Inspired to become a marine biologist in equal parts by the movie Jaws and David Attenborough’s wildlife series, Professor Mumby is head of the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland. 

He graduated with first class honours in marine biology from the University of Liverpool and completed his PhD in coral reef remote sensing at the University of Sheffield.

Peter began his career helping to design marine park areas in Belize, Central America. After completing his PhD, he won a NERC Post-doctoral Fellowship to study ecological processes on coral reefs and moved to the University of Newcastle to join the Centre for Tropical Coastal Management Studies. He was then awarded a Royal Society Fellowship to integrate empirical ecological data into models of coral reefs with a view to studying how changes in human activity can affect the health of reefs. At this point he moved to the University of Exeter where he was made Professor at the age of 34. In 2010, Peter moved to the University of Queensland to take up an ARC Laureate Fellowship.


2010-onwards ARC Laureate Professorial Fellow, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 

2006-2010 Professor and Royal Society Research Fellow (till 2008), University of Exeter 

2000-2006 Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Exeter 

1997-2000 NERC Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Newcastle 

1994-1997 Research Associate, University of Sheffield 

1992-1994 Science Coordinator, Coral Cay Conservation


1997 PhD (Coral reef remote sensing), University of Sheffield 

1992 BSc (Hons) First Class, Marine Biology, University of Liverpool


2015 Inaugural Winner of the International Society for Reef Studies ‘Mid-career Award’ for contributions to coral reef science.

2015 Fellow of the International Society for Reef Studies

2011 Rosenstiel Award for Marine Science, University of Miami

2010 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (

2010 Marsh Award for Marine Conservation, Zoological Society of London