Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Hale, R., S. E. Swearer, M. Sievers, R. Coleman (2019) Balancing biodiversity outcomes and pollution management in urban stormwater treatment wetlands, Journal of Environmental Management 233:302-307 (DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.12.064).


  1. Thomas, O. R. B., S. E. Swearer, E. A. Kapp, P. Peng, G. Q. Tonkin-Hill, A. Papenfuss, A. Roberts, P. Bernard, B. R. Roberts (2018) The inner ear proteome of fish, FEBS Journal (DOI:10.1111/febs.14715).
  2. Strain, E. M. A., K. A. Alexander, S. Keinker, R. Morris, R. Jarvis, R. A. Coleman, B. Bollard, L. Firth, A. M. Knights., J. H. Grabowski, L. Airoldi, B. K. K. Chan, S. Y. Chee, Z. Cheng, R. Coutinho, R. G. de Menezes, M. Ding, Y. Dong, C. M. L Fraser, A. G. Gómez, J. A. Juanes, P. Mancuso, L. V. R. Messano, L. P. D. Naval-Xavier, S. Scyphers, P. Steinberg, P. F. Valdor, J. X. Y. Wong, J. Yee, M. J. Bishop (2018) Urban blue: A global analysis of the factors shaping people’s perceptions of the marine environment and ecological engineering in harbours, Science of The Total Environment 658 (DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.285).
  3. Brown, T., R. Coleman., S. E. Swearer, R. Hale (2018) Behavioral responses to, and fitness consequences from, an invasive species are life-stage dependent in a threatened native fish, Biological Conservation 228:10-16 (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.10.003).
  4. Barrett, L. T., S. E. Swearer, T. Dempster (2018) Impacts of marine and freshwater aquaculture on wildlife: a global meta-analysis, Reviews in Aquaculture (DOI:10.1111/RAQ.12277).
  5. Komyakova, V., S. E. Swearer (2018)Contrasting patterns in habitat selection and recruitment of temperate reef fishes among natural and artificial reefs, Marine Environmental Research (DOI:10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.11.005).
  6. Hale, R., M. A. Colton, P. Peng, S. E. Swearer (2018) Do spatial scale and life history affect fish-habitat relationships?, Journal of Animal Ecology (DOI:10.1111/1365-2656.12924).
  7. Shima, J. S., S. E. Swearer (2018) Moonlight enhances growth in larval fish, Ecology (DOI:10.1002/ecy.2563).
  8. Strain, E. M. A, R. Morris, M. J. Bishop, E. L. Tanner, P. Steinberg, S. E. Swearer, C. MacLeod, K. A. Alexander (2018) Building blue infrastructure: Assessing the key environmental issues and priority areas for ecological engineering initiatives in Australia’s metropolitan embayments, Journal of Environmental Management 230:488-496 (DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.09.047).
  9. Jenkins, G.P., J. A. Kent, R. J. Woodland, F.Y. Warry, S. E. Swearer, P. L. M. Cook (2018) Delayed timing of successful spawning of an estuarine dependent fish, black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri, Journal of Fish Biology 93(5) (DOI:10.1111/jfb.13806).
  10. Sievers, M., R. Hale, S. E. Swearer, K. M. Parris (2018)Frog occupancy of polluted wetlands in urban landscapes, Conservation Biology (DOI:10.1111/cobi.13210).
  11. Barrett, L. T., S. E. Swearer, T. Harboe, Ø. Karlsen, S. Meier, T. Dempster (2018) Limited evidence for differential reproductive fitness of wild Atlantic cod in two areas of high and low salmon farming density, Aquaculture Environment Interactions 10 (DOI:10.3354/aei00275).
  12. Hale, R., R. Coleman, M. Sievers, T. Brown, S. E. Swearer (2018) Using conservation behavior to manage ecological traps for a threatened freshwater fish Ecosphere 9(8):e02381 (DOI:10.1002/ecs2.2381).
  13. Pert, C.G., S. E. Swearer, S. Dworjanyn, N. Kriegisch, G. M. Turchini, D. Francis, T. Dempster (2018) Barrens of gold: gonad conditioning of an overabundant sea urchin, Aquaculture Environment Interactions 10 (DOI:10.3354/aei00274).
  14. Sievers, M., R. Hale, S. E. Swearer, K. M. Parris (2018) Contaminant mixtures interact to impair predator-avoidance behaviours and survival in a larval amphibian, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 167:482-488 (DOI:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2018.06.028).
  15. Shelley, J. J., S. E. Swearer, M. Adams, T. Dempster, M.C. Le Feuvre, M. P. Hammer, P. Unmack, (2018) Cryptic biodiversity in the freshwater fishes of the Kimberley endemism hotspot, northwestern Australia, Molecular Phylogenetics 127 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.06.032).
  16. R. Nolasco, I. Gomes, L. Peteiro, R. Albuquerque, T. Luna, J. Dubert, S. E. Swearer & H. Queiroga (2018) Independent estimates of marine population connectivity are more concordant when accounting for uncertainties in larval origins, Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 2461 (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-19833-w).
  17. Warren-Myers, F., T. Dempster, S. E. Swearer, (2018) Otolith mass marking techniques for aquaculture and restocking: benefits and limitations, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, (DOI: 10.1007/s11160-018-9515-4).
  18. Sievers, M., K. M. Parris, S. E. Swearer, R. Hale (2018) Stormwater wetlands can function as ecological traps for urban frogs, Ecological Applications (DOI: 10.1002/eap.1714).
  19. Morris, R. L., T. M. Konlechner, M. Ghisalberti, S. E. Swearer (2018) From grey to green: Efficacy of eco-engineering solutions for nature-based coastal defence, Global Change Biology 24(5) 1827-1842  (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14063).


