Joel Huey

Research Scientist

Molecular Systematics Unit

BSc (Hons); PhD


(08) 9212 3738


  • Phylogenetics, phylogegraphy and population genetics
  • Exploring the evolutionary history of species
  • Delimiting species using molecular data
  • Understanding the drivers of diversification

ProjectsNet Conservation Benefits Project:

  • Conservation Systematics of the Western Pilbara Fauna
  • Investigating biodiversity of terrestrial taxa in the western Pilbara using molecular markers.

Exhibitions and Public Programs

  • Provides identifications and advice for environmental consultants, industry and government agencies.
  • Contributes to the Molecular Systematics Unit blog.
  • Co-supervisor to post-graduate students at local and national universities.

Selected Publications

Huey, J.A., Cook, B.D., Unmack, P.J. and Hughes, J.M. (2014) Broadscale phylogeographic structure of five freshwater fishes across the Australian Monsoonal Tropics. Freshwater Science Online early.

Schmidt, D.J., Crook, D.A., Macdonald, J.I., Huey, J.A., Zampatti, B.P., Chilcott S., Raadik, T.A. and Hughes, J.M. (2014) Migration history and stock structure of two putatively diadromous teleost fishes, as determined by genetic and otolith chemistry analyses. Freshwater Science Online early.

Cook, B.D., Unmack, P.J., Huey, J.A. and Hughes, J.M. (2014) Did common disjunct populations of freshwater fishes in northern Australia form from the same biogeographic events? Freshwater Science Online early.

Hughes J.M., Schmidt D.J., Macdonald J.I., Huey J.A. and Crook D.A. (2014) Low inter-basin connectivity in a facultatively diadromous fish: evidence from genetics and otolith chemistry. Molecular Ecology Online early.

Phillips, M.J., Page, T.J., De Bruyn, M., Huey, J.A., Humphreys, W.F., Hughes, J.M., Santos, S.R., Schmidt, D.J. and Waters, J.M. (2013) The linking of plate tectonics and evolutionary divergence. Current Biology 23: R603-R605.

Huey, J.A., Espinoza, T. and Hughes, J.M. (2013) Natural and anthropogenic drivers of genetic structure and low genetic variation in the endangered freshwater cod, Maccullochella mariensis. Conservation Genetics 14: 997-1008.

Hughes, J.M., Huey, J.A. and Schmidt, D.J. (2013) Is realised connectivity among populations of aquatic fauna predictable from potential connectivity? Freshwater Biology 58: 951-966.

Schmidt, D.J., Huey, J.A., Bond, N.R. and Hughes, J.M. (2013) Population structure of sexually reproducing carp gudgeons: does a metapopulation offer refuge from sexual parasitism? Marine and Freshwater Research 64: 223-232.

Huey, J.A., Baker, A. and Hughes, J. (2011) Evidence for multiple historical colonizations of an endoreic drainage basin by an Australian freshwater fish. Journal of Fish Biology 79: 1047-1067.

Huey, J.A., Schmidt, D.J., Balcombe, S.R., Marshall, J.C. and Hughes, J.M. (2011) High gene flow and metapopulation dynamics detected for three species in a dryland river system. Freshwater Biology 56: 2378-2390.

Hughes, J.M., Huey, J.A., Mclean, A.J. and Baggiano, O. (2011) Aquatic insects in eastern Australia: a window on ecology and evolution of dispersal in streams. Insects 2: 447-461.

Huey, J.A., Baker, A.M. and Hughes, J.M. (2010) High levels of genetic structure in the Australian freshwater fish, Ambassis macleayi. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29: 1148-1160.

Huey, J.A., Baker, A. and Hughes, J. (2008) The effect of landscape processes upon gene flow and genetic diversity in an Australian freshwater fish, Neosilurus hyrtlii. Freshwater Biology 53: 1393-1408.

Huey J.A., Hughes J.M. & Baker A.M. (2006) Patterns of gene flow in two species of eel-tailed catfish, Neosilurus hyrtlii and Porochilus argenteus (Siluriformes: Plotosidae), in western Queensland's dryland rivers. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 87: 457-467.