Dr Zoe Doubleday

Zoe Doubleday
Research Fellow
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Zoe is an ecologist with a particular focus on temperate aquatic environments, including marine, estuarine and freshwater systems. Areas of expertise include fish and cephalopod biology, biomineralogy, population ecology and historic ecology.

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Dr Zoe Doubleday

Zoe is an ecologist with a particular focus on temperate aquatic environments, including marine, estuarine and freshwater systems. Areas of expertise include fish and cephalopod biology, biomineralogy, population ecology and historic ecology.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Cartoonist's interpretation of recent research (Sydney Morning Herald)


I am interested in looking at how humans are changing the marine environment and the capacity of this environment to resist or cope with change. I have a predilection for weedy species of the sea: fast-paced, adaptable organisms (like squid) that may be thriving in the face of all this change. Ultimately, I want to learn what our future oceans, and its wealth of natural resources we are reliant upon, will look like. 

I am also actively researching ways to improve scientific writing to facilitate better transfer of knowledge among scientists and the broader community. Check out Publishing with objective charisma: breaking science's paradox in Trends and Ecology and Evolution

I am a keen proponent of scicomm and always interested in new ways of getting science out there to the outside world. Some of my media on cephalopods (the ultimate weedy species): ABC 24 NewsNew York Times, Science MagThe Onion 

If interested in PhD, honours, or volunteer opportunities etc. please drop me line!    

Baby pale octopus; estuarine habitat (Tasmania); cross section of fish ear bone with growth bands (black bream); giant Australian cuttlefish (Spencer Gulf, South Australia); powdered biomineral (shark vertebra) about to be blasted with synchrotron radiation; fish ear bone (Murray cod).

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Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2018 Fellowship Barbara Kidman Fellowship University of Adelaide
2017 Award South Australian Young Tall Poppy Award Australian Institute of Policy & Science
2016 Research Award VC’s Women’s Research Excellence Award University of Adelaide
2016 Recognition Peer Prize for Women in Science Thinkable.org
2014 Teaching Award Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Science University of Adelaide
2006 Scholarship Dr Joan Woodberry Postgraduate Fellowship for Women in Biosciences University of Tasmania
2004 Achievement GW Paltridge Prize for Antarctic Studies University of Tasmania


Date Institution name Country Title
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania Australia PhD
University of Tasmania Australia Bachelor of Antarctic Studies (Honours)
University of Tasmania Australia Bachelor of Science

