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Researcher: Wotherspoon, SJ (Dr Simon Wotherspoon)

Fields of Research

Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Fisheries management
Fisheries sciences
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Biological oceanography
Population ecology
Physical oceanography
Behavioural ecology
Galactic astronomy
Wildlife and habitat management
Conservation and biodiversity
Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Applied statistics
Freshwater ecology
Invertebrate biology
Combinatorics and discrete mathematics (excl. physical combinatorics)
Respiratory diseases
Animal behaviour
Mathematical physics
Landscape ecology
Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Applied mathematics
Agricultural biotechnology
Marine engineering
Genome structure and regulation
Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Oncology and carcinogenesis
Animal physiology - systems
Algebra and number theory
Microfluidics and nanofluidics
Ecosystem function
Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes
Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy
Other biological sciences
Vertebrate biology
Climate change impacts and adaptation
Field robotics
Evolutionary biology
Global change biology
Environmental management
Modelling and simulation
Isotope geochemistry
Computational complexity and computability
Terrestrial ecology
Biological mathematics
Fish pests and diseases

Research Objectives

Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Fisheries - wild caught
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Fisheries - recreational freshwater
Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
Marine biodiversity
Wild caught crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns)
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Clinical health
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
Other environmental management
Fisheries - recreational marine
Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
Climate change models
Wild caught tuna
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Public health (excl. specific population health)
Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Wild caught edible molluscs
Sustainability indicators
Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
Antarctic and Southern Ocean ice dynamics
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Wild caught prawns
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Terrestrial biodiversity
Hydro-electric energy
Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
Scientific instruments
Climate change mitigation strategies

Career Best Publications

Finite differences and internal tides-representing the boundary; Deep-Sea Research I
Minimal Antarctic sea ice during the Pliocene; Geology
Rigidity of octahedral tetrahedral trusses; Discrete Applied mathematics
Spatial utilisation of fast-ice by Weddell seals Leptonychotes weddelli during winter; Ecography