  1. Shima, J. S., E. G. Nunberg, S. E. Swearer, S. H. Alonzo, C. W. Osenberg (2017) Born at the right time? A conceptual framework linking reproduction, development, and settlement in reef fish, Ecology 99(1) 116-126  (DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2048).
  2. Sievers, M., R. Hale, K. M. Parris, S. E. Swearer, (2017) Impacts of human‐induced environmental change in wetlands on aquatic animals, Biological Reviews 93(1): 529-554 (DOI:DOI: 10.1111/brv.12358).
  3. Warren-Myers, F., B. A. Ingram, T. Dempster, S. E. Swearer, (2017) Enriched stable isotope marking of hatchery trout via immersion: A method to monitor restocking success, Fisheries Research 197 (DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2017.09.011).
  4. Williams, J., J. S. Hindell, G. P.  Jenkins, S. Tracey, K. Hartmann, S. E. Swearer, (2017) The influence of freshwater flows on two estuarine resident fish species show differential sensitivity to the impacts of drought, flood and climate change. Environmental Biology of Fishes (2017): 1-17.
  5. Reimer, T., T. Dempster, A. Wargelius, P. G. Fjelldal, T. Hansen, K. A. Glover, M. F. Solberg, S. E. Swearer (2017) Rapid growth causes abnormal vaterite formation in farmed fish otoliths. Journal of Experimental Biology (2017): jeb-148056.
  6. Fobert, E. K., S. E. Swearer (2017) The nose knows: linking sensory cue use, settlement decisions, and post‑settlement survival in a temperate reef fish. Oecologia 183(4):1041–105 (DOI: 10.1007/s00442-017-3843-2).
  7. Hale, R., J. J. Piggott, S. E. Swearer (2017) Describing and understanding behavioral responses to multiple stressors and multiple stimuli. Ecology and Evolution 7(1):38-47 (DOI:10.1002/ece3.2609).
  8. Thomas, O. R. B, K. Ganio, B. R. Roberts, S. E . Swearer (2017) Trace element-protein interactions in endolymph from the inner ear of fish: implications for environmental reconstructions using fish otolith chemistry. Metallomics (DOI:10.1039/C6MT00189K).


  1. Albuquerque, R., H. Queiroga, S.E. Swearer, R. Calado, S.M. Leandro, (2016) Harvest locations of goose barnacles can be successfully discriminated using trace elemental signatures, Scientific Reports 6: 27787 (DOI: 10.1038/srep27787).

  2.  Black, K.P, A.R. Longmore, P.A. Hamer, R. Lee, S. E. Swearer, G. P. Jenkins, (2016) Linking nutrient inputs, phytoplankton composition, zooplankton dynamics and the recruitment of pink snapper, Chrysophrys auratus, in a temperate bay, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 183(A): 150-162 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.10.032).

