (2019). Water quality mediates resilience on the Great Barrier Reef. Nature Ecology and Evolution doi 10.1038/s41559-019-0832-3.
    • Matthews S, Mellin C, MacNeil MA, Heron SF, Skirving W, Puotinen M, Devlin MJ, Pratchett M (2019). High-resolution characterization of the abiotic and disturbance regimes on the Great Barrier Reef; 1985-2017. Ecology 100(2), e02574.
    • Yates KL, Bouchet PJ, Caley MJ, Mengersen K, Randin CF, Parnell S, Fielding AH, Bamford AJ, Ban S, Barbosa AM, Dormann CF, Elith J, Embling CB, Ervin GN, Fisher R, Gould S, Graf RF, Gregr EJ, Halpin PN, Heikkinen RK, Heinänen S, Jones AR, Krishnakumar PK, Lauria V, Lozano-Montes H, Mannocci L, Mellin C, Mesgaran MB, Moreno-Amat E, Mormede S, Novaczek E, Oppel S, Crespo GO, Peterson AT, Rapacciuolo G, Roberts JJ, Ross RE, Scales KL, Schoeman D, Snelgrove P, Sundblad G, Thuiller W, Torres LG, Verbruggen H, Wang L, Wenger S, Whittingham MJ, Zharikov Y, Zurell D, Sequeira AMM (2018) Oustanding challenges in the transferability of ecological models. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 2418: 1-13.
    • Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Lozano-Montes HM, Meeuwig JJ, Vanderklift MA, Haywood MDE, Babcock RC, Caley MJ (2018) Challenges of transferring models of fish abundance between coral reefs. Peer J 6:e4566;
      DOI 10.7717/peerj.4566.
    • Fordham DA, Saltré F, Brown SC, Mellin C, Wigley TML (2018) Why decadal to century timescale paleoclimate data is needed to explain present-day patterns of biological diversity and change. Global Change Biology 24:13711381.
    • Pratchett M, Caballes C, Wilmes J, Matthews S, Mellin C, Sweatman H, Nadler L, Brodie J, Thompson C; Hoey J, Bos A, Byrne M, Messmer V, Fortunato S, Chen C, Buck A, Babcock R, Uthicke S. Thirty Years of Research on Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (1986–2016): Scientific Advances and Emerging Opportunities. Diversity 2017, 9(4), 41; doi:10.3390/d9040041
    • Mellin C, Lugrin C, Okaji K, Francis DS, Uthicke S (2017) Selective feeding and microalgal consumption rates by Crown-of-Thorns Seastar (Acanthaster cf. solaris) larvae. Diversity 2017, 9(1), 8; doi:10.3390/d9010008
    • Mellin C, Lurgi M, Matthews S, MacNeil MA, Caley MJ, Bax N, Przeslawski R, Fordham DA (2016) Forecasting marine invasions under climate change: biotic interactions and demographic processes matter. Biological Conservation 204: 459-467.
    • MacNeil MA, Mellin C, Pratchett MS, Hoey J, Anthony KRN, Cheal AJ, Miller I, Sweatman H, Cowan ZL, Taylor S, Fonnesbeck CJ (2016). Joint estimation of crown of thorns (Acanthaster planci) densities on the Great Barrier Reef. PeerJ 4:e2310; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2310
    • Yates KL, Mellin C, Caley MJ, Radford BT, Meeuwig JJ (2016). Models of marine fish biodiversity: assessing predictors from three habitat classification schemes. Plos ONE 11(6): e0155634.
    • Mellin C, MacNeil MA, Cheal A, Emslie M, Caley MJ (2016). Marine protected areas increase resilience among coral reef communities. Ecology Letters 19: 629-637. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12598
    • Mellin C, Mouillot D, Kulbicki M, McClanahan TR, Vigliola L, Bradshaw CJA, Brainard RE, Chabanet P, Edgar GJ, Fordham DA, Friedlander AM, Parravicini V, Sequeira AMM, Stuart-Smith RD, Wantiez L, Caley MJ (2016). Humans and seasonal climate variability threaten large-bodied coral reef fish with small ranges. Nature Communications 7: 10491. doi:10.1038/ncomms10491.
    • Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Lozano‐Montes HM, Vanderklift MA, Babcock RC, Haywood MD, Meeuwig JJ, Caley MJ (2016). Transferability of predictive models of coral reef fish species richness. Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 64-72.
