• Sea World Research & Rescue Foundations Funded Research Publications

Research Publications

Publications on Marine Vertebrate Research supported by the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation.

Below you will find a list of peer-reviewed publications which illustrate some of the research supported by the Foundation:


ORBELL, J. D., DAO, H. V., NGEH, L. N. & BIGGER, S. W. 2007. Magnetic particle technology in environmental remediation and wildlife rehabilitation. Environmentalist, 27, 175-182.


BACHER, K., ALLEN, S., LINDHOLM, K., BEJDER, L. & KRUTZEN, M. 2010. Genes or culture: Are mitochondrial genes associated with tool use in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.)? Behavioural Genetics, 40,706-714.

BELL, C., KEMPER, C. & CONRAN, J. 2002. Common dolphins Delphinus delphis in Southern Australia: A morphometric study. Australian Mammalogy, 24.

CONNOR, R. C. 2007. Dolphin social intelligence: complex alliance relationships in bottlenose dolphins and a consideration of selective environments for extreme brain size evolution in mammals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 362,587-602.

CORKERON, P. J. & MARTIN, A. R. 2004. Ranging and diving behaviour of two 'offshore' bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops sp., off eastern Australia. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 84,465-468.

HALE, P., BARRETO, A. & ROSS, G. 2000. Comparative morphology and distribution of the aduncus and truncatus forms of bottlenose dolphin Tursiops in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans. Aquatic Mammals, 26,101-110.

SOTO, A. B., CAGNAZZI, D., EVERINGHAM, Y., PARRA, G. J., NOAD, M. & MARSH, H. 2013. Acoustic alarms elicit only subtle responses in the behaviour of tropical coastal dolphins in Queensland, Australia. Endangered Species Research, 20,271-282.


BRODERICK, D., OVENDEN, J., SLADE, R. & LANYON, J. M. 2007. Characterization of 26 new microsatellite loci in the dugong (Dugong dugon). Molecular Ecology Notes, 7,1275-1277.

EIGELAND, K. A., LANYON, J. M., TROTT, D. J., OUWERKERK, D., BLANSHARD, W., MILINOVICH, G. J., GULINO, L. M., MARTINEZ, E., MERSON, S. & KLIEVE, A. V. 2012. Bacterial community structure in the hindgut of wild and captive dugongs (Dugong dugon). Aquatic Mammals, 38,402-411.

HODGSON, A. J., MARSH, H., DELEAN, S. & MARCUS, L. 2007. Is attempting to change marine mammal behaviour a generic solution to the bycatch problem? A dugong case study. Animal Conservation, 10,263-273.

SHEPPARD, J. K., PREEN, A. R., MARSH, H., LAWLER, I. R., WHITING, S. D. & JONES, R. E. 2006. Movement heterogeneity of dugongs, Dugong dugon (Muller), over large spatial scales. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 334,64-83.


CURTIS, L. M., GRUTTER, A. S., SMIT, N. J. & DAVIES, A. J. 2013. Gnathia aureamaculosa, a likely definitive host of Haemogregarina balistapi and potential vector for Haemogregarina bigemina between fishes of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. International Journal for Parasitology, 43, 361-370.

DAWSON, M. N. 2012. Parallel phylogeographic structure in ecologically similar sympatric sister taxa. Molecular Ecology, 21, 987-1004.

HEAGNEY, E. C., GILLANDERS, B. M. & SUTHERS, I. M. 2013. The effect of parasitism by a blood-feeding isopod on the otolith chemistry of host fish. Marine and Freshwater Research, 64, 10-19.

HELLYER, C. B., HARASTI, D. & POORE, A. G. B. 2011. Manipulating artificial habitats to benefit seahorses in Sydney Harbour, Australia. Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 21, 582-589.

MILLER, G. M., WATSON, S.-A., DONELSON, J. M., MCCORMICK, M. I. & MUNDAY, P. L. 2012. Parental environment mediates impacts of increased carbon dioxide on a coral reef fish. Nature Climate Change, 2, 858-861.


BRUNNER, S., BRYDEN, M. M. & SHAUGHNESSY, P. D. 2004. Cranial ontogeny of otariid seals. Systematics and Biodiversity, 2,83-110.

CASPER, R. M., GALES, N. J., HINDELL, M. A. & ROBINSON, S. M. 2006. Diet estimation based on an integrated mixed prey feeding experiment using Arctocephalus seals. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 328,228-239.

