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Researcher: Virtue, P (Associate Professor Patti Virtue)

Fields of Research

Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Biological Oceanography
Ecosystem Function
Global Change Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Biological Sciences
Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Natural Resource Management
Conservation and Biodiversity
Fisheries Management
Analytical Biochemistry
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Fisheries Sciences
Chemical Oceanography
Organic Chemistry
Animal Physiological Ecology
Environmental Management
Physical Sciences
Environmental Education and Extension
Population Ecology
Wildlife and Habitat Management
Fish Physiology and Genetics
Animal Developmental and Reproductive Biology
Evolutionary Impacts of Climate Change
Ecological Physiology
Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses)
Molecular Evolution
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Physical Oceanography
Isotope Geochemistry
Animal Physiology - Systems
Biogeography and Phylogeography
Animal Systematics and Taxonomy

Research Objectives

Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Fisheries - Wild Caught
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments
Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments
Global Effects of Climate Change and Variability (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. Social Impacts)
Environmental Education and Awareness
Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
Wild Caught Crustaceans (excl. Rock Lobster and Prawns)
Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Wild Caught Edible Molluscs
Fisheries - Recreational
Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production
Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Aquaculture Oysters
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A photographic documentation of the development of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) from egg to early juvenile; Polar Biology
Adult exposure to ocean acidification is maladaptive for larvae of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata in the presence of multiple stressors; Biology Letters
An experimental study of the effect of diet on the fatty acid profiles of the European Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis); Marine Biology
Arrow squid: stock variability, fishing techniques, trophic linkages - facing the challenges
Aspects of krill growth and condition during late winter-early spring off East Antarctica (110-130°E); Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Biochemical composition of Nyctiphanes australis and its possible use as an aquaculture feed source: lipids, pigments and fluoride content; Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters
Carbon cycling dynamics in the seasonal sea-ice zone of East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Changes in the digestive gland of Euphausia superba during short-term starvation: lipid class, fatty acid and sterol content and composition; Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters
Chapter 10: Oil composition; Australian Seafood Handbook
Combined effects of two ocean change stressors, warming and acidification, on fertilization and early development of the Antarctic echinoid Sterechinus neumayeri; Polar Biology
Combining statolith element composition and Fourier shape data allows discrimination of spatial and temporal stock structure of arrow squid (Nototodarus gouldi); Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Condition of Euphausia crystallorophias off East Antarctica in winter in comparison to other seasons; Deep-Sea Research II - Topical Studies in Oceanography
Condition of larval (furcilia VI) and one year old juvenile Euphausia superba during the winter–spring transition in East Antarctica; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2
Copper Accumulation and Toxicity in Euphausia superba Dana; Bioaccumulation Workshop: Assessment of the Distribution, Impacts and Bioaccumulation of Contaminants in Aquatic Environments
Determination of Inorganic Selenium Species in Marine Waters by Hydride Generation-AFS; Australian Journal of Chemistry
Development of a continuous phytoplankton culture system for ocean acidification experiments; Water
Dietary-related mechanisms of survival in Euphausia superba: biochemical changes during long-term starvation and bacteria as a possible source of nutrition; Antarctic Communities Species, Structure and Survival
Effect of a carnivorous diet on the lipids, fatty acids and condition of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba; Antarctic Science
Effects of ocean warming and acidification on fertilization in the Antarctic echinoid Sterechinus neumayeri across a range of sperm concentrations; Marine Environmental Research
Effects of sample treatment on the analysis of stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in zooplankton, micronekton and a filter-feeding shark; Marine Biology
Energy metabolism during development of the antarctic sea urchin Sterechinus neumayeri; Antarctic Journal
Environmental constraints on the lipid composition and metabolism of euphausiids:the case of Euphausia superba and Meganyctiphanes norvegica; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Factors determining the hatching success of Antarctic krill Euphausia superba embryo: lipid and fatty acid composition; Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters
Fecundity and its variability in orange roughy: effects of population density, condition, egg size, and senescence; Journal of Fish Biology
Flexible adaptation of the seasonal krill maturity cycle in the laboratory; Journal of Plankton Research
Interpreting aspects of Antarctic krill life history and survival through lipid analyses; Australian Marine Science Association Conference, 3-6 July 1995