    • Hunter M, Westgate M, Barton P, Calhoun A, Pierson J, Tulloch A, Beger M, Branquinho C, Caro T, Gross J, Heino J, Lane P, Longo C, Martin K, McDowell WH, Mellin C, Salo H, Lindenmayer D (2016). Two roles for ecological surrogacy: Indicator surrogates and management surrogates. Ecological Indicators 63: 121-125.
    • Lindenmayer D, Pierson J, Barton P, Beger M, Branquinho C, Calhoun A, Caro T, Greig H, Gross J, Heino J, Hunter M, Lane P, Longo C, Martin M, McDowell WH, Mellin C, Salo H, Tulloch A, Westgate M (2015) A new framework for selecting environmental surrogates. Science of the Total Environment 538: 1029-1038.
    • Tanner JE, Mellin C, Parrott L, Bradshaw CJA (2015). Fine-scale benthic biodiversity patterns inferred from image processing. Ecological Complexity 22:76-85.
    • Przeslawski R, Byrne M, Mellin C (2015) A review and meta-analysis of the effects of multiple abiotic stressors on marine embryos and larvae. Global Change Biology 21:2122-2140.
    • Prowse TAA, Gillanders BM, Brook BW, Fowler AJ, Hall KC, Steer MA, Mellin C, Clisby N, Tanner JE, Ward TM, Fordham DA (2015) Evidence for a broad-scale decline in giant Australian cuttlefish (Sepia apama) abundance from non-targeted survey data. Marine and Freshwater Research 66:692-700.
    • Gomez C, Williams AJ, Nicol SJ, Mellin C, Loeun KL, Bradshaw CJA (2015). Species distribution models of tropical deep-sea snappers. PloS One 10(6): e0127395.
    • Mellin C, Mengersen K, Bradshaw CJA, Caley MJ (2014) Generalizing the use of geographical weights in biodiversity modelling. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:1314-1323.
    • Mellin C, Bradshaw CJA, Fordham DA, Caley MJ (2014) Strong but opposing β-diversity-stability relationships in coral reef fish communities. Proc Roy Soc B 281: 20131193.
    • Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Floch L, Williams PG, Bradshaw CJA (2014) Inter-ocean asynchrony in whale shark occurrence patterns. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 450:21-29.
    • Sequeira AMM, Mellin C, Fordham DAF, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2014) Predicting current and future global distributions of whale sharks. Glob Change Biol 20:778-789.
    • Sutcliffe PR, Mellin C, Pitcher CR, Possingham HP, Caley MJ (2014) Regional-scale patterns and predictors of species richness and abundance across twelve major tropical inter-reef taxa. Ecography 37:162-171.
    • Fordham DA, Mellin C, Russell BD, Akçakaya HR, Bradshaw CJA, Aiello-Lammens ME, Caley MJ, Connell SD, Mayfield S, Shepherd SA, Brook BW (2013) Population dynamics can be more important than physiological limits for determining range shifts under climate change. Global Change Biol 19:3224-3237.
    • Fordham DA, Brook BW, Caley MJ, Bradshaw CJA, Mellin C (2013) Conservation management and sustainable harvest quotas are sensitive to choice of climate modelling approach for two marine gastropods. Diversity & Distributions 19: 1299-1312.
    • Sequeira A, Mellin C, Delean S, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2013) Spatial and temporal predictions of inter-decadal trends in Indian Ocean whale sharks. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 478:185-195.
    • Williams AJ, Loeun K, Nicol SJ, Chavance P, Ducrocq M, Harley SJ, Pilling GM, Allain V, Mellin C, Bradshaw CJA (2013) Population biology and vulnerability to fishing of deep-water Eteline snappers. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 29: 395-403. doi:10.1111/jai.12123
    • Sequeira A, Mellin C, Meekan MG, Sims DW, Bradshaw CJA (2013). Inferred global connectivity of whale shark populations. J Fish Biol 82:367–389
    • Russell BD, Connell SC, Mellin C, Brook BW, Burnell OW, Fordham DA (2012) Predicting the distribution of commercially viable invertebrate stocks under future climate. PLoS ONE 7(12): e46554
    • Mellin C, Parrott L, Andrefouet S, Bradshaw CJA, MacNeil MA, Caley MJ (2012) Multi-scale marine biodiversity patterns inferred efficiently from habitat image processing. Ecological Applications 22:792-803.
    • Mellin C, Russell BD, Connell SC, Brook BW, Fordham DA (2012) Geographic range determinants of two commercially important marine molluscs. Diversity and Distributions 18: 133-146.
