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Quinn Fitzgibbon

Senior Research Fellow

IMAS Taroona , Off-Campus

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The overarching theme of Dr. Fitzgibbon’s academic career has been the physiology of aquatic organisms and how this impacts animal performance in aquaculture and in response to environmental and anthropogenic stressors. He has particular interests in the impacts of environmental or culture parameters on the metabolic physiology of crustaceans however his expertise extends across several physiological systems including respiratory, biochemical, nutritional, endocrine, molecular, behavioural and disease/stress physiology. Most of his recent research has focused on rock lobsters where he has become an authority on the physiology and culture of lobsters. His research is largely industry-focused to develop new closed-cycle lobster aquaculture or address key lobster fishery and aquaculture industry concerns. His rock lobster expertise includes larval rearing/aquaculture, post-harvest maintenance processes, energy and nutrient requirements, molecular control of development and the impacts of environmental stressors (environmental change, seismic testing, paralytic shellfish toxins, disease). Much of his earlier research experience focused on endocrinology and metabolic physiology of fishes including his Ph.D. studies on the aquaculture applied eco-physiology of bluefin tuna. He continues to be active in eco-physiology research of aquatic organisms including crustaceans, teleosts, cephalopods, bivalves, and zooplankton principally in response to climate change and other anthropogenic stressors.

Biography

Dr. Fitzgibbon completed his Batchelor of Applied Science (with First Class Honours) degree at the School of Aquaculture, University of Tasmania. He then took on a research officer role at the School of Aquaculture where he managed the endocrinology laboratory and supported fish environmental and aquaculture applied endocrinology research. Dr. Fitzgibbon was awarded his Ph.D. 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 Ph.D., Dr. Fitzgibbon joined IMAS as a post-doctoral research fellow within the lobster aquaculture group. He is now a Senior Research Fellow, Deputy director on an ARC Industrial Transformation Hub project on lobster aquaculture, Principle Investigator of an FRDC project examining post-harvest survival of live held Southern Rock Lobster and co-investigator on an FRDC projects project examining the impacts of paralytic shellfish toxins on Southern Rock Lobster. In recent years, Dr. Fitzgibbon has taken on a leading role in the management of the IMAS Higher Degree Research (HDR) program and is currently the IMAS Lead Graduate Research Coordinator and Deputy Associate Head (Research).

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

Administrative expertise

Dr. Fitzgibbon has significant university administrative roles particularly in the management of the IMAS Higher Research Degree program (HRD, P.hD, and Masters by Research). He has been a long-standing Graduate Research Coordinator (GRC) and member of the IMAS Research Committee.  Dr. Fitzgibbon is now the IMAS Lead GRC and Deputy Associate Head (Research) with responsibilities for the management of HDR processes and the development and implementation of new HDR policies and procedures. Dr. Fitzgibbon also manages the IMAS fish physiology laboratory which includes replicated and environmental control culture systems, swim tunnel respirometry and behavioural choice shuttle tank systems.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Quinn provides lectures within Aquatic Animal Feeds and Nutrition unit (JFA302 and JFA522).

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Expertise

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

Research Themes

Since joining IMAS in 2007, most of Dr. Fitzgibbon’s research has focussed on the physiology and aquaculture of rock lobsters. He is Deputy Director of ARC Industrial Transformation Hub project aimed at commercializing lobster larval production for aquaculture and stock enhancement where he leads the physiology research focusing on resolving challenges around metamorphosis and the impacts of culture parameters. The program represents the most advanced lobster aquaculture research effort in the world and is paving-the-way for an exciting new aquaculture industry. In recognition of its achievements, the project received the University of Tasmania’s 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research Program and 2018 Minister for Science and Technology's Tasmanian STEM Excellence Award. He has extended his lobster physiology and aquaculture expertise to address key fishery concerns and now leads a Southern Rock Lobster industry-focused research project aim at improving post-harvest performance of lobsters and is a co-investigator of a project examining the physiological impacts shellfish toxins in Southern Rock Lobster. Dr. Fitzgibbon continues strong collaborative links with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast in projects aimed at determining molecular control of development in crustaceans. He also continues to remain active in marine ecology research including the impacts of climate change on physiological performance and competitive interaction between resident and range shifting marine species. Dr. Fitzgibbon is passionate about the communication of science, particularly to school students, and is involved in numerous student outreach programs. His research achievements along with his commitment to the communication of science were acknowledged with a 2015 Young Tall Poppy Science Award.

