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Sophie Bestley

Sophie Bestley

ARC DECRA Researcher

IMAS Waterfront Building, Off-Campus

+61 3 6232 3629 (phone)

Sophie.Bestley@utas.edu.au

Dr Sophie Bestley is an ARC DECRA fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). She predominantly works on highly mobile marine species, using animal-borne telemetry, with a present focus in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Her research interests interface ecology, biological oceanography and quantitative methods.

Biography

Dr Bestley completed an environmental science undergraduate degree, with Honours and a University Medal, from the University of NSW in 2001. She worked in pelagic fisheries at CSIRO in Hobart before becoming one of the early graduates of the joint CSIRO-UTAS PhD program in Quantitative Marine Science. After graduation, Sophie held a short Southern Ocean Postdoctoral Fellowship at CSIRO prior to taking maternity leave. She then moved with her young family to take up a 2010 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship award at Dalhousie University, Canada. Following a second maternity leave Dr Bestley commenced an ARC Superscience Fellowship at the Australian Antarctic Division in 2012. Sophie has maintained association with IMAS and UTAS as a University Associate since 2011, and in late 2016 joined the ARC Gateway Partnership before commencing her ARC DECRA in mid-2018.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

University

Date and Location of Award

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Thesis: “Environmental Influences on Annual Migrations of Juvenile Southern Bluefin Tuna”

CSIRO-University of Tasmania Joint PhD Program in Quantitative Marine Science

December 2008. Hobart, Australia

Graduate Diploma in Marine Sciences

CSIRO-University of Tasmania Joint PhD Program in Quantitative Marine Science

December 2008. Hobart, Australia

BSc Honours Thesis: “Oceanic Transport of Southern Rock Lobster Larvae” (1stClass Hons and the University Medal)

University of New South Wales and CSIRO Marine Research

December 2001. Sydney, Australia

Bachelor of Science, Advanced Science (Environmental Science)

School of Biological Science, University of New South Wales

December 2001. Sydney, Australia

Memberships

Professional practice

IMBeR CLIOTOP task team co-ordinator TT2016/06

International Bio-logging Society

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

Committee associations

IMAS Research Committee (ResComm) Early Career Researcher representative

IMAS Seminar Series coordinator

Other

Australian Antarctic Program Partnership contributor, newly funded under the Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative (2019 - 2029)

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Dr Bestley will be lecturing on Polar environments in KSM202 Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems

Together with Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas I am seeking a PhD candidate: “Modelling climate change impacts on Antarctic ecosystems using the Atlantis model

Research Appointments

Dr Bestley is an ARC DECRA Fellow 2018 - 2022 at IMAS on the project “Mathematical Models for Antarctic Animal Migrations in a Changing Climate”.

Research Invitations

2011: LOCEAN, Paris VI/Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Visiting research fellow)

2005: L'Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Sete (Visiting student)

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Expertise

Dr Bestley is profoundly interested in the influence of environment and physical processes on ecological processes in the dynamic ocean. Hence, as a marine researcher her studies span ecology and oceanography, together with quantitative methods to link these. She has recently led or collaborated on research considering a diversity of Antarctic ecosystem components, including ocean dynamics, iron supply, sea-ice algae and parasites, through krill, fish and squid to higher order marine predators. Her specific interest lies in where and how highly mobile predators acquire foraging resources, with a focus in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean – Australia’s main area of interest. To pursue this, she has developed strong expertise in animal-borne telemetry and animal movement modelling.

Sophie has expertise in:

  • Migration ecology, habitat use and foraging behaviour of marine predators
  • Environmental and climate influences on marine predator ecology
  • Methods for modelling animal movement
  • Quantifying linkages between biophysical processes and the abundance, distribution and productivity of marine species and systems
  • Applied work on vertebrate and invertebrate species of high commercial value (rock lobster, tunas, krill) and high conservation value (whales, seals, penguins and flying seabirds)

Dr Bestley has participated in two large-scale marine science voyages – the 2016 K-Axis voyage of the Aurora Australis and the 2018 SR3 oceanographic line on the RV Investigator – and looks forward to more opportunities.