  3. Ford. J.R., J.S. Shima, S.E. Swearer (2016)  Interactive effects of shelter and conspecific density shape mortality, growth, and condition in juvenile reef fish, Ecology 97(6): 1373-1380 (DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1436).

  4. Gomes, I, L. G. Peteiro, R. Albuquerque, R. Nolasco, J. Dubert, S.E. Swearer, H. Queiroga, (2016) Wandering mussels: Using natural tags to identify connectivity patterns among Marine Protected Areas, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 552:159-176 (DOI:10.3354/meps11753).

  5. Hale, R. J.R. Morrongiello, S. E. Swearer (2016)  Evolutionary traps and range shifts in a rapidly changing world, Biology Letters 12(6): 20160003 (DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0003).

  6. Hale, R. and S. E. Swearer (2016) When good animals love bad restored habitats: How maladaptive habitat selection can constrain restoration, Journal of Applied Ecology, (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12829)

  7. Hale, R. and S. E. Swearer (2016) Ecological traps: current evidence and future directions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 283:20152647.

  8. Le Feuvre, M. C., T. Dempster, J. J. Shelley, and S. E. Swearer (2016) Macroecological relationships reveal conservation hotspots and extinction-prone species in Australia’s freshwater fishes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25:176-186.

  9. Reimer, R. T. Dempster, F. Warren-Myers, A.J. Jensen, S.E. Swearer (2016) High prevalence of vaterite in sagittal otoliths causes hearing impairment in farmed fish, Scientific Reports 6: 25249 (DOI: 10.1038/srep25249).

  10. Shima, J. S., and S. E. Swearer (2016) Evidence and population consequences of shared larval dispersal histories in a marine fish. Ecology 97:25-31.

  11. Thomas, O. R. B., N. C. Barbee, K. Hassell, and S. E. Swearer (2016) Smell no evil: Copper disrupts the alarm chemical response in a diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 35(9): 2209-2214. (DOI: 10.1002/etc.3371).


  1. Hale, R., R. Coleman, V. Pettigrove, and S. E. Swearer (2015) Identifying, preventing and mitigating ecological traps to improve the management of urban aquatic ecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology 52(4): 928-939.

  2. Hale, R., E. A. Treml, and S. E. Swearer,  Evaluating the metapopulation consequences of ecological traps. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences (DOI:10.1098/rspb.2014.2930).

  3. Noonburg, E. G., A. Chen, J. S. Shima, and S. E. Swearer (2015) Demographic heterogeneity and the dynamics of open populations. Ecology 96:1159–1165. (DOI: 10.1890/14-1531.1).

  4. Shima, J. S., E. G. Noonburg, and S. E. Swearer (2015). Consequences of variable larval dispersal pathways and resulting phenotypic mixtures to the dynamics of marine metapopulations. Biology Letters 11:20140778.

  5. Treml, E. A., J. R. Ford, K. P. Black, and S. E. Swearer (2015) Identifying the key biophysical drivers, connectivity outcomes, and metapopulation consequences of larval dispersal in the sea. Movement Ecology 3:17.

  6. Warren-Myers, F., T. Dempster, P. G. Fjelldall, T. Hansen, A. J. Jensen, and S. E. Swearer (2015) Mass marking farmed Atlantic salmon with transgenerational isotopic fingerprints to trace farm fish escapees. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 7: 75-87.

  7. Warren-Myers, F., T. Dempster, P. G. Fjelldall, T. Hansen, A. J. Jensen, and S. E. Swearer (2015) Immersion during egg swelling results in rapid uptake of stable isotope markers in salmonid otoliths. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72(5): 722-727(DOI:10.1139/cjfas-2014-0390).

  8. Warren-Myers, F., T. Dempster, P. G. Fjelldall, T. Hansen, A. J. Jensen, and S. E. Swearer (2015) An industry-scale mass marking technique for tracing farmed fish escapees. PLoS ONE 10(3):e0118594(DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0118594). 