Collaboration

Dr Fitzgibbon is currently involved in research collaborations with researchers from the Auckland University, The University of The Sunshine Coast and The University of Adelaide within the ARC industrial Hub and FRDC projects.

Awards

  • 2018 Minister for Science and Technology’s Tasmanian STEM Excellence Award
  • 2018 University of Tasmania’s, Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research Program
  • 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.

Current projects

  • Deputy Director, ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture systems. Project value; $16.9M.
  • Principal Investigator, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) project; Improving post-harvest survival of live held Southern Rock Lobster. Project value; $885K.
  • Co-investigator FRDC project; Improved risk management of paralytic shellfish toxins in Southern Rock Lobster; $1.65M.

Fields of Research

  • Aquaculture (070401)
  • Fisheries Sciences (070499)
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)
  • Fish Physiology and Genetics (070405)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Animal Structure and Function (060807)
  • Fish Pests and Diseases (070404)
  • Physiology (060699)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Post-Harvest Fisheries Technologies (incl. Transportation) (070406)
  • Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses) (060701)
  • Animal Nutrition (070204)
  • Animal Physiology - Systems (060603)
  • Animal Physiology - Biophysics (060601)
  • Developmental Genetics (incl. Sex Determination) (060403)
  • Invertebrate Biology (060808)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Community Ecology (060202)
  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Gene Expression (incl. Microarray and other genome-wide approaches) (060405)
  • Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles) (091006)
  • Ecological Physiology (060203)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Oceanography (040599)
  • Agricultural Marine Biotechnology (100102)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)

Research Objectives

  • Fisheries - Aquaculture (830199)
  • Aquaculture Rock Lobster (830106)
  • Wild Caught Rock Lobster (830206)
  • Wild Caught Edible Molluscs (830203)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Wild Caught Crustaceans (excl. Rock Lobster and Prawns) (830202)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments (960503)
  • Aquaculture Tuna (830107)
  • Aquaculture Crustaceans (excl. Rock Lobster and Prawns) (830101)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Wild Caught Tuna (830207)
  • Air Force (810101)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Mineral Resource Activities (849899)
  • Oil and Gas Extraction (850203)
  • Fisheries - Wild Caught (830299)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Energy Activities (859899)
  • Fisheries - Recreational (830201)
  • Coal Exploration (850101)
  • Fish Product Traceability and Quality Assurance (839902)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production (839899)

Publications

Publications

Dr. Fitzgibbon has published over 50 peer-review manuscripts, have been cited more than 650 times and has an h-index of 16 (Scopus, 2019). He has have been the lead or second author on 60% of his publications. He has published in a broad range of journals including leading multi-disciplinary biological journals such as Nature Ecology and Evolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS – IF 8.59) and the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (IF 5.75), the number one ranked fisheries journal Fish and Fisheries (IF 7.94) and 12 publications in the premier journal of aquaculture research, the journal Aquaculture (IF 3.05). 70% of his publications are in 1st Quartile journals. All of his publications have focused on the physiology of aquatic organisms with 73% (37 manuscripts) examining the physiology of rock lobsters. Outside his rock lobster expertise, he has published on the physiology of several other taxa including fishes, bivalves and zooplankton, including several high impact publications. His recent co-author publication on the impacts of seismic surveys on zooplankton in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution has a field weight impact score of 7.7 (7.7 times the average), has been mentioned in more than 30 international news articles and has more than 1500 social media mentions (Scopus Metrics).  

