Asta Audzijonyte

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Asta Audzijonyte

Research Fellow

IMAS Hobart Waterfront Building , Hobart CBD Campuses

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Asta Audzijonyte is a research fellow in macroecological modelling at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. She has an interdisciplinary research background in evolutionary biology, ecological modelling and molecular ecology. Her current research focuses on understanding how human induced changes in growth and reproductive schedules of marine organisms (life-histories) and redistributions of species are affecting marine ecosystem function, productivity and resilience.


Asta Audzijonyte has completed her MSc in zoology at the University of Vilnius (Lithuania) and received PhD in 2006 in molecular ecology and zoology at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Her PhD was focused on the diversity, postglacial dispersal pathways and local adaptations of freshwater mysid crustaceans in boreal lakes and Ponto-Caspian region. After her PhD Asta was awarded a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship to work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (USA) and study connectivity of deep sea chemosynthetic communities.

In 2009 Asta joined CSIRO on a post-doctoral fellowship, taking on a new research direction of using advanced ecosystem models to understand how fisheries induced evolution might be affecting marine ecosystems. Her research demonstrated the species interactions can magnify human impacts, and even reverse population resilience predictions made using single species population models. This work has received a lot of attention from public and media, including a cover story in Australasian Science, ABC Science Report, interview on ABC Radio PM program and interview for a German DRadio.

In 2013 Asta was awarded a competitive Kone Foundation (Finland) fellowship for applied sciences, and moved to Finland to study fisheries and climate change effects on the Baltic Sea using marine ecosystem models.

Asta joined IMAS in 2017 and continues her research aimed at developing and applying marine ecosystem models to understand impacts of climate change, species redistributions and fish life-history changes on the function, productivity and resilience of marine ecosystems in Australia and globally.

In March 2020 Asta was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.

Career summary


Adjunct Prof

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Helsinki




Diversity and zoogeography of continental mysid crustaceans

University of Helsinki




Cryptic diversity and population dynamics of a “glacial relict” species group Mysis relicta spp. (Mysida)

University of Vilnius



Languages (other than English)

Lithuanian, Russian, Finnish (basic)

Administrative expertise

Student supervision, developing and managing research projects and international meetings (conferences, workshops)


Ecosystem Modelling, Marine Ecology, Molecular Ecology

Teaching expertise

Asta has contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the University of Helsinki and University of Tasmania. She has given guest lectures and practicals in ‘Marine resource management and conservation’ (KSM201), 'Molecular Marine Ecology' (KSA714) at the University of Tasmania, and in ‘Molecular Ecology’ and ‘Zoological Collections’ courses at the University of Helsinki. In 2014 Asta was granted the academic Adjunct Professor (docent) degree by the University of Helsinki.

Teaching responsibility

Marine resource management and conservation (KSM201)

View more on Dr Asta Audzijonyte in WARP


Ecological and Ecosystem Modelling

Understanding fish life-history changes on population and ecosystem dynamics

Using genetic markers to study population history and diversity (molecular ecology)

Effects of environment on physiological adaptations of marine organisms

Research Themes

Asta’s research helps to improve our understanding of marine ecosystem dynamics and best practices in sustainable fisheries and conservation. This work is important for the development of sustainable marine policies and aligns with the University's research theme of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime. Asta’s work also addresses factors and mechanisms influencing fisheries productivity and stock recovery rates and effects of climate change on marine communities. Her work aligns with the National strategic research priority of 'Living in a changing environment'.


2014 Kone Foundation advanced research fellow (Finland)

2008 David and Lucile Packard Foundation fellow (USA)

2000 Martynas Ycas award for outstanding undergraduate research (Lithuania)

Current projects

ARC Discovery Projects “Rewiring marine food webs: predicting consequences of species range shifts” (research fellow)

Fields of Research

  • Fisheries management (300505)
  • Biogeography and phylogeography (310402)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Animal systematics and taxonomy (310401)
  • Fisheries sciences (300599)
  • Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology (410202)
  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Ecosystem function (410203)
  • Genetics (310599)
  • Phylogeny and comparative analysis (310410)
  • Ecological physiology (310303)
  • Speciation and extinction (310412)
  • Biological adaptation (310403)
  • Population ecology (310307)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Evolutionary impacts of climate change (310406)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Life histories (310408)

Research Objectives

  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Coastal or estuarine biodiversity (180203)
  • Fisheries - wild caught (100399)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Fresh, ground and surface water biodiversity (180303)
  • Coastal and estuarine systems and management (180299)
  • Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna) (100305)
  • Understanding climate change (190599)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)


Asta has published in key journals in marine ecology, fisheries, conservation, molecular ecology and evolution fields, including Fish and Fisheries, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Biology Letters, Molecular Ecology, Biological Invasions, Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Applications and Evolution.

