Euan Harvey


Prof. Dr. Euan Harvey

PhD Marine Science, PgDip Marine Science, BPRM
School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Curtin Perth

Contact Details

Location: Applied Science, Room 230
Telephone: +61 08 9266 9674

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Euan’s research focuses on marine fishes and how physical (both natural and man-made) structures and oceanographic processes influence their composition and distribution.  The effects of anthropogenic activities such as fishing, increases in sedimentation, climate change, increases in marine noise (eg. seismic surveys) are areas of active research. Over the last 20 years a focus of Euan’s research has been developing, testing and implementing robust fishery independent sampling techniques which use underwater stereo-video technology for sampling the relative abundance and lengths of fish remotely. Commons forms of these systems which have now been adopted by other researchers include Diver Operated Videos.  Euan has experience in training and supporting community groups to undertake sampling using these approaches. He has led a team of researchers investigating how to automate the measurement and recognition of fish in stereo-video imagery. He has active collaborations with the state and federal agencies both in Australia (eg Department of Fisheries in Western Australia, The Department of Parks and Wildlife WA, Parks NSW, CSIRO Marine, The Australian Institute of Marine Science) and internationally (The National Marine Fisheries Service). He is also one of the PI’s on the Global FinPrint (

Academic History

  • PhD Marine Science (Otago)
  • PgDip Marine Science (Otago)
  • BPRM (Lincoln)

Research Interest

  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
  • Fisheries Management

Selected Publication

A. Book & Book Chapters

  1. Shortis, M., E. Harvey, and D. Abdo. 2009. “A review of underwater stereo-image measurement for marine biology and ecology applications.” In Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review Gibson, R. N., R. J. A. Atkinson, and J. D. M. Gordon., 257-292 Boca Raton FL, USA: CRC Press.

B. Journal Publications


  1. Hellmrich, L. S., B. J. Saunders, J. R. C. Parker, J. S. Goetze, and E. S. Harvey. 2023. “Stereo-ROV surveys of tropical reef fishes are comparable to stereo-DOVs with reduced behavioural biases.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 281
  2. Keesing, J. K., N. Mortimer, L. Hellmrich, D. Godoy, R. C. Babcock, A. Heyward, D. Paton, and E. S. Harvey. 2023. “The short spined crown-of-thorns starfish Acanthaster brevispinus is a corallivore too.” Coral Reefs
  3. Alexander, J. B., M. J. Marnane, J. I. McDonald, S. S. Lukehurst, T. S. Elsdon, T. Simpson, S. Hinz, M. Bunce, and E. S. Harvey. 2023. “Comparing environmental DNA collection methods for sampling community composition on marine infrastructure.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 283
  4. Madgett, A. S., T. S. Elsdon, M. J. Marnane, K. D. Schramm, and E. S. Harvey.. “The functional diversity of fish assemblages in the vicinity of oil and gas pipelines compared to nearby natural reef and soft sediment habitats.” Marine Environmental Research 187 Inpress.