Conferences and workshops

  • Invited speaker and session chair at the International Word Aquaculture Conference (Adelaide, 2014) and the Australasian Aquaculture Conference (Melbourne, 2012).
  • Invited workshop presenter at the International Word Aquaculture Conference (Adelaide, 2014) and the Australasian Aquaculture (Hobart, 2010).
  • Invited session chair at the World Aquaculture & Trade Show (South Korea, 2015).
  • Dr. Fitzgibbon has presented oral presentations at seven international conferences in the past 8 years including the last four International Conference and Worksop on Lobster Biology and management: 11th Lobster Biology and Management conference (Portland, 2017), 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

81

Journal Article

(53 outputs)
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2020Codabaccus BM, Carter CG, Fitzgibbon QP, Trotter AJ, Smith GG, 'Growth and biochemical composition of hatchery reared Scyllaridae lobster (Thenus australiensis) larval stages, nisto and juvenile first stage', Aquaculture, 524 Article 735262. ISSN 0044-8486 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735262 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Codabaccus BM; Carter CG; Trotter AJ; Smith GG

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2020Hyde CJ, Nguyen T, Fitzgibbon QP, Elizur A, Smith GG, et al., 'Neural remodelling in spiny lobster larvae is characterized by broad neuropeptide suppression', General and Comparative Endocrinology, 294 Article 113496. ISSN 0016-6480 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2020.113496 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Smith GG

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2020Oellermann M, Hickey AJR, Fitzgibbon QP, Smith G, 'Thermal sensitivity links to cellular cardiac decline in three spiny lobsters', Scientific Reports, 10, (1) Article 202. ISSN 2045-2322 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-56794-0 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Oellermann M; Smith G

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2020Turnbull A, Malhi N, Seger A, Harwood T, Jolley J, et al., 'Paralytic shellfish toxin uptake, tissue distribution, and depuration in the southern rock lobster Jasus edwardsii Hutton', Harmful Algae, 95 Article 101818. ISSN 1568-9883 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.hal.2020.101818 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Turnbull A; Seger A; Hallegraeff G

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2019Daning Tuzan A, Fitzgibbon QP, Carter CG, Battaglene SC, 'Is individual variation in metabolic rate related to growth of spiny lobster in culture and what is the influence of social interaction?', Aquaculture, 508 pp. 66-75. ISSN 0044-8486 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.04.069 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Daning Tuzan A; Carter CG; Battaglene SC

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2019Day RD, Fitzgibbon QP, Gardner C, 'The impact of holding stressors on the immune function and haemolymph biochemistry of Southern Rock Lobsters (Jasus edwardsii)', Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 89 pp. 660-671. ISSN 1050-4648 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2019.03.043 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Day RD; Gardner C

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2019Day RD, McCauley RD, Fitzgibbon QP, Hartmann K, Semmens JM, 'Seismic air guns damage rock lobster mechanosensory organs and impair righting reflex', Royal Society of London. Proceedings B, 286, (1907) Article 20191424. ISSN 0962-8452 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1424 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Day RD; Hartmann K; Semmens JM

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2019Hyde CJ, Fitzgibbon QP, Elizur A, Smith GG, Vertura T, 'Transcriptional profiling of spiny lobster metamorphosis reveals three new additions to the nuclear receptor superfamily', BMC Genomics, 20 Article 531. ISSN 1471-2164 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12864-019-5925-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Smith GG

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2019Kropielnicka-Kruk K, Trotter AJ, Fitzgibbon QP, Smith GG, Carter CG, 'The effect of conspecific interaction on survival, growth and feeding behaviour of early juvenile tropical spiny lobster Panulirus ornatus', Aquaculture, 510 pp. 234-247. ISSN 0044-8486 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.05.017 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Trotter AJ; Smith GG; Carter CG

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2019Twiname S, Fitzgibbon QP, Hobday AJ, Carter CG, Pecl GT, 'Multiple measures of thermal performance of early stage eastern rock lobster in a fast-warming ocean region', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 624 pp. 1-11. ISSN 0171-8630 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps13054 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Twiname S; Carter CG; Pecl GT

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2019Ventura T, Nguyen C, Fitzgibbon QP, Abramov T, Smith GG, et al., 'Crustacean larval factor shares structural characteristics with the insect-specific follicle cell protein', Scientific Reports, 9, (1) Article 2847. ISSN 2045-2322 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-39173-7 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Smith GG

