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Publications (2016-2018 and top ten)

Our group regularly publishes our latest findings. Please find our most recent papers highlighted below:



Our 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 publications can be found (along with the paper abstract and a link to the paper) on the respective year publication page (see publications tab).

2018 publications


Bradshaw et al. 2018. Predicting sustainable shark harvests when stock assessments are lacking (see our blog)

Disspain et al. 2018. Long-term archaeological and historical archives for mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus, populations in eastern South Australia (see our blog)

Doubleday et al. 2018. Untapping the potential of sulfur isotope analysis in biominerals (see our blog)

Gilmore et al. 2018. Testing hypoxia: physiological effects of long-term exposure in two freshwater fishes

(see our blog)

Izzo et al. 2018. Otolith chemistry does not just reflect environmental conditions: a meta-analytic evaluation (see our blog)

Jones et al. 2018. Capturing expert uncertainty in spatial cumulative impact assessments (see our blog)

McMillan et al. 2018. Natural tags reveal populations of Conservation Dependent school shark use different pupping areas

McMillan et al.2018. Partial female migration and cool-water migration pathways in an overfished shark 


Reis-Santos et al. 2018. Screening of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals in estuarine waters: a baseline assessment for the Tejo estuary

Reis-Santos et al. 2018. Reconciling differences in natural tags to infer demographic and genetic connectivity in marine fish populations

Reis-Santos et al. 2018. Extrinsic and intrinsic factors shape the ability of using otolith chemistry to characterize estuarine environmental histories

Schilling et al. 2018. Evaluating estuarine nursery use and life history patterns of Pomatomus saltatrix in eastern Australia

Walsh and Gillanders 2018. Extrinsic factors affecting otolith chemistry - implications for interpreting migration patterns in a diadromous fish

Shao et al. 2018.  Calcium and strontium isotope systematics in the lagoon-estuarine environments of South Australia: implications for water source mixing, carbonate fluxes and fish migration

2017 publications

Davis et al. 2017. Ecological performance of construction materials subject to ocean climate change

Disspain et al. 2017. Direct radiocarbon dating of fish otoliths from mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) and black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) from Long Point, Coorong, South Australia

Disspain et al. 2017. Pre-Columbian fishing on the coast of the Atacama Desert, northern Chile

Doubleday et al. 2017. Eight habitats, 38 threats and 55 experts: Assessing ecological risk in a multi-use marine region (see our blog)

Grammer et al. 2017. Coupling biogeochemical tracers with fish growth reveals physiological and environmental controls on otolith chemistry​ (see our blog)

Hardy et al. 2017. Assessing the trophic ecology of top predators across a recolonisation frontier using DNA metabarcoding of diets

Izzo et al. 2017. Seasonally resolved environmental reconstructions using fish otoliths

Izzo et al. 2017. Calibrating the element composition of Donax deltoides shells as a paleo-salinity proxy (see our blog and audio slides)

Izzo et al. 2017. Integrated approach to determining stock structure: implications for fisheries management of Australian sardine

Martino et al. 2017. Elevated carbon dioxide and temperature affects otolith development, but not chemistry , in a diadromous fish (see our blog)

Mazloumi et al. 2017. Determining climate-growth relationships in a temperate fish: a sclerochronological approach (see our blog)

Mazloumi et al. 2017. Q10 measures of metabolic performance and critical swimming speed in King George whiting Sillaginodes punctatus (see our blog)

Mirasole et al. 2017. The influence of high pCO2 on otolith shape, chemical and carbon isotope composition of six coastal fish species in a Mediterranean shallow CO2 vent

McMillan et al. 2017. Elements and elasmobranchs: hypotheses, assumptions and limitations of elemental analysis

McMillan et al. 2017. Analysis of vertebral chemistry to assess stock structure in a deep-sea shark, Etmopterus spinax (see our blog)

Provost et al. 2017. Climate-driven disparities among ecological interactions threaten kelp forest persistence

Robbins et al. 2017. Anthropogenic threat assessment of marine-associated fauna in Spencer Gulf, South Australia (see our blog)