Research Publications

In-situ behavioural and physiological responses of Antarctic microphytobenthos to ocean acidification; Scientific Reports
RecSurvey: an integrated analytical approach to the estimation of recreational catch and effort based on a telephone-diary survey method; 6th World Recreational Fishing Conference
Thysanoessa macrura in the southern Kerguelen region: population dynamics and biomass; Deep-Sea Research: Part II
A climatological model of North Indian Ocean tropical cyclone genesis, tracks and landfall; Climate Dynamics
A method for identifying Sound Scattering Layers and extracting key characteristics; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
A modelled cost-benefit analysis of hybrid PIT and conventional tagging scenarios; New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
A quantitative, hierarchical approach for detecting drift dives and tracking buoyancy changes in southern elephant seals; Scientific Reports
A search for 22-GHz water masers within the giant molecular cloud associated with RCW 106; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
A simple modification of Newton's method to achieve convergence of order 1 + √2; Applied Mathematics Letters
A statistical seasonal forecast model of North Indian Ocean tropical cyclones using the quasi-biennial oscillation; International Journal of Climatology
Accounting for false mortality in telemetry tag applications; Ecological Modelling
Altimetric observation of wave attenuation through the Antarctic marginal ice zone using ICESat-2; Cryosphere
An experimental study of the effect of diet on the fatty acid profiles of the European Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis); Marine Biology
An in situ study of production from diel oxygen modelling, oxygen exchange, and electron transport rate in the kelp Ecklonia radiata; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Applications of a Telephone-Diary Survey Method for Estimating Participation, Effort and Catch: Examples From Australia Including Developments In the Analysis of Complex Survey Data; 141st Annual Meeting American Fisheries Society
Arrow squid: stock variability, fishing techniques, trophic linkages - facing the challenges
Assessing status and trends of open ocean habitats: a regionally resolved approach and Southern Ocean application; Ecological Indicators
Assessing the impact of toothed whale depredation on socio-ecosystems and fishery management in wide-ranging subantarctic fisheries; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
At-sea distribution of female southern elephant seals relative to variation in ocean surface properties; ICES Journal of Marine Science
Australian Vascular Quality of Life Index (Ausviquol): A Pilot Study of a Disease-Specific Quality of Life Measure; ANZ Journal of Surgery
Bayesian Estimation of Animal Movement from Archival and Satellite Tags; PLoS One
Bayesian hierarchical piecewise regression models: a tool to detect trajectory divergence between groups in long-term observational studies; BMC Medical Research Methodology
Climate influences on female survival in a declining population of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina); Ecology and Evolution
Combining capture-recapture data and known ages allows estimation of age-dependent survival rates; Ecology and Evolution
Comprehensive evaluation of model uncertainty in qualitative network analyses; Ecological Monographs
Conventional Tags: Still Strong After 100 Years; Advances in Fish Tagging & Marking Technology: International Symposium
Decadal changes in habitat characteristics influence population trajectories of southern elephant seals; Global Change Biology
Detecting ecological regime shifts from transect data; Ecological Monographs
Determining natural scales of ecological systems; Ecological Monographs
Developing an analytical module for large scale recreational fishery data based on phone-diary survey methodology
Development of a deep-water camera system capable of deployment on fishing gear; The Kerguelen Plateau: marine ecosystem and fisheries
Differential vulnerability to climate change yields novel deep-reef communities; Nature Climate Change
Distribution and abundance of skates (Bathyraja spp.) on the Kerguelen Plateau through the lens of the toothfish fisheries; Fisheries Research
Distribution and abundance of Wilson's storm petrels Oceanites oceanicus at two locations in East Antarctica: testing habitat selection models; Polar Biology
Distribution of Antarctic toothfish Dissostichus mawsoni along East Antarctica: environmental drivers and management implications; Fisheries Research
Distributions of young cephalopods in the tropical waters of Western Australia over two consecutive summers; Ices Journal of Marine Science
Diurnal and monthly vertical profiles of benthic microalgae within intertidal sediments from two temperate localities; Marine and Freshwater Research
Drones count wildlife more accurately and precisely than humans; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Effect of bronchodilators on airway distensibility and its relationship to residual airflow limitation; The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
Effect of bronchodilators on airway distensibility and its relationship to residual airflow limitation; 2006 Annual Scientific Meetings of the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand & the Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science
Elemental fingerprints of southern calamari (Sepioteuthis australis) reveal local recruitment sources and allow assessment of the importance of closed areas; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Elephant seal foraging success is enhanced in Antarctic coastal polynyas; Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences
Emerging evidence of resource limitation in an Antarctic seabird metapopulation after 6 decades of sustained population growth; Oecologia
Estimating drift of directional sonobuoys from acoustic bearings; Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Estimating extremes from global ocean and climate models: a Bayesian hierarchical model approach; Progress in Oceanography
Estimating the national fishing mortality of southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii from Australia’s recreational fishing sector; Fisheries Management and Ecology
Exploration of CPUE standardisation variances in the Ross Sea (Subareas 88.1 and 88.2A South of 70°s) Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) exploratory longline fishery; Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
Extreme polygyny results in intersex differences in age-dependent survival of a highly dimorphic marine mammal; Royal Society Open Science
Factors influencing the habitat use of sympatric albatrosses from Macquarie Island, Australia; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Finite differences and internal tides-representing the boundary; Deep-Sea Research I
From trips to bouts to dives: temporal patterns in the diving behaviour of chick-rearing Adelie penguins, East Antarctica; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Generalised R Yield Model (Grym); Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
GIS-based application of resource selection functions to the prediction of snow petrel distribution and abundance in East Antarctica: Comparing models at multiple scales; Ecological Modelling
Grym parameter values for Subareas 48.1, 48.2 and 48.3; Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
