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Researcher: Wilcox, C (Dr Chris Wilcox)

Fields of Research

Conservation and biodiversity
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Fisheries management
Public policy
Environmental management
Animal behaviour
Fisheries sciences
Behavioural ecology
Environment policy
Population ecology
Pollution and contamination
Ocean law and governance
Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Environmental assessment and monitoring
Wildlife and habitat management
Biological oceanography

Research Objectives

Marine biodiversity
Other environmental management
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Fisheries - wild caught
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives)
Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Management of solid waste from commercial services and tourism
Environmental education and awareness
Assessment and management of pelagic marine ecosystems
Terrestrial biodiversity
Expanding knowledge in economics

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A biochemical approach for identifying plastics exposure in live wildlife; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
A global inventory of small floating plastic debris; Environmental Research Letters
A Value Chain Analysis of ghost nets in the Arafura Sea: identifying trans-boundary stakeholders, intervention points and livelihood trade-offs; Journal of Environmental Management
Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear ‘ghost nets’ are increasing through time in Northern Australia; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2020: Scientists' letter of concern; Ecological Management and Restoration
Biodiversity offsets: a cost-effective interim solution to seabird bycatch in fisheries?; PLoS ONE
Catastrophic floods may pave the way for increased genetic diversity in endemic artesian spring snail populations; PLoS ONE
Challenges and misperceptions around global fishing gear loss estimates; Marine Policy
Characteristics of marine debris that entangle Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus) in southern Australia; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Cheap and nasty? The potential perils of using management costs to identify global conservation priorities; PLoS ONE
Determining trends and environmental drivers from long-term marine mammal and seabird data: examples from Southern Australia; Regional Environmental Change
Economic and conservation implications of a variable effort penalty system in effort-controlled fisheries; Applied Economics
Estimates of fishing gear loss rates at a global scale: a literature review and meta-analysis; Fish and Fisheries
Estimating fishing effort and spatio-temporal distribution of longline vessels in the Indian Ocean; Frontiers in Marine Science
Estimation of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) habitat in waters adjacent to Australia's East Coast: making the most of commercial catch data; Fisheries Oceanography
Genetic variability and population diversity as revealed by microsatellites for Flesh-footed shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes) in the southern hemisphere; Conservation Genetics Resources
Ghostnet impacts on globally threatened turtles, a spatial risk analysis for northern Australia; Conservation Letters
Global analysis of anthropogenic debris ingestion by sea turtles; Conservation Biology
Global causes, drivers, and prevention measures for lost fishing gear; Frontiers in Marine Science
Impacts of Introduced Predators on Seabirds; Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion, and Restoration
Local waste management successfully reduces coastal plastic pollution; One Earth
Maximizing return on investment for island restoration and species conservation; Conservation Letters
Mistaken identity? Visual similarities of marine debris to natural prey items of sea turtles; BMC Ecology
Novel methods, new results and science-based solutions to tackle marine debris impacts on wildlife; Ocean & Coastal Management
Past and estimated future impact of invasive alien mammals on insular threatened vertebrate populations; Nature Communications
Perverse incentives risk undermining biodiversity offset policies; Journal of Applied Ecology
Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean; Science
Progress and challenges in eliminating illegal fishing; Fish and Fisheries
Progress and challenges in eliminating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Australian waters; 25th World Congress of Political Science
Resolving estimation of movement in a vertically migrating pelagic fish: Does GPS provide a solution?; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Risk analysis reveals global hotspots for marine debris ingestion by sea turtles; Global Change Biology
Risk sensitivity and the behaviour of fishing vessels; Fish and Fisheries
State and local pressures drive plastic pollution compliance strategies; Journal of Environmental Management
The future of ocean governance; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
The intersection between illegal fishing, crimes at sea, and social well-being; Frontiers in Marine Science
The success of water refill stations reducing single-use plastic bottle litter; Sustainability
Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
To eat or not to eat? Debris selectivity by marine turtles; PLoS One
Understanding the sources and effects of abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear on marine turtles in northern Australia; Conservation Biology
Using expert elicitation to estimate the impacts of plastic pollution on marine wildlife; Marine Policy

Research Projects

Population-level effects of plastic ingestion in Australasian seabirds; Birdlife Australia (BLA)
Population-level effects of plastic ingestion in Australasian seabirds; Australian Wildlife Society (AWSoc)

Research Candidate Supervision