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June 3, 2018

Did you know that fish have ear bones that provide scientists with a wealth of information. They are also used for jewellery (see left image).These tiny structures are located in the head of the fish and play a role in hearing and balance, but that’s not why we are int...

June 3, 2018

Well it has been a busy past month! The International Otolith Symposia, held every 4 years, occurred in Taiwan in April. The lab had numerous past or present members presenting including Drs Chris Izzo and Ben Walther giving keynote presentations. Also attending were J...

Management of marine areas is often based on the effect of individual stressors. The cumulative impact caused by multiple stressors is seldom considered, usually due to the challenges in collecting data and the uncertainty associated with current assessment methods (Ha...

May 5, 2018

It’s been a busy few months with Honours and PhD students starting, first semester teaching commencing and grant application season!

Alice and Bronwyn both attended a one day workshop on carbon accounting and the verified carbon standard methodology. The workshop was ru...

April 2, 2018

We’ve had new Honours and PhD students commence and several research papers accepted in 2018. Our Honours students’ Anthony, Koster and Nikita started last week and are currently working on literature reviews and research proposals. In addition, Jackson has commenced h...

February 23, 2018

Last year, I was lucky enough to spend many months working in the difficult to traverse mangrove forests of South Australia. The importance of mangroves as carbon sinks, as well as the plethora of other ecosystem services they provide, is a topic increasingly covered i...

February 10, 2018

What scientific problem does our paper deal with?

There are many ways in which human activities can negatively affect marine environments. We use the oceans to support industry (e.g. fishing, shipping, tourism) as well as for recreation (e.g. boating, fishing, diving, b...

February 10, 2018

Our Honours students Nina and Jackson have completed. Nina’s research quantified fish assemblages in two west coast of South Australia marine bays to test how these sanctuary zones are performing to date. She found that the early signs are promising with an overall inc...

January 5, 2018

The Gillanders Aquatic Ecology lab published almost 20 papers with 70 authors in 2017. Around half of our research publications featured in blog posts (some of the links are included below). Our papers span freshwater, estuarine and marine systems focusing predominantl...

December 14, 2017

Nina Wootton has just completed her Honours (4th year) research project examining the abundance, species richness and lengths of fish within a network of marine protected areas in South Australia's west coast embayments. The sanctuary zones within these embayments were...

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