  1. Bosch, N. E., J. Monk, J. Goetze, S. Wilson, R. C. Babcock, N. Barrett, J. Clough, L. M. Currey-Randall, D. V. Fairclough, R. Fisher, and 22 more contributors. 2022. “Effects of human footprint and biophysical factors on the body-size structure of fished marine species.” Conservation Biology 36 (2)
  2. Elrick-Barr, C. E., J. S. Zimmerhackel, G. Hill, J. Clifton, F. Ackermann, M. Burton, and E. S. Harvey. 2022. “Man-made structures in the marine environment: A review of stakeholders’ social and economic values and perceptions.” Environmental Science and Policy 129: 12-18.
  3. Bosch, N. E., M. McLean, S. Zarco-Perello, S. Bennett, R. D. Stuart-Smith, A. Vergés, A. Pessarrodona, F. Tuya, T. Langlois, C. Spencer, and 4 more contributors. 2022. “Persistent thermally driven shift in the functional trait structure of herbivorous fishes: Evidence of top-down control on the rebound potential of temperate seaweed forests?.” Global Change Biology 28 (7): 2296-2311.
  4. McKinley, S. J., B. J. Saunders, E. Rastoin-Laplane, P. Salinas-de-León, and E. S. Harvey. 2022. “Functional diversity of reef fish assemblages in the Galapagos Archipelago.” Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 549
  5. Schmid, K., J. A. Reis-Filho, M. Loiola, E. S. Harvey, R. K. P. de Kikuchi, and T. Giarrizzo. 2022. “Habitat-specific fish fauna responses to different management regimes in the largest coral reef complex in the South Atlantic.” Marine Environmental Research 178
  6. Alexander, J. B., M. J. Marnane, T. S. Elsdon, M. Bunce, S. Songploy, P. Sitaworawet, and E. S. Harvey. 2022. “Complementary molecular and visual sampling of fish on oil and gas platforms provides superior biodiversity characterisation.” Marine Environmental Research 179
  7. Marnane, M. J., K. D. Schramm, D. Driessen, L. A. Fullwood, B. J. Saunders, S. Songploy, J. Kettratad, P. Sitaworawet, S. Chaiyakul, A. Chankong, and 3 more contributors. 2022. “Evidence of fish following towed oil and gas platforms to a reefing site and rapid colonisation.” Marine Environmental Research 180
  8. Jessop, S. A., B. J. Saunders, J. S. Goetze, and E. S. Harvey. 2022. “A comparison of underwater visual census, baited, diver operated and remotely operated stereo-video for sampling shallow water reef fishes.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 276
  9. Madgett, A. S., E. S. Harvey, D. Driessen, K. D. Schramm, L. A. F. Fullwood, S. Songploy, J. Kettratad, P. Sitaworawet, S. Chaiyakul, T. S. Elsdon, and 1 more contributors. 2022. “Spawning aggregation of bigeye trevally, Caranx sexfasciatus, highlights the ecological importance of oil and gas platforms.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 276
  10. Buglass, S., H. Kawai, T. Hanyuda, E. Harvey, S. Donner, J. De la Rosa, I. Keith, J. R. Bermúdez, and M. Altamirano. 2022. “Novel mesophotic kelp forests in the Galápagos archipelago.” Marine Biology 169 (12)
  11. Gosby, C., C. Erbe, E. S. Harvey, M. M. Figueroa Landero, and R. D. McCauley. 2022. “Vocalizing humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating from Antarctic feeding grounds arrive earlier and earlier in the Perth Canyon, Western Australia.” Frontiers in Marine Science 9