Smith et al. 2017. Implementing marine ecosystem-based management: lessons from Australia

2016 publications

Alleway, Gillanders & Connell. 2016. ‘Neo-Europe’ and its ecological consequences: the example of systematic degradation in Australia’s inland fisheries

Barnes et al. 2016. Population structure in a wide ranging coastal teleost (Argyrosomus japonicus, Sciaenidae) reflects marine biogeography across southern Australia

Black et al. 2016. The value of crossdating to retain high-frequency variability, climate signals, and extreme events in environmental proxies

Cheshire et al. 2016. Annual variation in larval fish assemblages in a heavily regulated river during differing hydrological conditions

Conallin et al. 2016. Exploiting the innate behaviour of common carp, Cyprinus carpio, to limit invasion and spawning in wetlands of the River Murray, Australia

Crook et al. 2016. Contribution of stocked fish to riverine populations of golden perch (Macquaria ambigua) in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

Disspain et al. 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

Disspain, Ulm & Gillanders. 2016. Otoliths in archaeology: methods, applications and future prospects

Doubleday et al. 2016. Global proliferation of cephalopods (see our blog)

Geffen, Morales-Nin & Gillanders 2016. Fish otoliths as indicators in ecosystem based management: results of the 5th International Otolith Symposium (IOS2014)

Hallett et al. 2016. A review of Australian approaches for monitoring, assessing and reporting estuarine condition: II. State and territory programs

Hughes et al. 2016. Relationship between otolith chemistry and age in a widespread pelagic teleost Arripis trutta: Influence of adult movements on stock structure and implications for management

Izzo, Doubleday & Gillanders. 2016. Where do elements bind within the otoliths of fish?

Izzo et al. 2016. Fish as proxies of ecological and environmental change

Izzo et al. 2016. Multi-species response to rapid environmental change in a large estuary system: a biochronological approach

Izzo et al. 2016. Vertebral chemistry demonstrates movement and population structure of bronze whaler


McFadden et al. 2016. Quantitative electron microprobe mapping of otoliths suggests elemental incorporation is affected by organic matrices: implications for the interpretation of otolith chemistry 


Nagelkerken et al. 2016. Ocean acidification alters fish populations indirectly through habitat modification


Parsons et al. 2016. Variation in morphology and life-history strategy of an exploited sparid fish

Wittmann et al. 2016. Reconstructing climate-growth relations from the teeth of a marine mammal


Our top ten publications based on Google Scholar citations are:

Beck et al. 2001. Towards better identification, conservation and management of estuarine and marine nurseries. BioScience 51: 633-641.


Gillanders et al. 2003. Evidence for connectivity between juvenile and adult habitats for mobile marine fauna: an important component of nurseries. Marine Ecology Progress Series 247: 281-295.


Elsdon et al. 2008. Otolith chemistry to describe movements and life history parameters of fishes: hypotheses, assumptions, limitations, and inferences.  Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review 46: 297-330.


Elsdon and Gillanders. 2002. Interactive effects of temperature and salinity on otolith chemistry: challenges for determining environmental histories of fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59: 1796-1808.


Gillanders and Kingsford. 1996. Elements in otoliths may elucidate the contribution of estuarine recruitment to sustaining coastal reef populations of a temperate reef fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 141: 13-20.


Dahlgren et al.  2006.  Marine nurseries and effective juvenile habitats: concepts and application.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 312: 291-295.


Gillanders and Kingsford. 2002. Impact of changes in flow of freshwater on estuarine and open coastal habitats and the associated organisms. Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review 40: 233-309.


Gillanders 2002. Temporal and spatial variability in elemental composition of otoliths: implications for determining stock identity and connectivity of populations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59: 669-679.


Gillanders and Kingsford. 2000. Elemental fingerprints of otoliths of fish may distinguish estuarine “nursery” habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 201: 273-286.


Elsdon, TS and BM Gillanders. 2003. Relationship between water and otolith elemental concentrations in juvenile black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri. Marine Ecology Progress Series 260: 263-272.

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