Recent Publications

A selection of our recent peer-reviewed publications


2018

  • Bingham EL, Gilby BL, Olds AD, Weston MA, Connolly RM, Henderson CJ, Maslo B, Peterson CF, Voss CM, and Schlacher TA (2018) Functional plasticity in vertebrate scavenger assemblages in the presence of introduced competitors. Oecologia:1-11 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-018-4217-0
  • Connolly RM, Smith TM, Maxwell PS, Olds AD, Macreadie PI, and Sherman CDH (2018) Highly disturbed populations of seagrass show increased resilience but lower genotypic diversity. Frontiers in Plant Science 9 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.00894
  • Gilby BL, Olds AD, Connolly RM, Maxwell PS, Henderson CJ, and Schlacher TA (2018) Seagrass meadows shape fish assemblages across estuarine seascapes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 588:179-189 https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12394
  • Henderson CJ, Stevens T, Gilby BL, and Lee SY (2018) Spatial conservation of large mobile elasmobranchs requires an understanding of spatio-temporal seascape utilization. ICES Journal of Marine Science 75:553-561 https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsx192
  • Martin TSH, Olds AD, Olalde ABH, Berkström C, Gilby BL, Schlacher TA, Butler IR, Yabsley NA, Zann M, and Connolly RM (2018) Habitat proximity exerts opposing effects on key ecological functions. Landscape Ecology 33:1273-1286 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-018-0680-6
  • Olds AD, Vargas-Fonseca E, Connolly RM, Gilby BL, Huijbers CM, Hyndes GA, Layman CA, Whitfield AK, and Schlacher TA (2018) The ecology of fish in the surf zones of ocean beaches: A global review. Fish and Fisheries 19:78-89 https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12237
  • Pearson RM, Jinks KI, Brown CJ, Schlacher TA, and Connolly RM (2018) Functional changes in reef systems in warmer seas: Asymmetrical effects of altered grazing by a widespread crustacean mesograzer. Science of the Total Environment 644:976-981 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.051
  • Petch N, Maguire GS, Schlacher TA, and Weston MA (2018) Motivations and behavior of off-road drivers on sandy beaches. Ocean and Coastal Management 163:82-91 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.05.021

2017

  • 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 https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12501
  • Borland HP, Schlacher TA, Gilby BL, Connolly RM, Yabsley NA, and Olds AD (2017) Habitat type and beach exposure shape fish assemblages in the surf zones of ocean beaches. Marine Ecology Progress Series 570:203-211 https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12115
  • Corte GN, Schlacher TA, Checon HH, Barboza CAM, Siegle E, Coelman RA, and Amaral ACZ (2017) Storm effects on intertidal invertebrates: Increased beta diversity of few individuals and species. PeerJ 2017 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3360
  • Davis JP, Pitt KA, Olds AD, Harborne AR, and Connolly RM (2017) Seagrass corridors and tidal state modify how fish use habitats on intertidal coral reef flats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 581:135-147  https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12311
  • Engelhard SL, Huijbers CM, Stewart-Koster B, Olds AD, Schlacher TA, and Connolly RM (2017) Prioritising seascape connectivity in conservation using network analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology 54:1130-1141 https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12824
  • Gilby BL, Olds AD, Connolly RM, Yabsley NA, Maxwell PS, Tibbetts IR, Schoeman DS, and Schlacher TA (2017) Umbrellas can work under water: Using threatened species as indicator and management surrogates can improve coastal conservation. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 199:132-140  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2017.10.003
  • Gilby BL, Olds AD, Yabsley NA, Connolly RM, Maxwell PS, and Schlacher TA (2017) Enhancing the performance of marine reserves in estuaries: Just add water. Biological Conservation 210:1-7 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.03.027
  • Gilby BL, Tibbetts IR, and Stevens T (2017) Low functional redundancy and high variability in Sargassum browsing fish populations in a subtropical reef system. Marine and Freshwater Research 68:331-341  https://doi.org/10.1071/MF15386
  • Gilby BL, Tibbetts IR, Van Bourg J, Delisle L, and Burfeind DD (2017) Predator presence alters prey diet composition but not quantity in tide pool fish interactions. Hydrobiologia 795:257-265  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-017-3133-3
  • Gorman D, Turra A, Connolly RM, Olds AD, and Schlacher TA (2017) Monitoring nitrogen pollution in seasonally-pulsed coastal waters requires judicious choice of indicator species. Marine Pollution Bulletin 122:149-155   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.06.042
  • Henderson CJ, Gilby BL, Lee SY, and Stevens T (2017) Contrasting effects of habitat complexity and connectivity on biodiversity in seagrass meadows. Marine Biology 164   https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-017-3149-2
  • Henderson CJ, Olds AD, Lee SY, Gilby BL, Maxwell PS, Connolly RM, and Stevens T (2017) Marine reserves and Seascape context shape fish assemblages in seagrass ecosystems. Marine Ecology Progress Series 566:135-144   https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12048
  • 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 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14774-2
  • Huang Z, Schlacher TA, Nichol S, Williams A, Althaus F, and Kloser R (2017) A conceptual surrogacy framework to evaluate the habitat potential of submarine canyons. Progress in Oceanography https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2017.11.007
  • Jones AR, Schlacher TA, Schoeman DS, Weston MA, and Withycombe GM (2017) Ecological research questions to inform policy and the management of sandy beaches. Ocean and Coastal Management 148:158-163 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.07.020
  • Kelly I, Leon JX, Gilby BL, Olds AD, and Schlacher TA (2017) Marine turtles are not fussy nesters: A novel test of small-scale nest site selection using structure from motion beach terrain information. PeerJ 2017  https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2770
  • Martin TSH, Connolly RM, Olds AD, Ceccarelli DM, Fenner DE, Schlacher TA, and Beger M (2017) Subsistence harvesting by a small community does not substantially compromise coral reef fish assemblages. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74:2191-2200 https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsx043
  • 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 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2017.04.004
  • Skilleter GA, Loneragan NR, Olds A, Zharikov Y, and Cameron B (2017) Connectivity between seagrass and mangroves influences nekton assemblages using nearshore habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 573:25-43 https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12159

