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

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Matthew Holland

PhD student

My research interests include marine ecology, biological oceanography, numerical modelling and statistics. My research primarily focuses on investigating patterns in the distribution of forage fish at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. I completed my Masters in Marine Science and Management (MMSM) at UNSW in 2014.

I am currently conducting my PhD on the distribution of forage fish and temperate reef fish at the site, regional and continental level. Considering the essential role of forage fish in marine food webs, the objective of this work is to understand how these fish respond to variations in temperature, salinity, zooplankton availability and bathymetry at the regional level.

In the context of artificial reef fisheries enhancements, I am also investigating how complex variations in bathymetry and current bearing and velocity affect how fish schools are distributed at a site level with the use of a WASSP multibeam echosounder.

This work is supervised by Prof Iain Suthers (UNSW), Dr Martin Cox (Australian Antarctic Division) and Dr James Smith (University of California Santa Cruz).

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