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Heidi J Auman

Honorary Research Associate/Adjunct Lecturer

Room 346, Biological Sciences, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 6279 (phone)

Heidi.Auman@utas.edu.au

Dr Heidi Auman has worked as a biologist for most of the past 25 years, focusing mainly on seabird biology.  Her research is global in nature with a preference for isolated islands, including those of the US Great Lakes, sub-tropical Midway Atoll, sub-Antarctic Heard Island, and Tasmania.  Her specialisations focus upon human impacts on seabirds, including plastic debris ingestion, toxicology, human disturbance, physiology, urbanisation, and diet.  She has demonstrated that our ecological footprint as reached the farthest corners of the Earth, often with disturbing consequences.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (2004): Effects of anthropogenic food on the body condition, biochemistry, stable isotopes and egg quality in Silver Gulls Larus novaehollandiae in TasmaniaUniversity of Tasmania 
  • MSc (1994): Plastic ingestion, biomarkers of health, PCBs and DDE in two species of albatrosses on Sand Island, Midway Atoll. Michigan State University, USA
  • BSc (1991): Magna Cum Laude. Relationships of age, productivity and colony site tenacity in Great Lakes Caspian Terns. Alma College, USA

Administrative expertise

Dr Auman is a Scientific Publications Officer for SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) and IMAS (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) faculties at UTAS (2014 - present).  She was also the Graduate Research Manager at IMAS (2011-2013) and Academic Programs Manager at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (1998-2000).

Teaching

Seabirds, marine debris, plastic ingestion, contaminants, toxicology, science communication

Teaching expertise

Dr Auman is a popular science communicator and has been invited to speak with primary schools up to university courses.  She taught two full ornithology courses at Charles Sturt University: 

  • Avian Biology 
  • Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation of Birds

Teaching responsibility

Lectures in:

  • KSM302: Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean 
  • KSA102: Introduction to Marine and Antarctic Studies

Research Invitations

Joint New Zealand and Australian Nutrition Societies Conference and Annual Scientific Meeting:
5-7 December 2007, Massey University, Auckland NZ. Keynote speaker.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/University of Washington: International
Workshop on Marine Debris 9-11 September 2008. Invited speaker.

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Fields of Research

  • Population Ecology (060207)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Animal Physiological Ecology (060806)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Zoology (060899)
  • Animal Behaviour (060801)
  • Environmental Education and Extension (050203)
  • Physiology (060699)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Animal Physiology - Systems (060603)
  • Analytical Biochemistry (060101)
  • Vertebrate Biology (060809)
  • Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry) (039901)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)

Research Objectives

  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960801)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (960506)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (960502)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960807)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments (961299)
  • Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960812)
  • Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Marine Environments (960407)
  • Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960802)

Publications

Dr Auman has published several peer-reviewed articles as well as dozens of articles for the general public.  She has also authored a children's book based on her research - Garbage Guts.

Total publications

33

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2015Journal ArticleCousin HR, Auman HJ, Alderman R, Virtue P, 'The frequency of ingested plastic debris and its effects on body condition of short-tailed shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) pre-fledging chicks in Tasmania, Australia', Emu, 115, (1) pp. 6-11. ISSN 0158-4197 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MU13086 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Virtue P

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2004Journal ArticleAuman HJ, Woehler EJ, Riddle MJ, Burton H, 'First evidence of ingestion of plastic debris by seabirds at sub-antarctic Heard Island', Marine Ornithology, 32, (1) pp. 105-106. ISSN 1018-3337 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 15

1998Chapter in BookAuman HJ, Ludwig JP, Giesy JP, Colborn C, 'Plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatross chicks on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, in 1994 and 1995', Albatross biology and conservation, Surrey Beatty, G Robertson and R Gales (ed), Chipping Norton, pp. 239-344. ISBN 9780949324825 (1998) [Research Book Chapter]

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1997Journal ArticleAuman HJ, Ludwig JP, Summer CL, Verbrugge DA, Froese KL, et al., 'PCBS, DDE, DDT, and TCDD-EQ in two species of albatross on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, North Pacific Ocean', Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 16, (3) pp. 498-504. ISSN 0730-7268 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/etc.5620160315 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 34

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Journal Article

(18 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Cousin HR, Auman HJ, Alderman R, Virtue P, 'The frequency of ingested plastic debris and its effects on body condition of short-tailed shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) pre-fledging chicks in Tasmania, Australia', Emu, 115, (1) pp. 6-11. ISSN 0158-4197 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MU13086 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Virtue P

