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Researcher: Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)

Fields of Research

Conservation and biodiversity
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Pollution and contamination
Ecology
Wildlife and habitat management
Environmental education and extension
Environmental assessment and monitoring
Freshwater ecology
Ecological physiology
Population ecology
Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes
Terrestrial ecology
Animal physiological ecology
Vertebrate biology
Soil biology
Ecosystem function
Mental health services
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges
Phylogeny and comparative analysis
Animal physiology - systems
Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Accelerators
Environmental management
Respiratory diseases
Biogeography and phylogeography
Climate change impacts and adaptation
Innate immunity
Systems physiology
Cell physiology
Allergy
Animal immunology
Global change biology

Research Objectives

Marine biodiversity
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Terrestrial biodiversity
Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Terrestrial systems and management
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in marine environments
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Consumption patterns, population issues and the environment
Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Environmental education and awareness
Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
Clinical health
Visual communication
Employment patterns and change
Environmentally sustainable plant production
Management of solid waste from commercial services and tourism
Other environmental management
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments
Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences
Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments

Career Best Publications

Climate change alters the trophic niche of a declining apex marine predator; Global Change Biology
Clinical pathology of plastic ingestion in marine birds and relationships with blood chemistry; Environmental Science and Technology
Entrapment in plastic debris endangers hermit crabs; Journal of Hazardous Materials
Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world's most remote and pristine islands; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Plastic ingestion by flesh-footed shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes): implications for fledgling body condition and the accumulation of plastic-derived chemicals; Environmental Pollution
Significant plastic accumulation on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia; Scientific Reports

