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Quinn Fitzgibbon

Research Fellow

IMAS Taroona, Off-Campus

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Dr Quinn Fitzgibbon has a broad base of aquaculture and environmental applied physiology experience with his main area of expertise in marine eco-physiology and larval rearing. Much of his early research experience focused on endocrinology and metabolic physiology of fishes, including his PhD studies on the physiology of bluefin tuna. Since joining IMAS, Quinn has specialized on the eco-physiology and larval culture of spiny lobsters where he has become the world authority on the physiology and culture of Australian eastern rock lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi) and currently leads research on metamorphosis within the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems. Quinn has also extended his physiological expertise to examine impacts of marine seismic surveys on marine invertebrates (lobsters, scallops and zooplankton) and is a leader in collaborative projects aimed at the molecular understanding and manipulation of lobster sex and moulting development.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDMetabolic physiology of the southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) and mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus)University of AdelaideAustraliaDec 2007
BAppSc (1st Class Hons)The effects of stress hormones on the in-vitro secretion and metabolism of reproductive steroids by rainbow trout ovarian folliclesUniversity of TasmaniaAustraliaDec 1999

Biography

Before joining IMAS, Quinn completed his Batchelor of Applied Science (with Honours) degree at the University of Tasmania. He then took a research officer position at the University of Tasmania's School of Aquaculture where he managed the endocrinology laboratory and supported fish environmental and aquaculture applied endocrinology research. Quinn was awarded his PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2007 which investigated the metabolic physiology of free swimming bluefin tuna. He was successful in making the first recordings of free swimming bluefin tuna metabolism and examined the effects of environmental and nutritional factors on tuna energetics. Soon after completing his PhD, Quinn joined IMAS as a post-doctoral research fellow within the lobster propagation group. Quinn is now a Chief investigator on the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems as well as leading projects funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and the University of Tasmania examining the effects of marine seismic surveys on lobsters, scallops and zooplankton.

Research Themes

Quinn's research aligns to the University's research themes of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. His main area of expertise is in marine eco-physiology and crustacean larval rearing. Much of his early research experience focused on endocrinology and metabolic physiology of fishes, including his PhD studies on the aquaculture and eco-physiology of bluefin tuna. Since joining IMAS, Quinn has concentrated on the eco-physiology and larval culture of spiny lobsters where he has become the world authority on the larval culture and physiology Australian eastern rock lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi). He is now a Chief Investigator in the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems. Lobsters are a valuable and sought after seafood in expanding markets. The ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems places Australia at the cutting edge of aquaculture research. The program is developing unique aquaculture systems, using novel engineering manufacture to mass produce lobster seed stock. A reliable, large scale supply of lobster seed stock is enabling seacage culture and sustainable food production. Commercial opportunities have resulted in international, multi-million dollar aquaculture ventures. The ready supply of lobsters provides a unique resource for understanding how wild lobsters are affected by the impact of changes to the environment, such as climate change. Quinn leads the physiology research, particularly at the production bottleneck of metamorphosis. High rates of mortality in cultured rock lobsters are most common at or around metamorphosis. Research is focused on: improving late stage larval competency; optimizing environment requirements at metamorphosis; developing reliable mass culture methods for holding early juvenile stages; and further developing systems for mass production of larvae at metamorphosis.

Quinn has also expanded lobster larval rearing technologies as a research tool for the examination of lobster larval ecology and is particularly interested in how physiological constraints during the larval stages may explain recent worldwide declines in post larval recruitment. Much of this research focusses on how the capacity and regulation of the immature cardiorespiratory system impacts the ability of the larvae to adapt to environmental stress and consequently vulnerability to climate change. More recently, he has extended his physiological expertise to examine the impacts of marine seismic surveys on commercially and ecologically important invertebrates including lobsters, scallops and zooplankton. He is a leader in a collaborative project aiming to understand the molecular control of sex in lobsters and develop technologies to generate monosex lobster populations for aquaculture.

Quinn is passionate about the communication of science, particularly to school students, and is involved in numerous student outreach programs. Quinn's research achievements along with his commitment to the communication of science were recently acknowledged with a 2015 Young Tall Poppy Science Award.

Administrative expertise

Quinn currently manages the IMAS temperate lobster hatchery and associated hatchery and research staff. This hatchery focusses on the larval culture of endemic cool-temperate lobster species including the eastern (Sagmariasus verreauxi) and southern rock lobsters (Jasus edwardsii).