Total publications


Journal Article

(42 outputs)
2021Melbourne-Thomas J, Audzijonyte A, Brasier MJ, Cresswell KA, Fogarty HE, et al., 'Poleward bound: adapting to climate-driven species redistribution', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 32 pp. 231-251. ISSN 0960-3166 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-021-09641-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Melbourne-Thomas J; Brasier MJ; Cresswell KA; Fogarty HE; Haward M; Hobday AJ; Hunt HL; Ling SD; McCormack PC; Trebilco R; Van Putten I; Villanueva C; Watson RA; Pecl GT


2021Wootton HF, Audzijonyte A, Morrongiello J, 'Multigenerational exposure to warming and fishing causes recruitment collapse, but size diversity and periodic cooling can aid recovery', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 118, (18) Article e2100300118. ISSN 0027-8424 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2100300118 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2020Audzijonyte A, Richards SA, Stuart-Smith RD, Pecl G, Edgar GJ, et al., 'Fish body sizes change with temperature but not all species shrink with warming', Nature Ecology and Evolution, 4 pp. 809-814. ISSN 2397-334X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1171-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 39

Co-authors: Richards SA; Stuart-Smith RD; Pecl G; Edgar GJ; Barrett NS; Blanchard JL


2020Butkus R, Baltrunaite L, Arbaciauskas K, Audzijonyte A, 'Two lineages of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum spreading in the Baltic and Black sea basins: low genetic diversity and different salinity preferences', Biological Invasions, 22 pp. 3551-3559. ISSN 1387-3547 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-020-02340-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2020Forestier R, Blanchard JL, Nash KL, Fulton EA, Johnson C, et al., 'Interacting forces of predation and fishing affect species' maturation size', Ecology and Evolution, 10, (24) pp. 14033-14051. ISSN 2045-7758 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6995 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Forestier R; Blanchard JL; Nash KL; Fulton EA; Johnson C


2020Twiname S, Audzijonyte A, Blanchard JL, Champion C, de la Chesnais T, et al., 'A cross-scale framework to support a mechanistic understanding and modelling of marine climate-driven species redistribution, from individuals to communities', Ecography, 43, (12) pp. 1764-1778. ISSN 1600-0587 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ecog.04996 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Twiname S; Blanchard JL; Champion C; Fitzgibbon QP; Fogarty HE; Hobday AJ; Kelly R; Murphy K; Oellermann M; Pienado P; Tracey S; Villanueva C; Wolfe BW; Pecl GT


2020Wootton HF, Morrongiello JR, Audzijonyte A, 'Estimating maturity from size-at-age data: are real-world fisheries datasets up to the task?', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 30 pp. 681-697. ISSN 0960-3166 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-020-09617-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2019Audzijonyte A, Pethybridge H, Porobic J, Gorton R, Kaplan I, et al., 'Atlantis: a spatially explicit end‐to‐end marine ecosystem model with dynamically integrated physics, ecology and socio‐economic modules', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 10, (10) pp. 1814-1819. ISSN 2041-210X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13272 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Fulton EA


2019Baudron AR, Pecl G, Gardner C, Fernandes PG, Audzijonyte A, 'Ontogenetic deepening of Northeast Atlantic fish stocks is not driven by fishing exploitation', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 116, (7) pp. 2390-2392. ISSN 1091-6490 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1817295116 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Pecl G; Gardner C


2019Pethybridge HR, Weijerman M, Perrymann H, Audzijonyte A, Porobic J, et al., 'Calibrating process-based marine ecosystem models: an example case using Atlantis', Ecological Modelling, 412 Article 108822. ISSN 0304-3800 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.108822 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Mori M


2018Audzijonyte A, Barneche DR, Baudron AR, Belmaker J, Clark TD, et al., 'Is oxygen limitation in warming waters a valid mechanism to explain decreased body sizes in aquatic ectotherms?', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28, (2) pp. 64-77. ISSN 1466-822X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/geb.12847 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 65


2018Audzijonyte A, Pecl GT, 'Deep impact of fisheries', Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2 pp. 1348-1349. ISSN 2397-334X (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0653-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Pecl GT