  1. West, K., M. J. Travers, M. Stat, E. S. Harvey, Z. T. Richards, J. D. DiBattista, S. J. Newman, A. Harry, C. L. Skepper, M. Heydenrych, and 1 more contributors. 2021. “Large-scale eDNA metabarcoding survey reveals marine biogeographic break and transitions over tropical north-western Australia.” Diversity and Distributions 27 (10): 1942-1957.
  2. Clementi, G. M., J. Bakker, K. I. Flowers, B. D. Postaire, E. A. Babcock, M. E. Bond, D. Buddo, D. Cardeñosa, L. M. Currey-Randall, J. S. Goetze, and 11 more contributors. 2021. “Moray eels are more common on coral reefs subject to higher human pressure in the greater Caribbean.” iScience 24 (3)
  3. Wellington, C. M., E. S. Harvey, C. B. Wakefield, D. Abdo, and S. J. Newman. 2021. “Latitude, depth and environmental variables influence deepwater fish assemblages off Western Australia.” Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 539
  4. Birt, M. J., T. J. Langlois, D. McLean, and E. S. Harvey. 2021. “Optimal deployment durations for baited underwater video systems sampling temperate, subtropical and tropical reef fish assemblages.” Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 538
  5. Schramm, K. D., M. J. Marnane, T. S. Elsdon, C. M. Jones, B. J. Saunders, S. J. Newman, and E. S. Harvey. 2021. “Fish associations with shallow water subsea pipelines compared to surrounding reef and soft sediment habitats.” Scientific Reports 11 (1)
  6. Birt, M. J., K. Cure, S. Wilson, S. J. Newman, E. S. Harvey, M. Meekan, C. Speed, A. Heyward, J. Goetze, and J. Gilmour. 2021. “Isolated reefs support stable fish communities with high abundances of regionally fished species.” Ecology and Evolution 11 (9): 4701-4718.
  7. Price, B. A., E. S. Harvey, S. Mangubhai, B. J. Saunders, M. Puotinen, and J. S. Goetze. 2021. “Responses of benthic habitat and fish to severe tropical cyclone Winston in Fiji.” Coral Reefs 40 (3): 807-819.
  8. Goetze, J. S., S. Wilson, B. Radford, R. Fisher, T. J. Langlois, J. Monk, N. A. Knott, H. Malcolm, L. M. Currey-Randall, D. Ierodiaconou, and 25 more contributors. 2021. “Increased connectivity and depth improve the effectiveness of marine reserves.” Global Change Biology 27 (15): 3432-3447.
  9. Myers, E. M. V., M. J. Anderson, L. Liggins, E. S. Harvey, C. D. Roberts, and D. Eme. 2021. “High functional diversity in deep-sea fish communities and increasing intraspecific trait variation with increasing latitude.” Ecology and Evolution 11 (15): 10600-10612.
  10. Langlois, T. J., C. B. Wakefield, E. S. Harvey, D. K. Boddington, and S. J. Newman. 2021. “Does the benthic biota or fish assemblage within a large targeted fisheries closure differ to surrounding areas after 12 years of protection in tropical northwestern Australia?.” Marine Environmental Research 170
  11. Myers, E. M. V., D. Eme, L. Liggins, E. S. Harvey, C. D. Roberts, and M. J. Anderson. 2021. “Functional beta diversity of New Zealand fishes: Characterising morphological turnover along depth and latitude gradients, with derivation of functional bioregions.” Austral Ecology 46 (6): 965-981.
  12. Boddington, D. K., C. B. Wakefield, E. A. Fisher, D. V. Fairclough, E. S. Harvey, and S. J. Newman. 2021. “Age, growth and reproductive life-history characteristics infer a high population productivity for the sustainably fished protogynous hermaphroditic yellowspotted rockcod (Epinephelus areolatus) in north-western Australia.” Journal of Fish Biology 99 (6): 1869-1886.
  13. Harvey, E. S., S. L. Watts, B. J. Saunders, D. Driessen, L. A. F. Fullwood, M. Bunce, S. Songploy, J. Kettratad, P. Sitaworawet, S. Chaiyakul, and 2 more contributors. 2021. “Fish Assemblages Associated With Oil and Gas Platforms in the Gulf of Thailand.” Frontiers in Marine Science 8


