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

  • Contributes to the Molecular Systematics Unit blog.
  • Co-supervisor to post-graduate students at local and national universities.

Selected Publications

Google Scholar Profile

Rix, M.G., Huey, J.A., Main, B.Y., Waldock, J.M, Harrison, S.E., Comer, S., Austin, A.D. and Harvey, M.S. (2017) Where have all the spiders gone? The decline of a poorly known invertebrate fauna in the agricultural and arid zones of southern Australia. Austral Entomology 56, 14-22.

Huey, J.A, Balcombe, S.R., Real, K.M. and Hughes, J. (2017). Genetic structure and effective populations size of the most northern population of the Australian River Blackfish, Gadopsis marmoratus (Richardson, 1848): implications for long-term population viability. Freshwater Science 36, 113-123.

Harvey M.S., Abrams K., Beavis A., Hillyer M., and Huey J.A. (2016). Pseudoscorpions of the family Feaellidae (Pseudoscorpiones: Feaelloidea) from the Pilbara region of Western Australia show extreme short-range endemism. Invertebrate Systematics, 30, 491-508.

Huey, J.A., Crook, D.A., Macdonald, J.I., Schmidt, D.J., Marshall, J.C., Balcombe, S.R., Woods, R.J. and Hughes, J. M. (2014) Is variable connectivity among populations of a continental gobiid fish driven by local adaptation or passive dispersal? Freshwater Biology 8, 1672-1686.

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 23: 1000-1013.

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 mariensisConservation 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.

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.

Huey, J.A., Baker, A.M. and Hughes, J.M. (2010) High levels of genetic structure in the Australian freshwater fish, Ambassis macleayiJournal 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 hyrtliiFreshwater 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.