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    Jennifer Chaplin

    Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences

    Teaching area

    I am currently teaching and co-ordinating undergraduate units in the areas of ‘Marine Biology’ and ‘Genetics and Evolution’.

    Research areas

    My research area is ‘Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics’.  I am particularly interested in the following.

    1. Connectivity in marine fishes and invertebrates.

    2. Evolutionary histories of coastal marine fishes in southern Australia.

    3. Genetic implications of restocking and stock enhancement practices.

    4. The phylogeography of invertebrates in inland aquatic environments and the evolution of narrow range endemics.


    Current projects

    1. Genetic implications of restocking of the Western School Prawn in the Swan River Estuary.

    2. Genetic implications of culturing Australasian Snapper from wild-caught eggs.

    3. The effectiveness of using recreational fishers to monitor the fish fauna of Artificial Reefs.

    4. Phylogeography of inland ostracods and the evolution of narrow range endemics.



    Awards and grants

    My main current research grants are:

    1. FRDC (2013 – 2014). Co-investigator with N. Loneragan, J Tweedley, G Jenkins and K Trayler. Stock enhancement of the Western School Prawn (Metapenaues dalli) in the Swan-Canning Estuary.

    2. Challenger Institute of Technology, Fremantle (2013 – 2015). Principal Investigator with N. Loneragan and J Tweedley.  Genetic implications of stock enhancement of the Western School Prawn, Metapenaeus dalli, in the Swan River Estuary.

    3. Recfishwest (2014 – 2015). Joint Principal Investigator with Howard Gill. Can recreational fishers provide a cost effective means for monitoring artificial reefs?

    4. Challenger Institute of Technology, Fremantle (2015).  Genetic implications of culturing Australasian Snapper from wild-caught eggs.


    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Current PhD students

    Michelle Gardner. Population structures of Baldchin Groper and Pink Snapper in Western Australian waters. (Principal Supervisor).

    Stacy Blane. Sex-biased dispersal in elasmobranchs. (Principal Supervisor).

    Brain Poh.  Evaluating the population genetics, recruitment limitations and release strategies for Metapenaeus dalli in a stock enhancement program in the Swan-Canning Estuary. (Cosupervisor with Neil Loneragan and James Tweedley).

    Completed PhD students

    Nicole Phillips (2012) Conservation genetics of Pristis sawfishes in Australian waters. (Principal Supervisor).

    Glenn Moore (2012) Aspects of the evolutionary history of a pair of fish species (Arripidae Arripis) on either side a biogeographic barrier in southern Australian seas. (Principal Supervisor).

    Bryn Farmer (2008) Comparisons of the biological and genetic characteristics of the mulloway Argyrosomus japonicus (Sciaenidae) in different regions of Western Australia (Cosupervisor with Ian Potter and Norm Hall).

    Ertug Sezmis (2004) The population genetic structure of Portunus pelagicus in Australian waters. (Principal supervisor)

    Richard Hoddell (2003) A mtDNA study of aspects of the recent evolutionary history and phylogeographic structure of selected teleosts in coastal environments of south-western Australia. (Principal supervisor)

    Completed MSc students

    Elena Sulin (2012) The size, age compositions and growth of King George Whiting (Sillanginodes punctatus) in south-western Australia. (Cosupervisor with Alex Hesp and Norm Hall).





