Adrian Gleiss  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Adrian Gleiss
    BSc (Hons.), PhD

    ARC DECRA Fellow

    About me

    I am physiological/behavioural ecologist, broadly interested in understanding the interactions of ecology and physiology in driving the evolution of organisms.

     I am interested in a diverse range of unconventional model systems, I am interested in the functional consequences of buoyancy in marine vertebrates, the implications of temperature for ectotherm performance and the ecology and evolution of locomotor capacity. These questions are being addressed in a range of organisms ranging from jellyfish to whale sharks.

    I am always looking for eager students to participate in my research. If you are interested in pursuing graduate research or bolstering your CV while doing your undergrad; get in touch!

    Awards and grants

    2015 ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award

    2014 Human Frontier Science Program Long Term Fellowship

    2011 Endeavour Research Fellow

    2009 Wingate Foundation Scholar

    Professional and community service

    Peer Review Service

    Metrics: Number of Reviews: 43, in the past 12 month: 13, Mean Impact Factor: 3.09

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     National Science Foundation,Natural Environmental Research Council, Proceeding of the Royal Society B, Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Marine Ecology Progress Series Marine Biology, Endangered Species Research, Aquatic Living Resources, Revista Biologica Tropical, Marine and Freshwater Research, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Journal of Experimental Biology,Functional Ecology, PlosOne, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Fish Biology, Nature Scientific Reports, National Geographic, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Animal Behaviour, Movement Ecology, Biology Letters

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    2010-2011 Serena Wright (MSc, Swansea University) – Diel activity patterns of Whale   Sharks at Ningaloo Reef

    2013-present Lauran Brewster (PhD, University of Hull) – Ecological Energetics of the Lemon Shark

    2015 – present Samantha Andrzejaczek (PhD, University of Western Australia) – Drivers of vertical movement in elasmobranch fishes

    2016-present Karissa Lear (PhD, Murdoch University) – The thermal ecology of riverine elasmobranchs

    2016 – present Andrew Broadley (PhD, University of Western Australia) – The eco-hydrology of the Fitzroy River in relation to Climate Change

    2016 – present Garry Ogston (PhD, Murdoch University) – The energetic consequences of environmental flows on the freshwater cobbler



