Welcome to Professor Bronwyn Gillanders’ laboratory group at the University of Adelaide. Our research group focuses on aquatic waters (freshwater, estuarine and marine) with a strong focus on fish and cephalopods, and environmental issues. The group is part of the Southern Seas Ecology Laboratories in the School of Biological Sciences and the Environment Institute. 


The Gillanders Aquatic Ecology lab group includes Postdoctoral Researchers, PhD students, and Honours Students working in freshwater and marine biology. We also have some visiting interns and undergraduate researchers. If you are interested in working with us please contact Bronwyn directly to discuss opportunities that may be available - please check out our research first to check that your interests align with ours.

News Highlights

April 2019

Welcome to the Gillanders Aquatic Ecology lab webpage and recent news.

Our new cohort of Honours students have commenced – these include several working on marine plastics projects (Venuri and Joe), one working on otolith chemistry to address connectivity and population structure questions (Bill) and a further student working on blue carbon habitats (Sid). We’ve also had Rufino visiting the lab as part of an Association of Commonwealth Universities fellowship. Rufino spent several months here looking at plastics in oysters while Nina went to Fiji (University of the South Pacific) on the same fellowship. This exchange of PhD students helps to strengthen links between the two Universities. Koster has also commenced as a Research Assistant in the lab following his Honours year last year. We also have Tianhi, a wildlife conservation student, working one day a week with the group to gain marine experience.


Congratulations to Jasmin who submitted her PhD thesis titled: “Linking chemistry and sclerochronology to physiological processes in fish”, and also for second published paper from her PhD research. Congratulations also to Troy for his first paper out from his PhD research and to Elliott for publishing a paper that is an outcome from his visit to our lab.


Our blue carbon project has a number of reports due shortly. Bronwyn and Alice attended a workshop for blue carbon in South Australia on issues and options.


Bronwyn also attended a workshop in Sydney related to our ARC Discovery project exploring mechanisms of range shifts of tropical fishes.


Our new publications include:

Brown et al. (2019) Juvenile fish habitat across the inner Danish waters: Using otolith chemistry to discriminate between hybridizing con-familials and contiguous, coastal habitat. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.


Junge et al. (2019) Comparative population genomics confirms little population structure in two commercially targeted carcharhinid sharks. Marine Biology.


Martino et al. (2019) Using otolith chronologies to understand long-term trends and extrinsic drivers of growth in fisheries. Ecosphere (open access).


Pazmino et al. (2019) Introgressive hybridization between two widespread sharks in the east Pacific Region. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.


Rogers et al. (2019) Resolving the early life history of King George whiting (Sillaginodes punctatus: Perciformes) using otolith microstructure and trace element chemistry. Marine and Freshwater Research (open access).

For other recent publications please see the Publications page.


For regular news updates see our News page.

Check out our video below about the incredible science of fish ear bones made by Animate your science.

Word cloud summarising themes across our research