FIELD, I. C., BRADSHAW, C. J. A., BURTON, H. R. & HINDELL, M. A. 2005a. Juvenile southern elephant seals exhibit seasonal differences in energetic requirements and use of lipids and protein stores. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 78,491-504.

FIELD, I. C., BRADSHAW, C. J. A., BURTON, H. R., SUMNER, M. D. & HINDELL, M. A. 2005b. Resource partitioning through oceanic segregation of foraging juvenile southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina). Oecologia, 142,127-135.

FIELD, I. C., BRADSHAW, C. J. A., VAN DEN HOFF, J., BURTON, H. R. & HINDELL, M. A. 2007. Age-related shifts in the diet composition of southern elephant seals expand overall foraging niche. Marine Biology, 150,1441-1452.

IZZO, C., HAMER, D. J., BERTOZZI, T., DONNELLAN, S. C. & GILLANDERS, B. M. 2011. Telomere length and age in pinnipeds: The endangered Australian sea lion as a case study. Marine Mammal Science, 27,841-851.

KNOX, T., STUART-WILLIAMS, H., WARNEKE, R. M., HOSKINS, A. J. & ARNOULD, J. P. Y. 2013. Analysis of growth and stable isotopes in teeth of male Australian fur seals reveals interannual variability in prey resources. Marine Mammal Science, 30,763-781.

LEA, M. A., HINDELL, M., GUINET, C. & GOLDSWORTHY, S. 2002. Variability in the diving activity of Antarctic fur seals, Arctocephalus gazella, at Iles Kerguelen. Polar Biology, 25,269-279.

LOWTHER, A. D. & GOLDSWORTHY, S. D. 2011. Detecting alternate foraging ecotypes in Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) colonies using stable isotope analysis. Marine Mammal Science, 27,567-586.

MCINTOSH, R. R., PAGE, B. & GOLDSWORTHY, S. D. 2006. Dietary analysis of regurgitates and stomach samples from free-living Australian sea lions. Wildlife Research, 33,661-669.

NEWLAND, C., FIELD, I. C., NICHOLS, P. D., BRADSHAW, C. J. A. & HINDELL, M. A. 2009. Blubber fatty acid profiles indicate dietary resource partitioning juvenile southern between adult and elephant seals. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 384,303-312.

PAGE, B., MCKENZIE, J., MCINTOSH, R., BAYLIS, A., MORRISSEY, A., CALVERT, N., HAASE, T., BERRIS, M., DOWIE, D., SHAUGHNESSY, P. D. & GOLDSWORTH, S. D. 2004. Entanglement of Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals in lost fishing gear and other marine debris before and after government and industry attempts to reduce the problem. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 49,33-42.

VAN DEN HOFF, J., FRACCARO, R., MITCHELL, P., FIELD, I., MCMAHON, C., BURTON, H., BLANSHARD, W., DUIGNAN, P. & ROGERS, T. 2005. Estimating body mass and condition of leopard seals by allometrics. Journal of Wildlife Management, 69,1015-1023.

VAN POLANEN PETEL, T. D., GIESE, M. A., WOTHERSPOON, S. & HINDELL, M. A. 2007. The behavioural response of lactating Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) to over-snow vehicles: a case study. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 85,488-496.

WALTERS, A., LEA, M.-A., VAN DEN HOFF, J., FIELD, I. C., VIRTUE, P., SOKOLOV, S. P., MATT H. & HINDELL, M. A. 2014. Spatially explicit estimates of prey consumption reveal a new krill predator in the Southern Ocean. PLoS ONE, 9.

WHEATLEY, K., BRADSHAW, C., HARCOURT, R., DAVIS, L. & HINDELL, M. 2006. Chemical immobilization of adult female Weddell seals with tiletamine and zolazepam: effects of age, condition and stage of lactation. BMC Veterinary Research, 2.

WYNEN, L. P., GOLDSWORTHY, S. D., GUINET, C., BESTER, M. N., BOYD, I. L., GJERTZ, I., HOFMEYR, G. J. G., WHITE, R. W. G. & SLADE, R. 2000. Postsealing genetic variation and population structure of two species of fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella and A-tropicalis). Molecular Ecology, 9, 299-314.


