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Andrew Martin Fischer

Lecturer

Room S256, Science Building, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3802 (phone)

andy.fischer@utas.edu.au

Dr Andrew Fischer's research focuses on understanding the interaction between physics and biology in the coastal ocean and estuaries.  This work integrates observation from satellites, airborne sensors and in situ measurements from ships, autonomous underwater vehicles and moorings.  By applying spatial and statistical approaches, this research focuses on understanding dynamic phenomena in rapidly changing coastal waters, in particular, the development of algal blooms and the transport and fate of land-based materials into the coastal ocean.  In addition, his research also focuses on conservation decision making and policy for these coastal environments.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (2009):  An Estuarine Plume and Coastal Ocean Variability: Discerning a Land-Sea Linkage in Monterey Bay, California. Cornell University, USA
  • MMA (1994): Jurisdictional Constraints and System-Wide Perspectives: Simplification and Integration in Restoration Planning. University of Washington, USA
  • BSc (1990): Emory University, USA

Languages (other than English)

German

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Andrew was a research technician at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. He has taught across the science and policy disciplines at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (USA) and has worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA) as a fisheries observer and as an oil spill response planner.

Research Themes

Andrew's research aligns to the University's research themes of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions.  Today's information technology provides many new mechanisms for accessing, manipulating, and visualizing large marine science data sets.  However, rapid growth of big marine data has led to a crisis in which many of these data are underutilized and lie dormant because they are too technically difficult to deal with. Accessing this data requires specialized knowledge, training, software and, most importantly, a community of individuals who understand both the processing and the products of raw information.  Andrew's expertise drives, not only the exploration of dynamic coastal ocean phenomena, but also supports approaches of accessing, visualizing and integrating large science datasets.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • American Geophysical Union

Teaching

Geographic Information Systems, Conservation Biology, Ecosystem Assessment, International Ocean Governance, Environmental Science and Policy, Coral Reef Ecology and Management, Protected Area Management

Teaching expertise

Courses Taught

Chief Instructor

  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 2009-2015
  • Conservation Biology 2009-2015
  • Ecosystem Assessment for Policy Design 2010-2015
  • International Ocean Governance 2009-2010
  • Environmental Science and Policy 2006
  • Coral Reef Ecology and Management (Field) 2002-2004, 2000 and 1999
  • Environmental Planning 1997
  • Geographic Information Systems Workshop 1996-1998

Guest Lecturer       

  • Protected Area Management 2011-2015
  • Introduction to Marine Conservation 2010-2013
  • Subsea Engineering 2010-2011

Teaching Assistant (Cornell University)

  • Introduction to Oceanography 2002-2003
  • Introduction to Geological Sciences 2001
  • Tropical Marine Science Summer (Field) 2000

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

  • Remote Sensing
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Algal Blooms
  • Land-Sea Interactions
  • Marine Conservation
  • Geographic Information Systems

Collaboration

Andrew is currently involved in a project with Sense-T to develop an in-situ sensor network for real-time algal biomass and community composition at key locations in the Tasmanian irrigation/wastewater network.

Current projects

Sense-T Stage 2: BloomAlert: Real-time algal community monitoring for water quality and safety, Tasmanian Irrigation; University of Tasmania

Fields of Research

  • Biological Oceanography (040501)
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (090905)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Physical Oceanography (040503)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
  • Environment and Resource Economics (140205)
  • Economic Development and Growth (140202)
  • Image Processing (080106)
  • Animal Systematics and Taxonomy (060301)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Environmental Science and Management (050299)
  • Hydrogeology (040603)
  • Oceanography (040599)
  • Aquaculture (070401)
  • Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience (040699)
  • Economic Geography (160401)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge (050201)
  • Ocean Engineering (091103)
  • Surface Processes (040607)
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Human Geography (160499)
  • Maritime Engineering (091199)
  • Earth Sciences (049999)
  • Ship and Platform Structures (091105)
  • Environmental Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors) (100204)
  • Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.) (079901)
  • Special Vehicles (091106)
  • Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
  • Community Planning (120501)
  • Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry) (039901)
  • Glaciology (040602)
  • Classical and Physical Optics (020501)

