Asta Audzijonyte

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Asta Audzijontyte

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.

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 (070403)
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302)
  • Animal Systematics and Taxonomy (060301)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Fisheries Sciences (070499)
  • Speciation and Extinction (060311)
  • Ecological Physiology (060203)
  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Phylogeny and Comparative Analysis (060309)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Population Ecology (060207)
  • Biological Adaptation (060303)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Evolutionary Impacts of Climate Change (060306)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Life Histories (060308)

Research Objectives

  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments (960503)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960802)
  • Fisheries - Wild Caught (830299)
  • Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960807)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Documentation of Undescribed Flora and Fauna (960803)
  • Coastal and Estuarine Water Management (960903)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) (830204)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)


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

(33 outputs)
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 - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Pecl G; Gardner C


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 - 5


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 - 1

Co-authors: Richards SA


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 - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Pecl GT


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 - 2Web of Science - 2


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 - 15Web of Science - 11

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


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 - 12Web of Science - 11


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 - 18Web of Science - 18


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 - 3Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Fulton EA


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 - 7Web of Science - 7


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 - 7Web of Science - 6


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 - 3


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 - 12Web of Science - 12

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 - 40Web of Science - 42

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 - 56Web of Science - 49

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 - 28Web of Science - 26


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 - 6Web of Science - 5


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 - 28Web of Science - 26


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 - 15Web of Science - 14


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 - 18Web of Science - 18


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 - 26Web of Science - 23


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 - 22Web of Science - 19


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 - 47Web of Science - 44


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 - 38Web of Science - 37


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 - 44Web of Science - 39


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 - 35Web of Science - 34


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 - 11Web of Science - 9


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 - 61Web of Science - 61


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 - 6


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



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




PhDModelling Biodiversity Related Ecosystem Processes as a Complex Adaptive System2017
PhDRelative Importance of Pelagic Versus Different Types of Benthic Primary Production (Coral, Macroalgal, Microphytobenthos) on Shallow Reefs2018