Simon Allen

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Researcher - PhD Candidate

My research interests lie primarily in assessing the impacts of human activities (fisheries, tourism and coastal development) on marine megafauna for application to their conservation and management. On the more empirical side, I work with colleagues on the complex social and foraging behaviours of coastal delphinids. I have a general interest in the behaviour, ecology and conservation of both marine and terrestrial wildlife.
2013-ongoing: Associate Research Fellow; Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich.

2011-ongoing: Doctor of Philosophy candidate; Murdoch University, Perth.

2005: Master of Science in Environmental Science; Macquarie University, Sydney.

1996: Bachelor of Science (Honours); University of Queensland, Brisbane.

1994: Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology; Flinders University of South Australia

In press/accepted

Jaiteh, V.F., Allen, S.J., Meeuwig, J.J. and Loneragan, N.R. In press. Combining in-trawl video with observer coverage improves understanding of protected and vulnerable species bycatch in trawl fisheries. Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research

Krützen, M., Kreicker, S., MacLeod, C.D., Learmonth, J., Kopps, A.M., Walsham, P. and Allen, S.J. Accepted. Cultural transmission of tool use by Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) provides access to a novel foraging niche. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B


Allen SJ, Tyne JA, Kobryn HT, Bejder LPollock KH and Loneragan, N. (2014) Patterns of Dolphin Bycatch in a North-Western Australian Trawl Fishery. PLoS ONE 9(4): e93178. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093178

Allen, S.J. 2014. From adoration to exploitation: The historical and contemporary contexts of human-cetacean interactions. In: Whale-Watching: Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Management (eds. Higham JES, Bejder L and Williams R). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Pp. 31-47.

Kopps, A.M., Ackermann, C., Sherwin, W.B., Allen, S.J., Bejder, L. and Krützen. M. 2014. Cultural transmission of tool use combined with habitat specialisations leads to fine-scale genetic structure in bottlenose dolphins. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 20133245


Allen, S.J. 2013. Common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus. Species account. In Field Companion to the Mammals of Australia (eds. Van Dyck S, Gynther I and Baker A). New Holland Press: Sydney, Australia.

Allen, S.J. and Krützen, M. 2013. Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin Tursiops aduncus. Species account. In Field Companion to the Mammals of Australia (eds. Van Dyck S, Gynther I and Baker A). New Holland Press: Sydney, Australia.

Jaiteh, V.F., Allen, S.J., Meeuwig, J.J. and Loneragan, N.R. 2013. Subsurface behaviour of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) interacting with fish trawl nets in north-western Australia. Marine Mammal Science 29: E266-E281.

Kopps, A.M., Krützen, M., Allen, S.J., Bacher, K. and Sherwin, W.B. 2013. Characterizing the socially transmitted foraging tactic ‘sponging’ by bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in the western gulf of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Marine Mammal Science DOI: 10.1111/mms.12089.


Allen, S., Cagnazzi, D., Hodgson, A., Loneragan, N. and Bejder, L.  2012. Tropical inshore dolphins of north-western Australia: Unknown populations in a rapidly changing region. Pacific Conservation Biology. 18(1):56-66.

Bejder, L., Hodgson, A., Loneragan, N. and Allen, S. 2012. The need for re-evaluation of species listings and short-comings in the Environmental Impact Assessment process. Pacific Conservation Biology. 18(1):22-25.

Brown, A., Bejder, L., Cagnazzi, D., Parra, G. and Allen, S. The North West Cape, Western Australia: A Potential hotspot for Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins Sousa chinensis? Pacific Conservation Biology. 18(4): 240-246.

Jaiteh, V.F., Allen, S.J., Meeuwig, J.J. and Loneragan, N.R. 2012. Subsurface behaviour of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) interacting with fish trawl nets in north-western Australia. Marine Mammal Science DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2012.00620.x

Nicholson, K., Bejder, L., Allen, S., Krützen, K. and Pollock, K. 2012.Abundance, survival and temporary emigration of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) off Useless Loop in the western gulf of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research. 63: 1059-68.

Tyne, J., Loneragan, L., Kopps, A., Allen SJ., Krützen, M. and Bejder, L. 2012. Ecological characteristics contribute to sponge distribution and tool use in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 444:143-153.


Allen SJ, Bejder L & Krützen M 2011. Why do Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) carry conch shells (Turbinella sp.) in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Marine Mammal Science 27(2): 449-454.


Bacher K, Allen SJ, Lindholm A, Bejder L & Krützen M 2010. Genes or culture – Are mitochondrial genes associated with tool use in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.)? Behaviour Genetics 40: 706-714.

Möller L, Pedone Valdez F, Allen S, Bilgmann K, Corrigan S & Beheregaray L 2010. Fine-scale genetic structure in short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) along the East Australian Current. Marine Biology 158(1): 113-126.

Tyne JA, Loneragan NR, Krützen M, Allen SJ & Bejder L 2010. An integrated data management and video system to sample aquatic benthos. Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 61: 1023-1028.

Wiszniewski J, Beheregaray LB, Allen SJ & Möller LM 2010. Environmental and social influences on the genetic structure of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) of south-eastern Australia. Conservation Genetics 11: 1405-1419.


Allen E, Sinclair D, Allen S & Peters R 2009. Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky dragon). Avian Predation. Herpetological Review 40: 82-83.