Research Objectives

  • Coastal and Estuarine Water Management (960903)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related) (969902)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments (960503)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960802)
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation (960699)
  • Coastal and Marine Management Policy (960701)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences (970104)
  • Coastal and Estuarine Land Management (960902)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Mineral Resources (excl. Energy Resources) (849999)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography (969901)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Industry Costs and Structure (910204)
  • International Sea Freight Transport (excl. Live Animal Transport) (880202)
  • Economic Framework (919999)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Coastal and Estuarine Environments (961201)
  • Employment Patterns and Change (940501)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (960506)
  • Fisheries - Aquaculture (830199)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Coastal and Estuarine Environments (961102)
  • Wave Energy (850508)
  • Atmospheric Composition (incl. Greenhouse Gas Inventory) (960201)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Land and Water Management (960901)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services (899899)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management (960905)
  • Employment Services (940109)
  • Law Enforcement (940404)
  • Economic Growth (910103)
  • Urban and Industrial Water Management (960912)
  • Environmental Management Systems (960604)
  • Climate Change Models (960303)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Technology (970110)

Publications

Total publications

35

Journal Article

(26 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Tran LX, Fischer A, 'Spatiotemporal changes and fragmentation of mangroves and its effects on fish diversity in Ca Mau Province (Vietnam)', Journal of Coastal Conservation, 21, (3) pp. 355-368. ISSN 1400-0350 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11852-017-0513-9 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Blackwell BD, McFarlane J, Fischer A, 'Enduring community value from mining: measuring the employment impacts of mine closure for remote communities and considering issues for transformation', International Journal of Rural Law and Policy, 2 pp. 1-11. ISSN 1839-745X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5130/ijrlp.i2.2017.4943 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Kidd IM, Davis J, Seward M, Fischer A, 'Bathymetric rejuvenation strategies for morphologically degraded estuaries', Ocean and Coastal Management, 142 pp. 98-110. ISSN 0964-5691 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.03.025 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kidd IM

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2017Kidd IM, Davis JA, Fischer A, 'Total exclusion barrages as sea-level rise mitigators: the geomorphological trade-offs for new installations', Ocean and Coastal Management, 143 pp. 122-135. ISSN 0964-5691 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.08.012 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kidd IM

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2017Rudduck O-A, Lavers JL, Fischer AM, Stuckenbrock S, Sharp PB, et al., 'Inter-annual variation in the density of anthropogenic debris in the Tasman Sea', Marine Pollution Bulletin pp. 1-5. ISSN 0025-326X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.07.010 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lavers JL

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2017Fischer AM, Ryan JP, Rienecker EV, 'Fine scale mapping of the structure and composition of the Elkhorn Slough (California, USA) tidal plume', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 184 pp. 10-20. ISSN 0272-7714 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.10.035 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Zeng C, Zeng T, Fischer AM, Xu H, 'Fluorescence-based approach to estimate the chlorophyll-a concentration of a phytoplankton bloom in Ardley Cove (Antarctica)', Remote Sensing, 9, (3) Article 210. ISSN 2072-4292 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs9030210 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2017Blackwell BD, McFarlane JA, Fischer AM, Dollery BE, 'Diversifying cores but stagnant peripheries: mining and other industry employment contributions to development in local government areas of the Northern Territory', Economic Society of Australia. Economic Papers, 36, (3) pp. 317-334. ISSN 0812-0439 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1759-3441.12182 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Kidd IM, Davis J, Fischer A, 'A First-Order, Morphological Response Model (FORM) for predicting hydrologically induced bathymetric change in coastal-plain estuaries', Journal of Coastal Research, 33, (2) pp. 468-480. ISSN 0749-0208 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-16-00011.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Kidd IM

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2016Pendred S, Fischer A, Fischer S, 'Improved management effectiveness of a Marine Protected Area through prioritizing performance indicators', Coastal Management, 44, (2) pp. 93-115. ISSN 0892-0753 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08920753.2016.1135272 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pendred S; Fischer S

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2016Zeng C, Xu H, Fischer AM, 'Chlorophyll-a estimation around the Antarctica Peninsula using satellite algorithms: hints from field water leaving reflectance', Sensors, 16, (12) Article 2075. ISSN 1424-8220 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/s16122075 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Blackwell B, Fischer A, McFarlane J, Dollery B, 'Mining and other industry contributions to employment leakage in Australia's Northern Territory', Journal of Developing Areas, 49, (6) pp. 263-278. ISSN 0022-037X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1353/jda.2015.0105 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Kidd IM, Fischer AM, Chai S, Davis JA, 'A scenario-based approach to evaluating potential environmental impacts following a tidal barrage installation', Ocean and Coastal Management: International Journal Dedicated to The Study of All Aspects of Ocean and Coastal Management, 116 pp. 9-19. ISSN 0964-5691 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.06.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Kidd IM; Chai S