    • Morgan, D., Lear, K., Dobinson, E., Gleiss, A., Fazeldean, T., Pillans, R., Beatty, S., Whitty, J., (2021), Seasonal use of a macrotidal estuary by the endangered dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata), Aquatic Conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems, , , pages -.
    • Storer, T., Bannister, J., Bennett, K., Byrnes, E., Crook, D., Morgan, D., Gleiss, A., Beatty, S., (2021), Influence of discharge regime on the movement and refuge use of a freshwater fish in a drying temperate region, Ecohydrology, 14, 1, pages Article number e2253 -.
    • Lear, K., Whitney, N., Morris, J., Gleiss, A., (2021), Temporal niche partitioning as a novel mechanism promoting co-existence of sympatric predators in marine systems, Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, 288, , .
    • Hounslow, J., Jewell, O., Fossette, S., Whiting, S., Tucker, A., Richardson, A., Edwards, D., Gleiss, A., (2021), Animal-borne video from a sea turtle reveals novel anti-predator behaviors, Ecology, 102, 4, pages e03251 -.
    • Chapple, T., Tickler, D., Roche, R., Bayley, D., Gleiss, A., Kanive, P., Jewell, O., Jorgensen, S., Schallert, R., Carlisle, A., Pilly, J., Andrzejaczek, S., Wikelski, M., Hussey, R., Block, B., (2021), Ancillary data from animal-borne cameras as an ecological survey tool for marine communities, Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 168, , .
    • Byrnes, E., Lear, K., Brewster, L., Whitney, N., Smukall, M., Armstrong, N., Gleiss, A., (2021), Accounting for body mass effects in the estimation of field metabolic rates from body acceleration, Journal of Experimental Biology, 224, , .
    • Huveneers, C., Jaine, F., Barnett, A., Butcher, P., Clarke, T., Currey-Randall, L., Dwyer, R., Ferreira, L., Gleiss, A., Hoenner, X., Ierodiaconou, D., L??, E., Meekan, M., Pederson, H., Rizzari, J., van Ruth, P., Semmens, J., Taylor, M., Udyawer, V., Walsh, P., Heupel, M., Harcourt, R., (2021), The power of national acoustic tracking networks to assess the impacts of human activity on marine organisms during the COVID-19 pandemic, Biological Conservation, 256, , pages 108995 -.
    • Clarke, T., Whitmarsh, S., Hounslow, J., Gleiss, A., Payne, N., Huveneers, C., (2021), Using tri-axial accelerometer loggers to identify spawning behaviours of large pelagic fish, Movement Ecology, , , .
    • Lear, K., Morgan, D., Whitty, J., Beatty, S., Gleiss, A., (2021), Wet season flood magnitude drives resilience to dry season drought of a euryhaline elasmobranch in a dry-land river, Science of the Total Environment, 750, , pages 142234 -.
    • Byrnes, E., Lear, K., Morgan, D., Gleiss, A., (2020), Respirometer in a box: development and use of a portable field respirometer for estimating oxygen consumption of large-bodied fishes, Journal of Fish Biology, 2020, 96, pages 1045 - 1050.
    • Lear, K., Morgan, D., Whitty, J., Whitney, N., Byrnes, E., Beatty, S., Gleiss, A., (2020), Divergent field metabolic rates highlight the challenges of increasing temperatures and energy limitation in aquatic ectotherms, Oecologia, , , pages -.
    • Gleiss, A., Dale, J., Klinger, D., Estess, E., Gardner, L., Machado, B., Norton, A., Farwell, C., Block, B., (2019), Temperature dependent pre- and postprandial activity in Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis), Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 231, , pages 131 - 139.
    • Gleiss, A., Dale, J., Klinger, D., Estess, E., Gardner, L., Machado, B., Norton, A., Farwell, C., Block, B., (2019), Temperature dependent pre-and postprandial activity in Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis), Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 231, May 2019, pages 335 - 354.
    • Estess, E., Klinger, D., Coffey, D., Gleiss, A., Rowbotham, I., Seitz, A., Rodriguez, L., Norton, A., Block, B., Farwell, C., (2019), Bioenergetics of captive yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), Aquaculture, 468, 1 Feb 2017, pages 71 - 79.
    • Lear, K., Gleiss, A., Whitney, N., (2019), Metabolic rate and the impacts of external tag attachment on juvenile blacktip sharks Carcharhinus limbatus, Journal of Fish Biology, 93, 2, pages 391 - 395.
    • Andrzejaczek, S., Gleiss, A., Pattiarathi, C., Meekan, M., (2019), Patterns and drivers of vertical movements of the large fishes of the epipelagic., Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 29, 2, pages 335 - 354.
    • Hounslow, J., Brewster, L., Lear, K., Guttridge, T., Daly, R., Gleiss, A., (2019), Assessing the effects of sampling frequency on behavioural classification of accelerometer data, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 512, 2019, pages 22 - 30.
    • Lear, K., Gleiss, A., Whitty, J., Fazeldean, T., Albert, J., Green, N., Ebner, B., Thorburn, D., Beatty, S., Morgan, D., (2019), Recruitment of a critically endangered sawfsh into a riverinenursery depends on natural flow regimes, Scientific Reports, 9, 1, pages 17071 -.
    • Gleiss, A., Potvin, J., Goldbogen, J., (2019), Physical trade-off shape the evolution of buoyancy control in sharks, Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, 284, 1866, pages 20171345 -.
    • Andrzejaczek, S., Gleiss, A., Lear, K., Pattiarathi, C., Chapple, T., Meekan, M., (2019), Biologging tags reveal the links between fine-scale horizontal and vertical fine-scale movement behaviours of in tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier)., Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, May 2019, pages 299 -.
    • Lear, K., Whitney, N., Brewster, L., Morris, J., Hueter, R., Gleiss, A., (2019), Correlating metabolic rate and body acceleration in three species of coastal sharks under contrasting temperature regimes, Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 3, pages 397 - 407.
    • Gleiss, A., Roberts, S., Dale, J., Wilson, S., Block, B., (2019), Direct measurement of swimming and diving kinematics of giant Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)., Royal Society Open Science, 6, 5, pages 190203 -.
    • Brewster, L., Dale, J., Guttridge, T., Gruber, S., Hansell, A., Elliott, M., Cowx, I., Whitney, N., Gleiss, A., (2019), Development and Application of a Machine Learning Algorithm for Classification of Elasmobranch Behaviour from Accelerometry Data, Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 165, 4, pages 62 -.