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Expertise

  • Aquaculture
  • Eco-physiology
  • Marine larval culture
  • Lobster aquaculture
  • Lobster physiology, ecology and fisheries
  • Impacts of seismic surveys
  • Molecular control of lobster sex
  • Molecular control of lobster moulting and metamorphosis

Awards

  • 2015: Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), Tasmanian Young Tall Poppy Science Award
  • 2011: Australian Academy of Science (AAS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Bilateral Exchange Program, Scientific Visits to Japan award
  • 2007: Fresh Scientist, National award where early-career scientists are selected to promote the countries best research in the media
  • 2005: Aquafin Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) conference: Best student presentation
  • 2005: Aquafin Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) conference: Best student workshop participant

Collaboration

Quinn undertakes research in the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems. The Research Hub is a multinational collaborative research project aimed at developing commercial technologies for the culture of rock lobsters. Research is undertaken in collaboration with the University of Auckland and University of the Sunshine Coast, Australian industry partner Plastic Fabrications Group, and international partner Nexus Aquasciences. The total value of the project, which is headquartered at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), is $16.9 million. Quinn also works with leading seismic researchers form Curtin University within the FRDC impact of marine seismic surveys project.

Current projects

Current PhD students:

  • Audrey Tuzan, Project: Links between energy metabolism, behaviour and growth of spiny lobsters in culture.
  • Samantha Twiname, Project: Mechanistic approaches to understanding climate driven range shifts: using thermal performance of rock lobster to predict the outcome of competitive interactions and future population range shifts.

Previous PhD students:

  • Mark Jensen, Project: Physiological responses during ontogeny of the spiny lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi. Awarded 2012

Research Fields

  • Aquaculture (070401)
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)
  • Fisheries Sciences (070499)
  • Fish Physiology and Genetics (070405)
  • Fish Pests and Diseases (070404)
  • Animal Physiology - Systems (060603)
  • Developmental Genetics (incl. Sex Determination) (060403)
  • Physiology (060699)
  • Post-Harvest Fisheries Technologies (incl. Transportation) (070406)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Gene Expression (incl. Microarray and other genome-wide approaches) (060405)
  • Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles) (091006)
  • Oceanography (040599)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)

Research Impact

  • Fisheries - Aquaculture (830199)
  • Aquaculture Rock Lobster (830106)
  • Wild Caught Rock Lobster (830206)
  • Aquaculture Crustaceans (excl. Rock Lobster and Prawns) (830101)
  • Wild Caught Crustaceans (excl. Rock Lobster and Prawns) (830202)
  • Aquaculture Tuna (830107)
  • Wild Caught Edible Molluscs (830203)
  • Wild Caught Tuna (830207)
  • Oil and Gas Extraction (850203)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Mineral Resource Activities (849899)
  • Fisheries - Wild Caught (830299)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Fisheries - Recreational (830201)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Coal Exploration (850101)

Publications

Quinn's 26 refereed journal articles and six conference papers have been cited 289 times, and he has an h-index of 10, and i10 index of 11. He has been the lead author on 48% of his publications and has published in a broad range of journals including the number one ranked fisheries journal Fish and Fisheries – IF 8.76, leading multi-disciplinary biological journals such as the Scientific Reports – IF 5.58, Proceedings of the Royal Society B – IF 5.29 and The Journal of Experimental Biology – IF 3.0, and eight publications in the premier journal of aquaculture research, the journal Aquaculture – IF 1.8. His publication outputs have been restricted by commercial-in-confidence research and he has produced > 30 protected industry reports.

Quinn was invited to the following Workshops and Conferences:

  • Invited speaker: International Word Aquaculture Conference (Adelaide, 2014), Australasian Aquaculture Conference (Melbourne, 2012), World Aquaculture & Trade Show (South Korea, 2015)
  • Invited session chair: International Word Aquaculture Conference (Adelaide, 2014), Australasian Aquaculture Conference (Melbourne, 2012), World Aquaculture & Trade Show (South Korea, 2015).
  • Invited workshop presenter: International Word Aquaculture Conference (Adelaide, 2014), Australasian Aquaculture Conference (Hobart, 2010).
  • Quinn has presented oral presentations at six international conferences in the past 7 years including the last three international lobster conferences: 10th Lobster Biology and Management conference (Mexico, 2014), 9th Lobster Biology and Management conference (Norway 2011) and the Recent Advances in Lobster Biology, Aquaculture and Management (India 2010).