Habitat model forecasts suggest potential redistribution of marine predators in the southern Indian Ocean; Diversity and Distributions
Habitat modelling of tracking data from multiple marine predators identifies important areas in the Southern Indian Ocean; Diversity and Distributions
Habitat utilization of a mesopelagic predator linked to lower sea-surface temperatures and prey abundance in a region of rapid warming; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2
Head-tail Galaxies: beacons of high-density regions in clusters; Royal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Horizontal-vertical movement relationships: Adélie penguins forage continuously throughout provisioning trips; Movement Ecology
Important marine habitat off east Antarctica revealed by two decades of multi-species predator tracking; Ecography
Increasing model efficiency by dynamically changing model representations; Environmental Modelling and Software
Inferring variation in southern elephant seal at-sea mortality by modelling tag failure; Frontiers in Marine Science
Integrated modeling of survival data from multiple stressor ecotoxicology experiments; Environmental Science and Technology
Internal tides and resonance
Introduced social bees reduce nectar availability during the breeding season of the swift parrot (Lathamus discolor); Pacific Conservation Biology
Investigation of different methods for improving tag reporting rate in fisheries tagging experiments, a cost benefit analysis; 8th International conference Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management
Knowing when (not) to attempt ecological restoration; Restoration Ecology
Krill growth and condition in Western Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean 30-80°E in austral summer 2006; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Light-level geolocator analyses: a user's guide; Journal of Animal Ecology
Location matters: using spatially explicit occupancy models to predict the distribution of the highly mobile, endangered swift parrot; Biological Conservation
Mesoscale variability of conditions favoring an iron-induced diatom bloom downstream of the Kerguelen Plateau; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Minimal Antarctic sea ice during the Pliocene; Geology
Modelling habitat selection using presence-only data: Case study of a colonial hollow nesting bird, the snow petrel; Ecological Modelling
Monitoring and research requirements for Chrophyte algal beds in Great Lake 2003 and beyond
Movements of adult female Weddell seals during the winter months; Polar Biology
Multi-decadal decline in cover of giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera at the southern limit of its Australian range; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Multi-fleet stock assessment modelling with the Grym; Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
National Survey of Recreational Fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna in Australia 2018-2019
National Survey of Recreational Fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna in Australia 2018/19
National survey to understand nature & scale of Australia’s rec Southern Bluefin Tuna fishery; World Recreational Fishing Conference 2023
Nest selection by snow petrels Pagodroma nivea in East Antarctica Validating predictive habitat selection models at the continental scale; Ecological Modelling
New insights into the cardiorespiratory physiology of weaned southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina); Conservation Physiology
Numerical Integration 1; Mathematica World
Numerical Integration 2; Mathematica World
Optimal control and system limitation in a Southern Ocean ecosystem model; Deep-Sea Reseach II
Optimal scales to observe habitat dynamics: a coral reef example; Ecological Applications
Phase shifts and stressor-driven dynamics in kelp beds; 10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium 2014
Predicting krill swarm characteristics important for marine predators foraging off East Antarctica; Ecography
Projected Tasman Sea extremes in sea surface temperature through the twenty-first century; Journal of Climate
Quantifying habitat structure: surface convolution and living space for species in complex environments; Oikos
Recruitment modelling for Euphausia superba stock assessments considering the recurrence of years with low recruitment; Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
Reducing the toxicity of autologous stem cell transplants; Haematology Society of Australia & New Zealand, Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, Australasian Society of Thrombosis & Haemostasis
Reliable species distributions are obtainable with sparse, patchy and biased data by leveraging over species and data types; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Respirometry: Correcting for diffusion and validating the use of plastic multiwell plates with integrated optodes; Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
Rigidity of octahedral tetrahedral trusses; Discrete Applied mathematics
Salt-water up-coning during extraction of fresh water from a tropical island; Journal of Engineering Mathematics
Seasonal forecasting of tropical cyclones in the North Indian Ocean region: the role of El Nino-Southern Oscillation; Climate Dynamics
Spatial utilisation of fast-ice by Weddell seals Leptonychotes weddelli during winter; Ecography
Species-specific variations in the nutritional quality of southern ocean phytoplankton in response to elevated pCO2; Water (Switzerland)
State-space models for bio-loggers: A methodological road map; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Statistical solutions for error and bias in global citizen science datasets; Biological Conservation
Temporal life history plasticity of the Southern Ocean squid Todarodes filippovae from waters off Tasmania, Australia; Marine Biology
Temporal population dynamics in arrow squid Nototodarus gouldi in southern Australian waters; Marine Biology
Testing Paradigms of Ecosystem Change under Climate Warming in Antarctica; PLOS ONE
The behavioural response of lactating Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) to over-snow vehicles: a case study; Canadian Journal of Zoology
The expectancy valence model of the Iowa Gambling Task: Can it produce reliable estimates for individuals?; Journal of Mathematical Psychology
The Expectancy Valence Model: Can it identify individual performance deficits on the Iowa gambling task?; Australian Mathematical Psychology Conference
The retrospective analysis of Antarctic tracking data project; Scientific Data
Tracking of marine predators to protect Southern Ocean ecosystems; Nature
Trial and validation of Respondent-Driven Sampling as a cost-effective method for obtaining representative catch, effort, social and economic data from recreational fisheries
Twilight-free geolocation from noisy light data; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Use of parameters within Euphausia superba Grym simulations; Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
Variation in age, growth and maturity in the Australian arrow squid Nototodarus gouldi over time and space - what is the pattern?; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Vertical distribution and diurnal migration patterns of Jasus edwardsii phyllosomas off the east coast of the North Island, New Zealand; New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
Water masers within the G 333.2-0.6 giant molecular cloud; Astrophysical Masers and Their Environments