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2019Wang S, Fitzgibbon QP, Carter CG, Smith GG, 'Effect of protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide on starvation, fasting and feeding oxygen consumption in juvenile spiny lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi', Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 189, (3-4) pp. 351-365. ISSN 0174-1578 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00360-019-01221-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Carter CG; Smith GG

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2018Briceno FA, Polymeropoulos ET, Fitzgibbon QP, Dambacher JM, Pecl GT, 'Changes in metabolic rate of spiny lobster under predation risk', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 598 pp. 71-84. ISSN 0171-8630 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps12644 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Polymeropoulos ET; Pecl GT

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2018Marchese G, Fitzgibbon QP, Trotter AJ, Carter CG, Jones CM, et al., 'The influence of flesh ingredients format and krill meal on growth and feeding behaviour of juvenile tropical spiny lobster Panulirus ornatus', Aquaculture, 499 pp. 128-139. ISSN 0044-8486 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2018.09.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Marchese G; Trotter AJ; Carter CG; Smith GG

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2018Nguyen NH, Fitzgibbon QP, Quinn J, Smith G, Battaglene S, et al., 'Can metamorphosis survival during larval development in spiny lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi be improved through quantitative genetic inheritance?', BMC Genetics, 19, (1) Article 27. ISSN 1471-2156 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12863-018-0621-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Smith G; Battaglene S

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2018Ventura T, Palero F, Rotllant G, Fitzgibbon QP, 'Crustacean metamorphosis: an omics perspective', Hydrobiologia, 825, (1) pp. 47-60. ISSN 0018-8158 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10750-017-3445-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2017Chandler JC, Fitzgibbon QP, Smith G, Elizur A, Ventura T, 'Y-linked iDmrt1 paralogue (iDMY) in the Eastern spiny lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi: the first invertebrate sex-linked Dmrt', Developmental Biology, 430, (2) pp. 337-345. ISSN 0012-1606 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2017.08.031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Smith G

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2017Day RD, McCauley RD, Fitzgibbon QP, Hartmann K, Semmens JM, 'Exposure to seismic air gun signals causes physiological harm and alters behavior in the scallop Pecten fumatus', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 114, (40) pp. E8537-E8546. ISSN 0027-8424 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1700564114 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Day RD; Hartmann K; Semmens JM

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2017Fitzgibbon QP, Day RD, McCauley RD, Simon CJ, Semmens JM, 'The impact of seismic air gun exposure on the haemolymph physiology and nutritional condition of spiny lobster, Jasus edwardsii', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 25 pp. 146-156. ISSN 0025-326X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.08.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Day RD; Simon CJ; Semmens JM

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12

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

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2017McCauley RD, Day RD, Swadling KM, Fitzgibbon QP, Watson RA, et al., 'Widely used marine seismic survey air gun operations negatively impact zooplankton', Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1 Article 0195. ISSN 2397-334X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0195 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 41

Co-authors: Day RD; Swadling KM; Watson RA; Semmens JM

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2017Shu-Chien AC, Han W-Y, Carter CG, Fitzgibbon QP, Simon CJ, et al., 'Effect of dietary lipid source on expression of lipid metabolism genes and tissue lipid profile in juvenile spiny lobster Sagmariasus verreauxi', Aquaculture, 479 pp. 342-351. ISSN 0044-8486 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.05.036 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

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

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2017Smith 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 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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

Co-authors: Smith GG; Battaglene S

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2017Ventura T, Bose U, Fitzgibbon QP, Smith GG, Shaw PN, et al., 'CYP450s analysis across spiny lobster metamorphosis identifies a long sought missing link in crustacean development', Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 171 pp. 262-269. ISSN 0960-0760 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2017.04.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Smith GG

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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 - 23Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Battaglene SC

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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 - 29Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Smith GG

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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: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

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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 Article 22723. ISSN 2045-2322 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/srep22723 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Day RD; Semmens JM

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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 - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Ruff N; 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 - 20Web of Science - 19

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

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2015Ventura 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, 214 pp. 126-133. ISSN 0016-6480 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Battaglene S

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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 - 24Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: 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 - 44Web of Science - 41

