A trip to Shark Bay kicked off our Gathaagudu Animal Tracking (GAT) Project

We are excited to report back on our first field trip to Shark Bay as part of the Gathaagudu Animal Tracking (GAT) Project. The team of co-CIs Ana Sequeira and Matthew Fraser, and members Takahiro Shimada and Mike Taylor were rewarded in making the 1,600 km round trip from Perth to Denham in Shark Bay with spectacular views and the chance to get to know the stakeholders in that World Heritage Area.

Jess shows the community our coastal biodiversity

Recently, our Master's student Jess participated in a community biodiversity awareness event for the public to learn about our local coastal ecosystems. The event was run by local artist and biodiversity educator, Angela Rossen, with the UWA School of Biological Sciences, Quinns Rocks Environmental Group and Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

Recent paper published on the growth and energetic requirements of yellowtail kingfish

We are very happy to announce that research led by Callum Donohue and Ana Sequeira has been published in the journal Aquaculture. This research, Bioenergetic growth model for the yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi), provides a mathematical model to predict the energetic requirements and biochemical flux of yellowtail kingfish, a highly valued aquaculture species. This research was conducted during Callum’s placement as a research assistant in the lab under the global Aquaspace project.

Charlotte Birkmanis wins national award

We are excited to report that Charlotte Birkmanis has been awarded the 2020 Student International Travel Scholarship from the Australian Society of Fish Biology. This merit-based scholarship supports a researcher to present their work at an international conference.

New paper assessing how much tracking data biases affect species distribution models

Dr Ana Sequeira and Dr Malcolm O’Toole have led a newly published paper on tracking marine animals published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The study Quantifying effects of tracking data bias on species distribution models used simulation data emulating the movement of marine predators to test the effects of different types of tracking data when developing species distribution models.