2016

  • Clark MR, Althaus F, Schlacher TA, Williams A, Bowden DA, and Rowden AA (2016) The impacts of deep-sea fisheries on benthic communities: A review. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73:i51-i69 https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsv123
  • Gilby BL, Tibbetts IR, Olds AD, Maxwell PS, and Stevens T (2016) Seascape context and predators override water quality effects on inshore coral reef fish communities. Coral Reefs 35:979-990 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-016-1449-5
  • Gilby BL, Olds AD, Connolly RM, Stevens T, Henderson CJ, Maxwell PS, Tibbetts IR, Schoeman DS, Rissik D, and Schlacher TA (2016) Optimising land-sea management for inshore coral reefs. PLoS ONE 11   https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164934
  • Gilby BL, Henderson CJ, Tibbetts IR, and Burfeind DD (2016) Quantifying the influence of small omnivorous fishes on seagrass epiphyte load. Journal of fish biology 89:1905-1912   https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13096
  • Henderson CJ, Stevens TF, and Lee SY (2016) Assessing the suitability of a non-lethal biopsy punch for sampling fish muscle tissue. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 42:1521-1526 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10695-016-0237-z
  • Huijbers CM, Schlacher TA, Schoeman DS, Olds AD, Weston MA, and Connolly RM (2016) Limited functional redundancy in vertebrate scavenger guilds fails to compensate for the loss of raptors from urbanized sandy beaches. Diversity and Distributions 21:55-63 https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12282
  • Huijbers CM, Schlacher TA, McVeigh RR, Schoeman DS, Olds AD, Brown MB, Ekanayake KB, Weston MA, and Connolly RM (2016) Functional replacement across species pools of vertebrate scavengers separated at a continental scale maintains an ecosystem function. Functional Ecology 30:998-1005 https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12577
  • Lavery TH, Olds AD, Seddon JM, and Leung LKP (2016) The mammals of northern Melanesia: Speciation, ecology, and biogeography. Mammal Review 46:60-76 https://doi.org/10.1111/mam.12057
  • Maslo B, Schlacher TA, Weston MA, Huijbers CM, Anderson C, Gilby BL, Olds AD, Connolly RM, and Schoeman DS (2016) Regional drivers of clutch loss reveal important trade-offs for beach-nesting birds. PeerJ https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2460
  • Maslo B, Leu K, Faillace C, Weston MA, Pover T, and Schlacher TA (2016b) Selecting umbrella species for conservation: A test of habitat models and niche overlap for beach-nesting birds. Biological Conservation 203:233-242  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.09.012
  • O’Hara TD, Schlacher TA, Rowden AA, and Tittensor DP (2016). Data Analysis Considerations. Pages 386-403  Biological Sampling in the Deep Sea.  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118332535
  • Olds AD, Connolly RM, Pitt KA, Pittman SJ, Maxwell PS, Huijbers CM, Moore BR, Albert S, Rissik D, Babcock RC, and Schlacher TA (2016) Quantifying the conservation value of seascape connectivity: A global synthesis. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25:3-15  https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12388
  • Schlacher TA, Carracher LK, Porch N, Connolly RM, Olds AD, Gilby BL, Ekanayake KB, Maslo B, and Weston MA (2016a) The early shorebird will catch fewer invertebrates on trampled sandy beaches. PLoS ONE 11   https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0161905
  • 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 (2016b) Human threats to sandy beaches: A meta-analysis of ghost crabs illustrates global anthropogenic impacts. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 169:56-73   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2015.11.025
  • 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 (2016c) Estimating animal populations and body sizes from burrows: Marine ecologists have their heads buried in the sand. Journal of Sea Research 112:55-64   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2016.04.001
  • Vargas-Fonseca E, Olds AD, Gilby BL, Connolly RM, Schoeman DS, Huijbers CM, Hyndes GA, and Schlacher TA (2016) Combined effects of urbanization and connectivity on iconic coastal fishes. Diversity and Distributions 22:1328-1341  https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12495
  • Yabsley NA, Olds AD, Connolly RM, Martin TSH, Gilby BL, Maxwell PS, Huijbers CM, Schoeman DS, and Schlacher TA (2016) Resource type influences the effects of reserves and connectivity on ecological functions. Journal of Animal Ecology 85:437-444 https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12460