    • Poh, B., Tweedley, J., Chaplin, J., Trayler, K., Crisp, J., Loneragan, N., (2019), Influence of physico-chemical and biotic factors on the distribution of a penaeid in a temperate estuary, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 218, 5 Mar 2019, pages 70 - 85.
    • Poh, B., Tweedley, J., Chaplin, J., Trayler, K., Loneragan, N., (2018), Estimating predation rates of restocked individuals: The influence of timing-of-release on metapenaeid survival, Fisheries Research, 198, , pages 165 - 179.
    • Florisson, J., Tweedley, J., Walker, T., Chaplin, J., (2018), Reef vision: A citizen science program for monitoring the fish faunas of artificial reefs, Fisheries Research, 206, , pages 296 - 308.
    • Gardner, M., Chaplin, J., Potter, I., Fairclough, D., Jackson, L., (2017), The genetic structure of a marine teleost, Chrysophrys auratus, in a large, heterogeneous marine embayment, Environmental Biology of Fishes, , , pages -.
    • Partridge, G., Ginbey, B., Woolley, L., Fairclough, D., Crisafulli, B., Chaplin, J., Prokop, N., Dias, J., Bertram, A., Jenkins, G., (2017), Development of techniques for the collection and culture ofwild-caught fertilised snapper (Chrysophrys auratus) eggs for stockenhancement purposes, Fisheries Research, 186, , pages 524 - 530.
    • Phillips, N., Chaplin, J., Peverell, S., Morgan, D., (2017), Contrasting population structures of three Pristis sawfishes with different patterns of habitat use, Marine & Freshwater Research, 68, 3, pages 452 - 460.
    • Gardner, M., Chaplin, J., Potter, I., Fairclough, D., (2015), Pelagic early life stages promote connectivity in the demersal labrid Choerodon rubescens, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 2015, 472, pages 142 - 150.
    • Gardner, M., Chaplin, J., Phillips, N., (2014), Isolation and characterisation of novel microsatellite markers from Pagrus auratus and cross amplification in Acanthopagrusbutcheri, Conservation Genetics Resources, , 6, pages 155 - 157.
    • Moore, G., Chaplin, J., (2014), Contrasting demographic histories in a pair of allopatric, sibling species of fish (Arripidae) from environments with contrasting glacial histories, Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 161, 7, pages 1543 - 1555.
    • Gardner, M., Cottingham, A., Hesp, S., Chaplin, J., Jenkins, G., Phillips, N., Potter, I., (2013), Biological and Genetic Characteristics of Restocked and Wild Acanthopagrus butcheri (Sparidae) in a Southwestern Australian Estuary, Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture, 21, 42828, pages 441 - 453.
    • Moore, G., Chaplin, J., (2013), Population genetic structures of three congeneric species of coastal pelagic fishes (Arripis: Arripidae) with extensive larval, post-settlement and adult movements, Environmental Biology of Fishes, 96, 9, pages 1087 - 1099.
    • Phillips, N., Chaplin, J., Morgan, D., Peverell, S., (2011), Population genetic structure and genetic diversity of three critically endangered Pristis sawfishes in Australian waters, Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 158, 4, pages 903 - 915.
    • Morgan, D., Whitty, J., Phillips, N., Thorburn, D., Chaplin, J., McAuley, R., (2011), NORTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA AS A HOTSPOT FOR ENDANGERED ELASMOBRANCHS WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO SAWFISHES AND THE NORTHERN RIVER SHARK, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 94, 2, pages 345 - 358.
    • Phillips, N., Chaplin, J., Morgan, D., Peverell, S., (2009), Extraction and amplification of DNA from the dried rostra of sawfishes (Pristidae) for applications in conservation genetics, Pacific Conservation Biology: a journal dedicated to conservation and wildlife management in the Pacific region, 15, , pages 128 - 134.
    • Hall, N., Chaplin, J., Potter, I., Partridge, G., Sarre, G., Jenkins, G., (2004), Comparisons between the growth of Acanthopagrus butcheri cultured from broodstock from two estuarine populations that are reproductively isolated and differ markedly in growth rate, Aquaculture, 231, , pages 51 - 58.
    • Brady, D., Steenkamp, L., Skein, E., Chaplin, J., Reddy, S., (2004), Optimisation of the enantioselective biocatalytic hydrolysis of naproxen ethyl ester using ChiroCLEC-CR, Enzyme And Microbial Technology, 34, , pages 283 - 291.
    • Yap, E., Sezmis, E., Chaplin, J., Potter, I., Spencer, P., (2002), Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Portunus pelagicus (Crustacea: Portunidae)., Molecular Ecology Resources, 2, , pages 30 - 32.
    • Yap, E., Spencer, P., Chaplin, J., Potter, I., (2000), The estuarine teleost, Acanthopagrus butcheri (Sparidae), shows low levels of polymorphism at five microsatellite loci, Molecular Ecology, 9, 12, pages 2225 - 2226.
    • Chaplin, J., Baudains, G., Gill, H., McCulloch, R., Potter, I., (1998), Are assemblages of black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) in different estuaries genetically distinct?, International Journal of Salt Lake Research, 6, , pages 303 - 321.


    • Magni, P., Massaro, L., Borrini, M., Morton, B., Chaplin, J., Dadour, I., (2017),The things that you find fishing: the forensic investigation of a human skull from the sea,In: American Academy of Forensic Science.