  1. Schramm, K. D., E. S. Harvey, J. S. Goetze, M. J. Travers, B. Warnock, and B. J. Saunders. 2020. “A comparison of stereo-BRUV, diver operated and remote stereo-video transects for assessing reef fish assemblages.” Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 524
  2. Pimentel, C. R., R. Andrades, C. E. L. Ferreira, O. B. F. Gadig, E. S. Harvey, J. C. Joyeux, and T. Giarrizzo. 2020. “BRUVS reveal locally extinct shark and the way for shark monitoring in Brazilian oceanic islands.” Journal of Fish Biology 96 (2): 539-542.
  3. West, K. M., M. Stat, E. S. Harvey, C. L. Skepper, J. D. DiBattista, Z. T. Richards, M. J. Travers, S. J. Newman, and M. Bunce. 2020. “eDNA metabarcoding survey reveals fine-scale coral reef community variation across a remote, tropical island ecosystem.” Molecular Ecology 29 (6): 1069-1086.
  4. Takahashi, M., J. D. DiBattista, S. Jarman, S. J. Newman, C. B. Wakefield, E. S. Harvey, and M. Bunce. 2020. “Partitioning of diet between species and life history stages of sympatric and cryptic snappers (Lutjanidae) based on DNA metabarcoding.” Scientific Reports 10 (1)
  5. McLean, D. L., M. J. G. Parsons, A. R. Gates, M. C. Benfield, T. Bond, D. J. Booth, M. Bunce, A. M. Fowler, E. S. Harvey, P. I. Macreadie, and 6 more contributors. 2020. “Enhancing the Scientific Value of Industry Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in Our Oceans.” Frontiers in Marine Science 7
  6. Bach, L. L., D. M. Bailey, E. S. Harvey, and R. MacLeod. 2020. “The Mackinnon lists technique: An efficient new method for rapidly assessing biodiversity and species abundance ranks in the marine environment.” PLoS ONE 15 (4)
  7. MacNeil, M. A., D. D. Chapman, M. Heupel, C. A. Simpfendorfer, M. Heithaus, M. Meekan, E. Harvey, J. Goetze, J. Kiszka, M. E. Bond, and 90 more contributors. 2020. “Global status and conservation potential of reef sharks.” Nature 583 (7818): 801-806.
  8. Rastoin-Laplane, E., J. Goetze, E. S. Harvey, D. Acuña-Marrero, P. Fernique, and P. Salinas-de-León. 2020. “A diver operated stereo-video approach for characterizing reef fish spawning aggregations: The Galapagos Marine Reserve as case study.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 243
  9. Stamoulis, K. A., J. M. S. Delevaux, I. D. Williams, A. M. Friedlander, J. Reichard, K. Kamikawa, and E. S. Harvey. 2020. “Incorporating reef fish avoidance behavior improves accuracy of species distribution models.” PeerJ 2020 (6)
  10. Smith, A. N. H., D. Acuña-Marrero, P. Salinas-De-León, E. S. Harvey, M. D. M. Pawley, and M. J. Anderson. 2020. “Instantaneous vs. non-instantaneous diver-operated stereo-video (DOV) surveys of highly mobile sharks in the Galápagos Marine Reserve.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 649: 111-123.
  11. Goldsworthy, S. D., B. J. Saunders, J. R. C. Parker, and E. S. Harvey. 2020. “Spatial assemblage structure of shallow-water reef fish in Southwest Australia.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 649: 125-140.
  12. Langlois, T., J. Goetze, T. Bond, J. Monk, R. A. Abesamis, J. Asher, N. Barrett, A. T. F. Bernard, P. J. Bouchet, M. J. Birt, and 31 more contributors. 2020. “A field and video annotation guide for baited remote underwater stereo-video surveys of demersal fish assemblages.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11 (11): 1401-1409.
  13. Schramm, K. D., M. J. Marnane, T. S. Elsdon, C. Jones, B. J. Saunders, J. S. Goetze, D. Driessen, L. A. F. Fullwood, and E. S. Harvey. 2020. “A comparison of stereo-BRUVs and stereo-ROV techniques for sampling shallow water fish communities on and off pipelines.” Marine Environmental Research 162
  14. West, K., Z. Richards, E. Harvey, R. Susac, A. Grealy, and M. Bunce. 2020. “Under the karst: detecting hidden subterranean assemblages using eDNA metabarcoding in the caves of Christmas Island, Australia.” Scientific Reports
  15. Nester, G. M., M. De Brauwer, A. Koziol, K. M. West, J. D. DiBattista, N. E. White, M. Power, M. J. Heydenrych, E. Harvey, and M. Bunce. 2020. “Development and evaluation of fish eDNA metabarcoding assays facilitate the detection of cryptic seahorse taxa (family: Syngnathidae).” Environmental DNA 2 (4): 614-626.