Total publications

47

Journal Article

(31 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Fitzgibbon QP, Simon CJ, Smith GG, Carter CG, Battaglene SC, 'Temperature dependent growth, feeding, nutritional condition and aerobic metabolism of juvenile spiny lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi', Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, 207 pp. 13-20. ISSN 1095-6433 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.02.003 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Simon CJ; Smith GG; Carter CG; Battaglene SC

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2016Aizen J, Chandler JC, Fitzgibbon QP, Sagi A, Battaglene SC, et al., 'Production of recombinant insulin-like androgenic gland hormones from three decapod species: In vitro testicular phosphorylation and activation of a newly identified tyrosine kinase receptor from the Eastern spiny lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi', General and Comparative Endocrinology, 229 pp. 8-18. ISSN 0016-6480 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.02.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Battaglene SC

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2016Chandler JC, Aizen J, Fitzgibbon QP, Elizur A, Ventura T, 'Applying the power of transcriptomics: understanding male sexual development in decapod Crustacea', Integrative and Comparative Biology, 56, (6) pp. 1144-1156. ISSN 1540-7063 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/icb/icw007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

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2016Day RD, McCauley RD, Fitzgibbon QP, Semmens JM, 'Seismic air gun exposure during early-stage embryonic development does not negatively affect spiny lobster Jasus edwardsii larvae (Decapoda:Palinuridae)', Scientific Reports, 6, (22723) pp. 1-9. ISSN 2045-2322 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/srep22723 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Day RD; Semmens JM

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2016Smith GG, Poole AJ, King PC, Battaglene S, Fitzgibbon Q, et al., 'The release and uptake of metals from potential biofilm inhibition products during spiny lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi, H. Milne Edwards 1851) culture', Aquaculture Research, 48, (2) pp. 608-617. ISSN 1355-557X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/are.12907 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Smith GG; Battaglene S

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2016Buckley SJ, Fitzgibbon QP, Smith GG, Ventura T, 'In silico prediction of the G-protein coupled receptors expressed during the metamorphic molt of Sagmariasus verreauxi (Crustacea: Decapoda) by mining transcriptomic data: RNA-seq to repertoire', General and Comparative Endocrinology, 228 pp. 111-127. ISSN 0016-6480 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.02.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Smith GG

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2015Fitzgibbon QP, Ruff N, Battaglene SC, 'Cardiorespiratory ontogeny and response to environmental hypoxia of larval spiny lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi', Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, 184 pp. 76-82. ISSN 1095-6433 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2015.02.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Ruff N; Battaglene SC

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2015Ventura T, Fitzgibbon QS, Battaglene SC, Elizur A, 'Redefining metamorphosis in spiny lobsters: molecular analysis of the phyllosoma to puerulus transition in Sagmariasus verreauxi', Scientific Reports, 5 Article 13537. ISSN 2045-2322 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/srep13537 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Battaglene SC

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2015Simon CJ, Fitzgibbon QP, Battison A, Carter CG, Battaglene SC, 'Bioenergetics of nutrient reserves and metabolism in spiny lobster juveniles Sagmariasus verreauxi: predicting nutritional condition from hemolymph biochemistry', Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 88, (3) pp. 266-283. ISSN 1522-2152 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/681000 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Simon CJ; Carter CG; Battaglene SC

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2014Fitzgibbon QP, Jeffs AG, Battaglene SC, 'The Achilles heel for spiny lobsters: the energetics of the non-feeding post-larval stage', Fish and Fisheries, 15, (2) pp. 312-326. ISSN 1467-2979 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/faf.12018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Battaglene SC

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2014Fitzgibbon QP, Ruff N, Tracey SR, Battaglene SC, 'Thermal tolerance of the nektonic puerulus stage of spiny lobsters and implications of ocean warming', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 515 pp. 173-186. ISSN 0171-8630 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps10979 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

Co-authors: Ruff N; Tracey SR; Battaglene SC

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2014Ventura T, Cummins SF, Fitzgibbon Q, Battaglene S, Elizur A, 'Analysis of the central nervous system transcriptome of the eastern rock lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi reveals Its putative neuropeptidome', PLoS One, 9, (5) Article e97323. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097323 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Battaglene S