    • Moxley, J., Kanive, P., Gleiss, A., Maughan, T., Bird, L., Jewell, O., Chapple, T., Gagne, T., White, C., Jorgensen, S., (2019), Deep learning accurately predicts white shark locomotor activity from depth data, Animal Biotelemetry, 7, 1, pages 1 - 13.
    • Jewell, O., Gleiss, A., Jorgensen, S., Andrzejaczek, S., Moxley, J., Beatty, S., Wikelski, M., Block, B., Chapple, T., (2019), Cryptic habitat use of white sharks in kelp forest revealed by animal-borne video, Biology Letters, 15, 4, pages 85 -.
    • Lear, K., Whitney, N., Brewster, L., Gleiss, A., (2019), Treading water: respirometer choice may hamper comparative studies of energetics in fishes., New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research: international journal of aquatic science, 70, 3, pages 437 - 448.
    • Lear, K., Poulakis, G., Scharer, R., Gleiss, A., Whitney, N., (2019), Fine-scale behavior and habitat use of the endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata): Insights from accelerometry, Fishery Bulletin, 117, 4, pages 348 - 359.
    • Lear, K., Whitney, N., Morgan, D., Brewster, L., Whitty, J., Poulakis, G., Scharer, R., Guttridge, T., Gleiss, A., (2019), Thermal performance responses in free-ranging elasmobranchs depend on habitat use and body size, Oecologia, 191, 4, pages 829 - 842.
    • Andrzejaczek, S., Gleiss, A., Pattiarathi, C., Meekan, M., (2018), First insights into the fine-scale movements of the sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus., Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, DEC, pages 483 -.
    • Andrzejaczek, S., Gleiss, A., Jordan, L., Pattiarathi, C., Howey, L., Brooks, E., Meekan, M., (2018), Temperature and the vertical movements of oceanic whitetip sharks., Scientific Reports, 8, 1, pages 8351 -.
    • Norman, B., Holmberg, J., Arzoumanian, Z., Wilson, R., Rob, D., Pierce, S., Gleiss, A., De La Parra, R., Galvan, B., Ramirez-Macias, D., Robinson, D., Fox, S., Graham, R., Rowat, D., POTENSKI, M., LEVINE, M., McKinney, J., Hoffmayer, E., Dove, A., Hueter, R., Ponzo, A., Araujo, G., Aca, E., David, D., Rees, R., Duncan, A., Rohner, C., Prebble, C., Hearn, A., Acuna-Marrero, D., Berumen, M., Vazquez, A., Green, J., Bach, S., Schmidt, J., Beatty, S., Morgan, D., (2017), Undersea constellations: the global biology of an endangered marine megavertebrate further informed through citizen science, BioScience: organisms from molecules to the environment, 67, 12, pages 1029 - 1043.
    • Whitty, J., Keleher, J., Ebner, B., Gleiss, A., Simpfendorfer, C., Morgan, D., (2017), Habitat use of a Critically Endangered elasmobranch, the largetooth sawfish Pristis pristis, in an intermittently flowing riverine nursery, Endangered Species Research: international and multidisciplinary journal, 34, , pages 211 - 227.
    • Morgan, D., Ebner, B., Allen, M., Gleiss, A., Beatty, S., Whitty, J., (2017), Habitat use and site fidelity of neonate and juvenile green sawfish Pristis zijsron in a nursery area in Western Australia, Endangered Species Research: international and multidisciplinary journal, 34, , pages 235 - 249.
    • Gleiss, A., Morgan, D., Whitty, J., Brewster, L., Keleher, J., Fossette, S., Hays, G., (2017), Are vertical migrations driven by circadian behaviour? Decoupling of activity and depth-use in a large riverine elasmobranch, the freshwater sawfish (Pristis pristis), Hydrobiologia: the international journal on limnology and marine sciences, 787, 1, pages 181 - 191.
    • Morgan, D., Somaweera, R., Gleiss, A., Beatty, S., Whitty, J., (2017), An upstream migration fought with danger: freshwater sawfish fending off sharks and crocodiles, Ecology, 98, 5, pages 1465 - 1467.
    • Whitney, N., White, C., Gleiss, A., Schwieterman, G., Anderson, P., Hueter, R., Skomal, G., (2016), A novel method for determining post-release mortality, behavior, and recovery period using acceleration data loggers, Fisheries Research, 183, , pages 210 - 221.
    • Ciancio, J., Venerus, L., Trobbiani, G., Beltramino, L., Gleiss, A., Wright, S., Norman, B., Holton, M., Wilson, R., (2016), Extreme roll angles in Argentine sea bass: Could refuge ease posture and buoyancy control of marine coastal fishes?, Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 163, , pages doi:10.1007/s00227-016-2869-z -.
    • Payne, N., Iosilevskii, G., Barnett, A., Fischer, C., Graham, R., Gleiss, A., Watanabe, Y., (2016), Great hammerhead sharks swim on their side to reduce transport costs, Nature Communications, 7, , pages -.
    • Hays, G., Ferreira, L., Sequeira, A., Meekan, M., Duarte, C., Bailey, H., Bailleul, F., Bowen, D., Caley, J., Costa, D., Eguíluz, V., Fossette, S., Friedlaender, A., Gales, N., Gleiss, A., Gunn, J., Harcourt, R., Hazen, E., Heithaus, M., Heupel, M., Horning, M., Jonsen, I., Kooyman, G., Lowe, C., Madsen, P., Marsh, H., Phillips, R., Righton, D., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Sato, K., Shaffer, S., Simpfendorfer, C., Sims, D., Skomal, G., Takahashi, A., Trathan, P., Wikelski, M., Womble, J., Thums, M., (2016), Key Questions in Marine Megafauna Movement Ecology, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31, 6, pages 463 - 475.
    • Whitmore, B., White, C., Gleiss, A., Whitney, N., (2016), A float-release package for recovering data-loggers from wild sharks, Journal of Experimental Biology, 475, , pages 49 - 53.
    • Whitney, N., Lear, K., Gaskins, L., Gleiss, A., (2016), The effects of temperature and swimming speed on the metabolic rate of the nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum, Bonaterre), Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 477, , pages 40 - 46.
    • Gleiss, A., Potvin, J., Keleher, J., Whitty, J., Morgan, D., Goldbogen, A., (2015), Mechanical challenges to freshwater residency in sharks and rays, Journal of Experimental Biology, 218, 7, pages 1099 - 1110.
    • Qasem, L., Cardew, A., Wilson, A., Griffiths, I., Halsey, L., Shepard, E., Gleiss, A., Wilson, R., (2012), Tri-axial dynamic acceleration as a proxy for animal energy expenditure; should we be summing values or calculating the vector?, PLoS One, 7, 2, pages -.