2018Audzijonyte A, Richards SA, 'The energetic cost of reproduction and its effect on optimal life-history strategies', American Naturalist, 192, (4) pp. 1-13. ISSN 1537-5323 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/698655 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Richards SA


2017Audzijonyte A, Baltrunaite L, Vainola R, Arbaciauskas K, 'Human-mediated lineage admixture in an expanding Ponto- Caspian crustacean species Paramysis lacustris created a novel genetic stock that now occupies European waters', Biological Invasions, 19, (8) pp. 2443-2457. ISSN 1387-3547 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-017-1454-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2016Audzijonyte A, Fulton E, Haddon M, Helidoniotis F, Hobday AJ, et al., 'Trends and management implications of human-influenced life-history changes in marine ectotherms', Fish and Fisheries, 17, (4) pp. 1005-1028. ISSN 1467-2960 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/faf.12156 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 45Web of Science - 47

Co-authors: Fulton E; Helidoniotis F; Hobday AJ; Smith ADM


2016Johnson SB, Krylova EM, Audzijonyte A, Sahling H, Vrijenhoek RC, 'Phylogeny and origins of chemosynthetic vesicomyid clams', Systematics and Biodiversity, 15, (4) pp. 346-360. ISSN 1477-2000 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2016.1252438 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 37


2016Waples RS, Audzijonyte A, 'Fishery-induced evolution provides insights into adaptive responses of marine species to climate change', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14, (4) pp. 217-224. ISSN 1540-9295 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/fee.1264 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 25


2015Audzijonyte A, Baltrunaite L, Vainola R, Arbaciauskas K, 'Migration and isolation during the turbulent Ponto-Caspian Pleistocene create high diversity in the crustacean Paramysis lacustris', Molecular Ecology, 24, (17) pp. 4537-4555. ISSN 0962-1083 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/mec.13333 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10


2015Audzijonyte A, Fulton EA, Kuparinen A, 'The impacts of fish body size changes on stock recovery: a case study using an Australian marine ecosystem model', ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72, (3) pp. 782-792. ISSN 1054-3139 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsu185 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Fulton EA


2015Audzijonyte A, Kuparinen A, 'The role of life histories and trophic interactions in population recovery', Conservation Biology, 30, (4) pp. 734-743. ISSN 0888-8892 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12651 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12


2014Audzijonyte A, Haugstetter J, Arbaciauskas K, 'Characterization of ten polymorphic microsatellite markers in an invasive Ponto-Caspian mysid crustacean Paramysis lacustris', Conservation Genetics Resources, 6, (2) pp. 309-311. ISSN 1877-7252 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12686-013-0075-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4


2014Audzijonyte A, Kuparinen A, Fulton EA, 'Ecosystem effects of contemporary life-history changes are comparable to those of fishing', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 495 pp. 219-231. ISSN 0171-8630 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps10579 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Fulton EA


2013Audzijonyte A, Kuparinen A, Fulton EA, 'How fast is fisheries-induced evolution? Quantitative analysis of modelling and empirical studies', Evolutionary Applications, 6, (4) pp. 585-595. ISSN 1752-4571 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/eva.12044 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 62Web of Science - 63

Co-authors: Fulton EA


2013Audzijonyte A, Kuparinen A, Gorton R, Fulton EA, 'Ecological consequences of body size decline in harvested fish species: positive feedback loops in trophic interactions amplify human impact', Biology Letters, 9, (2) Article 20121103. ISSN 1744-9561 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.1103 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 106Web of Science - 100

Co-authors: Fulton EA


2012Audzijonyte A, Krylova EM, Sahling H, Vrijenhoek RC, 'Molecular taxonomy reveals broad trans-oceanic distributions and high species diversity of deep-sea clams (Bivalvia: Vesicomyidae: Pliocardiinae) in chemosynthetic environments', Systematics and Biodiversity, 10, (4) pp. 403-415. ISSN 1477-2000 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2012.744112 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 35


2012Audzijonyte A, Pahlberg J, Viljanen M, Donner K, Vainola R, 'Opsin gene sequence variation across phylogenetic and population histories in Mysis (Crustacea: Mysida) does not match current light environments or visual-pigment absorbance spectra', Molecular Ecology, 21, (9) pp. 2176-2196. ISSN 0962-1083 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05516.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7


2010Audzijonyte A, Vrijenhoek RC, 'When gaps really are gaps: statistical phylogeography of hydrothermal vent invertebrates', Evolution, 64, (8) pp. 2369-2384. ISSN 0014-3820 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.00987.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 30


