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Researcher: Bax, NJ (Professor Nicholas Bax)

Fields of Research

Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Conservation and biodiversity
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Pollution and contamination
Environmental management
Natural resource management
Fisheries management
Wildlife and habitat management
Biological oceanography
Pacific Peoples environmental knowledges
Genomics and transcriptomics
Invertebrate biology
Other biological sciences
Other earth sciences
Other environmental sciences
Ecosystem function
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Physical oceanography

Research Objectives

Fisheries - wild caught
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Marine biodiversity
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Sustainability indicators
Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Management of gaseous waste from energy activities (excl. greenhouse gases)
Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments
Other environmental management
Marine systems and management
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Water policy (incl. water allocation)
Environmentally sustainable commercial services and tourism
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A new wave of marine evidence-based management: emerging challenges and solutions to transform monitoring, evaluating and reporting; ICES Journal of Marine Science
A Rapid Response Toolbox: Strategies for the Control of ABWMAC Listed Species and Related Taxa in Australia. Centre for Research on Introduced Marine Pests
A response to scientific and societal needs for marine biological observations; Frontiers in Marine Science
A review of rapid response options for the control of ABWMAC listed introduced species and related taxa in Australian waters. Centre for Research on Introduced Marine Pests
A seascape perspective for managing deep sea habitats; Deep Sea: Conference on the Governance and Management of Deep-sea Fisheries
A Southern Hemisphere bathyal fauna is distributed in latitudinal bands; Current Biology
A trophic study of a marine ecosystem off southeastern Australia using stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Advancing marine biological observations and data requirements of the complementary Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) frameworks; Frontiers in Marine Science
An integrated monitoring framework for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; Marine Policy
An ocean observation system for monitoring the affects of climate change on the ecology and sustainability of pelagic fisheries in the Pacific Ocean; Climatic Change
Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs; Bioscience
Better integration of sectoral planning and management approaches for the interlinked ecology of the open oceans; Marine Policy
Biodiversity: sharks and rays in peril too; Nature
Biogeographical structure and affinities of the marine demersal ichthyofauna of Australia; Journal of Biogeography
Bioregions in marine environments: combining biological and environmental data for management and scientific understanding; Bioscience
Chapter 35. Extent of Assessment of Marine Biological Diversity; The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment World Ocean Assessment I
Chapter 36D. South Pacific Ocean; The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment World Ocean Assessment I
Characterising and predicting benthic biodiversity for conservation planning in deepwater environments; PLoS One
Contrasting processes drive ophiuroid phylodiversity across shallow and deep seafloors; Nature
Coral reef monitoring, reef assessment technologies, and ecosystem-based management; Frontiers in Marine Science
Deep-sea temperate-tropical faunal transition across uniform environmental gradients; Deep-Sea Research. Part 1
Delineating fish-habitat associations for spatially-based management: an example from the south-eastern Australian continental shelf; Marine and Freshwater Research
Demographic effects on the use of genetic options for the control of mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki; Ecological Applications
Designing environmental research for impact; Science of The Total Environment
Designing representative and adequate MPAs In a structured environment; Aquatic Protected Areas - What works best and how do we know?
Development and evaluation of a PCR based assay for detection of the toxic dinoflagellate, Gymnodinium catenatum in ballast water and environmental samples; Biological Invasions
Development and evaluation of a PCR based test for detection of Asterias (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) larvae in plankton samples from ballast water; Marine and Freshwater Research
Diets and trophic guilds of demersal fishes of the south-eastern Australian shelf; Marine and Freshwater Research
Engineered underdominance allows efficient and economical introgression of traits into pest populations; Journal of Theoretical Biology
Enhancing the robustness of a national assessment of the marine environment; Marine Policy
Eradication of an alien invasive marine species from man-made marinas; Feral animals, threatened species and the role of the community
Essential ocean variables for global sustained observations of biodiversity and ecosystem changes; Global Change Biology
Establishing the foundation for the global observing system for marine life; Frontiers in Marine Science
Estimating gill-net selectivity for five species caught in the South East Fishery, Australia; Marine and Freshwater Research
Evaluating Geomorphic Features as Surrogates for Benthic Biodiversity on Australia's Western Continental Margin; Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHAB Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats
Forecasting marine invasions under climate change: biotic interactions and demographic processes matter; Biological Conservation
Genetic control of invasive fish: technological options and its role in integrated pest management; Biological Invasions
Globally consistent quantitative observations of planktonic ecosystems; Frontiers in Marine Science
Identifying hotspots for biodiversity management using rank abundance distributions; Diversity and Distributions
Identifying indicators and essential variables for marine ecosystems; Ecological Indicators
Integrating fishers' knowledge with survey data to understand the structure, ecology and use of a seascape off southeastern Australia; Putting Fishers' Knowledge to Work
Invasion Dynamics of the European Green Crab, Carcinus maenas, in Australia; Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters
Involving fishers' data In Identifying, selecting and designing MPAs; Aquatic Protected Areas - What works best and how do we know?
Lessons learned at the interface of marine ecology and environmental management in Australia; Bulletin of Marine Science
Linking capacity development to GOOS monitoring networks to achieve sustained ocean observation; Frontiers in Marine Science
Man-made marinas as sheltered islands for alien marine organisms: Establishment and eradication of an alien invasive marine species; Turning the tide: the eradication of invasive species.
Mapping threats to species: Method matters; Marine Policy
Marine Biodiversity Hub, National Environmental Research Program, Final report 20112015
Marine invasive alien species: a threat to global biodiversity; Marine Policy
Modelling marine protected areas: insights and hurdles; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
One panel to rule them all: DArTcap genotyping for population structure, historical demography, and kinship analyses, and its application to a threatened shark; Molecular Ecology Resources
Patterns, processes and vulnerability of Southern Ocean benthos: a decadal leap in knowledge and understanding; Marine Biology
Phytoplankton blooms and production sources on the south-east Australian continental shelf; Marine and Freshwater Research
Providing management advice for deep sea fisheries: Lessons learnt from Australia's orange roughy fisheries; Deep Sea: Conference on the Governance and Management of Deep-sea Fisheries
Regional-scale patterns of deep seafloor biodiversity for conservation assessment; Diversity and Distributions
Remote sensing of seabed types in the Australian South East Fishery - development and application of normal incident acoustic techniques and associated 'ground truthing'; Marine and Freshwater Research
Results of efforts by the Convention on Biological Diversity to describe ecologically or biologically significant marine areas; Conservation Biology
Reviewing the EBSA process: improving on success; Marine Policy
Seabed habitat on the south-eastern Australian continental shelf: context, vulnerability and monitoring; Marine and Freshwater Research
Sex-ratio-biasing constructs for the control of invasive lower vertebrates; Nature Biotechnology
Specific amplification of mt-COI gene of the invasive gastropod, Maoricolpus roseus in planktonic samples reveals a free-living larval life history stage; Marine and Freshwater Research
Specific detection of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) larvae in plankton samples using nested polymerase chain reaction; Marine Biotechnology
Systematic conservation planning: a better recipe for managing the high seas for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use; Conservation Letters
The control of biological invasions in the world's oceans; Conservation Biology
The convention on biological diversity's ecologically or biologically significant areas: origins, development, and current status; Marine Policy
The Coral Sea: Physical Environment, Ecosystem Status and Biodiversity Assets; Advances in Marine Biology
The fate of deep-sea coral reefs on seamounts in a fishery-seascape: what are the impacts, what remains, and what Is protected?; Frontiers in Marine Science
The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative: promoting scientific support for global ocean governance; Aquatic Conservation
True size matters for conservation: a robust method to determine the size of deep-sea coral reefs shows they are typically small on seamounts in the Southwest Pacific Ocean; Frontiers in Marine Science
Using ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) to implement marine spatial planning; Ocean & Coastal Management
What we have learned from the framework for ocean observing: evolution of the global ocean observing system; Frontiers in Marine Science