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 - 14Web of Science - 12

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 - 45Web of Science - 46

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 - 15Web of Science - 14

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 - 14Web of Science - 13

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 - 18Web of Science - 18

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 - 4Web of Science - 4

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 - 15Web of Science - 17

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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 - 26Web of Science - 26

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 - 39Web of Science - 39

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 - 7Web of Science - 5

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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 - 10Web of Science - 8

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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 - 33Web of Science - 30

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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 - 28Web of Science - 23

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2008Pankhurst NW, Fitzgibbon Q, Pankhurst PM, King H, '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 - 13

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

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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 - 8Web of Science - 5

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

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 - 44Web of Science - 42

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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 - 55Web of Science - 48

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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 - 13Web 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 - 18Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Lim H; Pankhurst NW

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Conference Publication

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Smith G, KK W, Nguyen NH, Fitzgibbon QP, 'Mass rearing of spiny lobster larvae in recirculation systems - do some broodstock produce larvae better adapted to culture?', Programme for RAStech 2019, 13-14 May, Washington DC (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smith G

2019Wang S, Carter CG, Fitzgibbon QP, Smith GG, 'Respiratory metabolism of juvenile spiny lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi) under different feeding conditions', Abstracts of the 18th International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding, 03-07 June 2018, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Carter CG; Smith GG

2017Carter CG, Smith GG, Fitzgibbon Q, 'The Roles of Research Organisations in Supporting a New Sustainable Aquaculture: A Tasmanian Perspective on Rock Lobster Aquaculture', Second International Symposium on Marine and Fisheries Research, 24-25 July, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Carter CG; Smith GG

2017Chandler JC, Fitzgibbon Q, Smith GG, Elizur A, Ventura T, 'Identification of the first sex-linked Dmrt in an invertebrate: sex determination in the decapod crustacean Sagmariasus verreauxi', Scientific Program for the Crustacean Society Mid-year Meeting, 19-22 June, Barcelona, Spain, pp. O-81. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Fitzgibbon Q, Chandler J, Smith GG, Elizur A, Ventura T, 'Searching for the molecular mechanisms underlying spiny lobsters sex determination and development', 11th international Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management, 04-09 June, Portland, Maine, USA (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smith GG

2017Fitzgibbon Q, Day R, McCauley R, Semmens J, 'Physiological impacts of seismic air gun exposure on spiny lobster (Jasus edwardsii)', Abstracts for the 11th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management, 04-09 June, Portland, Maine, USA, pp. 65. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Day R; Semmens J

2017Hyde CJ, Fitzgibbon Q, Elizur A, Smith GG, Ventura T, 'A molecular approach to understanding metamorphosis in spiny lobsters', 11th international Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management, 04-09 June, Portland, Maine, USA (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smith GG

2017Peinado P, Tracey S, Fitzgibbon Q, Pecl GT, 'How are key marine species responding to climate change? Taking a physiological and behavioural approach for southern calamari', PhysioMar 2017: The Physiology of Aquatic invertebrates in a changing World, 18-21 September 2017, Cambridge, UK (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tracey S; Pecl GT

2017Smith GG, Fitzgibbon Q, Battaglene SC, Simon CJ, Goulden EF, et al., 'The why, where, and how of spiny lobster aquaculture (Panulirus ornatus)', 11th international Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management, 04-09 June, Portland, Maine, USA (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smith GG; Battaglene SC; Simon CJ; Goulden EF; Cundy DJ; Carter CG

2017Tuzan AD, Fitzgibbon Q, Carter C, Battaglene S, 'How does metabolic phenotype and social interaction affect growth disparity of spiny lobster?', Abstracts for the 11th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management, 04-09 June, Portland, Maine, USA, pp. 84. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tuzan AD; Carter C; Battaglene S

2017Ventura T, Fitzgibbon Q, Smith GG, Elizur A, 'Closing gaps in decapod crustacean development using an omics approach', Scientific Program for the Crustacean Society Mid-year Meeting, 19-22 June, Barcelona, Spain, pp. O-86. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smith GG

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 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

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

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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Co-authors: Battaglene SC

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
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, Australia, 2006/235 (2012) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Battaglene SC

Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Day RD, McCauley RD, Fitzgibbon QP, Hartmann K, Semmens JM, 'Assessing the impact of marine seismic surveys on southeast Australian scallop and lobster fisheries', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, University of Tasmania, Hobart, FRDC 2012/008 (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Day RD; Hartmann K; Semmens JM

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$32 million in 11 competitive and industry research funding grants:

  • Deputy Director, ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture systems. Project value; $16.9M.
  • Principal Investigator, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) project; Improving post-harvest survival of live held Southern Rock Lobster. Project value; $885K.
  • Co-investigator FRDC project; Improved risk management of paralytic shellfish toxins in Southern Rock Lobster; $1.65M.
  • Co-investigator ARC Discovery project; Redefining the molecular mechanism underlying crustacean metamorphosis; $150K.
  • Co-investigator, FRDC project; Assessing the impact of marine seismic surveys on southeast Australian fisheries. Project value; $900K.
  • Co-investigator, University of Tasmania Research Enhancement Grant Scheme. Is oil and gas exploration causing a seismic shift in zooplankton? $24K
  • Co-investigator, Commercial contract research, Darden Restaurants/Nexus Aquasciences Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Studies. $10M
  • Final report author, FRDC project. Rock lobster Propagation Subprogram: Commercially viable production of temperate rock lobster (Jasus spp.) puerulus from eggs. $525K.
  • Co-investigator, Aquafin CRC project. Activity metabolism in live-held southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) phase 2. $561K.
  • Co-investigator, FRDC project. 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.

Final report author, FRDC project. Activity metabolism in live-held southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii). $151K,