  1. Barbee, N. C., K. Ganio, and S. E. Swearer (2014) Integrating multiple bioassays to detect and assess impacts of sublethal exposure to metal mixtures in an estuarine fish. Aquatic Toxicology 152:244-255.
  2. de Braux, E., F. Warren-Myers, T. Dempster, P. G. Fjelldal, T. Hansen, and S. E. Swearer (2014) Osmotic induction improves batch marking of larval fish otoliths with enriched stable isotopes. ICES Journal of Marine Science (doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu091).
  3. Hale, R., N. C. Barbee, and S. E. Swearer (2014) Assessing the likely responses by fishes to stream bank rehabilitation in a large, urban estuary. Austral Ecology 39:479-489.
  4. Murphy, H. M., F. W. Warren-Myers, G. P. Jenkins, P. A. Hamer, and S. E. Swearer (2014) Variability in size-selective mortality obscures the importance of larval traits to recruitment success in a temperate marine fish. Oecologia 175:1201-1210.
  5. Sraj, L. O., M. I. G. S. Almeida, S. E. Swearer, S. D. Kolev, and I. D. McKelvie (2014) Analytical challenges and advantages of using flow-based methodologies for ammonia determination in estuarine and marine waters. TRAC- Trends in Analytical Chemistry 59:83-92.
  6. Warren-Myers, F., T. Dempster, P. G. Fjelldall, T. Hansen, A. J. Jensen, and S. E. Swearer (2014) Stable isotope marking of otolith during vaccination: a novel method for mass-marking fish. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 5:143-154.


  1. Barbee, N. C., A. Greig, and S. E. Swearer (2013) Validating the use of embryonic fish otoliths as recorders of sublethal exposure to copper in estuarine sediments. Environmental Pollution 178: 441-446.
  2. Ceccarelli, D. M., A. D. McKinnon, S. Andréfouët, V. Allain, J. Young, D. C. Gledhill, A. Flynn, N. J. Bax, R. Beaman, P. Borsa, R. Brinkman, R. H. Bustamante, R. Campbell, M. Cappo, S. Cravatte, S. D’Agata, C. M. Dichmont, P. K. Dunstan, C. Dupouy, G. Edgar, R. Farman, M. Furnas, C. Garrigue, T. Hutton, M. Kulbicki, Y. Letourneur, D. Lindsay, C. Menkes, D. Mouillot, V. Parravicini, C. Payri, B. Pelletier, B. Richer de Forges, K. Ridgway, M. Rodier, S. Samadi, D. Schoeman, T. Skewes, S. E. Swearer, L. Vigliola, L. Wantiez, A. Williams, A. Williams, A. J. Richardson (2013) The Coral Sea: physical environment, ecosystem status and biodiversity assets. Advances in Marine Biology 66: 213-290.
  3. Ferguson, E., M. Allinson, G. Allinson, S. E. Swearer, and K. Hassell (2013) Fluctuations in natural and synthetic estrogen concentrations in a tidal estuary in south-eastern Australia. Water Research 47:1604-1615.
  4. Ford, J. R., and S. E. Swearer (2013) Two’s company, three’s a crowd: food and shelter limitation outweigh the benefits of group living in a shoaling fish. Ecology 94:1069-1077.
  5. Ford, J. R., and S. E. Swearer (2013) Shoaling behaviour enhances risk of predation from multiple predator guilds in a marine fish. Oecologia 172:387-397.
  6. Kemp, J., G. P. Jenkins, and S. E. Swearer (2013) Assessing the intrinsic resilience of a particularly fast growing teleost prey species (red cod, Pseudophyscis bachus). Marine and Freshwater Research 64:130-138.
  7. Leis, J. M., J. E. Caselle, I. R. Bradbury, T. Kristiansen, J. K. Llopiz, M. J. Miller, M. I. O’Connor, C. B. Paris, A. L. Shanks, S. M. Sogard, S. E. Swearer, E. A. Treml, R. D. Vetter, and R. R. Warner (2013) Does fish larval dispersal differ between high and low latitudes? Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 280: DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0327.
  8. Murphy, H. M., G. P. Jenkins, P. A. Hamer, and S. E. Swearer (2013) Interannual variation in larval abundance and growth in snapper Chrysophrys auratus (Sparidae) in related to prey availability and temperature. Marine Ecology Progress Series 487:151-162.
  9. Neubauer, P., J. S. Shima, and S. E. Swearer (2013) Inferring dispersal and migrations form incomplete geochemical baselines: analysis of population structure using Bayesian infinite mixture models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4:836-845.
  10. Williams, J., G. P. Jenkins, J. S. Hindell, and S. E. Swearer (2013) Linking freshwater flows with the distribution of black bream, Acanthopagrus butcheri, larvae and their prey in a drought affected estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series 483:273-287.


