“We need to do something, a viral intervention, to save the reefs and also to reduce poverty.” – Prof. Jamaluddin Jompa

Plenary Speaker of the 4th Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium in Philippines, 2018

Name : Prof. Jamaluddin Jompa, PhD |Nationality : Indonesian
Email : jamaluddin.jompa@gmail.com 


  • PhD in Marine Ecology: Coral reef degradation / Coral-algal phase shift,  James Cook University, Townsville, Australia (2002)
  • M.Sc in Coral reef assessment and monitoring, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada  (1996)
  • B.Sc in Mariculture, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia  (1989)   
Professor Jamaluddin Jompa received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumnus Award from James Cook University, Australia

Main Area of Expertise

  • Marine Ecology; especially coral reef ecosystem dynamic, interaction between benthic organisms and the effects of changing environment (both natural such as sea surface temperature/climate change and anthropogenic such pollution, sedimentation, and eutrophication) on the ecosystem balances.
  • Marine Organism & Fisheries Management; especially threaten species, charismatic species,   coastal fisheries, coral reef fish biology, population, as well as stock assessment. 
  • Marine Protected Area (MPA) and Coastal Management; especially on the effectiveness of MPA management, connectivity, zoning, MPA planning, MPA networks, community based MPA management, as well as the roles of MPA on tourisms. 

Past and Current Positions/Tasks/Working Experiences (Selected):

2017– Present- Chair, Center of Excellent for Marine Resilience and Sustainable Development (MaRSAVE)-Unhas

2013 – 2017: Dean of Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries, Hasanuddin University, Makassar

1990 – Present: Lecturer at Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries, Hasanuddin University, Makassar.

2015- Present: President of Indonesian Young Academy of Science (ALMI)

2010- 2013: Director, Research and Development Center for Marine, Coast, and Small Island, Hasanuddin University.

2012 – 2014 : Chairman, Science Advisory Group for National Coordinating Committee, CTI (Coral Triangle Initiative)

2011 – Present: Board Member of Coral Triangle Center (CTC)

2009-Present: Member of National Commission on Fisheries Stock Assessment, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

2007 – 2011: Executive Secretary, Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project (COREMAP II), Marine Affairs and Fisheries

2009-2011: Secretary: Sec. Div. of Indonesian National Coordinating Committee (NCC) Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI)

2008-2010: Member and/or Head of Delegation of Indonesian CTI Coordinating Committee, Government of Indonesia: Chairman of the Regional CTICoordination Mechanism and Development Partners Working Group, and Chairman of the CTI Working Group on Financial Mechanisms.

2004 – 2010: Director/Person in Charge; The Center for Coral Reef Research, Hasanuddin University.

2003 – 2007: Team Leader: Cluster 1; Reef Based Ecosystems of Indonesian-Germany Cooperation on Science for Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystem (SPICE)

2004 – 2006: Team Leader: Impact of aquaculture on coastal ecosystem in Barru (Sponsored by ACIAR Australia, and in collaboration with Australian Institute of Marine Science and RICA Maros)

2004-2006: Chairman, Provincial Task Force for the Marine and Coastal Management Program (MCRMP), Sulsel

2005 – Present: International Scientific Advisory member of Coral Reef Research Unit, Essex University, UK. Indonesian Counterpart for CRRU on coral reef research in Wakatobi Island, Operation Wallacea.

2005: Team Leader, Developing Local Content Curriculum for Elementary School on Coastal Management, Bintuni District Papua. CRMP II USAID, Jakarta

2006: Local partner of Pew fellowship (USA) for Marine Conservation (Australia, Philippine and Indonesia): Coordinating all activities in Indonesia related to the fellowship by Dr. McCook of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

2004 – 2007: Director South Sulawesi Regional Center Indonesian Sea Partnership Program, MMAF

2003: Team Leader/Coral Reef Specialist, Profiling the state of coastal area and small islands of Makassar City. Environmental Impact Protection Agency (BAPEDALDA)  MAKASSAR. 

2003: Researcher. Study on Marine and Fisheries Resources in Central Halmahera, North Maluku. Marine and Coastal Study Institute (Central Halmahera). 

