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Cynthia Awruch

Adjunct Senior Researcher

Off-Campus

Email Only (phone)

Cynthia.Awruch@utas.edu.au

General Responsibilities

I am an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences.

Research Interests

My primary research interest is in the environmental endocrinology and physiology and the use of biochemical markers as tools for wildlife conservation. My projects are concerned with the sustainable management sharks and the flow on effects of shark conservation. Through my research I hope to increase the understanding and development of non-destructive techniques to understand the biology and physiology of animals, and subsequently to assist with more effective conservation and management programs.

My research is focussed on four topics at present:

  1. Investigating post release survival of wild sharks and rays, and the implication for management and conservation programs. This research dealt with developing different biochemical methods to measure stress in chondrichthyans.
  2. Reproductive biology and endocrinology of chondrichthyans.
  3. The use of non-lethal techniques for conservation and management and the effects of bycatch recreational fishing on post release survival of sharks and rays in Tasmania.
  4. The effects of marine pollution on the reproductive system of temperate reef fish in Patagonia, Argentina.

Publications

  • Awruch, C. A. (2013 online). Reproductive Endocrinology in chondrichthyans: the present and the future. General and Comparative Endocrinology. (doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2013.05.021)
  • Waltrick, D., Awruch, C. A. and Simpfendorfer, C. A. (2012). Embryonic diapause in the elasmobranchs. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 22, 849-859 (doi: 10.1007/s11160-012-9267-5)
  • Awruch, C. A. Frusher, S. D. and Stevens J. D. Barnett, A. (2012). Movement patterns of the draughtboard shark, Cephaloscyllium laticeps (Scyliorhinidae), determined by passive tracking and conventional tagging. Journal of Fish Biology. 80, 1417-1435 (doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03249.x)
  • Barnett, A., Braccinni, J. M., Awruch. C. A. and Ebert, D. A. (2012). An overview on the role of Hexanchiformes in marine ecosystems: biology, ecology and conservation status of a primitive order of modern sharks. Journal of Fish Biology 80, 966-990 (doi:10.1111/j.1095- 649.2012.03242.x)
  • Awruch, C. A., Simpfendorfer, C. and Pankhurst, N. W. (2011). Evaluation and use of a portable field kit for measuring whole-blood lactate in sharks. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 694-699 (doi: 10.1071/MF10149)
  • Awruch, C. A., Pankhurst, N. W., Frusher, S. D. and Stevens J. D. (2009). Reproductive seasonality and embryo development of the draughtboard shark Cephaloscyllium laticeps. Marine and Freshwater Research 60: 1265-1272 (doi: 10.1071/MF09030)
  • Awruch, C. A., Pankhurst, N. W., Frusher, S. D. and Stevens J. D. (2008) Endocrine and morphological correlates of reproduction in the draughtboard shark Cephaloscylium laticeps (Elasmobranchii: Scyliorhinidae). Journal of Experimental Zoology 309A: 184-197 (doi: 10.1002/jez.448)
  • Awruch, C. A., Frusher S. D., Pankhurst N.W and Stevens, J.D. (2008). Non-lethal assessment of reproductive parameters for the management and conservation of sharks. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 355:277-285 (doi:3354/meps07227)
  • Awruch, C., Lo Nostro, F, Somoza, G., and Di Gic006fmo E. (2008). Aspects of the reproductive biology of angel shark, Squatina guggenheim (Elasmobranchii, Squatinidae) from Patagonian waters in Argentina. Ciencias Marinas 34(1): 17-28

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Fields of Research

  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Fisheries management (300505)
  • Animal physiology - systems (310910)
  • Animal developmental and reproductive biology (310903)
  • Fish physiology and genetics (300504)
  • Population ecology (310307)
  • Behavioural ecology (310301)
  • Vertebrate biology (310914)
  • Zoology (310999)
  • Animal physiology - cell (310909)
  • Fisheries sciences (300599)
  • Biological adaptation (310403)
  • Pattern recognition (460308)
  • Genetics (310599)

Research Objectives

  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Fisheries - wild caught (100399)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Fisheries - recreational freshwater (100301)
  • Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna) (100305)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences (280101)
  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Coastal or estuarine biodiversity (180203)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)

