PhD title: Ecology of pelagic wildlife along the Western Australia coast and its implications for conservation
Start date: 1 April 2016
My research focuses on the ecology of pelagic wildlife including sharks, teleost fish and marine mammals along the Western Australian coast. Using mid-water stereo baited remote underwater video systems, I am documenting the diversity, abundance, biomass and composition of this offshore community from the northern Kimberley to Esperance. I am also exploring the latest technology that could be applied to an automated ocean measurement vessel that will exponentially accelerate the acquisition and compilation of wildlife and oceanic data. The research matters because pelagic vertebrates are amongst the most threatened yet least understood animals in our oceans, with many of these species also critical to global food security.
Australia has established a network of blue-water marine parks throughout its EEZ, including along the WA coast. By understanding spatial and temporal variability in the context of large scale biogeography and the status of these newly created marine parks, my research also provides a key baseline for ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of existing protection.
- Grants & Awards
Forrest JAH, Barley SC, Turner J, Tickler D, Bouchet P, Meeuwig JJ. In Review. Global distribution of shortfin mako Isurus oxyrhinchus and possible identification of first Indian Ocean nursery. Conservation Science and Practice.
Forrest JAH, Barley SC, Turner J, Tickler D, Bouchet P, Meeuwig JJ. In Review. Stable patterns in ocean wildlife support the establishment of marine protected areas. Ecosphere.
Tickler D, Meeuwig JJ, Bryant K, David F, Forrest JAH, Gordon E, Larsen JJ, Oh B, Pauly D, Sumaila UR, Zeller D. 2018. Modern slavery and the race to fish. Nature Commnunications, 9: 4643
Meeuwig JJ Forrest JAH, Tickler D, Zeller D..How to keep slave-caught seafood off your plate. The Conversation