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2014Ventura T, Fitzgibbon Q, Battaglene S, Sagi A, Elizur A, 'Identification and characterization of androgenic gland specific insulin-like peptide-encoding transcripts in two spiny lobster species: Sagmariasus verreauxi and Jasus edwardsii', General and Comparative Endocrinology pp. 1-8. ISSN 0016-6480 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2014.06.027 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8

Co-authors: Battaglene S

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2013Jensen M, Carter CG, Adams LR, Fitzgibbon Q, 'Growth and biochemistry of the spiny lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi cultured at low and high density from hatch to puerulus', Aquaculture, 376-379 pp. 162-170. ISSN 0044-8486 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2012.11.025 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9

Co-authors: Jensen M; Carter CG; Adams LR

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2013Jensen M, Fitzgibbon Q, Carter CG, Adams LR, 'The effect of stocking density on growth, metabolism and ammonia-N excretion during larval ontogeny of the spiny lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi', Aquaculture, 376-379 pp. 45-53. ISSN 0044-8486 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2012.10.033 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10

Co-authors: Jensen M; Carter CG; Adams LR

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2013Jensen M, Fitzgibbon Q, Carter CG, Adams LR, 'Effect of body mass and activity on the metabolic rate and ammonia-N excretion of the spiny lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi during ontogeny', Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 166, (1) pp. 191-198. ISSN 1095-6433 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2013.06.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Jensen M; Carter CG; Adams LR

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2013Jensen M, Fitzgibbon Q, Carter CG, Adams LR, 'Recovery periods of cultured spiny lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi juveniles: Effects of handling, force feeding, exercising to exhaustion and anaesthesia on oxygen consumption and ammonia-N excretion rates', Aquaculture, 410-411 pp. 114-121. ISSN 0044-8486 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.06.020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Jensen M; Carter CG; Adams LR

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2013O'Rorke R, Jeffs AG, Fitzgibbon Q, Chow S, Lavery S, 'Extracting DNA from whole organism homogenates and the risk of false positives in PCR based diet studies: A case study using spiny lobster larvae', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 441 pp. 1-6. ISSN 0022-0981 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2013.01.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10

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2012Fitzgibbon Q, Battaglene S, 'Effect of photperiod on the culture of early-stage phyllosoma and metamorphosis of spiny lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi)', Aquaculture, 368-369 pp. 48-54. ISSN 0044-8486 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2012.09.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Battaglene S

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2012Fitzgibbon QP, Battaglene SC, Ritar AJ, 'Effect of water temperature on the development and energetics of early, mid and late-stage phyllosoma larvae of spiny lobster Sagmariasus vereauxi', Aquaculture, 344-349 pp. 153-160. ISSN 0044-8486 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2012.03.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Battaglene SC; Ritar AJ

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2010Fitzgibbon Q, 'Standard metabolic rate of spiny lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi) pueruli determined by intermittent flow-through respirometry', Journal of Marine Biological Association of India, 52, (2) pp. 264-273. ISSN 0025-3146 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Fitzgibbon QP, Seymour RS, Buchanan J, Musgrove R, Carragher J, 'Effects of hypoxia on oxygen consumption, swimming velocity and gut evacuation in southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)', Environmental Biology of Fishes, 89, (1) pp. 59-69. ISSN 0378-1909 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10641-010-9690-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

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2009Fitzgibbon QP, Seymour RS, 'Postprandial metabolic increment of southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii ingesting high or low-lipid sardines Sardinops sagax', Journal of Fish Biology, 75, (7) pp. 1586-1600. ISSN 0022-1112 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2009.02385.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5

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2008Clark TD, Taylor BD, Seymour RS, Ellis D, Buchanan J, et al., 'Moving with the beat: heart rate and visceral temperature of free-swimming and feeding bluefin tuna', Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 275, (1653) pp. 2841-2850. ISSN 0962-8452 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0743 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 22

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2008Fitzgibbon QP, Baudinette RV, Musgrove RJ, Seymour RS, 'Routine metabolic rate of southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)', Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A, 150, (2) pp. 231-238. ISSN 1095-6433 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2006.08.046 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 18

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2008Pankhurst NW, Fitzgibbon Q, Pankhurst PM, King H, 'Density effects on reproduction in natural populations of the staghorn damsel, Amblyglyphidodon curacao', Cybium, 32, (2) pp. 297 - 299. ISSN 0399-0974 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Pankhurst NW; Pankhurst PM; King H