BRACCINI, J. M., GILLANDERS, B. M. & WALKER, T. I. 2005. Sources of variation in the feeding ecology of the piked spurdog (Squalus megalops): implications for inferring predator-prey interactions from overall dietary composition. Ices Journal of Marine Science, 62,1076-1094.

BRACCINI, J. M., GILLANDERS, B. M. & WALKER, T. I. 2006a. Determining reproductive parameters for population assessments of chondrichthyan species with asynchronous ovulation and parturition: piked spurdog (Squalus megalops) as a case study. Marine and Freshwater Research, 57,105-119.

BRACCINI, J. M., GILLANDERS, B. M. & WALKER, T. I. 2006b. Total and partial length-length, mass-mass and mass-length relationships for the piked spurdog (Squalus megalops) in south-eastern Australia. Fisheries Research, 78,385-389.

BRACCINI, J. M., HAMLETT, W. C., GILLANDERS, B. M. & WALKER, T. I. 2007. Embryo development and maternal-embryo nutritional relationships of piked spurdog (Squalus megalops). Marine Biology, 150,727-737.

COUTURIER, L. I. E., MARSHALL, A. D., JAINE, F. R. A., KASHIWAGI, T., PIERCE, S. J., TOWNSEND, K. A., WEEKS, S. J., BENNETT, M. B. & RICHARDSON, A. J. 2012. Biology, ecology and conservation of the Mobulidae. Journal of Fish Biology, 80,1075-1119.

GILES, J. L., OVENDEN, J. R., DHARMADI, KHAMPETCH, K., GARVILLES, E., ALMOJIL, D., HAMJEBRAYAKATH, H. & RIGINOS, C. 2014. Extensive population structure in the Indo-west pacific spot-tail shark Carcharhinus sorrah. Bulletin of Marine Science, 90.

IZZO, C. & RODDA, K. R. 2012. Comparative rates of growth of the Port Jackson shark throughout its southern Australian range. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63,687-694.

KASHIWAGI, T., BRODERICK, D., LANCE, S. L., BENNETT, M. B. & OVENDEN, J. R. 2012a. Development and characterization of ten microsatellite loci for the reef manta ray Manta alfredi. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4,1055-1058.

KASHIWAGI, T., MARSHALL, A. D., BENNETT, M. B. & OVENDEN, J. R. 2012b. The genetic signature of recent speciation in manta rays (Manta alfredi and M. birostris). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 64,212-218.

MULVEY, J. & RENSHAW, G. 2009. GABA is not elevated during neuroprotective neuronal depression in the hypoxic epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, 152,276-277.

OTWAY, N. M. & ELLIS, M. T. 2011. Pop-up archival satellite tagging of Carcharias taurus: movements and depth/temperature-related use of south-eastern Australian waters. Marine and Freshwater Research, 62,607-620.

RENSHAW, G. M. C., WISE, G. & DODD, P. R. 2010. Ecophysiology of neuronal metabolism in transiently oxygen-depleted environments: Evidence that GABA is accumulated pre-synaptically in the cerebellum. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology a-Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 155,486-492.

VAN-EYK, S. M., SIEBECK, U. E., CHAMP, C. M., MARSHALL, J. & HART, N. S. 2011. Behavioural evidence for colour vision in an elasmobranch. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214,4186-4192.

WERRY, J. M., LEE, S. Y., LEMCKERT, C. J. & OTWAY, N. M. 2012. Natural or artificial? Habitat-use by the bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas. PLoS ONE, 7,1-17.

WERRY, J. M., LEE, S. Y., OTWAY, N. M., HU, Y. & SUMPTON, W. 2011. A multi-faceted approach for quantifying the estuarine-nearshore transition in the life cycle of the bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas. Marine and Freshwater Research, 62,1421-1431.

WUERINGER, B. E., PEVERELL, S. C., SEYMOUR, J., SQUIRE, L. & COLLIN, S. P. 2011a. Sensory Systems in Sawfishes. 2. The Lateral Line. Brain Behavior and Evolution, 78,150-161.

WUERINGER, B. E., PEVERELL, S. C., SEYMOUR, J., SQUIRE, L., KAJIURA, S. M. & COLLIN, S. P. 2011b. Sensory Systems in Sawfishes. 1. The Ampullae of Lorenzini. Brain Behavior and Evolution, 78,139-149.

WUERINGER, B. E., SQUIRE, L. & COLLIN, S. P. 2009. The biology of extinct and extant sawfish (Batoidea: Sclerorhynchidae and Pristidae). Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 19,445-464.