2015

  • Albert JA, Olds AD, Albert S, Cruz-Trinidad A, and Schwarz AM (2015) Reaping the reef: Provisioning services from coral reefs in Solomon Islands. Marine Policy 62:244-251  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2015.09.023
  • 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   https://doi.org/10.1890/15-0027.1
  • Faddy H, Dunford M, Seed C, Olds A, Harley D, Dean M, Racloz V, McCarthy S, Smith D, and Flower R (2015) Seroprevalence of Antibodies to Ross River and Barmah Forest Viruses: Possible Implications for Blood Transfusion Safety After Extreme Weather Events. EcoHealth 12:347-353 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-014-1005-0
  • Gilby BL, Mari RA, Bell EG, Crawford EW, Jun D, Lederer BI, Tibbetts IR, and Burfeind DD (2015) Colour change in a filefish (Monacanthus chinensis) faced with the challenge of changing backgrounds. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98:2021-2029   https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-015-0424-2
  • Gilby BL, Maxwell PS, Tibbetts IR, and Stevens T (2015) Bottom-Up Factors for Algal Productivity Outweigh No-Fishing Marine Protected Area Effects in a Marginal Coral Reef System. Ecosystems 18:1056-1069  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-015-9883-8
  • Huijbers CM, Connolly RM, Pitt KA, Schoeman DS, Schlacher TA, Burfeind DD, Steele C, Olds AD, Maxwell PS, Babcock RC, and Rissik D (2015) Conservation Benefits of Marine Reserves are Undiminished Near Coastal Rivers and Cities. Conservation Letters 8:312-319 https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12128
  • Martin TSH, Olds AD, Pitt KA, Johnston AB, Butler IR, Maxwell PS, and Connolly RM (2015) Effective protection of fish on inshore coral reefs depends on the scale of mangrove – Reef connectivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 527:157-165  https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11295
  • Maxwell PS, Pitt KA, Olds AD, Rissik D, and Connolly RM (2015) Identifying habitats at risk: Simple models can reveal complex ecosystem dynamics. Ecological Applications 25:573-587  https://doi.org/10.1890/14-0395.1.sm
  • McClain CR, and Schlacher TA (2015) On some hypotheses of diversity of animal life at great depths on the sea floor. Marine Ecology 36:849-872 https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12288
  • 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  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2015.02.002
  • Schlacher TA, Weston MA, Lynn D, Schoeman DS, Huijbers CM, Olds AD, Masters S, and Connolly RM (2015b) Conservation gone to the dogs: when canids rule the beach in small coastal reserves. Biodiversity and Conservation 24:493-509  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-014-0830-3
  • Schoeman DS, Schlacher TA, Jones AR, Murray A, Huijbers CM, Olds AD, and Connolly RM (2015) Edging along a warming coast: A range extension for a common sandy beach crab. PLoS ONE 10 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0141976
  • Vivian EVC, and Schlacher TA (2015) Intrinsic and utilitarian valuing on K’gari-Fraser Island: A philosophical exploration of the modern disjunction between ecological and cultural valuing. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 22:149-162 https://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2014.990936
  • Wardell-Johnson G, Schoeman D, Schlacher T, Wardell-Johnson A, Weston MA, Shimizu Y, and Conroy G (2015) Re-framing values for a World Heritage future: What type of icon will K’gari-Fraser Island become? Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 22:124-148 https://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2014.985267
  • Williams A, Althaus F, and Schlacher TA (2015) Towed camera imagery and benthic sled catches provide different views of seamount benthic diversity. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 13:62-73  https://doi.org/10.1002/lom3.10007