Research Themes

Sophie’s research aligns with the UTAS research theme of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime, the IMAS Research Priority Area of Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamicsand Theme 3 of the new Australian Antarctic Program Partnership Future of Antarctic Sea Ice, Krill and Ecosystems.

Awards

  • 2018 ARC DECRA award
  • 2016–present IMBER-CLIOTOP Task Team grant TT2016/06
  • 2015 COMPASS Dattner Grant Women in Leadership graduate
  • 2010–2011 Killam Fellowship award
  • 2010 LOCEAN, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris - invited residency
  • 2009 Tasmanian Marine Science Fellowship grant
  • 2009 Australian Fresh Science Competition finalist
  • 2008 Student award, 2nd International Symposium on Tagging and Tracking Marine Fish, Spain
  • 2005 Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Sète - invited residency
  • 2004–2008 CSIRO Postgraduate Award, Wealth from Oceans Flagship
  • 2004–2008 UTAS/CSIRO Quantitative Marine Science Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Current projects

DE180100828 - Mathematical Models for Antarctic Animal Migrations in a Changing Climate (2018 - 2020) This project aims to build state-of-the-art mathematical models for movement processes of high conservation-value Antarctic penguins, seals, and whales. This will generate new capacity to predict the likelihood of changes in sea ice and ocean dynamics impacting important forage migration pathways. These outcomes address knowledge gaps highlighted in climate reporting on Polar Regions and will strategically position Australia to create a forward-looking context for conservation management efforts under international treaty commitments.

DP180101667 - The Role of Eastern Antarctic Polynyas in Global Ocean Circulation (2018 - 2021) This project aims to study Antarctic polynyas, an important, but poorly observed marine habitat, which profoundly influence the global climate. The major water masses of the world's oceans are formed there, making a large contribution to the ocean heat and carbon dioxide uptake. This study will collect data on ocean properties to 2000m from polynyas in eastern Antarctica throughout the Antarctic winter. The outcomes will be the provision of data of critical importance to oceanographic and climate studies.

European H2020 - Mesopelagic Southern Ocean Prey and Predators (MESOPP). A European H2020 International Cooperation project to enhance and focus research and innovation cooperation with Australia. Developing standardised methods and datasets for assimilating acoustic biomass estimates of micronekton organisms in ocean ecosystem models.

Fields of Research

  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Physical Oceanography (040503)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Animal Behaviour (060801)
  • Microbial Ecology (060504)
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)
  • Biological Oceanography (040501)
  • Chemical Oceanography (040502)
  • Glaciology (040602)
  • Global Change Biology (069902)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)

Research Objectives

  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960801)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (960502)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts) (960306)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Wild Caught Tuna (830207)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography (969901)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Aquaculture Tuna (830107)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related) (969902)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)

Publications

Total publications

31

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2019Journal ArticleBestley S, Andrews-Goff V, van Wijk E, Rintoul SR, Double MC, et al., 'New insights into prime Southern Ocean forage grounds for thriving Western Australian humpback whales', Scientific Reports, 9, (1) Article 13988. ISSN 2045-2322 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-50497-2 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: van Wijk E; Rintoul SR

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2018Journal ArticleBestley S, Raymond B, Gales NJ, Harcourt RG, Hindell MA, et al., 'Predicting krill swarm characteristics important for marine predators foraging off East Antarctica', Ecography, 41, (6) pp. 996-1012. ISSN 0906-7590 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03080 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Raymond B; Hindell MA; Nicol S; Sumner MD; Wotherspoon SJ; Cox MJ

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2013Journal ArticleBestley S, Jonsen ID, Hindell MA, Guinet C, Charrassin JB, 'Integrative modelling of animal movement: incorporating in situ habitat and behavioural information for a migratory marine predator', Proc. R. Soc. B., 280, (1750) Article 20122262. ISSN 1471-2954 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2262 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 73Web of Science - 60

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2008Journal ArticleBestley S, Patterson TA, Hindell MA, Gunn JS, 'Feeding ecology of wild migratory tunas revealed by archival tag records of visceral warming', Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, (6) pp. 1223-1233. ISSN 0021-8790 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01437.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 67Web of Science - 66