    Selected Refereed Journal Articles

    1. Gleiss A.C., Potvin J., Whitty J., Keleher J, Morgan D.T. , Goldbogen J. (2015) Mechanical challenges to freshwater residency in sharks and rays. Journal of Experimental Biology 
    2. Fossette S*., Gleiss A.C.*, Chalumeau J., Bastian T., Armstrong C.D.,Vandenabeele S., Karpytchev M., Hays G.C.  (2015) Current-oriented swimming by jellyfish in the absence of a fixed reference frame and the role in bloom maintenance. Current Biology *joint first author with equal contribution
    3. Fossette S., Schofield G., Lilley M. K.S., Gleiss A.C. &  Hays G.C. (2012) Acceleration data reveals the energy management strategy of a marine ectotherm during reproduction. Functional Ecology 26 (2): 324-333.  
    4. Fossette S., Gleiss A.C., Lewis A.R., Hays G.C. (2012) Does prey size matter? Novel observations of feeding in the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) allow a test of predator–prey size relationships. Biology Letters 8 (3): 351-354.
    5. Hays G.C., Hobson V.J., Fossette S., Bastian T., Gleiss A.C., Pade N. & Sims D.W. (2012) High activity and levy searches: jellyfish can search the water-column like fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B:279 (1728): 465-473.
    6. Gleiss A.C., Jorgensen J. Liebsch N.,,Block B.A., Campagna C., Grundy E., Hays G., Norman B. Quintana F., Sala J., Trites A., Wilson R.P. (2011) Convergent evolution in locomotory patterns of flying and swimming animals. Nature Communications 2: 352
    7. Gleiss A.C., Norman B. & Wilson R.P. (2011) Moved by that sinking feeling: variable diving geometry underlies movement strategies in whale sharks. Functional Ecology 25 (3): 595-607.
    8. Gleiss A.C., Shepard E.L.C. & Wilson R.P. (2011) Making Overall Dynamic Body Acceleration work: on the theory of acceleration as a proxy for energy expenditure. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2 (1): 23-33.

    Book Chapters

    1. Whitney N.M., Papastamatiou Y.P. & Gleiss A.C. (2012) Emerging techniques in physiological ecology of elasmobranchs in Biology of Sharks and their relatives III. Edited by Carrier J., Musick J., Heithaus M. (Invited book chapter). CRC Press, Boca Raton.