    • Sequeira A, Mellin C, Rowat D, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2012) Ocean-scale prediction of whale shark distribution. Diversity and Distributions 18:504-518
    • Planes S, Lecchini D, Mellin C, Charton JC, Harmelin-Vivien M, Kulbicki M, Mou-Tham G, Galzin R (2012) Environmental determinants of coral reef fish diversity across several French Polynesian atolls. Comptes Rendus Biologie 335: 417-423.
    • Fordham DA, Akçakaya HR, Araújo MB, Elith J, Keith D, Pearson R, Auld TD, Mellin C, Morgan JW, Regan TJ, Tozer M, Watts MJ, White M, Wintle B, Yates C and Brook BW (2012) Plant extinction risk under climate change: are forecast range shifts alone a good indicator of species vulnerability to global warming? Global Change Biology 18:1357-1371.
    • Watts MJ, Li Y, Russell BD, Mellin C, Connell SD, Fordham DA (2011) A novel method for mapping reefs and subtidal rocky habitats using artificial neural networks. Ecological Modelling 222:2606-2614.
    • Mellin C, Delean S, Caley MJ, Edgar GJ, Meekan MG, Pitcher CR, Przeslawski R, Williams A, Bradshaw CJA (2011) Effectiveness of Biological Surrogates for Predicting Patterns of Marine Biodiversity : a Global Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20141.
    • Mellin C, Huchery C, Caley MJ, Meekan MG, Bradshaw CJA (2010) Reef size and isolation determine the temporal stability of coral reef fish populations. Ecology 91:3138-3145.
    • McArthur, M.A., Brooke, B.P., Przeslawski, R., Ryan, D.A., Lucieer, V.L., Nichol, S., McCallum, A.W., Mellin, C., Cresswell, I.D., Radke, L.C. (2010). On the use of abiotic surrogates to describe marine benthic biodiversity. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 88:21-32.
    • Mellin C, Bradshaw CJA, Meekan MG, Caley MJ (2010) Environmental and spatial predictors of species richness and abundance in coral reef fishes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19:212-222.
    • Mellin C, Ponton D (2009) Assemblages of reef fish settling on artificial substrates: the effect of habitat over two temporal scales. Marine and Freshwater Research 60:1-13.
    • Mellin C (2009) Habitat selection at settlement and post-settlement dynamics in juvenile fish communities in the New Caledonia lagoon. Cybium 33:96-96
    • Mellin C, Galzin R, Ponton D, Vigliola L (2009) Detecting age-structured effects in growth performance of coral reef fish juveniles. Aquatic Biology, 6:31-39.
    • Mellin C, Andréfouët S, Kulbicki M, Dalleau M, Vigliola L (2009) Remote sensing and fish-habitat relationships in coral reef ecosystems: review and pathways for systematic multi-scale hierarchical research. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58:11-19.
    • Carassou L, Mellin C, Ponton D (2009) Assessing the diversity and abundances of larvae and juveniles of coral reef fish: a synthesis of six sampling techniques. Biodiversity and Conservation 18:355-371
    • Mellin C, Ferraris J, Galzin R, Harmelin-Viven M, Kulbicki M, Lison de Loma T (2008) Natural and anthropogenic influences on the diversity structure of reef fish communities in the Tuamotu Archipelago (French Polynesia). Ecological Modelling 218: 182-187.
    • Carassou L, Ponton D, Mellin C, Galzin R (2008) Predicting the structure of larval fish assemblages by a hierarchical classification of meteorological and water column forcing factors. Coral Reefs 27:867-880.
    • Mellin C, Andréfouët S, Ponton D (2007) Spatially-explicit modelling of Indo-Pacific juvenile fish communities in a coral reef environment. Coral Reefs 26: 895-907.
    • Mellin C, Kulbicki M, Ponton D (2007) Seasonal and ontogenetic patterns of habitat use in coral reef fish juveniles. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 75: 481-491.
    • Mellin C, Ferraris J, Galzin R, Kulbicki M, Ponton D (2006) Diversity of coral reef fish assemblages: modelling of the species richness spectra from multi-scale environmental variables in the Tuamotu Archipelago (French Polynesia). Ecological Modelling 198: 409-425.


    Book chapters

    • Mellin C (2015) Abiotic surrogates in support of marine biodiversity conservation. In: Lindenmayer DB, Barton P and Pierson JC (Eds). Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. CRC Press, London.



    • Mellin C (2007) Habitat selection at settlement and post-settlement dynamics in juvenile fish communities in the New Caledonia lagoon. PhD Thesis, Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris.

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