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2011Auman HJ, Bond AL, Meathrel CE, Richardson AMM, 'Urbanization of the Silver Gull: Evidence of Anthropogenic Feeding Regimes from Stable Isotope Analyses', Waterbirds, 34, (1) pp. 70-76. ISSN 1524-4695 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1675/063.034.0108 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Richardson AMM

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2008Auman HJ, Meathrel CE, Richardson AMM, 'Supersize Me: Does Anthropogenic Food Change the Body Condition of Silver Gulls? A Comparison Between Urbanized and Remote, Non-urbanized Areas', Waterbirds: the international journal of waterbird ecology, 31, (1) pp. 122-126. ISSN 1524-4695 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1675/1524-4695(2008)31[122:SMDAFC]2.0.CO;2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Richardson AMM

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2004Auman HJ, Woehler EJ, Riddle MJ, Burton H, 'First evidence of ingestion of plastic debris by seabirds at sub-antarctic Heard Island', Marine Ornithology, 32, (1) pp. 105-106. ISSN 1018-3337 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 15

2004Cooper J, Auman HJ, Klavitter J, 'Do the albatrosses on Midway Atoll select cigarette lighters by color?', Pacific Seabirds, 31, (1) pp. 2-4. ISSN 1089-6317 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2002Woehler EJ, Auman HJ, Riddle MJ, 'Long-term population increase of black-browed albatrosses Thalassarche melanophrys at Heard Island, 1947/1948 - 2000/2001', Polar Biology, 25, (12) pp. 921-927. ISSN 0722-4060 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00300-002-0436-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4

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1998Klasson-Wehler E, Bergman A, Athanasiadou M, Ludwig JP, Auman HJ, et al., 'Hydroxylated and methylsulfonyl polychlorinated biphenyl metabolites in albatrosses from Midway Atoll, North Pacific Ocean', Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 17, (8) pp. 1620-1625. ISSN 0730-7268 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/etc.5620170825 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 58

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1997Auman HJ, Ludwig JP, Summer CL, Verbrugge DA, Froese KL, et al., 'PCBS, DDE, DDT, and TCDD-EQ in two species of albatross on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, North Pacific Ocean', Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 16, (3) pp. 498-504. ISSN 0730-7268 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/etc.5620160315 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 34

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1996Jones PD, Hannah DJ, Buckland SJ, Day PJ, Leathem SV, et al., 'Persistent synthetic chlorinated hydrocarbons in albatross tissue samples from Midway Atoll', Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 15, (10) pp. 1793-1800. ISSN 0730-7268 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/etc.5620151021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 25

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1996Ludwig JP, Kurita-Matsuba H, Auman HJ, Ludwig ME, Summer CL, et al., 'Deformities, PCBs, and TCDD-equivalents in double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) and Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) of the upper Great Lakes 1986-1991: testing a cause-effect hypothesis', Journal of Great Lakes Research, 22, (2) pp. 172-197. ISSN 0380-1330 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0380-1330(96)70948-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 54

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1995Ludwig JP, Auman HJ, Weseloh DV, Fox GA, Giesy JP, et al., 'Evaluation of the effects of toxic chemicals in Great Lakes cormorants: has causality been established?', Waterbirds, 18, (1) pp. 60-69. ISSN 1524-4695 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2307/1521524 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 22

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1995Ludwig JP, Summer CL, Auman HJ, Colborn TL, Ludwig FE, et al., 'Band loss in North Pacific populations of Laysan albatross (Diomedea immutabilis) and black-footed albatross (D. nigripes)', North American Bird Bander, 20, (4) pp. 157-164. ISSN 0363-8979 (1995) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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1994Ewins PJ, Weseloh DV, Norstrom RJ, Legierse K, Auman HJ, et al., 'Caspian terns on the Great Lakes: organochlorine contamination, reproduction, diet, and population changes, 1972-91', Canadian Wildlife Service. Occasional Papers pp. 30. ISSN 0576-6370 (1994) [Refereed Article]

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1994Jones PD, Giesy JP, Newstead JL, Verbrugge DA, Ludwig JP, et al., 'Accumulation of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin equivalents by double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus, Pelicaniformes) chicks in the North American Great Lakes', Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 27, (2) pp. 192-209. ISSN 0147-6513 (1994) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1006/eesa.1994.1016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 24

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1993Ludwig JP, Auman HJ, Kiruta H, Ludwig ME, Campbell LM, et al., 'Caspian tern reproduction in the Saginaw Bay ecosystem following a 100-Year flood event', Journal of Great Lakes Research, 19, (1) pp. 96-108. ISSN 0380-1330 (1993) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0380-1330(93)71201-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 49