  1. Stat, M., J. John, J. D. DiBattista, S. J. Newman, M. Bunce, and E. S. Harvey. 2019. “Combined use of eDNA metabarcoding and video surveillance for the assessment of fish biodiversity.” Conservation Biology 33 (1): 196-205.
  2. Stamoulis, K. A., E. S. Harvey, A. M. Friedlander, I. D. Williams, K. C. Weng, C. Wiggins, G. W. Wagner, and E. J. Conklin. 2019. “Flight behavior of targeted fishes depends on variables other than fishing.” Ecological Indicators 96: 579-590.
  3. Koziol, A., M. Stat, T. Simpson, S. Jarman, J. D. DiBattista, E. S. Harvey, M. Marnane, J. McDonald, and M. Bunce. 2019. “Environmental DNA metabarcoding studies are critically affected by substrate selection.” Molecular Ecology Resources 19 (2): 366-376.
  4. Bach, L. L., B. J. Saunders, S. J. Newman, T. H. Holmes, and E. S. Harvey. 2019. “Cross and long-shore variations in reef fish assemblage structure and implications for biodiversity management.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 218: 246-257.
  5. De Brauwer, M., L. M. Gordon, T. C. Shalders, B. J. Saunders, M. Archer, E. S. Harvey, S. P. Collin, J. C. Partridge, and J. L. McIlwain. 2019. “Behavioural and pathomorphological impacts of flash photography on benthic fishes.” Scientific Reports 9 (1)
  6. Berry, T. E., B. J. Saunders, M. L. Coghlan, M. Stat, S. Jarman, A. J. Richardson, C. H. Davies, O. Berry, E. S. Harvey, and M. Bunce. 2019. “Marine environmental DNA biomonitoring reveals seasonal patterns in biodiversity and identifies ecosystem responses to anomalous climatic events.” PLoS Genetics 15 (2)
  7. Reis-Filho, J. A., E. S. Harvey, and T. Giarrizzo. 2019. “Impacts of small-scale fisheries on mangrove fish assemblages.” ICES Journal of Marine Science 76 (1): 153-164.
  8. Goetze, J. S., T. Bond, D. L. McLean, B. J. Saunders, T. J. Langlois, S. Lindfield, L. A. F. Fullwood, D. Driessen, G. Shedrawi, and E. S. Harvey. 2019. “A field and video analysis guide for diver operated stereo-video.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10 (7): 1083-1090.
  9. Reis-Filho, J. A., K. Schmid, E. S. Harvey, and T. Giarrizzo. 2019. “Coastal fish assemblages reflect marine habitat connectivity and ontogenetic shifts in an estuary-bay-continental shelf gradient.” Marine Environmental Research 148: 57-66.
  10. McNeill, A., J. Clifton, and E. S. Harvey. 2019. “Specialised recreational fishers reject sanctuary zones and favour fisheries management.” Marine Policy 107
  11. Cresswell, A. K., T. J. Langlois, S. K. Wilson, J. Claudet, D. P. Thomson, M. Renton, C. J. Fulton, R. Fisher, M. A. Vanderklift, R. C. Babcock, and 15 more contributors. 2019. “Disentangling the response of fishes to recreational fishing over 30 years within a fringing coral reef reserve network.” Biological Conservation 237: 514-524.
  12. Parker, J. R. C., B. J. Saunders, S. Bennett, J. D. DiBattista, T. C. Shalders, and E. S. Harvey. 2019. “Shifts in Labridae geographical distribution along a unique and dynamic coastline.” Diversity and Distributions 25 (11): 1787-1799.
  13. Morales, N. A., E. E. Easton, A. M. Friedlander, E. S. Harvey, R. Garcia, and C. F. Gaymer. 2019. “Spatial and seasonal differences in the top predators of Easter Island: Essential data for implementing the new Rapa Nui multiple-uses marine protected area.” Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 29 (S2): 118-129.
  14. Asher, J., I. D. Williams, and E. S. Harvey. 2019. “Is seeing believing? Diver and video-based censuses reveal inconsistencies in roving predator estimates between regions.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 630: 115-136.


