Alex S.J. Wyatt


Research Fellow
Department of Chemical Oceanography
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI)
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)

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2006 – 2011   Ph.D., Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia (UWA)
1999 – 2004   B.E. (Hons), Ocean Systems Engineering, UWA
1999 – 2002   B.Sc. (Hons), Marine Biology, UWA

Professional Experience

2016 –            Visiting Researcher, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
2015 –            Research Fellow (Pathway-to-Position), AORI, UTokyo
2013 – 2015   CREST Project Researcher, AORI, UTokyo
2011 – 2013   JSPS Research Fellow, AORI, UTokyo
2009 – 2011   Fulbright Western Australia Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2006 –            Director, Enviro Marine Consulting Pty Ltd
2004 – 2006   Consultant – Marine Environmental Engineer, IRC Environment
2004 –            Director, Perfect English Proofreading

Professional Activities

  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO)
  • Australian Coral Reef Society
  • Australian Fulbright Alumni Association
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA)
  • The Institution of Engineers, Australia
  • International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS)
  • Japan Coral Reef Society (JCRS)
  • The Oceanography Society (TOS)
  • Reviewer for: Aquatic Invasions,  Biogeosciences,  Bulletin of Marine Science,  Comptes Rendus Biologies,  Coral Reefs,  Ecology,  Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science,  Food Webs,  Geophysical Research Letters,  Hydrobiologia,  Isotopes in Environment & Health Studies,  Journal of Sea Research,  Limnology & Oceanography,  Marine Biology,  Marine Biology Research,  Marine Environmental Research,  Marine Ecology Progress Series,  Oecologia,  PLoS One, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

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2017 – 2018 Elucidating jungle-to-reef connections using state-of-the-art chemical tracers: Towards harmony between human activities and the pristine environments of Iriomote-jima, Japan. Nissei Foundation, Grant for Environmental Issues Research (Young Researcher) | 環境問題研究助成 (若手研究).

2016 – 2017 A refuge for coral reef biodiversity: trophic function and reproduction in the twilight zone. Sumitomo Foundation, Environmental Research Grant (住友財団環境研究助成).

2015 – 2017 Oceanographic drivers of coral reef biodiversity hotspots and climate change refugia using novel biomarker approaches.  Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid of Scientific Research.

2015 – 2018  Development of a novel approach to understand the environmental drivers and trophic responses of deep water (mesophotic) coral ecosystems across the Ryukyu Archipelago.  JSPS Grant-in-Aid of Scientific Research (KAKENHI), Challenging Exploratory Research (挑戦的萌芽研究).

2011 – 2013  Source-sink dynamics of organic matter on coral reefs using advanced biomarker techniques. JSPS Grant-in-Aid of Scientific Research.

2008 – 2011   Morphological, behavioural and environmental controls on coral feeding: the effect of flow conditions inferred from stable isotope variation.  The University of Western Australia.

2008 – 2009  The influence of biological oceanography on coral reef biodiversity.  Wildlife Preservation Society (Australia).

Fellowships & Awards

  • Dongsha Atoll Research Award, Dongsha Atoll Research Station (2016-17)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Pathway-to-Position (定着促進) Fellowship (2015–17)
  • Early Career Travel Award (3rd Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium), Japan Coral Reef Society (JCRS) (2014)
  • Early Career Travel Awards (Ocean Sciences Meetings), ASLO (2012, 2014)
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011–13)
  • Fulbright Western Australia Scholarship (2009–11)
  • UNESCO IOC / IMarEST Western Australian Marine Science Postgraduate Award (2011)
  • Gregory Schwartz Enrichment Grant, Australian-American Fulbright Commission (2010)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award  (2006–09)
  • Samaha Research Scholarship  (2006–09)
  • CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Postgraduate Scholarship (2006–09)
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Allen Award (2008)
  • Oxford University Press Prize (AMSA 2007)
  • Janice Klumpp Award, UWA (2007)
  • Australian Coral Reef Society Research Award (2007)
  • Science Union First Year Botany Prize, UWA (1999)

Specialist Qualifications & Training

  • Technical Diving – Technical Diving International (TDI)
    • TDI Trimix Diver
    • TDI Decompression Procedures Diver
    • TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver
    • TDI Nitrox Gas Blender
  • Commercial Diving – Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS)
    • ADAS Part 1 – SCUBA to 30 m
    • ADAS Part 2 (Restricted) – SSBA to 30 m
  • Boating
    • Coxswain
  • Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP)
  • Tropical Offshore Basic Survival Induction and Emergency Training (TBOSIET)
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • Senior First Aid/CPR & Advanced Oxygen Resuscitation


