Collaborations and Students

My Collaborators and Students

My research grants have involved collaboration with many researchers, and also abalone divers and managers, plus abalone farm managers. I also learned long ago that collaborating to supervise students allows them to explore exciting new territory with the combined expertise of their supervisors.  For example, I have collaborated  with:

  1. a pig nutritionist, Rob Van Barneveld to allow Dr Ann Fleming to pioneer the study of the digestive efficiency of abalone when feeding on different algae;
  2.  anthropologist Martha Macintyre to allow Dr Simon Foale to study how much the traditional knowledge of Solomon islanders allowed them to harvest their marine resources sustainably;
  3. anthropologist Peter Dwyer and fisheries researchers Jeremy Prince and Harry Gorfine to allow Dr Patrick Gilmour to study trust and collaboration between abalone industry stakeholders in co-management of their fisheries.
  4. CSIRO modelers Cathy Dichmont and Geoff Tuck to help Dr Athol Whitten  model how varying growth of fish affects the sustainable limits of fisheries,
  5. CSIRO modeler Beth Fulton to allow  Dr Mike Smith to model how fisheries interact in the Benguela marine ecosystem of South Africa.
  6. Ron Slocombe, Kirsten Benkendorff and Judith Handlinger, each with specialist expertise, to allow Dr Celia Hooper to pioneer the study of abalone immune responses.

My current collaborators are Terry Walker, a world authority on the sustainable management of shark fisheries, Scoresby Shepherd, who pioneered abalone research in Australia, and Sabine Roussel, who is an animal behaviour academic working at the LEMAR institute in France on how abalone are affected by domestication in farms.

I have co-supervised many honours and PhD students with Terry, including Dr Javier Tovar, who is now a senior fisheries scientist in the Mexico fisheries department, and is co-supervising our current PhD student, Karla Garces, on a risk analysis of the sharks and rays of the Gulf of California to both fisheries and climate change.

Sabine Roussel has been working with me here for 6 months and our collaboration continues – she is an animal behaviour expert and will advise students on projects. Joint PhDs between Melbourne U. and French Universities are also possible. We are studying how the domestication process affects abalone in farms, and also how the respiration and behaviour of abalone (under flow) may be affected by rising temperatures in farms, with a new flow respirometer that measures respiration in the natural flow conditions that abalone live in, both in the wild and in aquaculture.