2003:  Tim leader and coral reef scientist. Artificial reef construction and deployment in Spermonde Archipelago, Pangkep District. Dept. of Fisheries and Marine Affairs, South Sulawesi.

2003-2004: Team Leader of CM, Coastal Community Economic Empowerment in Pinrang Regency: Directorate General of Coastal and Small Islands, GOI.

2003: Team Leader/Marine and Coastal Management Specialist, Assessment of Marine and Fisheries Exhibition (Etalase) Program in Gorontalo Province (For Eastern Indonesia), Society Commission on the Environment (SCEnt)

2002: Chief scientist on marine ecology / Coral Reef Specialist. Prospect of natural resource use and management in North Maluku, LPPM Unhas

2002: Field Research Coordinator/Coral Reef Specialist. Integrated Marine Resource (Coral Reef, Seagrasses, and Mangrove) Management Strategies in South Sulawesi Using GIS and Zoning Approaches. Regional Research and Development Agency (BALITBANGDA), South Sulawesi

2001: Marine Ecologist, Condition, potential, and conservation of sea grass beds as an important part of coastal resources in South Sulawesi, Regional Research and Development Agency (BALITBANGDA), South Sulawesi

2002: Team Leader/Coral Reef Ecology Specialist. Ecological Assessment of Spermonde Archipelago, South Sulawesi, ADB-COREMAP

2002-2004: Vice Director, Center for Coral Reef Studies (CCRS), Hasanuddin University

2001-2002: Member of Research and Training Committee, CRITC-COREMAP, South Sulawesi Province COREMAP

2001: Team Member, Global International Water Assessment (GIWA), UNEP: Conducting water assessment for Indonesian Seas using GIWA methodology/approaches.

2000: Teaching Assistance, Teaching on Marine Botany, James Cook University, Australia: 1997 – 2001: Associate member of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for reef study, Australia 

1997 – 2000: AIMS’ s Associate staff and Cruise Leader, Sustaining Coral Reef Project, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville

1997: Secretary of Marine Science Department, Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries, Hasanuddin University 


  1. 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award, by JCU, 2018
  2. Unhas Rector Award: Lecturer with highest H-Index (2016)
  3. US-Indonesia Kavli Award, 2012,2013
  4. Indonesian President Medal for 20 years services as Civil Servant, 2012
  5. AUSAID PhD’s Scholarship Award, 1997
  6. ADB Master’s Scholarship Award, 1993
  7. Second Best Student Award, at university level, Hasanuddin University, 1989
  8. Best Student Award at faculty level, 1989
Prof Jamaluddin Jompa of Hasanuddin University, Plenary Speaker of the 4th Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium. #APCRS2018 #APCRSPhilippines

Recent Selected Grants Awarded

2018: 35k US$ KEMENRISTEKDIKTI & UNHAS research grants for Coral Reef Biology, Ecology, & Management.

2017: 25k US$  KEMENRISTEKDIKTI and UNHAS research grants for Coral Reef Biology, Ecology, and Management.

2015: 350k US$ ADB, CTI-RETA for Ecosystem Approach for Fisheries Management (EAFM) and Live Reef Food Fish Trade (LRFT)

2013: 150k US$  USAID Research Grant for PEER on Coral Diseases in Indonesian water

2012: 100k US$  Word Bank for Project Preparation Grant for COREMAP design study.

Jamaluddin Jompa talked about coral bleaching and other potentials derived from climate change to blue carbon resources. #BlueCarbonSummit2018

Other Achievement/Outputs

  • 7 book/book chapters
  • 62 International and 60 Nasional publications
  • 51 times as Invited/Keynote/Plenary Speakers at national level
  • 31 times as Invited/Keynote/Plenary Speakers at international level
  • 120 times as resource persons on workshops/trainings

“Scientists need to work on an operational level and to what indicators will we use. A combination of not only live coral cover, but as well as reef fish population, rubbles, and macroalgae, will make a good ground to teach the government the condition of our reef.” – Prof. Jamaluddin Jompa

Plenary Speaker of the 4th Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium in Philippines, 2018