Hamish Malcolm

Research interests

  • Protected area management and planning, influence of zoning
  • Climate change and biodiversity
  • Threatened species


Hamish is a research scientist in the Marine Ecosystem Unit, Fisheries Research, and is based in Coffs Harbour. Hamish is primarily undertaking research with application in spatial planning and protected area management. This includes integrating habitat and biotic patterns, especially fishes, as surrogates for biodiversity. Some of Hamish's research includes long-term (decadal) datasets for evaluating temporal patterns and effects of protected area management. He has also been involved in research on threatened species, including white shark and black rockcod. Hamish was originally a geologist, converting over to marine biology at James Cook University. As a marine scientist, he has previously worked for GBRMPA, Qld Fisheries, QLD Marine Parks, CSIRO Marine, and NSW Marine Parks (NSW NPWS).


  • Ph.D. Reef fish patterns, relationships to habitat and spatial planning - University of New England, NSW
  • Post Grad Dip. in Marine Ecology  - James Cook University , QLD
  • B.Sc. Earth Sciences - Waikato University, NZ

Current projects

  • Influence of zoning arrangements (using diver and remote video methods)
  • Planning for spatial management (biota-habitat relationships; spatial patterns; habitat surrogacy; drivers of patterns; predictive modelling; Marxan)
  • Tropicalisation in a tropical-temperate transition (sea temperature, currents and waves; anemones/anemonefishes; reef fish assemblages, resilience and persistence; kelp loss; coral cover changes and drivers)
  • Threatened species (black rockcod)

Recent publications

Please refer to Hamish Malcolm's Google scholar page.

Professional associations and achievements

  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • Australian Coral Reef Society
  • Oceania Chondrichthyan Society

Contact details

Phone: (02) 6691 0605