Maina Mbui


  • 2228 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
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Personal profile


I am a spatial scientist with interests in a wide range of environmental and ecological questions, and have predominantly focused on coral reef systems. My ultimate goals are to understand and predict the impacts of environmental variability and change on marine and coastal social-ecological systems at local and global scales in-order to support local adaptation planning and management. I have explored questions in a range of other fields, including hydrology and water resources, sustainable agriculture and food security. Therefore, my work integrates diverse disciplines including macro-ecology, climate science, oceanography, remote sensing, hydrology, fisheries management, and decision science to help answer relevant questions. Given the many large and diverse data sets that I work with, I am also involved in data science projects focused on developing tools for integrating, analysing and extracting information from multiple (often large) data sets more effectively, making it easier to include cross-disciplinary information in addressing complex environmental and ecological questions.

External positions

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, ARC Center of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (ARC CEED) , The University of Queensland

2 Sep 201325 Feb 2016

Marine Geo-spatial Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society

1 Jan 200730 Dec 2009

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coral reef Earth & Environmental Sciences
coral Earth & Environmental Sciences
coral reefs Agriculture & Biology
corals Agriculture & Biology
reefs Agriculture & Biology
reef Earth & Environmental Sciences
Coral Reefs Medicine & Life Sciences
Indian Ocean Agriculture & Biology

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Research Outputs 2002 2019

  • 2228 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
  • 42 Article
  • 2 Letter
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Comment/opinion

A guide to modelling priorities for managing land-based impacts on coastal ecosystems

Brown, C. J., Jupiter, S. D., Albert, S., Anthony, K. R. N., Hamilton, R. J., Fredston-Hermann, A., Halpern, B. S., Lin, H. Y., Maina, J., Mangubhai, S., Mumby, P. J., Possingham, H. P., Saunders, M. I., Tulloch, V. J. D., Wenger, A. & Klein, C. J., 3 May 2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 56, 5, p. 1106-1116 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

land use change
ecosystem service
water quality

Social–environmental drivers inform strategic management of coral reefs in the Anthropocene

Darling, E. S., McClanahan, T. R., Maina, J., Gurney, G. G., Graham, N. A. J., Januchowski-Hartley, F., Cinner, J. E., Mora, C., Hicks, C. C., Maire, E., Puotinen, M., Skirving, W. J., Adjeroud, M., Ahmadia, G., Arthur, R., Bauman, A. G., Beger, M., Berumen, M. L., Bigot, L., Bouwmeester, J. & 60 othersBrenier, A., Bridge, T. C. L., Brown, E., Campbell, S. J., Cannon, S., Cauvin, B., Chen, C. A., Claudet, J., Denis, V., Donner, S., Estradivari, Fadli, N., Feary, D. A., Fenner, D., Fox, H., Franklin, E. C., Friedlander, A., Gilmour, J., Goiran, C., Guest, J., Hobbs, J-P. A., Hoey, A. S., Houk, P., Johnson, S., Jupiter, S. D., Kayal, M., Kuo, C., Lamb, J., Lee, M. A. C., Low, J., Muthiga, N., Muttaqin, E., Nand, Y., Nash, K. L., Nedlic, O., Pandolfi, J. M., Pardede, S., Patankar, V., Penin, L., Ribas-Deulofeu, L., Richards, Z., Roberts, T. E., Rodgers, K. S., Safuan, C. D. M., Sala, E., Shedrawi, G., Sin, T. M., Smallhorn-West, P., Smith, J. E., Sommer, B., Steinberg, P. D., Sutthacheep, M., Tan, C. H. J., Williams, G. J., Wilson, S., Yeemin, T., Bruno, J. F., Fortin, M-J., Krkosek, M. & Mouillot, D., Sep 2019, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 3, p. 1341-1350 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

coral reefs
coral reef

Evaluating the potential for transboundary management of marine biodiversity in the Western Indian Ocean

Levin, N., Beger, M., Maina, J., McClanahan, T. & Kark, S., 2018, In : Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. 25, 1, p. 62-85 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Indian Ocean
protected area

Gradients of disturbance and environmental conditions shape coral community structure for south‐eastern Indian Ocean reefs

Zinke, J., Gilmour, J. P., Fisher, R., Puotinen, M., Maina, J., Darling, E., Stat, M., Richards, Z. T., McClanahan, T. R., Beger, M., Moore, C., Graham, N. A. J., Feng, M., Hobbs, J-P. A., Evans, S. N., Field, S., Shedrawi, G., Babcock, R. C. & Wilson, S. K., May 2018, In : Diversity and Distributions. 24, 5, p. 605-620 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Indian Ocean
community structure

Incorporating feasibility and collaboration into large-scale planning for regional recovery of coral reef fisheries

Jones, K. R., Maina, J. M., Kark, S., McClanahan, T. R., Klein, C. J. & Beger, M., 4 Oct 2018, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 604, p. 211-222 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
coral reefs
coral reef


World Reef Award

Joseph Mbui (Recipient), 1 Jan 2017

Prize: Honorary award