Intraspecific variability in diet and implied foraging ranges of whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, from signature fatty acid analysis; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Krill demography and large-scale distribution in the Western Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean (CCAMLR Division 58.4.2) in Austral summer of 2006 ; Deep-Sea Research. Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
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
Lipid (energy) reserves, utilisation and provisioning during oocyte maturation and early embryonic development of deepwater chondrichthyans; Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters
Lipid and mercury profiles of 61 mid-trophic species collected off south-eastern Australia; Marine and Freshwater Research
Lipid composition and partitioning of deepwater chondrichthyans: inferences of feeding ecology and distribution; Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters
Lipids and Buoyancy in Southern Ocean Pteropods; Lipids
Lipids and trophodynamics of Antarctic zooplankton; Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B-Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Lipids as trophic markers in Antarctic krill, I. Validation under controlled laboratory conditions; VIIIth SCAR International Biology Symposium
Lipids as trophic markers in Antarctic krill. II. Lipid composition of the body and digestive gland of Euphausia superba in controlled conditions; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Lipids as trophic markers in Antarctic krill. III. Temporal changes in digestive gland lipid composition of Euphausia superba in controlled conditions; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Lipids from the Bull Kelp Durvillaea potatorum; Phytochemistry: International Journal of Plant Biochemistry
Lipids in Euphausia superba dana - PhD Thesis
Long-term effect of photoperiod, temperature and feeding regimes on the respiration rates of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba); Open Journal of Marine Science
Microbial consortia in wetland sediments: A biomarker analysis of the effects of hydrological regime, vegetation and season on benthic microbes; Marine and Freshwater Research
On the food of northern krill Meganyctiphanes norvegica in relation to its vertical distribution; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Perspectives on marine zooplankton lipids; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Reproductive trade-off in male Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba; Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters
Seafood the good food: the oil (fat) content and composition of Australian commercial fishes, shellfishes and crustaceans; CSIRO Marine Research
Seasonal variations in diet of arrow squid (Nototodarus gouldi): stomach content and signature fatty acid analysis; Journal of the Marine Biological Association of The United Kingdom
Seasonal variations in the lipid and fatty acid composition of the euphausiid Meganyctiphanes norvegica from the Ligurian Sea; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Sensitivity and response time of three common Antarctic marine copepods to metal exposure; Chemosphere
Simultaneous estimation of microbial phospholipid fatty acids and diether lipids by capillary gas chromatography; Journal of Microbiological Methods
Spatially explicit estimates of prey consumption reveal a new krill predator in the Southern Ocean; Plos One
Species-specific variations in the nutritional quality of southern ocean phytoplankton in response to elevated pCO2; Water (Switzerland)
Structural changes in the digestive glands of larval Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) during starvation; Polar Biology
Temperature effects on the growth and maturation of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba); Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Temporal changes in the sensitivity of coastal Antarctic zooplankton communities to diesel fuel: a comparison between single- and multi-species toxicity tests; Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
The foraging ecology of an oceanic squid, Todarodes filippovae: The use of signature lipid profiling to monitor ecosystem change; Deep-Sea Research Part II
The frequency of ingested plastic debris and its effects on body condition of short-tailed shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) pre-fledging chicks in Tasmania, Australia; Emu
The lipid composition of Euphausla superba Dana in relation to the nutritional value of Phaeocystis pouchetii (Hariot) Lagerheim; Antarctic Science
The lipid, fatty acid and fatty alcohol composition of the myctophid fish Electrona antarctica: high level of wax esters and f ood-chain implications; Antarctic Science
The scheduling of spawning with the moult cycle in Northern krill (Crustacea: Euphausiacea): a strategy for allocating lipids to reproduction; Invertebrate Reproduction & Development
The zooplankton food web under East Antarctic pack ice – a stable isotope study; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2
Use of fatty acids as dietary indicators in northern krill, , Meganyctiphanes norvegica, from northeastern Atlantic, Kattegat, and Mediterranean waters; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Validation and quantification of extractable age pigments for determining the age of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba); Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters
Vanishing Point Unseen: an art/science collaboration and exhibition on the impact of microplastics in our oceans
Vanishing Point: an art/science collaboration on ocean plastics
Vulnerability of the calcifying larval stage of the Antarctic sea urchin Sterechinus neumayeri to near-future ocean acidification and warming; Global Change Biology
Will krill fare well under Southern Ocean acidification?; Biology Letters
Zooplankton abundance and biomass size spectra in the East Antarctic sea-ice zone during the winter–spring transition; Deep-Sea Research: Part II