Research Interests


Year Citation
2018 Gilmore, K., Doubleday, Z., & Gillanders, B. (2018). Testing hypoxia: physiological effects of long-term exposure in two freshwater fishes. Oecologia, 186(1), 37-47.
2018 Jones, A., Doubleday, Z., Prowse, T., Wiltshire, K., Deveney, M., Ward, T., . . . Gillanders, B. (2018). Capturing expert uncertainty in spatial cumulative impact assessments /631/158 /631/158/2445 article. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 13 pages.
2017 Connell, S., Fernandes, M., Burnell, O., Doubleday, Z., Griffin, K., Irving, A., . . . Falkenberg, L. (2017). Testing for thresholds of ecosystem collapse in seagrass meadows. Conservation Biology, 31(5), 1-6.
DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
2017 Doubleday, Z., Jones, A., Deveney, M., Ward, T., & Gillanders, B. (2017). Eight habitats, 38 threats and 55 experts: Assessing ecological risk in a multi-use marine region. PLoS ONE, 12(5), 15 pages.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
2017 Martino, J., Doubleday, Z., Woodcock, S., & Gillanders, B. (2017). Elevated carbon dioxide and temperature affects otolith development, but not chemistry, in a diadromous fish. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 495, 57-64.
2017 Harley, C., Connell, S., Doubleday, Z., Kelaher, B., Russell, B., Sarà, G., & Helmuth, B. (2017). Conceptualizing ecosystem tipping points within a physiological framework. Ecology and Evolution, 7(15), 1-11.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2017 Doubleday, Z., & Connell, S. (2017). Publishing with Objective Charisma: Breaking Science’s Paradox. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(11), 803-805.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2
2017 Doubleday, Z., Nagelkerken, I., & Connell, S. (2017). Ocean life breaking rules by building shells in acidic extremes. Current Biology, 27(20), R1104-R1106.
2017 Doubleday, Z., Connell, S., & Montgomery, S. (2017). Creativity: The Stronger, Blacker Sheep behind Great Papers – A Reply to Falkenberg and Tubb. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(12), 895-896.
2017 Izzo, C., Doubleday, Z., Grammer, G., Disspain, M., Ye, Q., & Gillanders, B. (2017). Seasonally resolved environmental reconstructions using fish otoliths. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 74(1), 23-31.
2017 Mazloumi, N., Burch, P., Fowler, A., Doubleday, Z., & Gillanders, B. (2017). Determining climate-growth relationships in a temperate fish: a sclerochronological approach. Fisheries Research, 186(1), 319-327.
2017 Izzo, C., Manetti, D., Doubleday, Z., & Gillanders, B. (2017). Calibrating the element composition of Donax deltoides shells as a palaeo-salinity proxy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 484, 89-96.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2017 Connell, S., Doubleday, Z., Hamlyn, S., Foster, N., Harley, C., Helmuth, B., . . . Russell, B. (2017). How ocean acidification can benefit calcifiers. Current Biology, 27(3), 95-96.
DOI Scopus10 WoS7 Europe PMC5
2017 Mazloumi, N., Johansen, J., Doubleday, Z., & Gillanders, B. (2017). Q₁₀ measures of metabolic performance and critical swimming speed in King George whiting Sillaginodes punctatus. Journal of Fish Biology, 90(5), 2200-2205.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
2016 Wittmann, T., Izzo, C., Doubleday, Z., McKenzie, J., Delean, S., & Gillanders, B. (2016). Reconstructing climate–growth relations from the teeth of a marine mammal. Marine Biology, 163(4), 71-1-71-11.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2016 Izzo, C., Doubleday, Z., Grammer, G., Gilmore, K., Alleway, H., Barnes, T., . . . Gillanders, B. (2016). Fish as proxies of ecological and environmental change. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 26(3), 265-286.
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2016 Doubleday, Z., Prowse, T., Arkhipkin, A., Pierce, G., Semmens, J., Steer, M., . . . Gillanders, B. (2016). Global proliferation of cephalopods. Current Biology, 26(10), R406-R407.
DOI Scopus23 WoS18 Europe PMC8
2016 Izzo,, C., Doubleday, Z., Grammer, G., Barnes, T., Delean, J., Ferguson, G., . . . Gillanders, B. (2016). Multi-species response to rapid environmental change in a large estuary system: a biochronological approach. Ecological Indicators, 69, 739-748.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2015 Gillanders, B., Izzo, C., Doubleday, Z., & Ye, Q. (2015). Partial migration: growth varies between resident and migratory fish. Biology Letters, 11(3), 20140850-1-20140850-5.
DOI Scopus14 WoS15 Europe PMC4
2015 Izzo, C., Doubleday, Z., Schultz, A., Woodcock, S., & Gillanders, B. (2015). Contribution of water chemistry and fish condition to otolith chemistry: comparisons across salinity environments. Journal of Fish Biology, 86(6), 1680-1698.
DOI Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC2
2015 Doubleday, Z., Izzo, C., Haddy, J., Lyle, J., Ye, Q., & Gillanders, B. (2015). Long-term patterns in estuarine fish growth across two climatically divergent regions. Oecologia, 179(4), 1079-1090.
DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC1
2015 Izzo, C., Doubleday, Z., & Gillanders, B. (2015). Where do elements bind within the otoliths of fish?. Marine and Freshwater Research, 67(7), 1072-1076.
DOI Scopus4 WoS5
2014 Doubleday, Z., Harris, H., Izzo, C., & Gillanders, B. (2014). Strontium randomly substituting for calcium in fish otolith aragonite. Analytical Chemistry, 86(1), 865-869.
DOI Scopus21 WoS21 Europe PMC6
2014 Pecl, G., Ward, T., Doubleday, Z., Clarke, S., Day, J., Dixon, C., . . . Stoklosa, R. (2014). Rapid assessment of fisheries species sensitivity to climate change. Climatic Change, 127(3-4), 505-520.
DOI Scopus31 WoS23
2013 Doubleday, Z., Clarke, S., Li, X., Pecl, G., Ward, T., Battaglene, S., . . . Stoklosa, R. (2013). Assessing the risk of climate change to aquaculture: a case study from south-east Australia. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 3(2), 163-175.
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2013 Higgins, K., Semmens, J., Doubleday, Z., & Burridge, C. (2013). Comparison of population structuring in sympatric octopus species with and without a pelagic larval stage. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 486, 203-212.
DOI Scopus8 WoS8
2013 Doubleday, Z., Izzo, C., Woodcock, S., & Gillanders, B. (2013). Relative contribution of water and diet to otolith chemistry in freshwater fish. Aquatic Biology, 18(3), 271-280.
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2012 Madin, E., Ban, N., Doubleday, Z., Holmes, T., Pecl, G., & Smith, F. (2012). Socio-economic and management implications of range-shifting species in marine systems. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions, 22(1), 137-146.
DOI Scopus43 WoS36
2011 Semmens, J., Doubleday, Z., Hoyle, K., & Pecl, G. (2011). A multilevel approach to examining cephalopod growth using Octopus pallidus as a model. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214(16), 2799-2807.
DOI Scopus12 Europe PMC1
2011 Doubleday, Z., White, J., Pecl, G., & Semmens, J. (2011). Age determination in merobenthic octopuses using stylet increment analysis: assessing future challenges using Macroctopus maorum as a model. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68(10), 2059-2063.
DOI Scopus7
2011 Doubleday, Z., & Semmens, J. (2011). Quantification of the age-pigment lipofuscin in known-age octopus (Octopus pallidus): a potential tool for age determination. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 397(1), 8-12.
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2010 Pecl, G., Doubleday, Z., Danyushevsky, L., Gilbert, S., & Moltschaniwskyj, N. (2010). Transgenerational marking of cephalopods with an enriched barium isotope: a promising tool for empirically estimating post-hatching movement and population connectivity. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 67(7), 1372-1380.
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2009 Doubleday, Z., Semmens, J., Smolenski, A., & Shaw, P. (2009). Microsatellite DNA markers and morphometrics reveal a complex population structure in a merobenthic octopus species (Octopus maorum) in south-east Australia and New Zealand. Marine Biology, 156(6), 1183-1192.
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2008 Doubleday, Z., Belton, D., Pecl, G., & Semmens, J. (2008). Quantitative elemental imaging of octopus stylets using PIXE and the nuclear microprobe. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 266(1), 67-72.
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2008 Doubleday, Z., Pecl, G., Semmens, J., & Danyushevsky, L. (2008). Stylet elemental signatures indicate population structure in a holobenthic octopus species, Octopus pallidus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 371, 1-10.
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2008 Doubleday, Z., Pecl, G., Semmens, J., & Danyushevsky, L. (2008). Using stylet elemental signatures to determine the population structure of Octopus maorum. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 360, 125-133.
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2006 Doubleday, Z., Semmens, J., Pecl, G., & Jackson, G. (2006). Assessing the validity of stylets as ageing tools in Octopus pallidus. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 338(1), 35-42.
DOI Scopus41

