Level 4 East Biological Sciences South (E26) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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Hayden Schilling

Postdoctoral Researcher

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My research interests include fish biology, coastal ecology and statistics. My research primarily focuses on species which are targeted by fishers

For my Post-Doc, I am investigating global patterns in life history of an important recreational fishing species by comparing the otolith chemistry of P. saltatrixfrom 6 major populations around the world. This is one of the first tests of otolith chemistry as a tool to make global comparisons of life history. I am also involved in projects looking at elemental concentrations of lapas barnacles, ecology of artificial reefs and otolith shape analysis.

I conducted my PhD on tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) in eastern Australia supervised by both UNSW and New South Wales Fisheries. This species is a popular fish for both commercial and recreational fishers. My project was done in response to anecdotal declines in tailor. Working closely with NSW and QLD Fisheries, my research studied the ecology of tailor in eastern Australia and provided the ecological understanding for a successful management plan to ensure there are fish to catch and eat in the future. The four key aspects of my work were diet, reproduction, growth and juvenile habitat use.