Co-authors: Patterson TA; Hindell MA

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Journal Article

(24 outputs)
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2019Arce F, Bestley S, Hindell MA, McMahon CR, Wotherspoon S, 'A quantitative, hierarchical approach for detecting drift dives and tracking buoyancy changes in southern elephant seals', Scientific Reports, 9, (1) Article 8936. ISSN 2045-2322 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-44970-1 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Arce F; Hindell MA; McMahon CR; Wotherspoon S

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2019Bestley S, van Wijk E, Rosenberg M, Eriksen R, Corney S, et al., 'Ocean circulation and frontal structure near the southern Kerguelen Plateau: the physical context for the Kerguelen Axis ecosystem study', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2 pp. 1-50. ISSN 0967-0645 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.07.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: van Wijk E; Rosenberg M; Eriksen R; Corney S; Rintoul S

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2019Jonsen ID, McMahon CR, Patterson TA, Auger-Methe M, Harcourt R, et al., 'Movement responses to environment: fast inference of variation among southern elephant seals with a mixed effects model', Ecology, 100, (1) Article e02566. ISSN 0012-9658 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2566 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2019Lin D, Walters A, Bestley S, Zhu G, Chen X, et al., 'Distribution of larval and juvenile pelagic squids in the Kerguelen Axis region: oceanographic influence on size structure and evidence of spawning locations', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2 pp. 1-13. ISSN 0967-0645 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2019.07.003 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Walters A; Trebilco R

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2019Riaz J, Walters A, Trebilco R, Bestley S, Lea M-A, 'Stomach content analysis of mesopelagic fish from the southern Kerguelen Axis', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2 pp. 1-39. ISSN 0967-0645 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2019.104659 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Riaz J; Walters A; Trebilco R; Lea M-A

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2019Bestley S, Andrews-Goff V, van Wijk E, Rintoul SR, Double MC, et al., 'New insights into prime Southern Ocean forage grounds for thriving Western Australian humpback whales', Scientific Reports, 9, (1) Article 13988. ISSN 2045-2322 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-50497-2 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: van Wijk E; Rintoul SR

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2018Andrews-Goff V, Bestley S, Gales NJ, Laverick SM, Paton D, et al., 'Humpback whale migrations to Antarctic summer foraging grounds through the southwest Pacific Ocean', Scientific Reports, 8, (1) Article 123333. ISSN 2045-2322 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30748-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2018Bestley S, Raymond B, Gales NJ, Harcourt RG, Hindell MA, et al., 'Predicting krill swarm characteristics important for marine predators foraging off East Antarctica', Ecography, 41, (6) pp. 996-1012. ISSN 0906-7590 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03080 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Raymond B; Hindell MA; Nicol S; Sumner MD; Wotherspoon SJ; Cox MJ

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2018Clarke LJ, Bestley S, Bissett A, Deagle BE, 'A globally distributed Syndiniales parasite dominates the Southern Ocean micro-eukaryote community near the sea-ice edge', ISME Journal, 13, (3) pp. 734-737. ISSN 1751-7362 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0306-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Clarke LJ

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2018Labrousse S, Williams G, Tamura T, Bestley S, Sallee J-B, et al., 'Coastal polynyas: winter oases for subadult southern elephant seals in East Antarctica', Scientific Reports, 8 Article 3183. ISSN 2045-2322 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21388-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Williams G; Tamura T; Fraser AD; Sumner M; McMahon C; Hindell MA

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2018Roncon G, Bestley S, McMahon CR, Wienecke B, Hindell MA, 'View from below: inferring behavior and physiology of Southern Ocean marine predators from dive telemetry', Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, (DEC) Article 464. ISSN 2296-7745 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00464 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McMahon CR; Hindell MA

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2018Schallenberg C, Bestley S, Klocker A, Trull TW, Davies DM, et al., 'Sustained upwelling of subsurface iron supplies seasonally persistent phytoplankton blooms around the Southern Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Ocean', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, (8) pp. 5986-6003. ISSN 2169-9275 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2018JC013932 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Schallenberg C; Klocker A; Trull TW; Davies DM; Gault-Ringold M; Roden NP; Townsend AT; van der Merwe P; Westwood K; Wuttig K; Bowie A