  1. Chiaradia, A., M. G. Forero, K. A. Hobson, E. Swearer, F. Hume, L. Renwick, and P. Dann (2012) Diet segregation between two colonies of little penguins Eudyptula minor in southeast Australia. Austral Ecology 37:529-632.
  2. Colton, M. A., and S. E. Swearer (2012) Locating faunal breaks in the nearshore fish assemblage of Victoria, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 63:218-231.
  3. Kemp, J., G. P. Jenkins, and S. E. Swearer (2012) The reproductive strategy of red cod, Pseudophycis bachus, a key prey species for high trophic-level predators. Fisheries Research 125-126:161-172.
  4. Murphy, H. M., G. P. Jenkins, P. A. Hamer, and S. E. Swearer (2012) Interannual variation in larval survival of snapper (Chrysophrys auratus, Sparidae) is linked to diet breadth and prey availability. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69:1340-1351.
  5. Semmens, D., and S. E. Swearer (2012) Trade-offs obscure the relationship between egg size and larval traits in the diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 461:165-174.
  6. Williams, J., J. S. Hindell, S. E. Swearer, and G. P. Jenkins (2012) Influence of freshwater flows on the distribution of eggs and larvae of black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri within a drought-affected estuary. Journal of Fish Biology 80:2281-2301.


  1. Barbee, N. C., R. Hale, J. Morrongiello, A. Hicks, D. Semmens, B. J. Downes, and S. E. Swearer (2011) Large-scale variation in life-history traits of the widespread diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus, reflects geographic differences in local environmental conditions. Marine and Freshwater Research 62:790-800.
  2. Beer, N. A., S. R. Wing, and S. E. Swearer (2011) Otolith elemental evidence for spatial structuring in a temperate reef fish population. Marine Ecology Progress Series 442:217-227.
  3. Hunt, T. L., J. R. Ford, and S. E. Swearer (2011) Ecological determinants of recruitment to populations of a temperate reef fish, Trachinops caudimaculatus (Plesiopidae). Marine and Freshwater Research 62:502-509.
  4. Jung, C. A., and S. E. Swearer (2011) Reactions of temperate reef fish larvae to boat sound. Aquatic Conservation- Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 21:389-396.
  5. Jung, C. A., and S. E. Swearer (2011) Identification of discrete and ecologically relevant types of ichthyo-habitat at two spatial scales for process-based marine planning. Aquatic Biology 12:187-196.
  6. Jung, C. A., P. D. Dwyer, M. Minnegal, and S. E. Swearer (2011) Perceptions of environmental change over more than six decades in two groups of people interacting with the environment of Port Phillip Bay, Australia. Ocean and Coastal Management 54:93-99.
  7. Kemp, J., S. E. Swearer, G. P. Jenkins, and S. Robertson (2011) Otolith chemistry is more accurate than otolith shape in identifying cod species (genus Pseudophycis) in the diet of Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68:1732-1743.
  8. Murphy, H. M., G. P. Jenkins, P. A. Hamer, and S. E. Swearer (2011) Diel vertical migration related to foraging success in snapper Chrysophrys auratus larvae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 433:185-194.
  9. Semmens, D., and S. E. Swearer (2011) Extended incubation affects larval morphology, hatching success and starvation resistance in a terrestrially spawning fish, Galaxias maculatus (Jenyns 1842). Journal of Fish Biology 79:980-990.


