Over 13 months of field time* in the past 4 years as an assistant, paid research scientist or skipper across the following projects, including field time for my own projects and research for projects on which I am a co-author (in bold)
*does not include time spent as a skipper, deckhand/mate or dive supervisor on GBR charters unrelated to scientific research (i.e Townsville Whale Watching)
1. NERP Shark Nursery Project that involved deployment and retrieval of fishing gear, handling animals (tagging, measuring, tissue samples), taking environmental measurements, and data recording. Included large tiger, hammerhead and bull sharks (Steve Kelso Moore)
2. Coral Reef Fish Herbivores (Simon Brandl):
2a. Effects of micro-topography on interactions between benthic organisms and herbivorous fish: the project aimed to investigate the role of micro-topography on one of the most important processes on coral reefs, fish based herbivory, using arrays of artificial surfaces with varying structural complexity.
2b. Life-history patterns of pairing rabbitfishes: in this project, the life history of pair members in various species of pairing rabbitfishes was explored to reveal potential processes underpinning the formation of pairs in these species.
2c. An investigation of foraging paths in herbivorous reef fishes: to extract potential differences in the foraging strategies of herbivorous fishes, the foraging paths were assessed using acoustic telemetry and visual observations.
2d. Coordinated sentinel behaviour in a coral reef fish: the project quantified a novel behaviour in coral reef fishes, a coordinated sentinel behaviour, using video observations.
2e. CE Mirbach, SJ Brandl (2016), Ontogenetic shifts in sociality in pairing coral reef rabbitfishes (f. Siganidae). Marine Biology Research
3. Kramer MJ et al (2014) Where are the benthic Crustacea on coral reefs? A quantitative survey. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
4. Skippering and diving for; Kristen Anderson “Latitudinal variation in the growth of branching corals on the GBR” and “Dynamics of A. hyacinthus growth on the GBR”.
5. Sea turtle observation, tagging, measuring and weighing
6. Skippering to the outer reef from Lizard Island for Martina De Freitas Prazer to study Foraminifera response to climate change and local impacts: the influence of reef-scale adaptation
7. Captured/ tagged/ collected muscle and fin tissue from over 50 reef sharks, including 1 tiger and 2 lemon sharks. PAPER: AJ Frisch, M Ireland, JR Rizzari, OM Lönnstedt, KA Magnenat, CE Mirbach, JA Hobbs (2016), Reassessing the trophic role of reef sharks as apex predators on coral reefs. Coral Reefs
8. Shark, mesopredator, pelagics and caesionids surveys in the Swains, GBR. PAPER: JM Casey, AH Baird, MO Hoogenboom, SJ Brandl, JR Rizzari, CE Mirbach, AJ Frisch, SR Connolly (2016), A test of trophic cascade theory: fish and benthic assemblages across a predator density gradient on coral reefs. Oecologia
9. Long Term Monitoring Project aboard R.V. Cape Ferguson/tenders in Cairns, Cooktown and Lizard Island sectors of the GBR. Second trip this year to the Pompeys section in the southern GBR. Small boat driver, photo transects, transect tapes, diver support, watch/ deckhand duties
10. Top/meso-predator interactions on coral reefs at Lizard Island (co-author, paper in early stages of prep)
11. Skipper for Bette Willis' coral disease survey team, Heron Island two consecutive years
12. Scientific Diver, Fish Survey Team, Living Oceans Foundation, Chagos and British Indian Ocean Territory
13. Coxswain for ARC Center of Excellence with Andrew Baird and other researchers. Ground truthing Terry Hughes' aerial bleaching surveys from Lizard Island to Thursday Island
14. Skipper for seagrass surveys in Townsville sector
15. Skipper for Reefcheck surveys in Townsville sector