2010Audzijonyte A, Vrijenhoek RC, 'Three nuclear genes for phylogenetic, SNP and population genetic studies of molluscs and other invertebrates', Molecular Ecology Resources, 10, (1) pp. 200-204. ISSN 1755-098X (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02737.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17


2009Audzijonyte A, Wittmann KJ, Ovcarenko I, Vainola R, 'Invasion phylogeography of the Ponto-Caspian crustacean Limnomysis benedeni dispersing across Europe', Diversity and Distributions, 15, (2) pp. 346-355. ISSN 1366-9516 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2008.00541.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 20


2008Audzijonyte A, Daneliya ME, Mugue N, Vainola R, 'Phylogeny of Paramysis (Crustacea: Mysida) and the origin of Ponto-Caspian endemic diversity: resolving power from nuclear protein-coding genes', Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 46, (2) pp. 738-759. ISSN 1055-7903 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2007.11.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 27


2008Audzijonyte A, Ovcarenko I, Bastrop R, Vainola R, 'Two cryptic species of the Hediste diversicolor group (Polychaeta, Nereididae) in the Baltic Sea, with mitochondrial signatures of different population histories', Marine Biology, 155 pp. 599-612. ISSN 0025-3162 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-008-1055-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 23


2008Audzijonyte A, Wittmann KJ, Vainola R, 'Tracing recent invasions of the Ponto-Caspian mysid shrimp Hemimysis anomala across Europe and to North America with mitochondrial DNA', Diversity and Distributions, 14, (2) pp. 179-186. ISSN 1366-9516 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2007.00434.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 53Web of Science - 49


2007Audzijonyte A, Vainola R, 'Mysis nordenskioldi n. sp. (Crustacea, Mysida), a circumpolar coastal mysid separated from the NE Pacific M. litoralis (Banner, 1948)', Polar Biology, 30, (9) pp. 1137-1157. ISSN 0722-4060 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00300-007-0271-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4


2007Daneliya ME, Audzijonyte A, Vainola R, 'Diversity within the Ponto-Caspian Paramysis baeri Czerniavsky sensu lato revisited: P. bakuensis G.O. Sars restored (Crustacea: Mysida: Mysidae)', Zootaxa, 1632 pp. 21-36. ISSN 1175-5326 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2006Audzijonyte A, Daneliya ME, Vainola R, 'Comparative phylogeography of Ponto-Caspian mysid crustaceans: isolation and exchange among dynamic inland sea basins', Molecular Ecology, 15, (10) pp. 2969-2984. ISSN 0962-1083 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2006.03018.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 48Web of Science - 47


2006Audzijonyte A, Vainola r, 'Phylogeographic analyses of a circumarctic coastal and a boreal lacustrine mysid crustacean, and evidence of fast postglacial mtDNA rates', Molecular Ecology, 15, (11) pp. 3287-3301. ISSN 0962-1083 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2006.02998.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 44


2006Ovcarenko I, Audzijonyte A, Gasiunaite ZR, 'Tolerance of Paramysis lacustris and Limnomysis benedeni (Crustacea, Mysida) to sudden salinity changes: implications for ballast water treatment', Oceanologia, 48, (S) pp. 231-242. ISSN 0078-3234 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2006Riedel F, Audzijonyte A, Mugue N, 'Aliens associating with Caspian Sea endemic bivalves', Biological Invasions, 8, (5) pp. 1067-1071. ISSN 1387-3547 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-005-5920-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7


2005Audzijonyte A, Damgaard J, Varvio S-L, Vainio JK, Vainola R, 'Phylogeny of Mysis (Crustacea, Mysida): history of continental invasions inferred from molecular and morphological data', Cladistics, 21, (6) pp. 575-596. ISSN 0748-3007 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2005.00081.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 38


2005Audzijonyte A, Pahlberg J, Vainola R, Lindstrom M, 'Spectral sensitivity differences in two Mysis sibling species (Crustacea, Mysida): adaptation or phylogenetic constraints?', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 325, (2) pp. 228-239. ISSN 0022-0981 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2005.05.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12


2005Audzijonyte A, Vainola R, 'Diversity and distributions of circumpolar fresh- and brackish-water Mysis (Crustacea: Mysida): descriptions of M. relicta Loven, 1862, M. salemaai n. sp., M. segerstralei n. sp. and M. diluviana n. sp., based on molecular and morphological characters', Hydrobiologia, 544, (1) pp. 89-141. ISSN 0018-8158 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10750-004-8337-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 79Web of Science - 70