2014

  • Clark MR, Rowden AA, Schlacher TA, Guinotte J, Dunstan PK, Williams A, O’Hara TD, Watling L, Niklitschek E, and Tsuchida S (2014) Identifying Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSA): A systematic method and its application to seamounts in the South Pacific Ocean. Ocean and Coastal Management 91:65-79  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.01.016
  • Davis JP, Pitt KA, Fry B, Olds AD, and Connolly RM (2014) Seascape-scale trophic links for fish on inshore coral reefs. Coral Reefs 33:897-907 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-014-1196-4
  • Ebrahim A, Olds AD, Maxwell PS, Pitt KA, Burfeind DD, and Connolly RM (2014) Herbivory in a subtropical seagrass ecosystem: Separating the functional role of different grazers. Marine Ecology Progress Series 511:83-91  https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10901
  • Gilby BL, and Stevens T (2014) Meta-analysis indicates habitat-specific alterations to primary producer and herbivore communities in marine protected areas. Global Ecology and Conservation 2:289-299  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2014.10.005
  • Igulu MM, Nagelkerken I, Dorenbosch M, Grol MGG, Harborne AR, Kimirei IA, Mumby PJ, Olds AD, and Mgaya YD (2014) Mangrove habitat use by juvenile reef fish: Meta-analysis reveals that tidal regime matters more than biogeographic region. PLoS ONE 9 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0114715
  • Maxwell PS, Pitt KA, Burfeind DD, Olds AD, Babcock RC, and Connolly RM (2014) Phenotypic plasticity promotes persistence following severe events: Physiological and morphological responses of seagrass to flooding. Journal of Ecology 102:54-64 https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12167
  • Nel R, Campbell EE, Harris L, Hauser L, Schoeman DS, McLachlan A, du Preez DR, Bezuidenhout K, and Schlacher TA (2014) The status of sandy beach science: Past trends, progress, and possible futures. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 150:1-10 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2014.07.016
  • Olds AD, Connolly RM, Pitt KA, Maxwell PS, Aswani S, and Albert S (2014) Incorporating surrogate species and seascape connectivity to improve marine conservation outcomes. Conservation Biology 28:982-991 https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12242
  • Olds AD, Pitt KA, Maxwell PS, Babcock RC, Rissik D, and Connolly RM (2014) Marine reserves help coastal ecosystems cope with extreme weather. Global Change Biology 20:3050-3058 https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12606
  • 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  https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12142
  • Schlacher TA, and Connolly RM (2014) Effects of acid treatment on carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios in ecological samples: A review and synthesis. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5:541-550   https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12183
  • Schlacher TA, Meager JJ, and Nielsen T (2014) Habitat selection in birds feeding on ocean shores: Landscape effects are important in the choice of foraging sites by oystercatchers. Marine Ecology 35:67-76  https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12055
  • Schlacher TA, Schoeman DS, Jones AR, Dugan JE, Hubbard DM, Defeo O, Peterson CH, Weston MA, Maslo B, Olds AD, Scapini F, Nel R, Harris LR, Lucrezi S, Lastra M, Huijbers CM, and Connolly RM (2014) Metrics to assess ecological condition, change, and impacts in sandy beach ecosystems. Journal of Environmental Management 144:322-335 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.05.036
  • Schoeman DS, Schlacher TA, and Defeo O (2014) Climate-change impacts on sandy-beach biota: Crossing a line in the sand. Global Change Biology 20:2383-2392  https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12505
  • Walker SJ, and Schlacher TA (2014) Limited habitat and conservation value of a young artificial reef. Biodiversity and Conservation 23:433-447  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-013-0611-4
  • Weston MA, Schlacher TA, and Lynn D (2014) Pro-environmental beach driving is uncommon and ineffective in reducing disturbance to beach-dwelling birds. Environmental Management 53:999-1004  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-014-0256-4