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Fraser Hartley
Associate Research Fellow


Born in Edinburgh, Fraser grew up in the UK and Malawi. Having completed both his BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and an MSc in Tropical Coastal Management at Newcastle University, he departed for Papau New Guinea (PNG) in 2006. During his three years working for the Wildlife Conservation Society in PNG, he helped establish a network of locally managed marine protected areas in New Ireland, and a sustainable coral farming project on Andra Island during which he chewed more betelnut than was good for him. During this time in PNG, he became interested in how local communities interacted with coral reefs, and took part in a multi-country study on the effects of co-managed marine protected areas. Subsequently he began a PhD at James Cook University in Australia in 2010 investigating the effects of traditional fishing and marine management on fish behaviour, and how changes in behaviour impinge on fishery and conservation goals. Over the course of my career I have worked on coral reef resource management with social scientists, local communities and other ecologists in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Vanuatu.

I currently work within Professor Chris Perry’s research group investigating carbonate production and bioerosion on Kenyan coral reefs within the NERC funded Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES) project. This transdisciplinary project aims to fill critical knowledge gaps regarding how ecosystems contribute to wellbeing and poverty alleviation.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Tropical marine carbonate production,
  • coral reef ecology,
  • coral reef fisheries,
  • fish behavior,
  • co-management of coral reefs


PhD Marine Biology,
MSc Tropical Coastal Management,
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 5892
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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