Research Projects

Preadapting a Tasmanian Coastal Ecosystem to Ongoing Climate Change through Reintroduction of a Locally Extinct Species; Dept of Climate Change, Energy & Efficiency and FRDC (DCCEE-FRDC)
Quantification and prediction of marine biodiversity at a range of geographical and ecological scales for spatial protection and management; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Research Hub - Prediction and Management of Australia's Marine Biodiversity; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Scientific Support for Managing Australia's Marine Biodiversity - A National Marine Biodiversity Hub; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
The Reef Ecosystem Evaluation Framework (REEF): Improving management of Victoria's marine reefs in a changing future; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)
Data Manager - Emma Flukes
NESP Emerging Priorities - Marine Plastics Project
NESP Emerging Priorities - Spatial distribution of marine wildlife in the Bremer Bay region
Preparations of a Coral Sea Workshop and a SW Pacific Regular Process Workshop

Research Candidate Supervision

Climate Change and a Range-extending Sea Urchin- Catastrophic-shifts and Resilience in a Temperate Reef Ecosystem
Ecological Interactions between Abalone, Urchins and Benthic Habitat in a Temperate Reef Ecosystem- Implications for Ecosystems Based Management
Ecology of the New Zealand screwshell and its impact on Tasmania's marine environment
Environmental Preferences, Impacts and Population Dynamics of the Invasive Screwshell Maoricolpus roseus
Historical biogeography of the marine fishes of northern Australia
Impact of the Introduced New Zealand Screwshell Maoricolpus roseus on Soft-sediment Assemblages in Southeast Tasmania
Potential Biological Control Agents for the European Green Crab, Carcinus maenas, in Australian Waters
Reviewing the Success and Failures of International Marine Governance Since Rio