• 2730 Citations
  • 27 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 coastal and marine environment. My ultimate goals are to understand and predict the impacts of environmental variability and change on social and ecological systems at local and global scales to support spatial planning & 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, 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, social, 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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Research Outputs

  • 2730 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
  • 50 Article
  • 3 Letter
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Comment/opinion

Aligning marine spatial conservation priorities with functional connectivity across maritime jurisdictions

Maina, J. M., Gamoyo, M., Adams, V. M., D'agata, S., Bosire, J., Francis, J. & Waruinge, D., Feb 2020, In : Conservation Science and Practice. 2, 2, 13 p., e156.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Climate‐driven shift in coral morphological structure predicts decline of juvenile reef fishes

    Fontoura, L., Zawada, K. J. A., D’agata, S., Álvarez‐Noriega, M., Baird, A. H., Boutros, N., Dornelas, M., Luiz, O. J., Madin, J. S., Maina, J. M., Pizarro, O., Torres‐Pulliza, D., Woods, R. M. & Madin, E. M. P., Feb 2020, In : Global Change Biology. 26, 2, p. 557-567 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Highly variable taxa-specific coral bleaching responses to thermal stresses

    McClanahan, T. R., Darling, E. S., Maina, J. M., Muthiga, N. A., D'Agata, S., Leblond, J., Arthur, R., Jupiter, S. D., Wilson, S. K., Mangubhai, S., Ussi, A. M., Guillaume, M. M. M., Humphries, A. T., Patankar, V., Shedrawi, G., Pagu, J. & Grimsditch, G., 27 Aug 2020, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 648, p. 135-151 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Large geographic variability in the resistance of corals to thermal stress

    McClanahan, T. R., Maina, J. M., Darling, E. S., Guillaume, M. M. M., Muthiga, N. A., D’agata, S., Leblond, J., Arthur, R., Jupiter, S. D., Wilson, S. K., Mangubhai, S., Ussi, A. M., Humphries, A. T., Patankar, V., Shedrawi, G., Julius, P., Ndagala, J. & Grimsditch, G., 5 Oct 2020, In : Global Ecology and Biogeography.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Meeting fisheries, ecosystem function, and biodiversity goals in a human-dominated world

    Cinner, J. E., Zamborain-Mason, J., Gurney, G. G., Graham, N. A. J., MacNeil, M. A., Hoey, A. S., Mora, C., Villéger, S., Maire, E., McClanahan, T. R., Maina, J. M., Kittinger, J. N., Hicks, C. C., D'agata, S., Huchery, C., Barnes, M. L., Feary, D. A., Williams, I. D., Kulbicki, M., Vigliola, L. & 18 others, Wantiez, L., Edgar, G. J., Stuart-Smith, R. D., Sandin, S. A., Green, A. L., Beger, M., Friedlander, A. M., Wilson, S. K., Brokovich, E., Brooks, A. J., Cruz-Motta, J. J., Booth, D. J., Chabanet, P., Tupper, M., Ferse, S. C. A., Sumaila, U. R., Hardt, M. J. & Mouillot, D., 17 Apr 2020, In : Science. 368, 6488, p. 307-311 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    5 Citations (Scopus)


    World Reef Award

    Maina Mbui (Recipient), 1 Jan 2017

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Activities

    • 1 Membership of network

    IUCN-CI Biodiversity Assessment Unit (External organisation)

    Maina Mbui (Chair)
    1 Jan 20181 Dec 2022

    Activity: MembershipMembership of network