For latest publications and citation details see Google Scholar

  1. Bird, C., Veríssimo, A., Magozzi, S., Abrantes, K., Aguilar, A., Al-Reasi, H., Barnett, A., Bethea, D., Biais, G., Borrell, A., Bouchoucha, M., Boyle, M., Brunnschweiler, J., Bustamante, P., Carlisle, A., Catarino, D., Caut, S., Cherel, Y., Chouvelon, T., Churchill, D., Ciancio, J., Claes, J., Colaço, A., Courtney, D., Cresson, P., Daly, R., Necker, L. d., Endo, T., Figueiredo, I., Frisch, A., Hansen, J., Heithaus, M., Hussey, N., Iitembu, J., Juanes, F., Kinney, M., Kiszka, J., Klarian, S., Kopp, D., Leaf, R., Li, Y., Lorrain, A., Madigan, D., Maljković, A., Malpica-Cruz, L., Matich, P., Meekan, M., Menard, F., Menezes, G., Munroe, S., Newman, M., Papastamatiou, Y., Pethybridge, H., Plumlee, J., Polo-Silva, C., Quaeck-Davies, K., Raoult, V., Reum, J., Torres-Rojas, Y., Shiffman, D., Speed, C., Staudinger, M., Teffer, A., Tilley, A., Valls, M., Vaudo, J., Wai, T.-C., Wells, R. J. D., Wyatt, A. S. J., Yool, A. & Trueman, C. (in press) A global perspective on the trophic geography of sharks. Nature Ecology & Evolution.
  2. Ohkouchi, N., Chikaraishi, Y., Close, H.G., Fry, B., Larsen, T., Madigan, D.J., McCarthy, M.D., McMahon, K.W., Nagata, T., Naito, Y.I., Ogawa, N.O., Popp, B.N., Steffan, S., Takano, Y., Tayasu, I., Wyatt, A.S.J., Yamaguchi, Y.T. and Yokoyama, Y. (2017) Advances in the application of amino acid nitrogen isotopic analysis in ecological and biogeochemical studies. Organic Geochemistry. 113: 150-174. [link]
  3. Beitia, C., Nakayama, K., Maruya, Y., Ohtsu, N., Yamasaki, S., Yamane, M., Wyatt, A.S.J. and Komai, K. (2016) Suspended sediment transport estimation by X-ray fluorescence analysis. Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 72: I_039-I_044. [link]
  4. Wyatt, A.S.J., Lowe, R.J., Humphries, S. and Waite, A.M. (2013) Particulate nutrient fluxes over a fringing coral reef: source-sink dynamics inferred from carbon to nitrogen ratios and stable isotopes. Limnology and Oceanography. 58: 409-427. [link]
  5. Thibodeau, B., Miyajima, T., Tayasu, I., Wyatt, A.S.J., Watanabe, A., Morimoto, N., Yoshimizu, C. and Nagata, T. (2013) Heterogeneous dissolved organic nitrogen supply in a coral reef: First evidence from nitrogen stable isotope ratios. Coral Reefs. 32:1103–1110. [link]
  6. Leichter, J.J., Alldredge, A.L., Bernadi, G., Brooks, A.J., Carlson, C.A., Carpenter, R.C., Edmunds, P.J., Fewings, M.R., Hanson, K.M., Holbrook, S.J., Hench, J.L., Nelson, C.E., Schmitt, R.J., Toonen, R.J., Washburn, L. and Wyatt, A.S.J. (2013) Biological and Physical Interactions on a Tropical Island Coral Reef: Transport and Retention Processes Around Moorea, French Polynesia. Oceanography. 26: 52–63. [link]
  7. Waite, A.M., Rossi, V., Roughan, M., Tilbrook, B., Akl, J., Thompson, P.A., Feng, M., Wyatt, A.S.J. and Raes, E.J. (2013) Formation and maintenance of high-nitrate, low pH layers in the Eastern Indian Ocean and the role of nitrogen fixation. Biogeosciences 10: 5691-5702. [link]
  8. Wyatt, A.S.J., Waite, A.M. and Humphries, S. (2012) Stable isotope analysis reveals community-level variation in fish trophodynamics across a fringing coral reef. Coral Reefs. 31: 1029-1044. [link]
  9. Wyatt, A.S.J., Falter, J.L., Lowe, R.J., Humphries, S. and Waite, A.M. (2012) Oceanographic forcing of nutrient uptake and release over a fringing coral reef. Limnology and Oceanography. 57: 402-419. [link]
  10. Haas, A.F., Nelson, C.E., Wegley Kelly, L., Carlson, C.A., Rohwer, F., Leichter, J.J., Wyatt, A. and Smith, J.E. (2011) Effects of coral reef benthic primary producers on dissolved organic carbon and microbial activity. PLoS ONE. 6(11): e27973. [link]
  11. Patten, N., Wyatt, A.S.J., Lowe, R.J. and Waite, A.M. (2011) Uptake of picophytoplankton, bacterioplankton and virioplankton by a fringing coral reef community (Ningaloo Reef, Australia). Coral Reefs. 30: 555-567. [link]
  12. Wyatt, A.S.J., Humphries, S. and Waite, A.M. (2010) Inter and intra-specific variability in isotopic fractionation factors in coral reef fishes: implications for diet and food web reconstruction. PLoS One. 5(10): e13682. [link]
  13. Wyatt, A.S.J., Lowe, R., Humphries, S. and Waite, A.M. (2010) Particulate nutrient fluxes over a fringing coral reef: scales of phytoplankton production and mechanisms of supply. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 405: 131-130. [link]
  14. Nakayama, K., Kiyoki, S., Ishikawa, T. and Wyatt, A.S.J. (2005) Mechanism Responsible for Front Around Tokyo Bay Mouth. Japan Society of Civil Engineers Annual Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. 49: 1291-1296 [in Japanese].
  15. Nakayama, K., Kiyoki, S. and Wyatt, A. (2005) Mechanism responsible for mixing at the mouth of Tokyo Bay. Civil Engineering in the Oceans VI. American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Virgina. pp.132-144. [link]
  16. Wyatt, A.S.J., Hewitt, C.L., Walker, D.I. and Ward, T.J. (2005) Marine Introductions in the Shark Bay World Heritage Property, Western Australia: a preliminary assessment. Diversity and Distributions. 11: 33-44. [link]