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2018Zhu G, Duan M, Ashford JR, Wei L, Zhou M, et al., 'Otolith nucleus chemistry distinguishes Electrona antarctica in the westward-flowing Antarctic Slope Current and eastward-flowing Antarctic Circumpolar Current off East Antarctica', Marine Environmental Research, 142 pp. 7-20. ISSN 0141-1136 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.09.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2017Hindell MA, Sumner M, Bestley S, Wotherspoon S, Harcourt RG, et al., 'Decadal changes in habitat characteristics influence population trajectories of southern elephant seals', Global Change Biology, 23, (12) pp. 5136-5150. ISSN 1354-1013 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13776 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Hindell MA; Sumner M; Wotherspoon S; Lea MA; McMahon CR

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2017Meiners KM, Arndt S, Bestley S, Krumpen T, Ricker R, et al., 'Antarctic pack ice algal distribution: floe-scale spatial variability and predictability from physical parameters', Geophysical Research Letters, 44, (14) pp. 7382-7380. ISSN 0094-8276 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2017GL074346 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Meiners KM; Kawaguchi S

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2017Michelot T, Langrock R, Bestley S, Jonsen ID, Photopoulou T, et al., 'Estimation and simulation of foraging trips in land-based marine predators', Ecology, 98, (7) pp. 1932-1944. ISSN 0012-9658 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1880 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 19

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2017Malpress V, Bestley S, Corney S, Welsford D, Labrousse S, et al., 'Bio-physical characterisation of polynyas as a key foraging habitat for juvenile male southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) in Prydz Bay, East Antarctica', PLoS One, 12, (9) Article e0184536. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184536 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Corney S; Sumner M; Hindell M

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2016Bestley S, Jonsen I, Harcourt RG, Hindell MA, Gales NJ, 'Putting the behavior into animal movement modeling: improved activity budgets from use of ancillary tag information', Ecology and Evolution, 6, (22) pp. 8243-8255. ISSN 2045-7758 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2530 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2015Bestley S, Jonsen ID, Hindell MA, Harcourt RG, Gales NJ, 'Taking animal tracking to new depths: synthesizing horizontal-vertical movement relationships for four marine predators', Ecology, 96, (2) pp. 417-427. ISSN 0012-9658 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/14-0469.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 44Web of Science - 44

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2013Bestley S, Jonsen ID, Hindell MA, Guinet C, Charrassin JB, 'Integrative modelling of animal movement: incorporating in situ habitat and behavioural information for a migratory marine predator', Proc. R. Soc. B., 280, (1750) Article 20122262. ISSN 1471-2954 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2262 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 73Web of Science - 60

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2013Jonsen ID, Basson M, Bestley S, Bravington MV, Patterson TA, et al., 'State-space models for bio-loggers: A methodological road map', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 88-89, (SI) pp. 34-46. ISSN 0967-0645 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2012.07.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 118Web of Science - 119

Co-authors: Wotherspoon SJ

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2010Bestley S, Patterson TA, Hindell MA, Gunn JS, 'Predicting feeding success in a migratory predator: integrating telemetry, environment, and modeling techniques', Ecology, 91, (8) pp. 2373-2384. ISSN 0012-9658 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/08-2019.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 46

Co-authors: Patterson TA; Hindell MA

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2009Bestley S, Gunn JS, Hindell MA, 'Plasticity in vertical behaviour of migrating juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) in relation to oceanography of the south Indian Ocean', Fisheries Oceanography , 18, (4) pp. 237-254. ISSN 1054-6006 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2419.2009.00509.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2008Bestley S, Patterson TA, Hindell MA, Gunn JS, 'Feeding ecology of wild migratory tunas revealed by archival tag records of visceral warming', Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, (6) pp. 1223-1233. ISSN 0021-8790 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01437.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 67Web of Science - 66

Co-authors: Patterson TA; Hindell MA

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Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Bestley S, van Wijk E, Rosenberg M, Eriksen R, Corney S, et al., 'Ocean circulation and frontal structure near the southern Kerguelen Plateau during the Kerguelen Axis marine ecosystem survey', The Kerguelen Plateau: marine ecosystem and fisheries. Proceedings of the Second Symposium, 13-14 November 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 25-30. ISBN 9781876934309 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: van Wijk E; Rosenberg M; Eriksen R; Corney S; Rintoul S

