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Marine Biology
SA 5005

+61 8 8303 3999
+61 8 8303 4364

Dr Zoe Doubleday

A particular interest of mine is the utilisation of hard calcified structures (such as fish ear bones and shells) as innovative tools for understanding past environments and the biology and ecology of marine species, such as age, growth, movement and environmental histories.  This can be achieved through sclerochemistry, the micro-analysis of chemicals within the structure (such as trace elements and isotopes), and/or through sclerochronology, the analysis of growth ring patterns.

At a broader level, and particularly through the utilisation of the above methods, I am interested in investigating climate change impacts in marine systems, dispersal and connectivity patterns among populations, and the effective management of commercial species.
I have predominantly worked on cephalopod and fish species in temperate marine, estuarine and freshwater environments.


Publications in preparation

  • Pecl GT, Ward T, Doubleday Z, Clarke S, Day J, Dixon C, Frusher S, Gibbs P, Hobday A, Hutchinson N, Jennings S, Jones K, Li X, Spooner D, Stoklosa R. Risk assessment of impacts of climate change for fishery species in south-eastern Australia.
  • Doubleday ZA, Pecl GT, Ward T, Clarke S, Day J, Dixon C, Frusher S, Gibbs P, Hobday A, Hutchinson N, Jennings S, Jones K, Li X, Spooner D, Stoklosa R. Assessing the risk of climate change to aquaculture: a case study from south-eastern Australia.
  • Higgins KL, Semmens JM, Doubleday ZA, Burridge CP. Life history matters: comparisons of population structuring in a holobenthic and merobenthic octopus species.


  • 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. 22: 137–146
  • 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: 2059-2063
  • 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: 2799-2807
  • 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: 8-12
  • Pecl G, Doubleday Z, Danyushevsky L, Gilbert S, Moltschaniwskyj N.  2010. Transgenerational marking of cephalopods with an enriched Ba isotope: a promising tool for empirical estimates of post-hatching movement and population connectivity.  ICES Journal of Marine Science. 67: 1372-1380
  • 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: 1183-1192
  • 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. FEATURE ARTICLE OF VOLUME
  • 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.
  • 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: 67-72
  • 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: 35-42.


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Telephone: +61 8 83131485