  1. Galaiduk, R., B. T. Radford, and E. S. Harvey. 2018. “Utilizing individual fish biomass and relative abundance models to map environmental niche associations of adult and juvenile targeted fishes.” Scientific Reports 8 (1)
  2. Bennett, S., A. R. Halford, J. H. Choat, J. P. A. Hobbs, J. Santana-Garcon, A. M. Ayling, E. S. Harvey, and S. J. Newman. 2018. “Geography and island geomorphology shape fish assemblage structure on isolated coral reef systems.” Ecology and Evolution 8 (12): 6242-6252.
  3. De Brauwer, M., B. J. Saunders, R. Ambo-Rappe, J. Jompa, J. L. McIlwain, and E. S. Harvey. 2018. “Time to stop mucking around? Impacts of underwater photography on cryptobenthic fauna found in soft sediment habitats.” Journal of Environmental Management 218: 14-22.
  4. De Brauwer, M., J. P. A. Hobbs, R. Ambo-Rappe, J. Jompa, E. S. Harvey, and J. L. McIlwain. 2018. “Biofluorescence as a survey tool for cryptic marine species.” Conservation Biology 32 (3): 706-715.
  5. Cure, K., J. P. A. Hobbs, T. J. Langlois, D. V. Fairclough, E. C. Thillainath, and E. S. Harvey. 2018. “Spatiotemporal patterns of abundance and ecological requirements of a labrid’s juveniles reveal conditions for establishment success and range shift capacity.” Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology 500: 34-45.
  6. Cure, K., J. P. A. Hobbs, T. J. Langlois, D. A. Abdo, S. Bennett, and E. S. Harvey. 2018. “Distributional responses to marine heat waves: insights from length frequencies across the geographic range of the endemic reef fish Choerodon rubescens.” Marine Biology 165 (1)
  7. Acuña-Marrero, D., A. N. H. Smith, P. Salinas-De-León, E. S. Harvey, M. D. M. Pawley, and M. J. Anderson. 2018. “Spatial patterns of distribution and relative abundance of coastal shark species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 593: 73-95.
  8. Siddiqui, S. A., A. Salman, M. I. Malik, F. Shafait, A. Mian, M. R. Shortis, and E. S. Harvey. 2018. “Automatic fish species classification in underwater videos: Exploiting pre-trained deep neural network models to compensate for limited labelled data.” ICES Journal Of Marine Science 75 (1): 374-389.
  9. McNeill, A., J. Clifton, and E. S. Harvey. 2018. “Attitudes to a marine protected area are associated with perceived social impacts.” Marine Policy 94: 106-118.
    Wenger, A., C. A. Rawson, S. Wilson, S. Newman, M. Travers, S. Atkinson, N. Browne, D. Clarke, M. Depczynski, P. Eftermeijer, and 6 more contributors. 2018. “Management strategies to minimize the dredging impacts of coastal development on fish and fisheries.” Conservation Letters 2018;e12572: 1-10.
  10. Wellington, C. M., E. S. Harvey, C. B. Wakefield, T. J. Langlois, A. Williams, W. T. White, and S. J. Newman. 2018. “Peak in biomass driven by larger-bodied meso-predators in demersal fish communities between shelf and slope habitats at the head of a submarine canyon in the south-eastern Indian Ocean.” Continental Shelf Research 167: 55-64.
  11. Shalders, T. C., B. J. Saunders, S. Bennett, J. R. C. Parker, and E. S. Harvey. 2018. “Potential climate-mediated changes to the distribution and density of pomacentrid reef fishes in south-Western Australia.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 604: 223-235.

C. Conference Papers

  1. Babcock, R., E. Lawrence, T. van der Velde, C. R. Pitcher, M. Tonks, C. Bessey, E. S. Harvey, and S. Newman. 2017. “Monitoring demersal scalefish populations in the Browse Basin region: accounting for spatial variability and detecting change in key fish populations.” In APPEA 2017 Conference and Exhibition, May 14, 2017, Perth, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.
  2. Ravanbakhsh, M., M. R. Shortis, F. Shaifat, A. Mian, E. S. Harvey, and J. W. Seager. 2014. “An Application of Shape-Based Level Sets to Fish Detection in Underwater Images.” In Geospatial Science Research 3, Dec 2, 2014, Melbourne, Australia: CEUR Workshop Proceedings.
  3. Shortis, M. R., J. W. Seager, S. Robson, and E. S. Harvey. 2003. “Automatic recognition of coded targets based on a Hough transform and segment matching.”