ARTHUR, K., LIMPUS, C., BALAZS, G., CAPPER, A., UDY, J., SHAW, G., KEUPER-BENNETT, U. & BENNETT, P. 2008a. The exposure of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) to tumour promoting compounds produced by the cyanobacterium Lyngbya majuscula and their potential role in the aetiology of fibropapillomatosis. Harmful Algae, 7,114-125.

ARTHUR, K. E., BOYLE, M. C. & LIMPUS, C. J. 2008b. Ontogenetic changes in diet and habitat use in green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) life history. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 362,303-311.

ARTHUR, K. E., LIMPUS, C. J., ROELFSEMA, C. M., UDY, J. W. & SHAW, G. R. 2006. A bloom of Lyngbya majuscula in Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia: An important feeding ground for the green turtle (Chelonia mydas). Harmful Algae, 5,251-265.

BOOTH, D. T. 2014. Kinematics of swimming and thrust production during powerstroking bouts of the swim frenzy in green turtle hatchlings. Biology Open, 3,887-894.

BOOTH, D. T. & ASTILL, K. 2001. Incubation temperature, energy expenditure and hatchling size in the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), a species with temperature-sensitive sex determination. Australian Journal of Zoology, 49,389-396.

BOOTH, D. T., FEENEY, R. & SHIBATA, Y. 2013. Nest and maternal origin can influence morphology and locomotor performance of hatchling green turtles (Chelonia mydas) incubated in field nests. Marine Biology, 160,127-137.

BURGESS, E. A., BOOTH, D. T. & LANYON, J. M. 2006. Swimming performance of hatchling green turtles is affected by incubation temperature. Coral Reefs, 25,341-349.

HAZEL, J., LAWLER, I., MARSH, H. & ROBSON, S. 2007. Vessel speed increases collision risk for the green turtle Chelonia mydas. Endangered Species Research, 3, 105-113.

ISCHER, T., IRELAND, K. & BOOTH, D. 2009a. Locomotion performance of green turtle hatchlings from the Heron Island Rookery, Great Barrier Reef. Physiological Ecology Group, 156.

ISCHER, T., IRELAND, K. & BOOTH, D. T. 2009b. Locomotion performance of green turtle hatchlings from the Heron Island Rookery, Great Barrier Reef. Marine Biology, 156,1399-1409.

IZZO, C. & RODDA, K. R. 2012. Comparative rates of growth of the Port Jackson shark throughout its southern Australian range. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63,687-694.

LUKOSCHEK, V. & AVISE, J. C. 2012. Development of eleven polymorphic microsatellite loci for the sea snake Emydocephalus annulatus (Elapidae: Hydrophiinae) and cross-species amplification for seven species in the sister genus Aipysurus. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4,11-14.

SPERLING, J. B., GRIGG, G. C. & LIMPUS, C. J. 2010. Diving behaviour in two distinct populations of gravid Flatback turtles Natator depressus. Australian Zoologist, 35,291-306.


GARLAND, E. C., GEDAMKE, J., REKDAHL, M. L., NOAD, M. J., GARRIGUE, C. & GALES, N. 2013a. Humpback Whale Song on the Southern Ocean Feeding Grounds: Implications for Cultural Transmission. Plos One, 8.

GARLAND, E. C., GOLDIZEN, A. W., REKDAHL, M. L., CONSTANTINE, R., GARRIGUE, C., HAUSER, N. D., POOLE, M. M., ROBBINS, J. & NOAD, M. J. 2011. Dynamic Horizontal Cultural Transmission of Humpback Whale Song at the Ocean Basin Scale. Current Biology, 21,687-691.

GARLAND, E. C., LILLEY, M. S., GOLDIZEN, A. W., REKDAHL, M. L., GARRIGUE, C. & NOAD, M. J. 2012. Improved versions of the Levenshtein distance method for comparing sequence information in animals' vocalisations: tests using humpback whale song. Behaviour, 149,1413-1441.

GARLAND, E. C., NOAD, M. J., GOLDIZEN, A. W., LILLEY, M. S., REKDAHL, M. L., GARRIGUE, C., CONSTANTINE, R., HAUSER, N. D., POOLE, M. M. & ROBBINS, J. 2013b. Quantifying humpback whale song sequences to understand the dynamics of song exchange at the ocean basin scale. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133,560-569.