Publications

Total publications

35

Journal Article

(21 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Awruch CA, Bell JD, Semmens JM, Lyle JM, 'Life history traits and conservation actions for the Maugean skate (Zearaja maugeana), an endangered species occupying an anthropogenically impacted estuary', Aquatic Conservation, 31, (8) pp. 2178-2192. ISSN 1099-0755 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3579 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Bell JD; Semmens JM; Lyle JM

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2019Awruch CA, Somoza GM, Baldock C, 'Chondrichthyan research in South America: endocrinology overview and research trends over 50 years (1967-2016) compared to the rest of the world', General and Comparative Endocrinology, 273 pp. 118-133. ISSN 0016-6480 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.06.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Baldock C

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2019Barnett A, McAllister JD, Semmens J, Abrantes K, Sheaves M, et al., 'Identification of essential habitats: including chimaeras into current shark protected areas', Aquatic Conservation, 29, (6) pp. 865-880. ISSN 1052-7613 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3087 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: McAllister JD; Semmens J

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2019Elisio M, Awruch CA, Massa AM, Macchi GJ, Somoza GM, 'Effects of temperature on the reproductive physiology of female elasmobranchs: the case of the narrownose smooth-hound shark (Mustelus schmitti)', General and Comparative Endocrinology, 284 Article 113242. ISSN 0016-6480 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.113242 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6

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2018Irigoyen AJ, De Wysiecki AM, Trobbiani G, Bovcon N, Awruch CA, et al., 'Habitat use, seasonality and demography of an apex predator: sevengill shark Notorynchus cepedianus in northern Patagonia', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 603 pp. 147-160. ISSN 0171-8630 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps12715 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

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2018Sueiro MC, Awruch CA, Irigoyen AJ, Argemi F, Palacios MG, 'Seasonality of immunological and health-state parameters of wild broadnose sevengill shark, Notorynchus cepedianus', Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 92, (1) pp. 24-36. ISSN 1522-2152 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/700573 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2018Wosnik N, Awruch CA, Adams KR, Gutierre SMM, Bornatowski H, et al., 'Impacts of fisheries on elasmobranch reproduction: high rates of abortion and subsequent maternal mortality in the shortnose guitarfish', Animal Conservation pp. 1-9. ISSN 1367-9430 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/acv.12458 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 1

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2017Guida L, Awruch C, Walker TI, Reina RD, 'Prenatal stress from trawl capture affects mothers and neonates: a case study using the southern fiddler ray (Trygonorrhina dumerilii)', Scientific Reports, (7) Article 46300. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/srep46300 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14

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2017Waltrick DS, Simpfendorfer CA, Awruch CA, 'A review on the morphology of ovarian follicles in elasmobranchs: A case study in Rhizoprionodon taylori', Journal of Morphology, 278, (4) pp. 486-499. ISSN 0362-2525 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20644 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

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2015Awruch CA, '7 - Reproduction strategies', Fish Physiology, 34, (Part A) pp. 255-310. ISSN 1546-5098 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801289-5.00007-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12

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2014Awruch CA, Jones SM, Garcia Asorey M, Barnett A, 'Non-lethal assessment of the reproductive status of broadnose sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) to determine the significance of habitat use in coastal areas', Conservation Physiology, 2, (1) Article 013. ISSN 2051-1434 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/conphys/cou013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Jones SM; Barnett A

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2014Waltrick D, Jones SM, Simpfendorfer CA, Awruch CA, 'Endocrine control of embryonic diapause in the Australian sharpnose shark Rhizoprionodon taylori', PLoS One, 9, (7) Article e101234. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101234 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Jones SM

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2013Awruch CA, 'Reproductive endocrinology in chondrichthyans: The present and the future', General and Comparative Endocrinology, 192 pp. 60-70. ISSN 0016-6480 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2013.05.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 32

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2013Barnett A, Yick JL, Abrantes KG, Awruch CA, 'Trophic ecology of an abundant predator and its relationship with fisheries', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 494 pp. 241-248. ISSN 0171-8630 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps10577 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

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2012Awruch CA, Frusher SD, Stevens JD, Barnett A, 'Movement patterns of the draughtboard shark Cephaloscyllium laticeps (Scyliorhinidae) determined by passive tracking and conventional tagging', Journal of Fish Biology, 80, (5) pp. 1417-1435. ISSN 0022-1112 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03249.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Frusher SD; Barnett A

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2012Barnett A, Braccini JM, Awruch CA, Ebert DA, 'An overview on the role of Hexanchiformes in marine ecosystems: biology, ecology and conservation status of a primitive order of modern sharks', Journal of Fish Biology, 80, (5) pp. 966-990. ISSN 0022-1112 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03242.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 40