2008Pankhurst NW, Fitzgibbon Q, Pankhurst PM, King HR, 'Habitat-related variation in reproductive endocrine condition in the coral reef damselfish Acanthochromis polyacanthus', General and Comparative Endocrinology, 155, (2) pp. 386-397. ISSN 0016-6480 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2007.07.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Pankhurst NW; Pankhurst PM

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2007Fitzgibbon QP, Seymour RS, Ellis D, Buchanan J, 'The energetic consequence of specific dynamic action in southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii', Journal of Experimental Biology, 210, (2) pp. 290-298. ISSN 0022-0949 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1242/jeb.02641 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 30

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2007Fitzgibbon QP, Strawbridge A, Seymour RS, 'Metabolic scope, swimming performance and the effects of hypoxia in the mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus (Pisces: Sciaenidae)', Aquaculture, 270, (1-4) pp. 358-368. ISSN 0044-8486 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2007.04.038 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 31

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2006Pankhurst NW, Fitzgibbon Q, 'Characteristics of spawning behaviour in cultured greenback flounder Rhombosolea tapirina', Aquaculture, 253, (1-4) pp. 279-289. ISSN 0044-8486 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2005.01.014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Pankhurst NW

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2004Lim H, Pankhurst NW, Fitzgibbon Q, 'Effects of slow release gonadotropin releasing hormone analog on milt characteristics and plasma levels of gonadal steroids in greenback flounder, Rhombosolea tapirina', Aquaculture , 240, (1-4) pp. 505-516. ISSN 0044-8486 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2004.06.017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Lim H; Pankhurst NW

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Conference Publication

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Carter CG, Shu-Chien AC, Wan-Yin H, Simon CJ, Codabaccus BM, et al., 'Fish oil replacement in feeds for juvenile spiny lobsters: lipid metabolism in the eastern rock lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi', World Aquaculture 2015 Abstracts, 26-30 May, Jeju Korea, pp. 52. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Carter CG; Simon CJ; Ventura T; Battaglene SC

2015Fitzgibbon QP, Simon CJ, Smith GG, Carter CG, Battaglene SC, 'Recent advances in the larval rearing and physiological understanding of spiny lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi', World Aquaculture Conference 2015, 26-30 March 2015, Jeju, Korea (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Simon CJ; Smith GG; Carter CG; Battaglene SC

2015Simon CJ, Fitzgibbon Q, Carter CG, Battaglene SC, 'Non-invasive nutritional condition assessment in juvenile spiny lobsters Sagmariasus verreauxi', World Aquaculture 2015 Abstracts, 26-30 May, Jeju, Korea (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Simon CJ; Carter CG; Battaglene SC

2015Fitzgibbon Q, Simon CJ, 'International chairs for crab and lobster sessions', World Aquaculture Meeting 2015, 26-30 May, Jeju Korea (2015) [Chair International Conference]

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Co-authors: Simon CJ

2014Battaglene S, Carter C, Elizur A, Fitzgibbon Q, Jeffs A, et al., 'Commercial development of rock lobster culture', World Aquaculture Conference 2014 Book of Abstracts, 7-11 June 2014, Adelaide, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Battaglene S; Carter C; Elizur A; Jeffs A; Nowak B; Simon C; Smith GG; Ventura T

2014Fitzgibbon Q, Murakami K, Kamoshida M, Battaglene S, 'Cardio-respiratory physiology and thermal tolerance during the moult cycle of Australian and Japanese spiny lobster phyllosoma larvae', World Aquaculture Conference 2014 Book of Abstracts, 7-11 June 2014, Adelaide, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Battaglene S

2014Fitzgibbon QP, Ruff N, Tracey SR, Battaglene SC, 'Thermal tolerance of the nektonic puerulus stage of spiny lobsters and implications of ocean warming', 10th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management, 18-23 May 2014, Cancun, Mexico (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ruff N; Tracey SR; Battaglene SC

2014Smith GG, Poole AJ, King P, de Nys R, Fitzgibbon Q, et al., 'Can larval culture vessel surfaces influence the diversity of bacterial biofilms in spiny lobster culture?', Proceedings 10th ICWL, May 18-23 2014, Cancun Mexico, pp. 64. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smith GG; Powell S; Battaglene SC

