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Researcher: White, RWG (Professor Rob White)

Fields of Research

Freshwater ecology
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Genetics
Animal systematics and taxonomy
Evolutionary biology
Fisheries sciences
Wildlife and habitat management
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge management methods
Microbiology
Fish physiology and genetics
Aquaculture
Conservation and biodiversity
Gene expression (incl. microarray and other genome-wide approaches)
Animal reproduction and breeding

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Fisheries - wild caught
Terrestrial biodiversity
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Fisheries - recreational freshwater
Fisheries - aquaculture
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Fresh, ground and surface water biodiversity
Marine biodiversity
Natural hazards
Other animal production and animal primary products
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments

Career Best Publications

A shift in the habitat use pattern of a lentic galaxiid fish: an acute behavioural response to an introduced predator; Environmental Biology of Fishes
Genetic identification of asteroid larvae from Tasmania, Australia, by PCR-RFLP; Molecular Ecology
Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the Tasmanian and New Zealand mudfishes (Salmoniformes: Galaxiidae); Australian Journal of Zoology
Molecular phylogeny of the antitropical subgenus Goniistius (Perciformes : Cheilodactylidae : Cheilodactylus): evidence for multiple transequatorial divergences and non-monophyly; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Phylogenetic Relationships within the Eared Seals (Otariidae: Carnivora): Implications for the Historical Biogeography of the Family; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Postsealing genetic variation and population structure of two species of fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella and A-tropicalis); Molecular Ecology
Tired nature's sweet restorer? Ecology of abalone (Haliotis spp.) stock enhancement in Australia; Workshop on Rebuilding Abalone Stocks in British Columbia

Research Publications

A new myxosporean, Zschokkella leptatherinae n. sp. (Myxozoa: Myxidiidae), from the hepatic ducts and gallbladder of Australian marine fishes; Systematic Parasitology
A shift in the habitat use pattern of a lentic galaxiid fish: an acute behavioural response to an introduced predator; Environmental Biology of Fishes
Age and growth of the queen scallop, Equichlamys bifrons, in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon River estuary, Tasmania; Marine and Freshwater Research
Ancient and modern - the Tasmanian galaxiid (Pisces, Galaxiidae) fauna; Evolutionary Biology at High Southern Latitudes
Assessment of restriction enzyme analysis of mitochondrial DNA for the identification of stocks of commercially important marine species and for the detection of genetic markers for use in salmonid husbandry
Characterization of microsatellite loci in the Australian Blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra, Leach); Molecular Ecology
Comparison of day and night fyke netting, electrofishing and snorkelling for monitoring a population of the threatened golden galaxias (Galaxias auratus); Hydrobiologia
Diet and feeding strategy of Octopus maorum in southeast Tasmania; Bulletin of Marine Science
Errata: Reproductive biology of the threatened golden galaxias; Journal of Fish Biology
Evaluation of subcutaneously implanted visual implant tags and coded wire tags for marking and benign recovery in a small scaleless fish, Galaxias truttaceus (Pisces: Galaxiidae); Marine and Freshwater Research
Frequency distribution and host-parasite relationships of Zschokkella leptatherinae (Myxozoa: Myxiidae), a parasite of atherinid fishes; Australian Journal of Zoology
Genetic identification of asteroid larvae from Tasmania, Australia, by PCR-RFLP; Molecular Ecology
Genetic variation in the greenback flounder Rhombosolea tapirina Gunther (Teleostei, Pleuronectidae) and the implications for aquaculture; Marine and Freshwater Research
Increasing turbidity significantly alters the diet of brown trout: a multi-year longitudinal study; Journal of Fish Biology
Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the Tasmanian and New Zealand mudfishes (Salmoniformes: Galaxiidae); Australian Journal of Zoology
Molecular phylogeny of the antitropical subgenus Goniistius (Perciformes : Cheilodactylidae : Cheilodactylus): evidence for multiple transequatorial divergences and non-monophyly; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Movements and habitat use of the queen scallop, Equichlamys bifrons, in the D'Entrecasteaux channel and Huon River estuary, Tasmania ; Journal of Shellfish Research
Niche overlap and trophic resource partitioning of two sympatric batoids co-inhabiting an estuarine system in southeast Australia; Journal of Applied Ichthyology
Nocturnal and diurnal feeding by Galaxias auratus, a lentic galaxiid fish; Ecology of Freshwater Fish
Phylogenetic Relationships within the Eared Seals (Otariidae: Carnivora): Implications for the Historical Biogeography of the Family; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Postsealing genetic variation and population structure of two species of fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella and A-tropicalis); Molecular Ecology
Reproductive biology of the threatened golden galaxias Galaxias auratus Johnston and in the influence of lake hydrology; Journal of Fish Biology
Spawning related seasonal variation in fyke net catches of golden galaxias (Galaxias auratus): implications for monitoring lacustrine galaxiid populations; Fisheries Management and Ecology
Spawning-related fungal infection of golden galaxias Galaxias auratus (Galaxiidae); Journal of Fish Biology
Status of galaxiid fishes in Tasmania, Australia: conservation listings, threats and management issues; Aquatic Conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems
The effects of turbidity and complex habitats on the feeding of a galaxiid fish are clear and simple; Marine and Freshwater Research
The impact of an introduced predator on a threatened galaxiid fish is reduced by the availability of complex habitats; Freshwater Biology
Threatened fishes of the world: Galaxias auratus Johnston, 1883 (Galaxiidae); Environmental Biology of Fishes
Tired nature's sweet restorer? Ecology of abalone (Haliotis spp.) stock enhancement in Australia; Workshop on Rebuilding Abalone Stocks in British Columbia
Trichodinid parasites (Ciliophora: Peritricha) from the gills of some Australian marine fishes; Systematic Parasitology

