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Mr Nicholas Payne
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QualificationsBachelor of Environmental Science with 1st Class honours (University of Adelaide) 2001-2006
My current research is aimed at providing insights into movement patterns of giant Australian cuttlefish (Sepia apama) in northern Spencer Gulf. This fascinating species forms a unique spawning aggregation each winter over a small rocky reef near Whyalla, South Australia; a global phenomenon that attracts extensive interest from the scientific and ecotourism communities. Despite its importance, significant gaps in knowledge of this species remain: Where do they come from? Do individuals remain at the spawning site for extended periods? What happens to recruits post-spawning? I employ a combination of tools - acoustic telemetry, microchemistry, physiology and biochemistry - to provide answers to some of these questions, and to achieve a greater understanding of the ecology of S. apama.
2010- ANZ Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($4,500)
2009- Santos Ltd. research grant ($12,230)
2009- MISA travel grant ($1,500)
2009- Field Naturalists Society of SA ($3,500)
2008- Sir Mark Mitchell Research Foundation ($4,620)
2008- The Australian Geographic Society ($2,500)
2008- Field Naturalists Society of SA ($2,975)
2007- The Australian Geographic Society ($3,000)
2007- ANZ Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($4,720)
Payne NL, Gillanders BM, Seymour RS, Webber DM, Snelling EP & Semmens JM (2011) Accelerometry estimates field metabolic rate of giant australian cuttlefish Sepia apama during breeding. Journal of Animal Ecology. 80 (2), pp 422-430. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01758.x.
Payne NL, Gillanders BM & Semmens JM (2010) Breeding durations as estimators of adult sex ratios and population size. Oecologia. 165 (2), pp 341-347. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-010-1729-7.
Payne NL, Gillanders BM, Webber DM & Semmens JM (2010) Interpreting diel activity patterns from acoustic telemetry: the need for controls. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 419, pp 295-301. DOI: 10.3354/meps08864.
Kampf J, Payne NL & Malthouse P (2010) Marine connectivity in a large inverse estuary. Journal of Coastal Research. 26 (6), pp1047-1056. DOI: 10.2112/jcoastres-d-10-00043.1.
Payne NL & Gillanders BM (2009) Assemblages of fish along a mangrove-mudflat gradient in temperate Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research. 60(1) pp 1-13.
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