Alex Brown PhD

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Post-doctoral researcher

My interests in marine science are broad, although I take particular interest in collecting population data on vulnerable species of marine fauna. I completed my PhD thesis in March 2016, entitled “The conservation biology of tropical inshore dolphins in north-western Australian waters”, where I provided population data to improve the science-base for conservation and management of inshore dolphins in this relatively unstudied region.
Since joining MUCRU in 2012, my research has focussed on collecting population data on inshore dolphins off tropical north-western Australia. This research, which formed the basis of my PhD thesis, included the following project:

Snubfin and humpback dolphins in the Kimberley region, Western Australia

Peer reviewed publications

Allen, S.J., Bryant, K.A., Kraus, R.H.S., Loneragan, N.R., Kopps, A.M., Brown, A.M., Gerber, L. and Krützen, M. 2016. Genetic isolation between coastal and fishery-impacted, offshore bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops spp.) populations. Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.13622

Brown , A.M., Bejder, L., Pollock, K.H. and Allen, S.J. 2016. Site-specific assessments of the abundance of three inshore dolphin species to inform conservation and management. Frontiers in Marine Science 3: 4. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00004

Brown, A.M., Bejder, L., Parra, G.J., Cagnazzi, D., Hunt, T., Smith, J.L. and Allen, S.J. 2016. Sexual dimorphism and geographic variation in dorsal fin features of Australian humpback dolphins, Sousa sahulensis. Advances in Marine Biology 73: 273-314. doi: 10.1016/bs.amb.2015.08.002

Brown, A.M., Kopps, A.M., Allen, S.J.Bejder, L., Littleford-Colquhoun, B., Parra, G.J., Cagnazzi, D., Thiele, D., Palmer, C. and Frère, C.H. 2014. Population differentiation and hybridisation of Australian snubfin (Orcaella heinsohni) and Indo-Pacific humpback (Sousa chinensis) dolphins in north-western Australia. PLoS One 9: e101427. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101427

Brown, A., Bejder, L., Cagnazzi, D., Parra, G. and Allen, S.J. 2012. The North West Cape, Western Australia: a potential hotspot for Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins Sousa chinensis? Pacific Conservation Biology 18: 240-246. doi: 10.1071/PC120240

Bellido, J.M., Brown, A.M., Valavanis, V.D., Giráldez, A, Pierce, G.J., Iglesias, M. & Palialexis, A. 2008. Identifying essential fish habitat for small pelagic species in Spanish Mediterranean waters. Hydrobiologia 612: 171-184. doi: 10.1007/s10750-008-9481-2

Conference proceedings

Bejder, L., Allen, S., Brown, A., Cagnazzi, D., Hodgson, A., Organ, T. & Parra, G. 2011. North West Cape, Exmouth: a hotspot for Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) in Western Australia. 48th Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Conference, July 2011, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Brown, A.M., Bellido, J.M., Valavanis, V. & Giráldez, A. 2006. Investigating the distribution of small pelagic fish in Spanish Mediterranean waters using environmental modelling and essential fish habitat mapping. ICES Annual Science Conference CM 2006/O:13.

Relevant employment history

05/2011 – 08/2011: Field research coordinator (Dolphin Innovation Project, Useless Loop, Western Australia), Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland

08/2006 – 04/2011: Senior environmental consultant (offshore energy), Hartley Anderson Ltd, Aberdeen, UK

06/2005 – 09/2005: Ecological appraisal assistant (Fisheries), Environment Agency, Wallingford, UK

Voluntary work

2007 – 2012: Teaching and research assistant (honorary), Zoological Department, University of Aberdeen, UK

2010 & 2011: Research assistant (Dolphin Alliance Project, Shark Bay, Western Australia), University of New South Wales, Australia and University of Zurich, Switzerland

2010: Research assistant (Useless Loop dolphin project, Western Australia), Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2010: Research assistant, Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit, Australia

2004: Research assistant, White Shark Trust, Gansbaai, South Africa

2002: Volunteer, Bimini Biological Field Station, Bimini, Bahamas

Dr Lars Bejder, Murdoch University, Australia

Simon Allen, Murdoch University, Australia

Prof. Ken Pollock, Murdoch University, Australia, and University of Cornell, USA

Dr. Celine Frère, University of Queensland

Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)
Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
Faculty of Sustainability, Environmental and Life Sciences
Murdoch University
South Street, Murdoch, 6150
Western Australia
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