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2015Kirillin GB, Forrest AL, Graves KE, Fischer AM, Engelhardt C, et al., 'Axisymmetric circulation driven by marginal heating in ice-covered lakes', Geophysical Research Letters, 42, (8) pp. 2893-2900. ISSN 0094-8276 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2014GL062180 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Forrest AL

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2015Mueller R, Fischer AM, Bolch CJS, Wright JT, 'Environmental correlates of phenotypic variation: do variable tidal regimes influence morphology in intertidal seaweeds?', Journal of Phycology, 51, (5) pp. 859-871. ISSN 0022-3646 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12329 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Mueller R; Bolch CJS; Wright JT

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2015Perraton SC, Blackwell BD, Fischer A, Gaston TF, Meyers GD, 'Systemic barriers to wastewater reuse in Australia: some jurisdictional examples', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 22, (3) pp. 355-372. ISSN 1448-6563 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2014.955889 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Perraton SC; Meyers GD

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2015Shields K, Fischer A, Burke CM, 'Toward an improved ecosystem based management approach: incorporating catchment characteristics into better management and planning of the Great Barrier Reef marine ecosystem', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58, (7) pp. 1270-1290. ISSN 0964-0568 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2014.921143 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Burke CM

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2014Fischer AM, Ryan JP, Levesque C, Welschmeyer N, 'Characterizing estuarine plume discharge into the coastal ocean using fatty acid biomarkers and pigment analysis', Marine Environmental Research, 99 pp. 106-116. ISSN 0141-1136 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2014.04.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

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2014Kidd IM, Chai S, Fischer A, 'Tidal heights in hyper-synchronous estuaries', Natural Resources, 5, (11) pp. 607-615. ISSN 2158-706X (2014) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4236/nr.2014.511053 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kidd IM; Chai S

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2013Mabin CJT, Gribben PE, Fischer AM, Wright JT, 'Variation in the morphology, reproduction and development of the habitat-forming kelp Ecklonia radiata with changing temperature and nutrients', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 483 pp. 117-131. ISSN 1616-1599 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps10261 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Mabin CJT; Wright JT

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2013Moreno-Madrinan MJ, Fischer AM, 'Performance of the MODIS FLH algorithm in estuarine waters: a multi-year (2003-2010) analysis from Tampa Bay, Florida (USA)', International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34, (19) pp. 6467-6483. ISSN 0143-1161 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2013.804227 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

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2010Ryan JP, Fischer AM, Kudela RM, McManus MA, Myers JS, et al., 'Recurrent frontal slicks of a coastal ocean upwelling shadow', Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 115, (C12070) pp. 1-15. ISSN 0148-0227 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2010JC006398 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 18

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2008Ryan JP, Fischer AM, Kudela RM, Gower JFR, King SA, et al., 'Influences of upwelling and downwelling winds on red tide bloom dynamics in Monterey Bay, California', Continental Shelf Research, 29, (5-6) pp. 785-795. ISSN 0278-4343 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2008.11.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 64Web of Science - 56

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2008Ryan JP, Gower JFR, King SA, Bissett WP, Fischer AM, et al., 'A coastal ocean extreme bloom incubator ', Geophysical Research Letters, 35, (12) pp. L12602. ISSN 0094-8276 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2008GL034081 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 53Web of Science - 41

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2006Leichter JJ, Helmuth BST, Fischer AM, 'Variation beneath the surface: Quantifying complex thermal environments on coral reefs in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida', Journal of Marine Research, 64, (4) pp. 563-588. ISSN 0022-2402 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1357/002224006778715711 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 55Web of Science - 56

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2005Ryan JP, Dierrsen HM, Kudela RM, Scholin CA, Johnson KS, et al., 'Coastal ocean physics and red tides', Oceanography, Volume 18, (2) pp. 247-255. ISSN 1042-8275 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Le P, Fischer A, Penesis I, Rahimi R, 'Aggregating GIS and MCDM to optimize wave energy converters location in Tasmania, Australia', Soft Computing Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Information Science Reference (Imprint of IGI Global), MS Garcia-Cascales, JM Sanchez-Lozano, AD Masegosa, C Cruz-Corona (ed), USA, pp. 141-164. ISBN 978-1-4666-6631-3 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6631-3.ch006 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Penesis I; Rahimi R