Bejder L, Samuels A, Whitehead H, Finn H & Allen S 2009. Habituation, sensitisation and tolerance to anthropogenic stimuli: the need for differentiation. Marine Ecology Progress Series 395: 177–185.

Peters R & Allen S 2009. Movement signal choreography unaffected by receiver distance in the Australian Jacky lizard, Amphibolurus muricatus. Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology 63: 1593–1602.

Wiszniewski J, Allen SJ & Möller LM 2009. Social cohesion in a hierarchically structured embayment population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Animal Behaviour 77: 1449-1457.


Krützen M & Allen SJ 2008. The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin Tursiops aduncus – species account in The Mammals of Australia – 3rd edition (Eds S Van Dyck & R Strahan). New Holland, Sudney, Australia.

Allen S 2008. Multiple entries in The Encyclopedia of Recreation and Tourism in Marine Environments (Ed. M. Lück). CABI, Oxfordshire, UK.


Allen S, Smith H, Waples K & Harcourt R 2007. The voluntary code of conduct for dolphin watching in Port Stephens, Australia: is self-regulation an effective management tool? Journal of Cetacean Research & Management 9: 159-166.

Bilgmann K, Griffiths O, Allen S & Möller L 2007. A biopsy pole system for bow-riding dolphins: sampling success, behavioral responses and test for sampling bias. Marine Mammal Science 23: 218-225.

Möller LM, Wiszniewski J, Allen SJ & Beheregaray LB 2007. Habitat type promotes rapid and extremely localised genetic differentiation in dolphins. Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research 58: 640-648.

2006 and prior

Möller L, Beheregaray L, Allen S & Harcourt R 2006. Association patterns and kinship in female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) of southeastern Australia. Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology 61: 109-117.

Allen S & Huveneers C 2005. First record of an Australian fur seal Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus feeding on a wobbegong shark Orectolobus ornatus. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of NSW 126: 95-97.

Allen S, Marsh H & Hodgson A 2004. Occurrence and conservation of the dugong (Sirenia: Dugongidae) in NSW. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of NSW 125: 211-216.

Allen S & Bejder L 2003. Southern right rhale Eubalaena australis sightings on the Australian coast and the increasing potential for entanglement. Pacific Conservation Biology 9: 228-233.

Möller LM, Allen SJ & Harcourt RG 2002. Group characteristics, site fidelity and seasonal abundance of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Jervis Bay and Port Stephens, southeastern Australia. Australian Mammalogy 24: 11-21.



Allen, S.J. 2012. Genetic structure and abundance of fishery-impacted dolphins of the Pilbara region, north-western Australia. Final report to the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

Allen SJ & Loneragan, NR 2010. Reducing dolphin bycatch in the Pilbara finfish trawl fishery. Report to the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation, Canberra, ACT. 60pp.

Allen SJ, Bejder L & Loneragan N 2007. Dolphin Bycatch in the Pilbara Finfish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery – Summary Report. Report to WA Department of Fisheries, Perth. 14pp.

Allen SJ 2007. Port Stephens Pearls Dolphin Monitoring Program Preliminary Report. Report to NSW Department of Planning, Sydney. 14pp.

Allen S, Harcourt R & Waples K 2003. Responses by bottlenose dolphins to approach by boats, Port Stephens, NSW. Report to NSW Parks & Wildlife Service. 20pp.

Paton D, Gibbs N, Childerhouse S & Allen S 2002. Assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed commercial pearl oyster operation in Port Stephens on whales, dolphins and turtles. Report to NSW Parks & Wildlife Service. 50pp.

Allen SJ, Möller LM & Harcourt RG 2000. Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphin Population Survey II. Report to NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. 20pp.

Corkeron PJ, Burnell SR, Noad M & Allen S 1999. A marine mammal survey in the waters off Newcastle. Report to Australian Department of Defence. 20pp.

If you’d like a PDF of my current CV/Resume, please ask and I will provide it.

2006-ongoing: I conduct peer reviews for scientific journals including Animal Behaviour, Aquatic Mammals, the Australian Journal of Zoology, Biological Conservation, Experimental Biology and Marine Ecology, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Marine Mammal Science, Pacific Conservation Biology and Tourism in Marine Environments.

2002-ongoing: I have been contracted variously as a Research Associate to conduct and manage field research projects, usually involving boat-based surveys for photo-identification and remote biopsy of cetaceans, as a Marine Mammal Observer on seismic surveys and tests of the effects of sound on cetaceans, and as a Research Assistant in the capture and handling of pinnipeds and both marine and terrestrial reptiles.

2000-ongoing: I have provided wildlife photography and interpretive textual contributions for publications including scientific journals, popular magazines, calendars, field guides and reference volumes.

Prof Ken Pollock (North Carolina State University, US)
Assoc Prof Bill Sherwin (University of New South Wales)
Assoc Prof Richard Connor (University of Massachussetts, US)
Dr Michael Krützen (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Dr Daniele Cagnazzi (Southern Cross University)
Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University, Victoria)
Dr Celine Frere (University of the Sunshine Coast)
Dr Guido Parra (Flinders University of South Australia)
Ms Maria Jedensjo (Museum of South Australia)
Dr Anna Kopps (University of Groningen)
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit

School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
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