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1993Ludwig JP, Giesy JP, Summer CL, Bowerman W, Aulerich R, et al., 'A comparison of water quality criteria for the Great Lakes based on human and wildlife health', Journal of Great Lakes Research, 19, (4) pp. 789-807. ISSN 0380-1330 (1993) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0380-1330(93)71267-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 28

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1993Mora MA, Auman HJ, Ludwig JP, Giesy JP, Verbrugge DA, et al., 'Polychlorinated biphenyls and chlorinated insecticides in plasma of Caspian terns: relationships with age, productivity, and colony site tenacity in the Great Lakes', Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 24, (3) pp. 320-331. ISSN 0090-4341 (1993) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/BF01128730 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 58Web of Science - 55

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1989Ludwig JP, Hull CN, Ludwig ME, Auman HJ, 'Food habits and feeding ecology of nesting double-crested cormorants in the upper Great Lakes, 1986-1989', Jack-Pine Warbler, 67, (4) pp. 115-126. ISSN 0021-3845 (1989) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
1998Auman HJ, Ludwig JP, Giesy JP, Colborn C, 'Plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatross chicks on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, in 1994 and 1995', Albatross biology and conservation, Surrey Beatty, G Robertson and R Gales (ed), Chipping Norton, pp. 239-344. ISBN 9780949324825 (1998) [Research Book Chapter]

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1998Ludwig JP, Summer CL, Auman HJ, Gauger V, Bromley D, et al., 'The roles of organochlorine contamnants and fisheries bycatch in recent population changes in black-footed and Laysan albatrosses in the North Pacific Ocean', Albatross biology and conservation, Surrey Beatty, G Robertson, R Gales (ed), Chipping Norton, pp. 225-238. ISBN 9780949324825 (1998) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Auman HJ, Walsh PH, Cooper K, 'Vanishing Point Unseen: an art/science collaboration on oceanic microplastic pollution', Experimental Histories II: Uncanny Objects in the Anthropocene Program, 05-06 June, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walsh PH

2009Auman HJ, 'Invited speaker: Incidence of marine debris ingestion in seabirds from Midway Atoll and Heard Island', Proceedings of the International Research Workshop on the Occurrence, Effects, and Fate of Microplastic Marine Debris, 09-11 September, Tacoma, Washington, USA, pp. 254-294. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2007Auman HJ, 'Keynote speaker: Supersize me - does anthropogenic food change the body condition of silver gulls?', Joint New Zealand and Australian Nutrition Societies Conference and Annual Scientific Meeting Proceedings, 05-07 December, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand (2007) [Keynote Presentation]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Hindell M, Lea MA, Auman H, 'A risk assessment of fur seals interactions with aquaculture in Tasmania', Tassal Group Pty Ltd (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Hindell M; Lea MA

2012Carboneras C, Auman HJ, Cooper J, Misiak W, Baker B, et al., 'ACAP species assessment: Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus', Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Consultants Report]

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2011Auman HJ, Misiak W, 'ACAP species assessment: white-capped albatross Thalassarche steadi', Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Hobart, Tasmania (2011) [Consultants Report]

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2010Auman HJ, Misiak W, 'ACAP species assessments: sooty albatross Phoebetria fusca', Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Hobart, Tasmania (2010) [Consultants Report]

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2010Auman HJ, Misiak W, 'ACAP species assessments: northern giant petrel Macronectes halli', Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Hobart, Tasmania (2010) [Consultants Report]

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2010Auman HJ, Misiak W, 'ACAP species assessment: light-mantled albatross Phoebetria palpebrata', Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Hobart, Tasmania (2010) [Consultants Report]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Carnell S, Cooper K, Moss R, Muir Wilson T, Walsh P, et al., 'Vanishing Point: an art/science collaboration on ocean plastics', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, IMAS exhibition hall (2015) [Other Exhibition]

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Co-authors: Walsh P; Olivier F; Virtue P

Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Auman HJ, 'Garbage Guts', Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, USA, pp. 64 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Auman HJ, 'The effects of anthropogenic food on the body condition, biochemistry, stable isotopes and egg quality of silver gulls in Tasmania' (2008) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Auman HJ, 'Garbage Guts', The Mercury (tasweekend), Hobart, Oct 25-26, 2014 (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$2,000

Projects

Effects of Anthropogemnic Food Sources on the Body Condition, Chemistry and Stable Isotopes of Blood Silver Gulls Larus novaehollandiae (2005)$2,000
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($2,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Richardson AMM; Auman HJ
Year
2005