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2019Trebilco R, Walters A, Melbourne-Thomas J, Bestley S, Cox M, et al., 'Mesopelagic community structure on the southern Kerguelen Axis', The Kerguelen Plateau: marine ecosystem and fisheries. Proceedings of the Second Symposium, 13-15 November 2017, Hobart, pp. 49-54. ISBN 9781876934309 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Trebilco R; Walters A; Gastauer S; Constable A

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2018Walters A, Trebilco R, Bestley S, Raymond B, Revill A, et al., 'Can isoscapes of mesopelagic fish predict top predator hotspots?', Where the Poles come together: A SCAR and IASC Conference, 15-26 June, Davos, Switzerland, pp. 1632. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walters A; Trebilco R; Hindell MA; Lea MA; Melbourne-Thomas J; Constable A

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2018Walters A, Trebilco R, Raymond B, Bestley S, Revill A, et al., 'Can isoscapes of mesopelagic fish determine foraging hotspots of marine mammals and birds in the southern Indian Ocean?', MEASO 18, 09-13 April, Hobart (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walters A; Trebilco R; Raymond B; Hindell MA; Davies DM; Lea MA; Melbourne-Thomas J; Constable A

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2017Bestley S, Jonsen I, Langrock R, Michelot T, Photopoulou T, et al., 'Animal movement and prediction: modelling animal behaviour in a changing climate', The 6th International Bio-logging Science Symposium Book of Abstracts, 25-29 September 2017, Lake Constance, Germany (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2015Bestley S, Cox MJ, Harcourt RG, Hindell MA, Jonsen ID, et al., 'Prediction of krill swarm characteristics that drive a marine predator hotspot' region off East Antarctica', CLIOTOP 3rd Symposium 2015 Book of Abstracts, 14-18 September 2015, San Sebastian (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Cox MJ; Hindell MA; Nicol S; Raymond B; Sumner MD

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Bestley S, 'Environmental influences on annual migrations of juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)' (2008) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$52,880,902