Co-authors: Barnett A

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2012Waltrick D, Awruch C, Simpfendorfer C, 'Embryonic diapause in the elasmobranchs', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 22, (4) pp. 849-859. ISSN 0960-3166 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-012-9267-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 21

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2011Awruch CA, Simpfendorfer C, Pankhurst NW, 'Evaluation and use of a portable field kit for measuring whole-blood lactate in sharks', Marine and Freshwater Research, 62 pp. 694-699. ISSN 1323-1650 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF10149 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15

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2009Awruch CA, Pankhurst NW, Frusher SD, Stevens JD, 'Reproductive seasonality and embryo development in the draughtboard shark Cephaloscyllium laticeps', Marine and Freshwater Research, 60, (12) pp. 1265-1272. ISSN 1323-1650 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF09030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Frusher SD

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2008Awruch CA, Frusher SD, Pankhurst NW, Stevens JD, 'Non-lethal assessment of reproductive characteristics for management and conservations of sharks', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 355, (25 February) pp. 277-285. ISSN 0171-8630 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps07227 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 27

Co-authors: Frusher SD

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2008Awruch CA, Pankhurst NW, Frusher SD, Stevens JD, 'Endocrine and morphological correlates of reproduction in the draughtboard shark Cephaloscyllium laticeps (Elasmobranchii: Scyliorhinidae)', Journal of Experimental Zoology, 309A, (4) pp. 184-197. ISSN 1932-5223 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jez.445 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 33

Co-authors: Frusher SD

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Conference Publication

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Awruch CA, 'Non-lethal methods employed to study the reproductive biology of elasmobranchs', Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo de Elasmobranquios (SBEEL) VII meeting, 2011, Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil (2011) [Keynote Presentation]

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2011De Faria F, Sutton S, Simpfendorfer C, Tobin R, Awruch CA, 'Effects of recreational fishing on sharks in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park', Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Conference (OCS), 2011, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia (2011) [Plenary Presentation]

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2011De Faria F, Sutton S, Simpfendorfer C, Tobin R, Awruch CA, 'Effects of recreational fishing on sharks in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park', Australia Society for Fish Biology (ASFB) Annual Conference, 2011, Townville, Australia (2011) [Plenary Presentation]

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2011De Faria F, Sutton S, Simpfendorfer C, Tobin R, Awruch CA, 'Effects of recreational fishing on sharks in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park', 6th World Recreational Fishing Conference, 2011, Berlin, Germany (2011) [Plenary Presentation]

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2011Jones SM, Awruch CA, 'Steroid production by maternal and embryonic tissues in a viviparous lizard demonstrate the potential for embryo-maternal signaling', ICCPB2011, 31 May - 5 June 2011, Nagoya Congress Center, Japan (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones SM

2011Jones SM, Awruch CA, 'Steroid production by maternal and embryonic, issues in a viviparous lizard demonstrate the potential for embryo-maternal signalling', International Conference of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ICCPB), 2011, Nagoya, Japan (2011) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Jones SM

2011Waltrick D, Awruch CA, Simpfendorfer CA, 'The role of corpora lutea in the control of embryonic diapause in the Australian sharpnose shark', Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Conference (OCS), 2011, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia (2011) [Plenary Presentation]

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2005Awruch CA, Frusher SD, Stevens J, Semmens JM, 'Movement patterns of the draughtboard shark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) combining acoustic telemetry and conventional tagging information', Program and Book of Abstracts, June 2005, Sesimbra, Portugal, pp. 122. (2005) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Frusher SD; Semmens JM

2004Awruch CA, Frusher SD, Steven J, 'Movement patterns of the draughtboard shark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) using acoustic telemetry and conventional tagging', ASFB2004 Conference Official Program, 19-24 September 2004, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 25. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Frusher SD

2004Awruch CA, Frusher SD, Stevens J, 'Conventional and acoustic tagging studies on the draughtboard shark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) in a scientific reserve in Tasmania', AMSA Program and Abstracts, 6-9 July 2004, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 15. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Frusher SD

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Bell J, Lyle J, Semmens J, Awruch C, Moreno DA, et al., 'Movement, habitat utilisation and population status of the endangered Maugean skate and implications for fishing and aquaculture operations in Macquarie Harbour', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 2013/008 (2016) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bell J; Lyle J; Semmens J; Moreno DA; Currie S; Morash A; Ross J; Barrett N

