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Researcher: Awruch, CA (Dr Cynthia Awruch)

Fields of Research

Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Conservation and biodiversity
Fisheries management
Animal physiology - systems
Animal developmental and reproductive biology
Animal physiological ecology
Fish physiology and genetics
Fisheries sciences
Population ecology
Behavioural ecology
Vertebrate biology
Pollution and contamination
Animal physiology - cell
Pattern recognition
Biological adaptation

Research Objectives

Marine biodiversity
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Fisheries - wild caught
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments
Marine systems and management
Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
Fisheries - recreational freshwater
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Terrestrial biodiversity
Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Coastal or estuarine biodiversity

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

7 - Reproduction strategies; Fish Physiology
A review on the morphology of ovarian follicles in elasmobranchs: A case study in Rhizoprionodon taylori; Journal of Morphology
An overview on the role of Hexanchiformes in marine ecosystems: biology, ecology and conservation status of a primitive order of modern sharks; Journal of Fish Biology
Chondrichthyan research in South America: endocrinology overview and research trends over 50 years (1967–2016) compared to the rest of the world; General and Comparative Endocrinology
Chondrichthyes (Sharks, Rays, Skates and Chimaeras)
Conventional and acoustic tagging studies on the draughtboard shark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) in a scientific reserve in Tasmania; AMSA Annual Conference 2004
Ecological vulnerability of the chondrichthyan fauna of southern Australia to the stressors of climate change, fishing and other anthropogenic hazards; Fish and Fisheries
Effects of recreational fishing on sharks in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Conference (OCS)
Effects of recreational fishing on sharks in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; 6th World Recreational Fishing Conference
Effects of recreational fishing on sharks in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; Australia Society for Fish Biology (ASFB) Annual Conference
Effects of temperature on the reproductive physiology of female elasmobranchs: the case of the narrownose smooth-hound shark (Mustelus schmitti); General and Comparative Endocrinology
Embryonic diapause in the elasmobranchs; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Endocrine and morphological correlates of reproduction in the draughtboard shark Cephaloscyllium laticeps (Elasmobranchii: Scyliorhinidae); Journal of Experimental Zoology
Endocrine control of embryonic diapause in the Australian sharpnose shark Rhizoprionodon taylori; PLoS One
Evaluation and use of a portable field kit for measuring whole-blood lactate in sharks; Marine and Freshwater Research
Habitat use, seasonality and demography of an apex predator: sevengill shark Notorynchus cepedianus in northern Patagonia; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Identification of essential habitats: including chimaeras into current shark protected areas; Aquatic Conservation
Immunity and health of two wild marine fishes naturally exposed to anthropogenic pollution; Science of the Total Environment
Impacts of fisheries on elasmobranch reproduction: high rates of abortion and subsequent maternal mortality in the shortnose guitarfish; Animal Conservation
Life history traits and conservation actions for the Maugean skate (Zearaja maugeana), an endangered species occupying an anthropogenically impacted estuary; Aquatic Conservation
Movement patterns of the draughtboard shark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) combining acoustic telemetry and conventional tagging information; 6th Conference on Fish Telemetry held in Europe
Movement patterns of the draughtboard shark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) using acoustic telemetry and conventional tagging; ASFB2004 Conference
Movement patterns of the draughtboard shark Cephaloscyllium laticeps (Scyliorhinidae) determined by passive tracking and conventional tagging; Journal of Fish Biology
Movement, habitat utilisation and population status of the endangered Maugean skate and implications for fishing and aquaculture operations in Macquarie Harbour
Non-lethal assessment of reproductive characteristics for management and conservations of sharks; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Non-lethal assessment of the reproductive status of broadnose sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) to determine the significance of habitat use in coastal areas; Conservation Physiology
Non-lethal methods employed to study the reproductive biology of elasmobranchs; Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo de Elasmobrânquios (SBEEL) VII meeting
Prenatal stress from trawl capture affects mothers and neonates: a case study using the southern fiddler ray (Trygonorrhina dumerilii); Scientific Reports
Rapid assessment of sustainablity for ecological risk of shark and other chondrichthyan bycatch species taken on the southern and eastern scalefish and shark fishery
Reproductive endocrinology in chondrichthyans: The present and the future; General and Comparative Endocrinology
Reproductive seasonality and embryo development in the draughtboard shark Cephaloscyllium laticeps; Marine and Freshwater Research
Research methods for marine and estuarine fishes; Wildlife Research in Australia: Practical and Applied Methods
Seasonality of immunological and health-state parameters of wild broadnose sevengill shark, Notorynchus cepedianus; Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
Shark Specialist Group Red list assessment Report (Species: Dipturus queenslandicus, Irolita westraliensis, Okamejei arafurensis, Squalus nasutus)
Steroid production by maternal and embryonic tissues in a viviparous lizard demonstrate the potential for embryo-maternal signaling; ICCPB 2011
Steroid production by maternal and embryonic, issues in a viviparous lizard demonstrate the potential for embryo-maternal signalling; International Conference of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ICCPB)
The role of corpora lutea in the control of embryonic diapause in the Australian sharpnose shark; Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Conference (OCS)
Trophic ecology of an abundant predator and its relationship with fisheries; Marine Ecology - Progress Series

Research Projects

Developing non-destructive sampling methods for the conservation and management of chondrickthlyans; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Life-history and reproductive behaviour of the vulnerable Melbourne skate to inform fisheries management and conservation; Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc (SWRRFI)
Life-history and Reproductive Behaviour of the Vulnerable Melbourne Skate to Inform Fisheries Management and Conservation; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Stressed out: evaluating stress in sharks, implications for conservation and management; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Towards conservation of the vulnerable Melbourne Skate: Assessing life-history and reproductive behaviour; Oceania Chondrichthyan Society (OCSoc)

Research Candidate Supervision