Research Projects

A Laser Optical Plankton Counter (L-OPC) for Laboratory or in-situ Size Distributions of Zooplankton: Ecological Dynamics of a Changing East Australian Current; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Arrow Squid-Stock Variability, Fishing Techniques, Trophic Linkages - Facing The Challenges; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Carbon Dioxide Induced Effects on Phytoplankton, Larval Krill Nutrition and the Antarctic Food Web; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Determining Trophic Relationships between Whales and Squid using Biochemical Dietary Tracers; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Development of environmental risk assessment and remediation guidelines for Antarctic and subantarctic marine and terrestrial environments; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Diet and range of killer whales in eastern Australian waters: insights from satellite tagging, signature fatty acid and stable isotope analysis; Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc (SEAWORLD)
Diet of killer whales in Australian waters: insights from signature fatty acids and stable isotope analysis; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Environmental and Biological Factors Driving Whale Shark Distribution and Abundance at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Environmental and biological factors driving whale shark distribution and abundance in the Indian Ocean; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Environmental and biological factors driving whale shark distribution and abundance in the Indian Ocean; Save our Seas Foundation (SOS)
Interpreting aspects of krill life history and survival through lipid analysis; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Interpreting Aspects of Krill Life History and Survival Through Lipid Analysis; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Quantifying Trophic Links in Four Antarctic Marine Predators; Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc (SEAWORLD)
Quantifying Trophic Links in Several Antarctic Marine Predators; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Quantifying Trophic Links in Several Antarctic Marine Predators; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystems Experiment II - an integrated study of physical and ecological sea ice processes off East Antarctica during spring; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Spatial and Temporal Variations in Elemental Signatures of Arrow Squid Statoliths; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Supplementary Funding; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
The effects of CO2 induced ocean acidification and increasing ocean temperatures on the development, physiology and lifecycle of Antarctic krill (euphausia superba dana); Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
The impact of climate change on larval energetics of molluscs on the southeast coast of Australia; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Impact of Ocean Acidification on Juvenile Antarctic Krill: Quantification of Nutritional Changes of Dietary Phytoplankton and Sea Ice Bottom Algae and Krill; CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
The relationship between sea ice and larval Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba); Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
The use of lipid biomarkers in Euphausia superba as a parameter for determining energy flow in the Antarctic marine food web; Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC)
The use of lipid profiles of Euphausia superba as a parameter for determining deitary preferences and the abundance and spatial distribution of krill; Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC)
Using Novel Dietary Tracers to Determine Feeding Ecology and Human Impacts on Whale Populations - A New Conservation Tool; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Utilising innovative fishing technology to address key questions on the biology of Antarctic krill; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision

Acidification and Carbonate Chemistry of Shelf Waters in the Australian Antarctic Territory
Determining Cetacean - Cephalopod Trophic Interactions - A Qualitative and Quantitative Approach
Diet and Energy Budget of Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) - Relationship between Krill and Winter Sea Ice
Ecology and Physiology of Deepwater Chondrichthyans off Southeast Australia- Mercury, Stable Isotope and Lipid Analysis
Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Nutritional Quality of Antarctic Phytoplankton as Food for Euphausia Superba Larvae
Environmental and Biological Factors Driving Whale Sharks Distribution and Abundance in the Indian Ocean
Environmental Effects on the Growth, Maturation and Physiology in Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) over an Annual Cycle- An Experimental Approach
Environmental Influences on Reproduction in Antarctic Krill, Euphausia Superba
Evolutionary Tales of Maskrays (Neotrygon, Dasyatidae), Flatheads (Platycephalidae, Scorpaeniformes) and Tuskfishes (Choerodon, Labridae)
Genetic Structure, Diversity, and Population Ecology of Antarctic Benthic Amphipods
Growth and Ageing in Antarctic Krill
Influence of Environmental Factors on Population Structure of Arrow Squid Nototodarus gouldi- Implications for Stock Assessment
Mechanisms for Sex Determination in Antarctic Krill
Plasticity in the Reproductive Strategies of the Southern Ocean Ommastrephid Squid Todarodes filippovae - a Morphometric, Lipid and Fatty Acid Approach
Quantifying the Trophic Linkages of Antarctic Marine Predators
The Potential effects of CO2 Induced Ocean Acidification and Increasing Temperature on the Development, Growth & Physiology of Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba)