Adel Heenan MSc. Ph.D.

Bangor University


The aim of my research is to understand how external energy subsidies relates to the condition, growth and nutritional composition of coral reef fishes.

The external influx of energy from deep water derived nutrients influences the growth and feeding strategy of corals. Over large spatial (pan-ocean) gradients, we also know that reefs in areas of greater oceanic productivity have increased capacity to support coral reef fishes, in particular planktivores and piscivores.


2018 2019
Lecturer, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University
2017 2018
Research fellow, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University
2011 2017
Researcher, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
2006 2010
Ph.D. candidate, Edinburgh University
2005 2006
Red List and CITES support officer, IUCN Shark Specialist Group

My Project

  • Island Reef Connections
    Monitoring Coral Reefs in the Indian Ocean

Other interests

Broadly, I model coral reef fishes to understand how coral reef ecosystems work and how humans activities impact them. I am also fascinated by the information and data requirements that can enable sustainable fisheries, and how we can put an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management into practice. It includes implementing collaborative and integrated monitoring with reproducible and standardized methods and data management protocols, as well as validating new indicators for a whole system perspective.