Dr Joe Scutt Phillips
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
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I am a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW. I completed my PhD (2015) in Marine Ecology at the Institute of Complex Systems Simulation at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Nouméa, New Caledonia. 

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. Having worked with a wide variety of scientists and stakeholders in the tuna industry, I have extensive in situ experience to be both passionate about, and considerate of, the factors that are important in tuna fisheries, from how data is collected through to the consequences of the science for artisanal and commercial stakeholders.