2002Vainola R, Audzijonyte A, Riddoch BJ, 'Morphometric discrimination among four species of the Mysis relicta group', Archiv Fuer Hydrobiologie, 155, (3) pp. 493-515. ISSN 0003-9136 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1127/archiv-hydrobiol/155/2002/493 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 7


Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2017Audzijonyte A, Gorton R, Kaplan I, Fulton EA, 'Atlantis User's Guide Part I: General Overview, Physics and Ecology', CSIRO, Australia, April (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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2017Audzijonyte A, Gorton R, Kaplan I, Fulton EA, 'Atlantis User's Guide Part II: Socio-Economics', CSIRO, Australia, April (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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Grants & Funding

Throughout her career Asta has been awarded over $500K of research funding as principal investigator through fellowships and research grants in Finland and the USA. These include:

  • Grant from the Walter and AndrĂ©e de Nottbeck Foundation to organise an international workshop “Baltic Sea ecosystem models and their applications for management” (ca $15K)
  • Kone Foundation research fellowship “When size does matter: ecosystem models help to understand how human-induced changes in fish growth and reproduction affect fisheries yields and management” (ca $150K)
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation fellowship “Molecular approaches to population dynamics of deep-sea benthic fauna and implications for conservation” (ca $80K)
  • Post-doctoral researcher’s grant from Finnish Academy ‘Comparative seascape genetics of the Californian coast and Baltic Sea faunas’ (ca $200K)

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Universal properties in size distributions of aquatic species (2022 - 2024)$456,000
Knowledge about the body size distributions in natural populations is central to ecology and management. Body sizes are rapidly changing due to human impacts, but we still do not know how and why. This project will bring together large datasets collected through traditional and citizen science methods and advances in size based theory to assess general properties in body size distributions across thousands of aquatic species, estimate and predict temperature and harvest impacts through space and time, and advance size-based theory and its application. We will develop practical statistical tools for management and conservation of data poor species worldwide, focusing on non-traditional data sources.
Australian Research Council ($456,000)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Audzijonyte A; Krueck N; Richards S; Andersen K
2022 - 2024
Grant Reference
Citizen science empowered global analyses of fish sizes changes through space and time, and impacts on fisheries and marine conservation (2020 - 2023)$243,000
Body size determines species ecological role and resilience, but detailed size information and its changes through space and time are still lacking for most fish species. I propose to address this knowledge gap by analysing newly available global fish size data to develop maps and predictions on how intra-specific size structure changes through space and time in response to temperature and human impact. Using ecosystem and fisheries models I will then explore how these observed fish size changes affect food webs and productivity, and what are the consequences of using potentially incorrect size information when planning conservation or assessing fisheries stocks. In collaboration with colleagues around the globe, Reef Life Survey team and Centre for Marine Socioecology the project will launch new citizen science initiatives where size data is still lacking. We will also establish a smart phone application to collect data on fish species, catches and sizes and to communicate real time information about local ecosystem status and its alternative futures. The outcomes of the project will: 1) deliver maps of coastal fish species size structure and its deviations from expectations, to be used as ecosystem indicators, assessment of data-poor fisheries or early warning signals; 2) develop predictions of global species body size responses to climate change; 3) improve our knowledge about the likely impacts of future fish size changes on marine conservation and livelihoods; and 4) enhance societal involvement in marine research and conservation through active data contribution and exploratory games.
The Pew Charitable Trusts ($243,000)
Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Audzijonyte A
2020 - 2023
Rapidly changing life-histories and the resilience of Pacific Ocean fisheries (2019 - 2021)$343,000
The project will use global collections of fish otolith data and modelling approaches to develop new methods to track life-history changes, and document their magnitude and ecological and fisheries impacts around the Pacific ocean. The project will also do laboratory experiments to assess the effects of fishing and warming on life-history changes in zebrafish.
Australian Research Council ($343,000)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Melbourne
Research Team
Morrongiello J; Audzijonyte A; Swearer S; Hobday AJ; Black B
2019 - 2021
Grant Reference

Research Supervision






PhDRelative Importance of Pelagic Versus Different Types of Benthic Primary Production (Coral, Macroalgal, Microphytobenthos) on Shallow Reefs2018


PhDModelling Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics of Species' Traits in Size-Structured Ecosystems
Candidate: Romain Forestier