Professor Thomas Schlacher

Recent Projects (selected)

  • Schlacher TA, Olds AD, Gilby BL (2016 – 2021) Bringing fish life back to Noosa: restoring lost oyster reef habitats in the Noosa Biosphere. Noosa Biosphere Foundation and Thomas Foundation; CI. $343,500.
  • Schlacher TA (2015 – 2017). Conservation of White-Bellied Sea Eagles. Seaworld Research and Rescue Foundation; Lead CI. $39,000.
  • Schlacher TA, Olds A, Gilby B, Henderson C (2018 – 2019) Surf-zone Fishes of the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast Regional Council; $ 93,742
  • Williams A, Bax N, Thresher R, Schlacher TA, Clark M (2018 – 2019) Recovery of deep-sea corals on seamount from fishing impacts: testing the efficacy of deep-water reserves. Marine National Facility; $ 2,500,000
  • Connolly RM, Schlacher TA (2015 – 2018) Connectivity and resilience: factors determining the resistance and recovery of aquatic systems to disturbance. Australian Research Council (ARC) – Discovery Projects (DP); CI. $ 335;000
  • O’Hara T, Wilson R, Rowden A, Schlacher TA, Ahyong S, Bruce N, King R, Hubble T, Glover A, McCallum A (2015 – 2016) Sampling the abyss: latitudinal biodiversity patterns along the base of Australia’s eastern continental margin. Marine National Facility; $1,600,000.

Publications (selected)

  • Althaus F, Williams A, Alderslade P, and Schlacher TA (2017) Conservation of marine biodiversity on a very large deep continental margin: how representative is a very large offshore reserve network for deep-water octocorals? Diversity and Distributions 23:90-103.
  • Holt RE, Brown CJ, Schlacher TA, Sheldon F, Balcombe SR, and Connolly RM (2017) Species traits and connectivity constrain stochastic community re-assembly. Scientific Reports 7.
  • Schlacher TA, Hutton BM, Gilby BL, Porch N, Maguire GS, Maslo B, Connolly RM, Olds AD, and Weston MA (2017) Algal subsidies enhance invertebrate prey for threatened shorebirds: A novel conservation tool on ocean beaches? Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 191:28-38.
  • Schlacher TA, Carracher LK, Porch N, Connolly RM, Olds AD, Gilby BL, Ekanayake KB, Maslo B, and Weston MA (2016) The early shorebird will catch fewer invertebrates on trampled sandy beaches. PLoS ONE 11.
  • Schlacher TA, Lucrezi S, Connolly RM, Peterson CH, Gilby BL, Maslo B, Olds AD, Walker SJ, Leon JX, Huijbers CM, Weston MA, Turra A, Hyndes GA, Holt RA, and Schoeman DS (2016) Human threats to sandy beaches: A meta-analysis of ghost crabs illustrates global anthropogenic impacts. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 169:56-73.
  • Schlacher TA, Lucrezi S, Peterson CH, Connolly RM, Olds AD, Althaus F, Hyndes GA, Maslo B, Gilby BL, Leon JX, Weston MA, Lastra M, Williams A, and Schoeman DS (2016) Estimating animal populations and body sizes from burrows: Marine ecologists have their heads buried in the sand. Journal of Sea Research 112:55-64.
  • Brown MB, Schlacher TA, Schoeman DS, Weston MA, Huijbers CM, Olds AD, and Connolly RM (2015) Invasive carnivores alter ecological function and enhance complementarity in scavenger assemblages on ocean beaches. Ecology 96:2715–2725.
  • Schlacher TA, Weston MA, Schoeman DS, Olds AD, Huijbers CM, and Connolly RM (2015) Golden opportunities: A horizon scan to expand sandy beach ecology. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 157:1-6.
  • Lucrezi S, and Schlacher TA (2014) The ecology of ghost crabs – a review. Oceanography and Marine Biology – An Annual Review 52:201–256.
  • Schlacher TA, Baco AR, Rowden AA, O’Hara TD, Clark MR, Kelley C, and Dower JF (2014) Seamount benthos in a cobalt-rich crust region of the central Pacific: Conservation challenges for future seabed mining. Diversity and Distributions 20:491-502.
Back to People