2011Awruch CA, White W, 'Shark Specialist Group Red list assessment Report (Species: Dipturus queenslandicus, Irolita westraliensis, Okamejei arafurensis, Squalus nasutus)', IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) (2011) [Consultants Report]

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Entry

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Awruch CA, 'Chondrichthyes (Sharks, Rays, Skates and Chimaeras)', Encyclopedia of Reproduction, MK Skinner (ed), United States, 6, pp. 554-559 (2018) [Entry]

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.20603-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Walker T, Stevens J, Braccini M, Daley R, Huveneers C, et al., 'Rapid assessment of sustainablity for ecological risk of shark and other chondrichthyan bycatch species taken on the southern and eastern scalefish and shark fishery', FRDC Report 2002/033, Victoria (2008) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Bell JD; Treloar MA

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$144,423

Projects

Towards conservation of the vulnerable Melbourne Skate: Assessing life-history and reproductive behaviour (2021)$2,000
Description
Given that large skate species are more prone to local extinction compared to smaller species, coupled with the already observed population declines, its high susceptibility to fishing pressure, and the lack of biological and ecological information, the large Melbourne skate may be particularly vulnerable to local extinction. As such, this project is important, as it addresses this lack of information to provide a starting point for conservation efforts for this vulnerable species. Specifically, we aim to define the species (i) life history (age, growth, and reproduction), (ii) distribution and abundance in south-east Australia, (iii) population productivity, (iv) use of inshore protected areas, (v) candidate egg laying and nursery grounds and (vi) extinction risk and make this information available to resource managers.
Funding
Oceania Chondrichthyan Society ($2,000)
Scheme
Grant-Student Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Semmens JM; Moreno DA; Awruch CA; McAllister JD; Woolley BK
Year
2021
Life-history and Reproductive Behaviour of the Vulnerable Melbourne Skate to Inform Fisheries Management and Conservation (2021)$6,375
Description
Given that large skate species are more prone to local extinction compared to smaller species, coupled with the already observed population declines, its high susceptibility to fishing pressure, and the lack of biological and ecological information, the large Melbourne skate may be particularly vulnerable to local extinction. As such, this project is important, as it addresses this lack of information to provide a starting point for conservation efforts for this vulnerable species. Specifically, we aim to define the species (i) life history (age, growth, and reproduction), (ii) distribution and abundance in south-east Australia, (iii) population productivity, (iv) use of inshore protected areas, (v) candidate egg laying and nursery grounds and (vi) extinction risk and make this information available to resource managers.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6,375)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Semmens JM; Moreno DA; Awruch CA; McAllister JD; Woolley BK
Year
2021
Life-history and reproductive behaviour of the vulnerable Melbourne skate to inform fisheries management and conservation (2020)$25,048
Description
Given its large body-size, with Dulvy and Reynolds (2002, Cons Biol 16:440) finding that skate species that have suffered local extinction have large body sizes compared with all other skates, coupled with the already observed population declines, its high susceptibility fishing pressure and the virtual complete lack of biological and ecological information, the Melbourne skate may be particularly vulnerable to local extinction. As such, this project aims to address this lack of vital information available in order to guide conservation efforts for this vulnerable species. Specifically, we aim to define the species (i) life history (age, growth and reproduction), (ii) distribution and abundance in south-east Australia, (iii) population productivity, (iv) use of inshore protected areas, (v) candidate egg laying and nursery grounds and (vi) extinction risk.
Funding
Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc ($25,048)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Semmens JM; Lyle JM; Awruch CA; Rizzari J
Year
2020
Stressed out: evaluating stress in sharks, implications for conservation and management (2013)$70,300
Description
This project aims to use ethically acceptable non-destructive methods to address stress and post-release survival in sharks. The ability to identify the fate of released sharks is therefore important in understanding how the release of sharks will benefit conservation efforts.
Funding
Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust ($70,300)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Awruch CA; Barnett A
Year
2013
Developing non-destructive sampling methods for the conservation and management of chondrickthlyans (2008)$40,700
Funding
Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust ($40,700)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Awruch CA; Jones SM; Stevens J; Frusher SD
Year
2008

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDLife-history and Reproductive Behaviour of the Vulnerable Melbourne Skate to Inform Fisheries Management and Conservation2020