2013Battaglene SC, Simon CJ, Fitzgibbon QP, Smith GG, Carter CG, 'Could the packhorse lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi, be the best spiny lobster for aquaculture?', 6th Fish and Shellfish Larviculture Symposium 2013, 2-5 September 2013, Ghent, Belgium (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Battaglene SC; Simon CJ; Smith GG; Carter CG

2012Battaglene SC, Fitzgibbon Q, 'Recent developments in temperate spiny lobster propagation', Australasian Aquaculture 2012, 1 - 4 May 2012, Melbourne, Australia, pp. On CD. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Battaglene SC

2012Fitzgibbon Q, Battaglene SC, 'EFFECT OF PHOTOPERIOD ON DEVELOPMENT AND METAMORPHOSIS OF SPINY LOBSTER (SAGMARIASUS VERREAUXI)', Australasian Aquaculture, 1-4th May 2012, Melbourne, pp. on CD. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Battaglene SC

2011Fitzgibbon Q, Battaglene SC, 'Propagation of spiny lobsters(Jasus edwardsii and Sagmariasus verreauxi) in Tasmania, Australia; Recent developments and the prophylactic use of chemical disinfectants', Lobster Biology and Management, 19-24 June 2011, Bergen, Norway, pp. 1-89. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Battaglene SC

2010Dicinoski GW, Zakaria P, Bloomfield C, Battaglene SC, Fitzgibbon Q, et al., 'Analysis of Bromate in ozonated seawater in the aquaculutre industry', International Ion Chromatography Symposium, Sept 2010, Ohio, USA, pp. 60. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dicinoski GW; Zakaria P; Bloomfield C; Battaglene SC; Haddad PR

2010Fitzgibbon Q, Jeffs AG, Battaglene SC, 'Physiological energetics of the puerulus stage of Sagmariasus verreauxi', Recent Advances in Lobster Biology, Aquaculture and Management, 5-8 January 2010, Chennai, India, pp. 43. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

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2012Battaglene SC, Fitzgibbon QS, 'Rock lobster Propagation Subprogram: Commercially viable production of temperate rock lobster (Jasus spp.) puerulus from eggs', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, 2006/235 (2012) [Contract Report]

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Other Public Output

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Fitzgibbon Q, '2015 Tasmanian Young Tall Poppy Science Award', Australian Institute of Policy and Science, Australia, 2 September (2015) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Secured >AU$27 million in six competitive and industry research funding grants:

  • ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub (IH120100032). ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems. $16.9 million, 2014-2018. 
  • Aquafin CRC – SBT (FRDC: 2005/200). Activity metabolism in live-held southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) phase 2. $561K (2005-2007).
  • FRDC 2003/222. Innovative solutions for aquaculture planning and management – Project 2a, Spatial impacts and carrying capacity: Further developing, refining and validating existing models of environmental effects of finfish farming. $253K (2004-2006).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$10,316,257