Research Publications

'Plastic Effects' exhibition at the 2016 London Design Bienalle
Borrelia garinii in Seabirde Ticks (Ixodes uriae), Atlantic Coast, North America; Emerging Infectious Diseases (Print Edition)
A comparison with natural particles reveals a small specific effect of PVC microplastics on mussel performance; Marine Pollution Bulletin
A critical review of harm associated with plastic ingestion on vertebrates
A Horizon Scan of research priorities to inform policies aimed at reducing the harm of plastic pollution to biota; The Science of the Total Environment
A proposed framework for reporting mass mortality (wreck) events of seabirds; ICES Journal of Marine Science
A review of analytical techniques for quantifying microplastics in sediments
A review of plastic-associated pressures: cetaceans of the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Australian shearwaters as case studies; Frontiers in Marine Science
Age at First Return and Breeding of Razorbills (Alca torda) on the Gannet Islands, Labrador and Machias Sea Island, New Brunswick; Waterbirds
Annual survival of North American Razorbills (Alca torda) varies with ocean climate indices; Canadian Journal of Zoology
Assessing plastic size distribution and quantity on a remote island in the South Pacific; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Assessing the Type and Frequency of Band Resighting Errors for Razorbill Alca Torda with Implications for other Wildlife Studies; Marine Ornithology
Bioaccumulation and detoxification of heavy metals in a coastal high trophic feeder with a restricted home range, the Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor); Society for Conservation Biology Oceania 4th Congress
Biological archives reveal contrasting patterns in trace element concentrations in pelagic seabird feathers over more than a century; Environmental Pollution
Bird demographic responses to predator removal programs; Biological Invasions
Breaking the wall of ocean pollution: how marine ecology reveals the collapse of an ecosystem; The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society
Breeding Biology of Tristram's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma tristrami at French Frigate Shoals and Laysan Island, Northwest Hawaiian Islands; Marine Ornithology
Career satisfaction falls prey to bottomless demands; Nature Human Behaviour
Changes in technology and imperfect detection of nest contents impedes reliable estimates of population trends in burrowing seabirds; Global Ecology and Conservation
Cleaner seas: reducing marine pollution; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Climate change alters the trophic niche of a declining apex marine predator; Global Change Biology
Clinical pathology of plastic ingestion in marine birds and relationships with blood chemistry; Environmental Science and Technology
Confidence intervals and sample size for estimating the prevalence of plastic debris in seabird nests; Environmental Pollution
Contaminants in indigenous harvests of apex predators: The Tasmanian Short-tailed Shearwater as a case study; Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Contrasting Population Trends at Two Razorbill Colonies in Atlantic Canada: Additive Effects of Fox Predation and Hunting Mortality?; Avian Conservation and Ecology
Correlations between per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and body morphometrics in fledgling shearwaters impacted by plastic consumption from a remote Pacific island; Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Detection of ultrafine plastics ingested by seabirds using tissue digestion; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Divergent foraging strategies during incubation of an unusually wide-ranging seabird, the Murphy’s petrel; Marine Biology
Double White Lines on the Bill of the Razorbill Alca torda: Remnants of an Association with the Extint GreatAuk Penguinus impennis?; Atlantic Seabirds
Effectiveness of emetics to study plastic ingestion by Leach's Storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa); Marine Pollution Bulletin
Entrapment in plastic debris endangers hermit crabs; Journal of Hazardous Materials
Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world's most remote and pristine islands; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Factors influencing the detection of beach plastic debris; Marine Environmental Research
Flesh-footed shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes) in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean: summary and synthesis of records from Canada and Alaska; Canadian Field-Naturalist
Genetic distinctiveness of masked booby (Sula dactylatra) on Bedout Island, Western Australia; Emu
Genetic divergence between colonies of flesh-footed shearwater Ardenna carneipes exhibiting different foraging strategies; Conservation Genetics
Genomic characterization of two novel pathogenic avipoxviruses isolated from Pacific shearwaters (Ardenna spp.); BMC Genomics
Geophysical features influence the accumulation of beach debris on Caribbean islands; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Global research priorities to mitigate plastic pollution impacts on marine wildlife; Endangered Species Research
Global review of beach debris monitoring and future recommendations; Environmental Science and Technology
Henderson Island expedition report: May-November 2015
Impacts of Intraspecific Kleptoparasitism and Diet Shifts on Razorbill Alca torda productivity at the Gannet Islands, Labrador; Marine Ornithology
Impacts of marine debris; World Seabird Conference
Ingested plastic and trace element concentrations in short-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna tenuirostris); Marine Pollution Bulletin
Ingested plastic as a route for trace metals in Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) and Bonin petrel (Pterodroma hypoleuca) from Midway Atoll; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Ingestion of marine debris by wedge-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna pacifica) on Lord Howe Island, Australia during 2005–2018; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Inter-annual variation in the density of anthropogenic debris in the Tasman Sea; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Latex balloons do not degrade uniformly in freshwater, marine and composting environments; Journal of Hazardous Materials
Linking at-sea mortality of a pelagic shearwater to breeding colonies of origin using biogeochemical markers; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Longevity records for the brown booby Sula leucogaster and flesh-footed shearwater Ardenna carneipes; Marine Ornithology
Measuring nest incorporation of anthropogenic debris by seabirds: an opportunistic approach increases geographic scope and reduces costs; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Mercury as an indicator of foraging ecology but not the breeding hormone prolactin in seabirds; Ecological Indicators
Metals and metalloids in little penguin (Eudyptula minor) prey, blood and faeces; Environmental Pollution
Microplastic, microbes and seabirds - what do they have in common?; International Conference on Emerging Contaminants and Micropollutants in the Environment
Monitoring nest incorporation of anthropogenic debris by northern gannets across their range; Environmental Pollution
Natal and Breeding Dispersal of Razorbills (Alca torda) in Eastern North America; Waterbirds
Oceans plastics lab
Pelagic
Persistent organic pollutant (POPs) concentrations from great-winged petrels nesting in Western Australia; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Plastic debris increases circadian temperature extremes in beach sediments; Journal of Hazardous Materials
Plastic in the Pacific; Living with the Anthropocene: Love, Loss and Hope in the Face of Environmental Crisis
Plastic ingestion by fish in the Southern Hemisphere: a baseline study and review of methods; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Plastic ingestion by flesh-footed shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes): implications for fledgling body condition and the accumulation of plastic-derived chemicals; Environmental Pollution
Plastic ingestion by Newell’s (Puffinus newelli) and wedge-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna pacifica) in Hawaii; Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Plastic ingestion by tropical seabirds: implications for fledgling body condition and the accumulation of plastic‐derived chemicals; International Conference on Emerging Contaminants and Micropollutants in the Environment
Plastics in regurgitated flesh-footed shearwater (Ardenna carneipes) boluses as a monitoring tool; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Population status and threats to Flesh-footed Shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes) in South and Western Australia; ICES Journal of Marine Science
Population status of four endemic land bird species after an unsuccessful rodent eradication on Henderson Island; Bird Conservation International
Population status, breeding success and ecology of the Henderson Petrel after a failed rat eradication on Henderson Island; Emu
Predation of greater crested tern (Thalasseus bergii) eggs by juvenile brown boobies (Sula leucogaster) on Ashmore Reef; Waterbirds
Predicting the spatial distribution of a seabird community to identify priority conservation areas in the Timor Sea; Conservation Biology
Preliminary survival and movement data for a declining population of flesh-footed shearwater Ardenna carneipes in Western Australia provides insights into marine threats; Bird Conservation International
Pristine paradise to rubbish dump: the same Pacific island, 23 years apart
Progress and challenges in marine plastics pollution; A Better World
Quantifying ingested debris in marine megafauna: a review and recommendations for standardization; Analytical Methods
Razorbill (Alca torda)
Razorbill (Alca torda); The Birds of North America Online
Re-examining mortality sources and population trends in a declining seabird: using Bayesian methods to incorporate existing information and new data; PLOS One
Recommended best practices for plastic and litter ingestion studies in marine birds: collection, processing, and reporting; Facets
Records of brown booby Sula leucogaster in the Pitcairn Islands with additional observations during 2015–19; Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club
Recovery of introduced Pacific rats following a failed eradication attempt on subtropical Henderson Island, South Pacific Ocean; International conference on island invasives 2017
Reduced vitamin A (retinol) levels indicate radionuclide exposure in streaked shearwaters (Calonectris leucomelasI) following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident; Ecological Indicators
Reducing the primary exposure risk of Henderson crakes (Zapornia atra) during aerial broadcast eradication by selecting appropriate bait colour; Wildlife Research
Resolution of the phylogenetic relationship of the vulnerable flesh-footed shearwater (Ardenna carneipes) seabird using a complete mitochondrial genome; Mitochondrial DNA Part B
Seabird breeding islands as sinks for marine plastic debris; Environmental Pollution
Seasonal ingestion of anthropogenic debris in an urban population of gulls; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Seasonal variation and annual trends of metals and metalloids in the blood of the little penguin (Eudyptula minor); Marine Pollution Bulletin
Seasonal variation in movements and survival of invasive Pacific rats on sub-tropical Henderson Island: implications for eradication; International Conference on Island Invasives 2017
Selectivity of flesh-footed shearwaters for plastic colour: evidence for differential provisioning in adults and fledglings; Marine Environmental Research
Significant plastic accumulation on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia; Scientific Reports
Stable isotopes confirm community patterns in foraging among Hawaiian Procellariiformes; Waterbirds
Sublethal
Sustainable shopping: take the ‘litter’ out of glitter
Sustainable shopping: your guilt-free guide to flowers this Valentine’s Day
The Little penguin (Eudyptula minor) as an indicator of coastal trace metal pollution; Environmental Pollution
The topobiology of chemical elements in seabird feathers; Scientific Reports
The Trans-Atlantic Movement of the Spirochete Borrelia garinii: the role of ticks and their seabird hosts; Studies in Avian Biology
The use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by brown boobies (Sula leucogaster); Marine Pollution Bulletin
This South Pacific island of rubbish shows why we need to quit our plastic habit
Towards the spectral mapping of plastic debris on beaches; Remote Sensing
Trace element concentrations in feathers from three seabird species breeding in the Timor Sea; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Trace Element Concentrations in Feathers of Flesh-footed Shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes) from Across Their Breeding Range; Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Trace element concentrations in feathers of seven petrels (Pterodroma spp.); Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Trace element concentrations in harvested auks from Newfoundland: toxicological risk of a traditional hunt; Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Uncovering the sub-lethal impacts of plastic ingestion by shearwaters using fatty acid analysis; Conservation Physiology
UNSEEN Exhibition - 'Plastic in Australian Seabirds'
Variation in Size and Composition of Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) and Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) Eggs; The Wilson Journal of Ornithology
When nowhere is safe: 'disposable' plastic on the world's most remote islands; SCMDC 7th Annual Marine Science Forum
Will the discovery of another plastic-trashed island finally spark meaningful change?
Winged Victory of Anthropocene