Research Projects

2003-051 Developing tagging models and validating key assumptions for estimating crucial fishery assessment parameters in the Tasmanian rock lobster fisheries; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
2007/064 Tactical Research Fund: Developing an Analytical Module for Large-scale Recreational Fishery Data Based on Phone/Diary Survey Methodology; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Arrow Squid-Stock Variability, Fishing Techniques, Trophic Linkages - Facing The Challenges; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Assessing status and trends of marine ecosystems in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Assessment and monitoring of Australia's finfish fisheries in the Southern Ocean; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Defining winning strategies in a changing Southern Ocean; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Development of environmental risk assessment and remediation guidelines for Antarctic and subantarctic marine and terrestrial environments; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Evaluating the likelihood of regime shifts in Southern Ocean ecosystems; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Evaluation of a smart-phone application to collect recreational fishing catch estimates, including an assessment against an independent probability based survey, using South Australia as a case study; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Investigating sources of variability in the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Toothfish fishery; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Multi-species animal tracking: analytical methods and application ; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Quantitative Antarctic Science; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Reliable Geolocaton Estimates from Archival Tag Data; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Science to support Australias Southern Ocean Fisheries 2021-2023; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Solar and satellite animal tracking: analytical methods and applications ; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
TRACK. A New Tool for Integration, Interpolation and Visualisation of Animal Tracking Data; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Trial and validation of Respondent-Driven sampling as a cost-effective method for obtaining representative catch, effort, social and economic data from recreational fisheries; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Using size-based models to understand the role of mesopelagic fish and squid in the Southern Ocean ecosystem; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
A joint role comprising: Experiences of working at the AAD The Project, and Advisory support under the direction of the A/Chief Scientist or Deputy Chief Scientist
Great Lake Algal Bed Study 2002-2003
National Survey of the Recreational Catch of Southern Bluefin - Analysis

Research Candidate Supervision

A Daily Tag Return Model for Lobster Fisheries
An Inverse Method for Designing High-frequency RF Coils in MRI
Analytical Techniques for the Interpretation of Satellite Derived Marine Animal Locations
Analytical Tools for Estimating Predator Diets in Marine Ecosystems
Biology and Conservation Ecology of Selected Saproxylic Beetle Species in Tasmania's Southern Forests
Causes and consequences of variability in the depths of acoustic deep scattering layers in the world ocean
Dynamic Model Selection in Agent-Based Simulation Models
Dynamical Systems Analysis of a Two-Level Trophic Food Web in the Southern Oceans
Energy Balance Models in the Earth-Sun System in Relation to Climate.
Estimating Natural Scales of Ecological Systems
Estimation of Two Observer Line Transett Surveys (Applied tot he SBT Aerial Survey Data)
Fisheries CPUE-Abundance Relationships- Examination using a Resource-Fisher Integrated Model
Flame Properties and Fire Spread on Cylindrical Fuel Beds
Impacts of Future Climate on Tasmanian Rivers
Interfacial Waves in Shear Flows
Investigation of the Atmospheric Teleconnection Processes Related with Monsoon Variability Over the Basin of the Northern Indian Ocean
Milky Way Halo Objects, IC 4499 and the Large Magellanic Cloud
Modelling Water and Solute Transport in Chara- A Numerical Study of the Effects of Unstirred Layers on Membrane Parameter Estimation
Nesting Habitat Selection of Snow Petrels (Pagodroma nivea) and Wilson's Storm Petrels (Oceanites oceanicus) in East Antarctica- A Modelling Approach to Predict Species Distribution
Nonlinear Applications of Markov Chain Monte Carlo
Plasticity in the Reproductive Strategies of the Southern Ocean Ommastrephid Squid Todarodes filippovae - a Morphometric, Lipid and Fatty Acid Approach
Statistical Inference for Movement Behaviour Using Animal Tracking Data
The Tag Location Problem