As 2020 draws to a close, we are reflecting on the year that was. Despite the pandemic-related challenges, SequeiraLab had a productive year...
The recent Nature paper led by Nuno Queiroz and David Sims plus a team of co-authors including Dr Ana Sequeira is now in the top 1% of cited papers within the same field and publication year!
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.
We are excited to report that Dr Ana Sequeira was invited to write a dispatch for the esteemed journal Current Biology.
Ana has been awarded a prestigious grant from the Australian Research Council as lead Chief Investigator of a team of four. The grant is for their global project Dynamic assessment of threats to marine megafauna in face of global change.
Dr Ana Sequeira's global collaborative projects were recently featured in the Pawsey Supercomputer Center's Science Showcase. The projects involve hundreds of researchers worldwide combining their tracking datasets and they have now collated over three decades of animal movement data.
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.
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.
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.
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.