Jennie Mallela

Outreach and Communications Officer

Marine experience: I have two decades of experience in marine research, monitoring, conservation, marine protected areas, environmental monitoring and environmental education. I have worked in marine ecosystems in both temperate and tropical regions of the world including: UK, Ireland, Caribbean (Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago) and Indo-pacific region (East Africa, Great Barrier Reef, Christmas Island). I am currently based at the Australian National University.

Specialist marine skills: I am a highly qualified scientific and commercial SCUBA diver (British qualification: HSE IV). I also have SCUBA diving teaching skills (PADI dive master) enabling me to professionally train students and colleagues in the field. I have British/Australian and international powerboat handling qualifications. Routine scientific work includes: marine SCUBA surveys, intertidal surveys, biodiversity monitoring, underwater experiments, coral coring, and environmental monitoring.

  • Ellis, B, Grant, K, Mallela, J et al 2019, 'Is XRF core scanning a viable method for coral palaeoclimate temperature reconstructions?', Quaternary International, vol. 514, pp. 97-107.
  • Martinez Escobar, D & Mallela, J 2019, 'Assessing the impacts of phosphate mining on coral reef communities and reef development', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 692, pp. 1257-1266.
  • Hamylton, S & Mallela, J 2019, 'Reef development on a remote coral atoll before and after coral bleaching: A geospatial assessment', Marine Geology, vol. 418, no. 106041, pp. 1-14.
  • Lewis, S & Mallela, J 2018, 'A multifactor risk analysis of the record 2016 Great Barrier Reef bleaching', American Meteorological Society, Bulletin, vol. 98, no. 12, pp. S144-S149.
  • Mallela, J 2018, 'The influence of micro-topography and external bioerosion on coral-reef-building organisms: recruitment, community composition and carbonate production over time', Coral Reefs, pp. 1-11pp.
  • Mallela, J & Fox, R 2018, 'The role of parrotfish in the destruction and construction of coral reefs', in Hoey, Andrew, S., Bonaldo, Robera M., (ed.), The Biology and Ecology of Parrotfishes, CRC Press, Florida, USA, pp. 161-196.
  • Mallela, J., Milne, B.C., Martinez-Escobar, D. 2017, 'A comparison of epibenthic reef communities settling on commonly used experimental substrates: PVC versus ceramic tiles', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol. 486, pp. 290-295.
  • Leavesley, A, Cooper, N, Kendall, D et al 2017, 'Defining success in bushfire management: critical moments in the 2012-13 ACT bushfire season', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 1-6pp.
  • Mallela, J, Hetznger, S & Halfar, J 2016, 'Thermal stress markers in Colpophyllia natans provide an archive of site-specific bleaching events', Coral Reefs, 35:181-186
  • Cinner, J, et al 2015, 'A framework for understanding climate change impacts on coral reef social-ecological systems', Regional Environmental Change, doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0832-z.
  • Mallela, J, Lewis, S & Croke, B 2013, 'Coral Skeletons Provide Historical Evidence of Phosphorus Runoff on the Great Barrier Reef', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 8, no. 9, pp. e75663-e75663.
  • Mallela, J 2013, 'Calcification by Reef-Building Sclerobionts', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 8, no. 3, pp. e60010/ 1-10.

  • Lewis SE, Brodie JE, McCulloch MT, Mallela J, Jupiter SD, et al. (2012) An assessment of an environmental gradient using coral geochemical records, Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin 65: 306-319.
  • Mallela, J, Hermann, J, Rapp, R et al 2011, 'Fine-scale phosphorus distribution in coral skeletons: combining X-ray mapping by electronprobe microanalysis and LA-ICP-MS', Coral Reefs, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 813-818.
  • Graham, N, Ainsworth, T, Baird, A et al 2011, 'From microbes to people: tractable benefits of no-take areas for coral reefs', Oceanography and Marine Biology: an annual review, vol. 49, pp. 105-136.
  • Mallela J (2011) Tobago: A Sustainable Future for Buccoo Reef. In: Burke L, Reytar K, Spalding M, Perry A (eds) Reefs at risk revisited. World Resources Institute., Washington, pp130
  • Eakin, C, Morgan, J, Heron, S et al 2010, 'Caribbean corals in crisis: Record thermal stress, bleaching, and mortality in 2005', PLoS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 1-9.
  • Harrod, C, Mallela J & Kahilainen, K 2010, 'Phenotype-environment correlations in a putative whitefish adaptive radiation', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 79, pp. 1057-1068.
  • Mallela, J & Crabbe, M 2009, 'Hurricanes and coral bleaching linked to changes in coral recruitment in Tobago', Marine Environmental Research, vol. 68, pp. 158-162.
  • Mallela, J., Day, O., Parkinson, R. (2009) An assessment of reef health in Tobago. Caribbean Journal of Science. 45(2)
  • Mallela J., Parkinson R (2008) Coral disease succession in Tobago: from yellow band to black band disease. Coral Reefs 27: 787
  • Mallela, J., Harrod, C. (2008) δ13C and δ15N reveal significant differences in the coastal foodwebs of the seas surrounding the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Marine Ecology Progress Series 368: 41-52
  • Mallela, J. (2007) Coral reef encruster communities and carbonate production in cryptic and exposed coral reef habitats along a gradient of terrestrial disturbance. Coral Reefs. 26:775-785
  • Mallela, J., Perry, C. T. (2007) A coral reef carbonate budget for two contrasting sites along a fluvial gradient, Rio Bueno, Jamaica. Coral Reefs. 26: 129-145.
  • Mallela, J., Roberts, C., Harrod, C., Goldspink, C. (2007) Reef fish distributions along a fluvial turbidity gradient. Journal of Fish Biology. 70: 523-537.
  • Mallela, J., Perry, C. T., Haley, M. P. (2004) Reef morphology and community composition along a turbid, fluvially influenced embayment, Rio Bueno, Jamaica. Caribbean Journal of Science, 40: 299-311.