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Fischer AM, 'Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans', Ecosystem-Based management for the Oceans, 1, (1) pp. 392. (2009) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Fischer AM, Lucieer V, Burke C, 'A series of MATLAB learning modules to enhance numerical competency in applied marine sciences', American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting abstracts, 12-16 December 2016, San Francicso, USA, pp. ED51J-02. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lucieer V; Burke C

2016Setyawan E, Sianipar AB, Mambrasar R, Lewis S, Beale C, et al., 'Large-scale movement and habitat range of reef manta (Manta alfredi) in northern Raja Ampat waters, West Papua, Indonesia', Abstracts of the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, 19-24 June, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Haddy J

2013Perraton SC, Blackwell BD, Fischer AM, Gaston TF, Meyers GD, 'A Comparison of Regulatory Frameworks of wastewater reuse feasibility assessment across two jurisdictions', Australia New Zealand Society of Ecological Economics 2012 Conference, 12-15 November 2012, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 1 - 20. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Perraton SC; Gaston TF; Meyers GD

2013Perraton SC, Blackwell BD, Gaston TF, Fischer AM, Meyers GD, 'Wastewater reuse in the absence of water scarcity and a market: A case study from Beaconsfield Tasmania (Australia)', Asia Pacific Water Recycling Conference Proceedings, 1 - 4 July 2013, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Qld (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Perraton SC; Blackwell BD; Gaston TF; Meyers GD

2011Fischer AM, Ryan JP, 'Monitoring Annual and Seasonal Variability of Dinoflagellate Blooms in Monterey Bay, California (USA) with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer', International Symposium for Remote Sensing of Environment, Sydney book, April 10 - 15, 2011, Sydney (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Fischer AM, 'The Distribution of Contaminants in Sediments and Water from the Upper Tamar River, Tasmania (Australia)', The Distribution of Contaminents in Sediments and Water from the Upper Tamar River, Tasmania (Australia), Launceston City Council, Launceston Tasmania Australia (2013) [Government or Industry Research]

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2013Fischer AM, 'Eddies of the East Australia Current: Long Term Biological Impacts', International Association of Maritime Universities, Australia, pp. 1-9. (2013) [Government or Industry Research]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