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2016 Gillanders, B. M., Ward, T. M., Bailleul, F., Cassey, P., Deveney, M. R., Doubleday, Z. A., . . . Wiltshire, K. H. (2016). Spencer Gulf Ecosystem and Development Initiative. Developing knowledge and tools to inform integrated management of Spencer Gulf: Case study on shipping and ports.. Adelaide.
2013 M.G., B., Doubleday, Z., Cassey, P., Clarke, S., Connell, S. D., Deveney, M., . . . Young, M. (2013). Spencer Gulf Ecosystem & Development Initiative: Report on Scenario Development, Stakeholder Workshops, Existing Knowledge & Information Gaps: Report for Spencer Gulf Ecosystem and Development Initiatve.
2009 Pecl, G., Ward, T. M., Doubleday, Z., Clarke, S., Day, J., Dixon, C., . . . Stocklosa, R. (2009). Risk assessment of impacts of climate change for key marine species in south eastern Australia (2009/070).

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2015 Co-Supervisor Reconstructing the growth and physiological histories of an iconic Australian fish species Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jasmin Carmel Amina Martino
2013 Co-Supervisor Hypoxia in the Murray River Region: Identifying Impacts to Fish and Tracking Long-term Trends Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Kayla Louise Gilmore

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The physiological responses of King George whiting to environmental parameters Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nastaran Mazloumi


Date Role Membership Country
2017 - ongoing Member Australian Science Communicators
2016 - ongoing The Fisheries Society of the British Isles
2016 - ongoing Member Australian Marine Science Association Australia
2013 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Fish Biology

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2017 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Executive Committee (ECR representative) Science and Technology Australia Australia
2016 - 2017 Representative Australian Marine Science Association (South Australia)
Research Fellow
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