Matthew McMillan

Mr Matthew McMillan

PhD Candidate

Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Office

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


My research has focused on shark ecology and movements. I am currently assessing pupping habitats and natal origins of a Conservation Dependent shark (Galeorhinus galeus) using a variety of approaches including satellite tagging, underwater video surveying (BRUVs), vertebral chemistry analysis and bioenergetic analyses.

For my honours project I collaborated with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research to examine elemental signatures in vertebrae of the deep-sea lantern shark, Etmopterus spinax, a Near Threatened species in Norwegian and French waters, to assess stock structure where conventional tagging is unsuitable due to the depths involved. 

My current doctoral research seeks to integrate various approaches to assess pupping habitats and natal origins in the Conservation Dependent school shark, Galeorhinus galeus. This species was overfished to <14% of pre-fishing levels in Australia by the 1990s leading to stock collapse from which they have not recovered, despite no longer being targeted commercially.

A Commonwealth stock rebuilding strategy was implemented highlighting an important knowledge gap around whether or not pupping occurs in South Australia (SA). This study will employ the following techniques to try to fill this gap:

  • Satellite tagging of pregnant females to track movements during pupping seasons,
  • Scientific surveying of potential pupping sites employing both non-extractive (Baited Remote Underwater Video) and extractive (longline) methods,
  • Vertebral chemistry analysis to investigate natal origins of sharks from SA, and
  • Bioenergetic analysis of pups to investigate how metabolic constraints govern dispersal from nursery areas.

 

Competitive Research Grants

Total: $52,820

2017

  • Sea World Marine Vertebrates Grant, SWRRFI $20,700

2016

  • Sea World Marine Vertebrates Grant, SWRRFI $20,120    
  • Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, Equity Trustees $6,000 

2015

  • Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, Equity Trustees $6,000   

 

Scholarships

2015 - Pres.

  • Frederick James Sandoz PhD Scholarship, Sandoz Family 
  • Australian Postgraduate Award PhD Scholarship, University of Adelaide 

2014

  • Playford Trust Honours Scholarship for Science, Playford Memorial Trust 

2013

  • Summer Research Scholarship, Southern Seas Ecology Laboratories 

2017

  • Teaching assistant, Foundations in Marine Biology III
  • Teaching assistant, Zoology II

2016

  • Teaching assistant, Foundations in Marine Biology III
  • Position: PhD Candidate
  • Phone: 83136067
  • Email: matthew.mcmillan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 1
  • Room: 1 23
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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