Funding Summary

Number of grants

15

Total funding

$21,756,843

Projects

Improving the Southern Rock Lobster on-vessel handling practices, data collection and industry tools for lobster quality assessment (2020 - 2022)$538,604
Description
Investigate the impacts of on-vessel and maintenance practices on live SRL post-harvest performance.2. Develop practical tools for the improved management of SRL industry live lobster operations (i.e. hand0held lactate meter and refractive indexincluding thresholds for poor lobster performance).3. Extend findings to the SRL industry (best practice guides and workshops) and incorporation of results into the SRL Clean green program.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($538,604)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fitzgibbon Q; Gardner C; Smith GG; Day R; Turner P
Period
2020 - 2022
ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture (2020 - 2024)$10,167,850
Funding
Australian Research Council ($5,000,000)
Collaborators
Orna-Tas Pty Ltd ($5,000,540); University of the Sunshine Coast ($167,310)
Scheme
Grant-Industrial Transformation Research Hub
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Smith GG; Fitzgibbon Q; Ventura Tomer; Carter CG; Hurd CL; Bryant M; Blanchard JL; Higgins VJ; Bridle AR; Henderson AD
Period
2020 - 2024
Grant Reference
IH190100014
Examining the potential impacts of seismic surveys on octopus and larval stages of Southern Rock Lobster (2020 - 2022)$547,070
Description
CGG has NOPSEMA approval for a 3D seismic survey in the Gippsland Basin to commence in early 2020. This survey overlaps the Victorian shelter-pot octopus fishery off Lakes Entrance. This overlap has raised concerns about the potential impacts to octopus and the fishers from the survey. Tank-based experiments simulating seismic exposure have resulted in high levels of damage in several species of octopus, however, it is unclear how experiments conducted in tanks translate into the field. Field-based seismic experiments are rarely conducted on invertebrates, however, a recent study by the applicants (FRDC 2012-008) demonstrated significant impact on scallops from seismic signals. Like scallops, the benthic and relatively sessile habit of octopus leaves them potentially vulnerable to impacts, as they have limited capacity to avoid the waterborne and ground-borne energy of seismic signals. CCG has acknowledged these potential impacts and is supporting this research, through the formation of a Scientific Advisory Committee, a cash contribution and the use of a full seismic survey, with the lack of a full array often a limitation of seismic research. This project will use a field and laboratory experimental approach to provide a thorough assessment of the potential impacts of seismic surveys on octopus pallidus (the primary species captured in the fishery) in the natural environment, as a model species for octopus fisheries. Additionally, the project will examine the potential impact of the seismic survey on octopus catches and catch rates. These approaches will assist octopus fisheries and petroleum regulators to make informed decisions on the timing and manner in which future surveys are performed. Importantly, along with that of CGG, it has the support of the Victorian Fisheries Authority, who have also offered in-kind support, the two octopus fishers in the region, the Lakes Entrance Fishermens co-op and the sustainable shark fishing association.ObjectivesNo.Details1Determine the impact of intense low frequency acoustic signals on adult pale octopus (Octopus pallidus)2Determine the impact of intense low frequency acoustic signals on the development of eggs, hatching rates and competency of the resultant hatchlings.3Outline threshold distances for potential impacts of seismic surveying4Determine the impact of intense low frequency acoustic signals on pale octopus (Octopus pallidus) catch.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($547,070)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Semmens JM; Day R; Hartmann K; Fitzgibbon Q; Swadling KM
Period
2020 - 2022
Development of a Post-Harvest Handling and Processing Training Program for the Chinese Segment of the Southern Rock Lobster Supply Chain (2019)$25,000
Description
This project will develop a training program for Chinese SRL stakeholders to train and educate them on Australian best practices for post-harvest SRL physiology and health, traceability systems and technologies, and supply chain logistics.
Funding
Department of Agriculture ($25,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Day R; Turner P; Fitzgibbon Q; Gardner C; Shen X
Year
2019
Mechanisms and consequences of a climate-driven range extension of snapper (Chrysophrys auratus) in southeast Australia (2019 - 2020)$33,666
Description
This research will investigate the ecological consequences of climate-driven marine species range shifts. Globally, species are shifting poleward with rising temperatures, which has critical impacts on ecosystems and humans that depend on them. A key focus of climate change biology is understanding and predicting the consequences of ongoing and future range shifts. However, attempts to date to understand and predict effects of range shifts have been hindered by the scalability of laboratory studies and a lack of mechanistic insight from field observational studies. Using the contemporary range extension of snapper Chrysophrys auratus in the south-east Australian ocean warming hotspot as a case study we are investigating: (1)Which mechanisms underpin range extensions (e.g. thermal tolerance, reproduction and migration)?(2)What are the resulting consequences (e.g. altered growth rates, ecosystem impacts)?
Funding
Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc ($33,666)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pecl GT; Tracey S; Fitzgibbon Q; Semmens JM; Wolfe B
Period
2019 - 2020
Improved risk management of paralytic shellfish toxins in Southern Rock Lobster (2018 - 2022)$895,500
Description
The $84 M lobster industry has been impacted by seasonal Tasmanian closures (up to 5+ months) due to PST contamination of hepatopancreas (HP) notably in the St Helens and Maria Island regions (up to 4 mg STX.diHCl/kg), and up to Flinders Island, with an estimated lost revenue cost of 780k. While only trace levels of PSTs have been detected to date in lobster tail meat, HP contamination poses significant trade barriers for key markets such as China and Hong Kong. While cooking of lobsters did not release biotoxins into the cooking water, HP is a sought after foodstuff (mainly used as a dipping sauce for tail meat) and consumed by 16% of fishers on the Tasmanian east coast and 22% on the west coast, but this has since decreased due to public health warnings. Limited evidence suggests that PST contamination of lobsters may also occasionally occur in South Australia and Victoria.The monitoring, management and mitigation approaches for biotoxin risks in crustaceans (as spelled out in the DPIPWE Rock Lobster Biotoxin Plan and Decision Protocol) remain poorly developed. The current approach uses bivalve PST monitoring as a trigger for lobster testing, with a very limited number (5) animals tested at a prohibitive cost of 5k, which if positive (>0.8 mg/kg STX eq) leads to lengthy closures of large fishing zones. The proposed work will refine monitoring tools to reduce the costs associated with PST biotoxin risk management of Southern Rock Lobster, including the application of cheaper and faster (and hence more frequent and more reliable) PST testing and also explore whether tests can be conducted in a non- destructive manner using haemolymph as a proxy.In addition, tank studies of PST in lobster and field studies on the variation in toxicity, and the validation of a rapid test kit will help to inform the effectiveness of the current geographical zones in the management plan.Potential impact of PST on lobster vigour will also be investigated using a combination of tank exposure and blood biomarker studies, the latter once calibrated also applied to Tasmanian field surveys.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($895,500)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hallegraeff GM; Fitzgibbon Q; Gardner C; Turnbull AR
Period
2018 - 2022
Mechanisms and consequences of a climate-driven range extension of snapper (Chrysophrys auratus) in southeast Australia (2018)$9,350
Description
This research will investigate the ecological consequences of climate-driven marine species range shifts. Globally, species are shifting poleward with rising temperatures, which has critical impacts on ecosystems and humans that depend on them. A key focus of climate change biology is understanding and predicting the consequences of ongoing and future range shifts. However, attempts to date to understand and predict effects of range shifts have been hindered by the scalability of laboratory studies and a lack of mechanistic insight from field observational studies. Using the contemporary range extension of snapper Chrysophrys auratus in the south-east Australian ocean warming hotspot as a case study we are investigating:(1) Which mechanisms underpin range extensions (e.g. thermal tolerance, reproduction and migration)?(2) What are the resulting consequences (e.g. altered growth rates, ecosystem impacts)?
Funding
PADI Foundation ($9,350)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pecl GT; Tracey S; Fitzgibbon Q; Semmens JM; Wolfe B
Year
2018
Mechanisms and consequences of a climate-driven range extension of snapper (Chrysophrys auratus) in southeast Australia (2018)$1,999
Description
This research will investigate the ecological consequences of climate-driven marine species range shifts. Using the contemporary range extension of snapper Chrysophrys auratus in the south-east Australian ocean warming hotspot as a case study we are investigating:(1) Which mechanisms underpin range extensions (e.g. thermal tolerance, reproduction and migration)?(2) What are the resulting consequences (e.g. altered growth rates, ecosystem impacts)?The portion of the project these funds are for will calibrate accelerometer tags with snapper in a swim tunnel so that measurements from tagged fish in the wild can be converted to assess metabolic rates from pre-conducted laboratory derived experiments
Funding
Australian Society of Fish Biology ($1,999)
Scheme
Grant-Michael Hall Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pecl GT; Tracey S; Fitzgibbon Q; Semmens JM
Year
2018
Improving post-harvest survivability of southern rock lobster in a changing environment (2016 - 2019)$663,817
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 ($663,817)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fitzgibbon Q; Gardner C; Pyecroft S; Caraguel C
Period
2016 - 2019
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 - 2017)$17,432
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 ($17,432)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pecl GT; Fitzgibbon Q; Twiname S
Period
2015 - 2017
Commercial development of rock lobster culture systems: the cutting edge of aquaculture (2012 - 2019)$7,954,545
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; Sylvester M; Jeffs A; Knibb W; Nguyen NH
Period
2012 - 2019
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