Research Projects

Application of molecular genetics to the enhancement of temperate abalone culture; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Assessment of DNA microsatellite utility for studies of population genetics and fisheries management by application to the jackass morwong.; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Assessment of restriction enzyme analysis mitochondrial DNA etc; Fishing Industry Research & Development Council (FIRDC)
Biochemical and karyological studies of the phylogenetic relationships of the Australasian galaxiid fishes; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Establishment of a DNA Sequencing Facility at the University of Tasmania; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Evolutionary, population and molecular genetics of fishes of the family Galaxiidae; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Growth and habitat utilisation of the juvenile Southern Rock Lobster Jasus edwardsii; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Growth and natural mortality of juvenile rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) in south-eastern Tasmania; CSIRO/University of Tasmania (CSIRO/UTAS)
Population Genetics of Southern Ocean Colonial Seabirds; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Population genetics of southern ocean colonial seabirds; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision

Aspects of the Biology and Ecology of Six Temperate Reef Fishes (Families- Labridae and Monacanthidae)
Aspects of the phylogeny, biogeography and taxonomy of galaxioid fishes
Biology of exploited abalone stocks in Tasmania
Conservation Biology of the Golden Galaxias (Galaxias auratus) (Pisces- Galaxiidae)
Ecology of juvenile Jasus edwardsii
Ecology of seagrass fishes
Fish genetics
Genetics of Australian lizard fish
Marine fisheries/otolith microchemistry
Mitochondrial DNA variation in orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) and Jack Mackeral (Trachurus declivis)
Molecular genetics of cirrhitoid fishes
Molecular markers for abalone research
Population genetics of fur seals (Arctocephalus spp.)
Population genetics of selected whitebait species- galaxias maculatus (jenyns) and lovettia sealii (Johnston).
Population parameters of blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra Leach) at the Actaeons in south-east Tasmania
Recruitment of, and habitat use by juvenile banded morwong.
Taxonomy and Phylogenetic Systematics of the Indo-Pacific Whip-Tailed Stringray Genus Himantura Muller & Henle 1837 (Chondrichthyes- Myliobatiformes- Dasyatidae)
Techniques for assessing the Tasmanian lobster fishery
The ecology of sand flathead and Jackass Morwong
The Fin Blue Line- Quantifying Fishing Mortality Using Shark Fin Morphology
The Importance of Complex Habitats for the Predator-Prey Interaction Between the Threatened Galaxiid Fish and an Introduced Salmonid
Title- Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics of Puffinus spp.
Title- Evolutionary and Population Genetics of Jasus Species Inferred from Mitochondrial DNA
Title- Taxonomic and Biological Studies of Protozoan Parasites in Tasmanian Marine Fishes
Triploidy in salmonids in Tasmania
Trout Ecology