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October 2016 news


Bronwyn Gillanders was recently awarded the Australian Society for Fish Biology’s (ASFB) highest award, the K Radway Allen Award for an outstanding contribution in fish or fisheries science. The award was presented at the joint joint conference of the ASFB and Oceania Chondrichthyan Society, which also featured a "Women in Ichythology” session. The session included a poster exhibition highlighting just some of the brilliant women involved in fish and fisheries research, as well as 6 keynote lectures, including one by Prof Gillanders. The keynotes were followed by a panel discussion on gender equity.

Bronwyn has also been announced as a finalist in this year’s Winnovation awards by Women in Innovation SA. She was nominated in the regional rural and remote category for her work leading a multi-disciplinary team to develop the tools to understand the cumulative impacts of development in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf.

Also, congratulations to Morgan Disspain whose PhD has been accepted following examination. Morgan’s PhD was titled “Unique palaeoenvironmental records? An examination of applications and the reliability of fish otoliths inarchaeological investigations”. To date, the following publications are outcomes from her doctoral research:

Disspain MCF, S Ulm, BM Gillanders. 2016. Otoliths in archaeology: Methods, applications and future prospects. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6: 623-632. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.05.012

Disspain MCF, S Ulm, C Izzo, BM Gillanders. 2016. Do fish remains provide reliable palaeoenvironmental records? An examination of the effects of cooking on the morphology and chemistry of fish otoliths, vertebrae and scales. Journal of Archaeological Science 74: 45-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.08.010

Disspain MCF, S Ulm, CM Santoro, C Carter, BM Gillanders. 2016. Pre-Columbian fishing on the coast of the Atacama Desert, northern Chile: An investigation of fish size and species distribution using otoliths from Camarones Punta Norte and Caleta Vitor. Journal of Coastal and Island Archaeology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15564894.2016.1204385

Disspain MCF, LA Wallis, SJ Fallon, M Sumner, C St George, C Wilson, D Wright, S Ulm, BM Gillanders. 2017. Direct radiocarbon dating of fish otoliths from mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) and black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) from Long Point, Coorong, South Australia. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia.

Bronwyn just spent 5 days on annual leave in the Alice Springs/Uluru area so thought she’d add a few photos from her time away (see news link). This country really is quite stunning!

There are also a number of Honours projects available for commencement in 2017.

  • Historical ecology of Murray cod

  • Using baited remote underwater videos to survey fish assemblages

  • Correlating marine soundscapes to stressor gradients

  • Effects of climate change and fisheries on cephalopods

  • Using shark teeth to trace environmental conditions


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