Dr Fitzgibbon currently supervises eight Ph.D. students, four research academics and 14 technical staff. He has also supervised three Ph.D. students and one Masters student to completion in the field of Aquatic Physiology

Current

9

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
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
PhDEvaluation on Protein and Energy Requirements for Lobsters Growth in Aquaculture2017
PhDExamining the Physiological Tolerance of the Prey of the Maugean Skate in Macquarie Harbour to Low Dissolved Oxygen2017
PhDImproved Monitoring and Physiological Impact of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in Southern Rock Lobster2018
PhDLipid Class Requirement and Metabolism of Rock Lobsters2018
PhDFactorial Bioenergetic Model for Determination of Protein and Energy Requirements of Spiny Lobster Juveniles in Culture2018
PhDLose Home or Eat More: comparative prey choice and consumption of different rock lobsters species on barren forming sea urchins2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDMechanistic Understanding of Climate-Driven Range Shifts: Using thermal tolerances of rock lobster to predict future change
Candidate: Samantha Twiname
2019
PhDFactors Affecting Growth Disparity in Spiny Lobster Aquaculture: The effect of physiology, behaviour and feeding
Candidate: Audrey Daning Tuzan
2018
PhDPhysiological Responses to Different Environmental and Culture Conditions during Ontogeny of the Spiny Lobster, Sagmariasus verreauxi
Candidate: Mark Andrew Jensen
2012