Projects

Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative (2019 - 2029)$50,000,000
Description
Australian Antarctic Program Partnership, comprises the University of Tasmania, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Australian Antartcic Division, Geosciences Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, IMOS and Tasmanian State Govt. This initiative will support research that aims to understand the role of the Antarctic region in the global climate system and the implications on marine ecosystems.
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($50,000,000)
Scheme
Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Boyd PW; Swadling KM; Nicol S; Bestley S; Blanchard JL; Lannuzel D; Williams GD; Coleman R; Nikurashin M; Bowie AR; Phillips HE; King MA; Watson CS; Hurd R; Bindoff NL
Period
2019 - 2029
Mathematical Models for Antarctic Animal Migrations in a Changing Climate (2018 - 2020)$365,068
Funding
Australian Research Council ($365,068)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bestley S
Period
2018 - 2020
Grant Reference
DE180100828
The Role of Eastern Antarctic Polynyas in Global Ocean Circulation (2018 - 2021)$943,290
Funding
Australian Research Council ($943,290)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hindell MA; Harcourt R; McMahon C; Rintoul SR; Ohshima K; van Wijk E; Bestley S; Roquet F
Period
2018 - 2021
Grant Reference
DP180101667
Mesopelagic Southern Ocean Prey and Predators (MESOPP) (2016 - 2019)$1,572,544
Funding
European Commission ($1,572,544)
Scheme
Grant-Horizon 2020
Administered By
European Commission
Research Team
Hindell MA; Corney SP; Trebilco R; Blanchard JL; Constable A; Kloser R; Fulton E; Bestley S; Lehodey P; Cox MJ; Fielding S; Cotte C; Handegaard N; Brierley A; Melbourne-Thomas J
Period
2016 - 2019
Assessment of habitats, productivity and food webs on the Kerguelen Axis in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean (2015)$0
Description
The Southern Ocean is one of the most rapidly changing environments on earth. Australia seeks to sustain marine resources of high fisheries and conservation value that are dependent on the productive ecosystems of the Kerguelen Axis (including Australias Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands south to the Antarctic continent). The Kerguelen Axis has never been surveyed as a single region to determine the critical relationships between environmental and biogeochemical drivers responsible for the transition between the northern copepod-fish dominated foodweb to the southern krill-based foodweb. This knowledge is essential for ecosystem-based management of fisheries, as well as conservation of whale populations and marine biodiversity. The results will be important for assessing likely responses to change in the ecosystem (from climate or fisheries) as well as change in the global oceans and carbon cycle, which are fundamental to the Earths response to climate change
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Constable A; Andrews-Goff V; Bell E; Bestley S; Bowie AR; Boyd PW; Corney SP; Cox MJ; Davidson AT; Deagle BE; Double MC; Emmerson L; Harcourt R; Hindell MA; Kawaguchi S; Koubbi P; Lea MA; McMahon CR; McMinn A; Melbourne-Thomas J; Moteki M; Odate T; Rintoul SR; Southwell C; Sumner MD; Swadling KM; Takahashi K; Tilbrook B; Trull T; Westwood KJ; Ziegler PE; Causse R; Phillips HE; Pruvost P; Kokubun N
Year
2015
Assessing status and trends of marine ecosystems in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean (2015 - 2017)$0
Description
With a focus on the Indian Sector, the overall objective of this project is to develop a quantitative framework for assessing change in Southern Ocean ecosystems (habitats, species and foodwebs), to undertake the first assessment using that framework and, arising from the experience of that assessment, design a cost-effective sustained observing program that will be able to detect long-term trends in these ecosystems in the future. Specifically, the project will1. With the IMBER program Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics of the Southern Ocean (ICED), develop the framework for assessing change in Southern Ocean ecosystems to deliver products to stakeholders and the public at large;2. Review and refine methodologies for quantitative assessments of the status (including spatial and temporal variability) and trends of marine food webs;3. Using these methods and available data, including satellites, underway data from ships-of-opportunity, repeat transects and local at-sea and land-based studies, undertake a synthesis and assessment of the current status (including spatial and temporal variability) and trends of (i) sea ice and ocean habitats,(ii) key pelagic species, including large diatoms, Antarctic krill, commercial finfish, myctophid fish, marine mammals and birds, and (iii) the relative importance of different trophic pathways (e.g. through krill versus copepods) in the subantarctic and Antarctic food webs in the Indian Sector;4. Develop methods for presenting results that allow these assessments to be easily understood by key stakeholders and the public at large; and5. Based on the requirements identified in the framework and first assessment, design a cost-effective observing system for the region, as part of the Southern Ocean Observing System, to provide robust assessments of change in habitats, key species and food webs, based on a set of sustained observations of cost-effective essential variables, known as ecosystem Essential Ocean Variables.
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Constable A; Bestley S; Boyd PW; Corney SP; Cox MJ; de la Mare WK; Meiners K; Melbourne-Thomas J; Raymond Ben; Sumner MD; Wotherspoon SJ; Ziegler PE
Period
2015 - 2017
Multi-species animal tracking: analytical methods and application (2014 - 2016)$0
Description
For marine predators in remote Antarctic areas, telemetry studies (i.e. location tracking) provide the most feasible means for obtaining information on behaviour, movement, habitat utilization, and foraging locations. An ecosystem-level focus can be brought to predator studies by including multiple species within a single modelling framework (multi-species modelling). "Hotspot" areas of high predator use and diversity can indicate elevated prey abundance and predictability, habitat types or structural complexity, or niche space. Comparisons between predator species can elucidate processes such as competition between populations, territoriality, and successional habitat use that are difficult to infer from single-species studies. This project will develop improved methods for multi-species modelling of existing telemetry data. These methods will be applied at a range of spatial scales including a whole-of-Antarctic synthesis aligned with current international efforts.
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Raymond B; Bestley S; Hindell MA; Huckstadt L; Jonsen I; Kato A; Ropert-Coudert Y; Wotherspoon SJ
Period
2014 - 2016

Research Supervision

Current

5

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDInference of Foraging Success in a Top Southern Ocean Predator2015
PhDComparative Diving Ecology Across Southern Ocean Marine Predators2015
PhDThe Missing Link: Meso-pelagic prey field prediction for Southern Ocean marine predators2018
PhDBiophysical Modelling of Antarctic Krill: Key habitats, ocean transport and dependent marine predators2018
PhDAdelie Penguins as Ecosystem Indicators: foraging behaviour and habitat2019