Dr Pierre Feutry

Dr Pierre Feutry
Office: +61 8 8946 7620

Current activities

Pierre is currently a  postdoctoral fellow working on the Marine Biodiversity Hub project ‘Supporting Management of Listed and Rare Species’, a collaboration between Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Fisheries and CSIRO. He works on the close-kin component of the project and other molecular techniques. He is based at Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory.


Pierre is an evolutionary ecologist with interests in tropical aquatic systems. He has a background in fish biology, otolith microstructure/microchemistry and genetics. He has particular interest in fish migration and population connectivity.

His PhD examined the evolution of diadromous behaviour, phylogeography and population genetics of genus Kuhlia (Teleostei : Percoidei) in tropical insular systems of the Indo-Pacific region.

Academic qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology and Evolution) from the National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France.

Master of Science (Sustainable use of coastal ecosystems) from the University of La Rochelle, France


Selected publications

Feutry, P., Vergnes, A., Broderick, D., Lambourdière, J., Keith, P., and Ovenden, J. 2013. Stretched to the limit; can a short pelagic larval duration connect adult populations of an Indo-Pacific diadromous fish (Kuhlia rupestris)? Molecular Ecology.

Feutry, P., Castelin, M., Ovenden, J.R., Dettai, A., Robinet, T., Cruaud, C., and Keith, P. 2013. Evolution of diadromy in fish: insights from a tropical genus (Kuhlia spp.). The American Naturalist 181:52-63.

Feutry, P., H. Tabouret, K. Maeda, C. Pécheyran, and P. Keith. 2012. Diadromous life cycle and behavioural plasticity in freshwater and estuarine Kuhliidae species (Teleostei) revealed by otolith microchemistry. Aquatic Biology 15:195-204.

Feutry, P., M. Castelin, H. Grondin, C. Cruaud, A. Couloux, and P. Keith. 2012. First record of Kuhlia sauvagii Regan, 1913 (Telesostei: Perciformes) in Mayotte and Réunion islands. Cybium 36:493-494.

Feutry, P., P. Valade, J.R. Ovenden, P.J. Lopez and P. Keith. 2012. Pelagic larval duration of two diadromous species of Kuhliidae (Teleostei: Percoidei) from Indo-Pacific insular systems. Marine and Freshwater Research 63:397-402.

Feutry, P., P. Keith, C. Pécheyran, F. Claverie, and T. Robinet. 2011. Evidence of diadromy in the French Polynesian Kuhlia malo (Teleostei: Percoidei) inferred from otolith microchemistry analysis. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 20:636-645.

Feutry, P., H. J. Hartmann, H. Casabonnet, and G. Umana. 2010. Preliminary analysis of the fish species of the Pacific Central American Mangrove of Zancudo, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Wetlands Ecology and Management 18:637-650.