• 2372 Citations
  • 25 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 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
coral bleaching Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2016 2025

Research Outputs 2002 2020

  • 2372 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
  • 44 Article
  • 3 Letter
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Comment/opinion

Simulating streamflow in the Upper Halda Basin of southeastern Bangladesh using SWAT model

Raihan, F., Beaumont, L. J., Maina, J., Saiful Islam, A. & Harrison, S. P., 2 Jan 2020, In : Hydrological Sciences Journal. 65, 1, p. 138-151 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

water management

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

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., 24 Dec 2019, In : Conservation Science and Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exclusive Economic Zone
marine park
maritime boundary
marine resource

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

Temperature patterns and mechanisms influencing coral bleaching during the 2016 El Niño

McClanahan, T. R., Darling, E. S., Maina, J. M., Muthiga, N. A., D'agata, S., Jupiter, S. D., Arthur, R., Wilson, S. K., Mangubhai, S., Nand, Y., Ussi, A. M., Humphries, A. T., Patankar, V. J., Guillaume, M. M. M., Keith, S. A., Shedrawi, G., Julius, P., Grimsditch, G., Ndagala, J. & Leblond, J., Nov 2019, In : Nature Climate Change. 9, p. 845-851 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearchpeer-review

coral bleaching
El Nino


World Reef Award

Joseph Mbui (Recipient), 1 Jan 2017

Prize: Honorary award


Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Membership of network

IUCN-CI Biodiversity Assessment Unit (External organisation)

Maina Mbui (Chair)
1 Jan 20181 Dec 2022

Activity: MembershipMembership of network