Research Projects

Are microplastics causing inflammation in seabirds?; Australian Wildlife Society (AWSoc)
AUSMAP Australian Microplastic Action Project; Coca-Cola Company (CCC)
Can we save balloons from the ocean via commercial compost?; Hobart City Council (HCC)
Identifying community-based reduction and mitigation tools for plastic debris in Australia; National Geographic Society (NGS)
Impacts of Plastic Pollutants on Seabirds: the Flesh-footed Shearwater as a Case Study; Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc (SEAWORLD)
Mitigating the Effects of Plastics Ingestion for Flesh-footed Shearwaters Puffinus carneipes; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
More than skin deep: examining the cellular-level effects of ingested plastic on the Flesh-footed shearwater of Lord Howe Island; Birdlife Australia (BLA)
Plastic and anthropogenic contaminants in Tasmanian waterbird and wetlands; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Plastic and anthropogenic contaminants in Tasmanian waterbird and wetlands; Australian Wildlife Society (AWSoc)
Plastic and anthropogenic contaminants in Tasmanian waterbird and wetlands; Birdlife Australia (BLA)
Plastic and anthropogenic contaminants in Tasmanian waterfowl; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
Plastic in Tasmanian waterfowl and wetlands; Birdlife Australia (BLA)
Seabirds as a vector for nutrients and pollutants on islands; Australian Academy of Science (AASc)
Seabirds as a vector for nutrients and pollutants on islands; Birdlife Australia (BLA)
Seabirds as vectors for nutrients and pollutants to islands; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Thyroid hormones in fledgling shearwaters as indicators of endocrine disruption from exposure to pollutants; Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc (SEAWORLD)
Trace metal distribution in the feathers of migratory birds collected after the Fukushima nuclear disaster; Australian Synchrotron (ASynch)
Can we save balloons from the ocean via commercial compost?
Fatty acid and trace element profiles: indicators of plastic ingestion and body condition of Australian shearwaters
Support for Jennifer Lavers - Mitigating the Effects of Plastic Ingestion for Threatened Australian Seabirds

Research Candidate Supervision