13

Total funding

$655,779

Projects

DFAT Vietnam exchange algal bloom project (2017)$9,091
Description
The exchange visits will focus on primarily on project planning, grant writing and the calibration and validation of satellite imagery to assess the inception, development and spread of algal blooms in Tasmania and Vietnam, considering impacts to aquaculture resources.
Funding
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ($9,091)
Scheme
Grant-Australia-Vietnam Researcher Exchange Progra
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM; Phuoc VLH
Year
2017
National Outfall Database (2016 - 2017)$34,500
Description
This project will develop a National Outfall Database that, 1) integrates information about pollutants arising from sewerage treatment and their distribution from sewerage outfalls around Australia, 2) A ranking of the outfalls (and sewerage treatment systems) according to health and impact criteria with peer review of the ranking system and resulting ranking outcomes. This is grant for a honours research project linked to the NESP NOD administered through the Clean Ocean Foundation
Funding
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($34,500)
Scheme
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM; A'Yunin Rohman Q
Period
2016 - 2017
Enduring Community Value from Mining (2016 - 2017)$5,000
Description
Understanding economic impacts of mine withdrawal or development is important for creating Enduring Community Value (ECV), particularly in remote communities. Having geographical visualisation of these impacts provides a focused product for decision making. This project will prepare a series of maps on employment structure of regional economies in order to geographically visualise the economic impacts of mine withdrawal projects.
Funding
NintiOne ($5,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM
Period
2016 - 2017
Sense-T Stage 2: BloomAlert: Real-time algal community monitoring for water quality and safety (2015 - 2016)$393,075
Description
IMAS, Irrigation Tasmania, TasWater and Hydro Tasmania will work together to install a sensor network at six locations in the Tasmanian water supply system to provide real-time data on algal biomass and allow early detection of algal blooms in drinking water and agricultural water resources.
Funding
Tasmanian Irrigation ($21,567); University of Tasmania ($371,508)
Scheme
Grant - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bolch CJS; Fischer AM
Period
2015 - 2016
Tracer Analysis of Sediment Redistribution of Tamar Estuary (2014)$155,080
Description
The objective of this proposed study is to understand patterns of sediment redistribution in the hydrodynamically complex Tamar Estuary resulting from sediment management activities known as raking and to provide modelling validation data on the net (up estuary or down estuary) migration of silt in the upper estuary. 100% of the funding was towards the research component. What is the research question that is being asked in this activity? Assess the redistribution of sediments resulting from sediment raking in the upper Tamar River estuary. Provide a statement on the research contribution to innovation and new knowledge in the area: Acquisition and analysis of sediment and water samples to provide a baseline from which decisions can be made on how to proceed with the sediment raking program and removal of sil from the upper Tamar River estuary.
Funding
Launceston Flood Authority ($155,080)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM; Chai S
Year
2014
Enduring Community Value from Mining (2014 - 2015)$5,000
Description
Understanding the economic impacts of mine withdrawal or development is important to create Enduring Community Value (ECV), particularly in remote communities. Having geographical visualisations of these impacts provides a focused product for decision making. This project will prepare a series of maps on employment structure of regional economies in the NT, SA and WA in order to geographically visualise the economic impacts of mine withdrawal or development. This project will apply geospatial visualisation and spatial analysis techniques to understand how mining withdrawal or development influences regional economies.
Funding
NintiOne ($5,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM
Period
2014 - 2015
Eddies of the East Australian Current: Long-term biological impacts (2013)$25,709
Funding
International Association of Maritime Universities ($25,709)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM; Doblin M
Year
2013
Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program (2013)$0
Description
This project aims to develop and implement a robust and integrated harmful algal bloom forecast system to provide early warning of these extreme natural events and aid in mitigating the deleterious effects of their presence on human and ecosystem health.
Funding
The Group of Eight Ltd ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Aust China Young Researchers Exchange Prog
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM
Year
2013
Upper Tamar River Estuary Sediment Study (2012 - 2013)$10,680
Description
The AMC are working collaboratively with the Launceston Flood Authority (LF A), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Parks & Wildlife Service (P&W) on a silt raking trial for the upper Tamar River estuary. The EPA identified some specific analyses that must be undertaken prior to this trial, including the collection and analysis of sediment samples. AMC, in collaboration with the LF A and EPA, were tasked with the collection of suitable elutriate samples from strategic locations and depths of the estuary floor. Each sample was prepared within AMC's laboratories and provided to Analytical Services Tasmania (AST) to undertake elutriate extractions and analysis. AMC documented the location, type and number of samples collected and provided interpretation of AST's analysis results. The project addressed the research question: What nutrients and metals are contained within the silt in specific locations of the upper Tamar River estuary? Its innovation lay in the acquisition and analysis of sediment and water samples to provide a baseline from which decisions can be made on how to proceed with the removal of silt from the upper Tamar River estuary.
Funding
Launceston Flood Authority ($10,680)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM; MacFarlane GJ
Period
2012 - 2013
2012: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, USA (3 to 8 Dec 2012) (2012)$1,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM
Year
2012
Monitoring Coastal Ocean Change: Improving Accuracy of Global Satellite Phytoplankton Estimates in Coastal Waters (2010)$10,671
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,671)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM
Year
2010
International Conference on Harmful Algae, Crete, Greece (2010)$1,973
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,973)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM
Year
2010
Multi-Scale Satellite Mapping and Monitoring of Sea Surface Temperature Variability in the Tasman Sea and off the East Coast of Tasmania. (2009)$3,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($3,500)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fischer AM
Year
2009

Research Supervision

Current

5

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDA Study of the Effects of Algal Types and Suspended Matter on Water leaving Fluorescence Signals: Improving methods of water quality in coastal waters2013
PhDInvestigating Environmental Drivers Influencing Trends in the Long Term Variability of Growth, Recruitment, Fecundity and Spawning Stock Behaviours in Blue Grenadier (Macruronus novaezelandiae)2015
PhDEnhancing Decision Making in a Multi-Use Management Environment by Capitalising on Available Information: Linking data sources through GIS to provide meaningful decision support outputs2017
PhDPlastic and Anthropogenic Contaminants in Freshwater Lakes and Waterfowl in Tasmania2017
PhDAn Analysis of the Effectiveness of River Restoration in the Mount Roland Catchment of North-Western Tasmania2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDStrategies for Sustainable Morphological Remediation of Degraded Estuaries
Candidate: Ian Marsey Kidd
2017
PhDCross Jurisdictional Barriers to Effective Wastewater Reuse: Management of Wastewater Disposal, Water Quality Impacts, and Reform Opportunities for Australia
Candidate: Simon Clifford Perraton
2015
PhDEnvironmental Governance of Australia's Coasts
Candidate: Janette Robin Shaw
2014