Sharks and Bony fishes (white sharks) (links to fish web pages)  (Database on fish, fish stamps etc)

Invertebrates and other vertebrates  (see other taxa at the Museum Page)  (reef organisms)

Marine General (For queries on marine science)

Environmental (Environmental Protection Authority NSW)

Fisheries (Fisheries of New South Wales, Australia) fisheries and notes on fish) (FAO international food and agricultural organization (includes fisheries databases)

Great Barrier Reef – current research on reefs and a wide range of other resources  – There is a great range of material, including downloadable brochures that are available through this site     Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (issues, photos, the organisation)
James Cook University

Climate change

Hoegh-Guldberg O, Mumby PJ, Hooten AJ, Steneck RS, Greenfield P, Gomez E, Harvell CD, Sale PF, Edwards AJ, Caldeira K, Knowlton N, Eakin CM, Iglesias-Prieto R, Muthiga N, Bradbury RH, Dubi A, Hatziolos ME (2007) Coral reefs under rapid climate change and ocean acidification. Science 318: 1737-1742

Brierley, A.S., Kingsford, M.J. (2009). Impacts of climate change on marine organisms and ecosystems. Current Biology 19:602-614.

Hoegh-Guldberg, O, and Bruno, J F (2010) The Impact of Climate Change on the World’s Marine Ecosystems. Science 328: 1523-1528

Pilkey, O.H., and R. Young, 2009, The Rising Sea: Island Press, Washington, D.C., 203 p. ISBN 978-1597261913


Check out your local library, good technical libraries may include: Universities, Fisheries and environmental authorities. Here are some that may help.  Some emphasis is given to the Australian region.

Coral Reefs

Hutchings, P, Kingsford, MJ, Hoegh‑Guldberg, O. (2008) Great Barrier Reef: Biology, Environment and Management. CSIRO Press

Sale PF (2002) Coral reef fishes. Academic Press, London

Johnson, C. (1992) Crown-of-thorns starfish of the Great Barrier Reef, CSIRO press, Melbourne.

Birkeland, C. (1997) Life and Death of Coral Reefs. Chapman & Hall, New York.

Temperate Reefs

Andrew, N.L. (1999) Under Southern Seas: the ecology of Australia’s rocky reefs, UNSW Press, Sydney

Bennett I (1987) W.J. Dakin’s classic study: Australian Seashores. Angus & Robertson, London

Kingsford & Battershill 1998, “Studying Temperate Marine Environments”  Canterbury University Press

Underwood, A.J. & Chapman, M.G. (1995) Coastal marine ecology of temperate Australia. NSW Press, Sydney

Journal Articles

Some articles on coral reefs that may interest you, also see the web site for the JCU Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and (Twitter) @CoE

Wilson, S., Burgess, S., Cheal, A., Emslie, M., Fisher, R., Miller, I., Polunin, N., and Sweatman, H. (2008). Habitat utilization by coral reef fish: implications for specialists vs. generalists in a changing environment.  77, 220-228.

Hoegh-Guldberg, H., Mumby, P.J., Hooten, A.J., Steneck, R.S., Greenfield, P., Gomez, E., Harvell, C.D., Sale, P.F., Edwards, A.J., Caldeira, K., et al. (2007). Coral Reefs under rapid climate change and ocean acidification. Science 318, 1737-1742.

Almany Berumen, M.L., Thorrold, S.R., Planes, S., G.P. Jones (2007) Local replenishment of coral reef fish populations in a marine reserve. Science 316 742 – 744

Munday, P.L. (2004). Habitat loss, resource specialization, and extinction on coral reefs. Global Climate Change Biology 10, 1692-1647.

Hughes, T.P., Baird, A.H., Card, M., Connolly, S.R., Folke, C., Grosberg, R., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Jackson, J.B.C., Kleypas, J.A., Marshall, P., et al. (2003). Climate change, human impacts, and the resilience of coral reefs. Science 302, 929-933.

Hoegh-Guldberg O (1999): Climate change coral bleaching and the future of the World’s Coral Reefs Marine and Freshwater Research. 50: 839-866

Hughes TP (1994) Catastrophes, phase shifts, and large-scale degradation of a Caribbean reef. Science 265: 1547-1551