Dr Fabrice Jaine
Research Associate Sydney Institute of Marine Science
Deputy Leader Integrated Marine Observing System (Animal Tracking Facility)
Adjunct Research Fellow Macquarie University
Fabrice is a a Research Associate based at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS, www.sims.org.au) and Adjunct Research Fellow at Macquarie University (www.mq.edu.au), Australia. His research interests broadly revolve around the ecology and sustainable management of marine ecosystems and large vertebrate species as well as conservation issues associated with human impacts (e.g. climate change, anthropogenic disturbance, unsustainable fisheries). His work often takes a multi-disciplinary approach to answer questions about the status of marine species and populations, combining his expertise in coral reef and pelagic marine ecosystems, animal tracking, biophysical oceanography, citizen science, wildlife tourism and big data.
As part of his role at SIMS, Fabrice coordinates the Animal Tracking Facility of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS, www.imos.org.au). Initiated in 2007, the IMOS Animal Tracking Facility aims to collate long-term data on movements of marine species within coastal and oceanic waters to inform the management of Australia’s marine resources. One of Fabrice’s core responsibilities is to oversee the development and maintenance of a national network of underwater hydrophones that detect movements of tagged animals and a central database for the Australian research community, thereby facilitating regional-scale collaborative animal tracking research.
In addition, Fabrice collaborates on various research initiatives aimed at furthering knowledge of undocumented animal populations, identifying drivers of distributions and habitat use of elusive or threatened marine species and producing novel rapid assessment tools to describe the biodiversity of Marine Protected Areas and Pacific Island ecosystems. In recent years, Fabrice has developed SIMS-based research projects aimed at informing the management of popular gamefish species as well as the World Heritage Lord Howe Island Marine Park, which hosts the world’s southernmost tropical coral reef as well as a variety of endemic and charismatic species.
Fabrice has a long history of conducting ecological research on manta rays, since completing his PhD on Australia's manta rays as part of 'Project Manta', a multi-discplinary program initiated at the University of Queensland. In recent years, Fabrice has contributed to advancing global efforts to identify knowledge gaps to aid effective research and conservation of manta and devil rays. In 2020, Fabrice was appointed as Scientific Adviser for the Manta Trust (www.mantatrust.org), a UK charity that coordinates global research and conservation efforts for mobulid rays.