Projects

Improving post-harvest survivability of southern rock lobster in a changing environment (2016 - 2018)$651,044
Description
Two year study which will focus of characterizing a recent southern rocklobster mortality condition in holding facilities in Tasmania and South Australia. This study will examine the 3 areas of epidemiology, physiology and pathology and involves expert collaborators from IMAS and The University of Adelaide.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($651,044)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fitzgibbon Q; Gardner C; Pyecroft S; Caraguel C
Period
2016 - 2018
Redefining the molecular mechanism underlying crustacean metamorphosis (2016 - 2017)$148,000
Description
Metamorphosis in some of the commercially most important crustaceans including crabs, rock lobsters andmarine shrimps, is uncoupled from the transition into the benthic juvenile form by an intermediary stage. Easternrock lobster database analysis indicates metamorphosis in this species is regulated by a different mechanism toother crustaceans. This research will identify new key regulators of metamorphosis. Comparative research willelucidate the unifying molecular concepts in species with uncoupled metamorphosis and transition to benthicforms, enabling better hatchery performance, including metamorphosis synchronisation with the potential tosignificantly reduce production losses due to predation.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($148,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of the Sunshine Coast
Research Team
Ventura Tomer; Fitzgibbon Q
Period
2016 - 2017
Grant Reference
DP160103320
Testing effects of rodent bait on lobster (2015)$40,000
Description
The project will undertake testing to determine the effects of rodent bait consumed by lobster.
Funding
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds ($40,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Battaglene SC; Fitzgibbon Q
Year
2015
Is oil and gas exploration causing a seismic shift in zooplankton? (2015)$24,110
Description
This project aims to conduct the first ever study investigating whether the air gun signals from marine seismic surveys adversely impact the zooplankton community. An interdisciplinary field-based approach, incorporating a seismic air gun array, will be adopted to test the hypothesis that the discharge of seismic air guns reduces zooplankton density. Specifically, the project aims to: 1) develop innovative approaches for monitoring zooplankton response to seismic air gun exposure; 2) quantify zooplankton biomass prior to and following a seismic survey; 3) identify zooplankton taxa resilience or sensitivity to air gun exposure; 4) determine impacts of particular seismic signal components (e.g. sound pressure vs. particle motion); 5) determine threshold limits for seismic air gun exposure, such that the oil and gas exploration industry can operate in a manner that limits impacts on important zooplankton fauna.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($24,110)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Day R; Fitzgibbon Q
Year
2015
Understanding climate driven range shifts: using thermal performance of rock lobster to predict the outcome of competitive interactions and future population range shifts (2015 - 2016)$13,000
Description
Changes in species distribution are one of the most documented signs of the effects of ocean warming. Globally, species are shifting where they live, although the direction, magnitude and speed of such changes are highly varied. Around the world, areas termed hot-spots have been identified, where localised ocean warming is happening at accelerated rates, and so are changes in species distributions associated with this warming. South-east Australia has been identified as one of these ocean warming hot-spots where ocean temperatures are warming at a rate almost four times the global average. Because of this high rate of warming, the east coast of Tasmania can be used as a natural laboratory where we can explore some of the mechanisms behind the variation in species responses and examine how species may interact with each other in new novel ways. One of these new, novel interactions is between the Tasmanian resident population of southern rock lobster (SRL) and the new range extending eastern rock lobster (ERL). Both are important commercial species and any changes to their populations and interactions may significantly impact both local marine ecosystem structure and commercial and recreational fisheries. Using the thermal tolerances of each species, investigated in the first three data chapters of this project, I aim to develop a method to more accurately predict their future range shifts and population structure.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($13,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pecl GT; Fitzgibbon Q; Twiname S
Period
2015 - 2016
Commercial development of rock lobster culture systems: the cutting edge of aquaculture (2012 - 2017)$8,750,203
Description
Researchers will partner with industry to develop innovative aquaculture technology to produce rock lobsters. Lobsters are a valuable and sought after seafood in expanding markets. Current supply relies on wild stocks, many of which are in decline. Previous research has already solved key bottlenecks in production of three species. The project will develop sophisticated culture systems, using unique engineering, state-of-the art hatcheries and plastic manufacturing. Commercial opportunities will result for Australian companies in an international, multi-million dollar aquaculture venture which aims at sustainable food production. Australia will benefit from more sustainable wild fisheries enhanced through the release of seed lobsters.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($5,000,000)
Scheme
Grant-Industrial Transformation Research Hub
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith GG; Carter CG; Fitzgibbon Q; Nowak BF; Henderson AD; Battaglene SC; Sargison JE; Jeffs A; Shoemaker F; Knibb W; Nguyen NH; Faiez S; Cartledge M; Hill Kelly
Period
2012 - 2017
Grant Reference
IH120100032
Assessing the impact of marine seismic surveys on southeast Australian fisheries (2012 - 2016)$689,900
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($689,900)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Semmens JM; Buxton CD; Fitzgibbon Q; Battaglene SC; Levings A; McCauley Rob
Period
2012 - 2016

Research Supervision

Current

5

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDLinks between Energy Metabolism, Behaviour and Growth of Spiny Lobster2014
PhDMechanistic Approaches to Understanding Climate Driven Range Shifts: Using Thermal Performance to Predict the Outcome of Predator-Prey and Competitive Interactions2015
PhDPhysiological Mechanisms and Consequences of Climate-Driven Range Extensions in Pelagic Fish2016
PhDClimate Change and the Early Life History of Cephalopods2016
PhDFeeding Respiratory Physiology of Spiny Lobster Juveniles in Culture2016

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDPhysiological Responses to Different Environmental and Culture Conditions during Ontogeny of the Spiny Lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi
Candidate: Mark Andrew Jensen
2012