  1. Colton, M. A., and S. E. Swearer (2010) A comparison of two survey methods: differences between underwater visual census and baited remote underwater video. Marine Ecology Progress Series 400:19-36.
  2. Crean, A. J., S. E. Swearer, and H. M. Patterson (2010) Larval supply is a good predictor of recruitment in endemic but not non-endemic fish populations at a high latitude coral reef. Coral Reefs 29:137-143.
  3. Hicks, A. S., G. P. Closs, and S. E. Swearer (2010) Otolith microchemistry of two amphidromous galaxiids across an experimental salinity gradient: A multielement approach for tracking diadromous migrations. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 394:86-97.
  4. Hicks, A., N. C. Barbee, S. E. Swearer, and B. J. Downes (2010) Estuarine geomorphology and low salinity requirement for fertilisation influence spawning site location in the diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus. Marine and Freshwater Research 61:1252-1258.
  5. Jung, C. A., S. E. Swearer, and G. P. Jenkins (2010) Changes in diversity in the fish assemblage of a southern Australian embayment: consistent spatial structuring at decadal scales. Marine and Freshwater Research 61:1425-1434.
  6. Marshall, D. J., K. Monro, M. Bode, M. J. Keough, and S. E. Swearer (2010) Phenotype-environment mismatches reduce connectivity in the sea. Ecology Letters 13:128-140.
  7. Neubauer, P., J. S. Shima, and S. E. Swearer (2010) Scale-dependent variability in hatchling otolith chemistry: implications and solutions for studies of population connectivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 415:263-274.
  8. Shima, J. S., and S. E. Swearer (2010) The legacy of dispersal: larval experience shapes persistence later in the life of a reef fish. Journal of Animal Ecology 79:1308-1314.
  9. Smith, J. E., P. I. Macreadie, and S. E. Swearer (2010) An osmotic induction method for externally marking a saltwater fish (Stigmatopora argus and Stigmatopora nigra K.) with Calcein. Journal of Fish Biology 76:1055-1060.
  10. Swearer, S. E., and J. S. Shima (2010) Regional variation in larval retention and dispersal drives recruitment patterns in a temperate reef fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 417:229-236.


  1. Hale, R., S. E. Swearer, and B. J. Downes (2009) Separating natural responses from experimental artifacts: habitat selection by a diadromous fish species using odours from conspecifics and natural stream water. Oecologia 159:679-687.
  2. Hale, R., S. E. Swearer, and B. J. Downes (2009) Is settlement at small spatial scales by diadromous fish from the Family Galaxiidae likely to be passive or active in a small coastal river? Marine and Freshwater Research 60(9):971-975.
  3. Jung, C. A., N. C. Barbee, and S. E. Swearer (2009) Post-settlement migratory behaviour and growth-related costs in two diadromous fish species, Galaxias maculatus and Galaxias brevipinnis. Journal of Fish Biology 75(3):503-515.
  4. Shima, J. S., and S. E. Swearer (2009) Larval quality is shaped by matrix effects: implications for connectivity in a marine metapopulation. Ecology 90(5):1255-1267.
  5. Shima, J. S, and E. Swearer (2009) Spatially variable larval histories may shape recruitment rates of a temperate reef fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 394:223-229.
  6. Zacherl, D. C., S. G. Morgan, S. E. Swearer, and R. R. Warner (2009) A shell of its former self: Can Ostrea lurida Carpenter 1864 larval shells reveal information about a recruit’s birth location? Journal of Shellfish Research 28(1): 23-32


  1. Björkman-Chiswell, B. T., E. van Wilgenberg, M. L. Thomas, S. E. Swearer, and M. A. Elgar (2008) Absence of aggression but not nestmate recognition in an Australian population of the Argentine ant Linepithema humile. Insectes Sociaux, 55:207-212.
  2. Hale, R., and S. E. Swearer (2008) Otolith microstructural and microchemical changes associated with settlement in the diadromous fish Galaxias maculatus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 354:229-234.
  3. Hale, R., B. J. Downes, and S. E. Swearer (2008) Habitat selection as a source of inter-specific differences in recruitment of two diadromous fish species. Freshwater Biology 53:2145-2157.
  4. Patterson, H. M., and S. E. Swearer (2008) Origin of yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi, from Lord Howe Island, Australia. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 42:409-416.


  1. Barbee, N. C., and S. E. Swearer (2007) Characterizing natal source population signatures in the diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus, using embryonic otolith chemistry. Marine Ecology Progress Series 343:273-282.
  2. Lindsay, M. J., H. M. Patterson, and S. E. Swearer (2007) Habitat as a surrogate measure of reef fish diversity in the zoning of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park, Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 353:265-273.
  3. McLean, F., S. E. Swearer, and N. C. Barbee (2007) The role of olfaction in the avoidance of native versus non-native predators by recruits of the common galaxiid, Galaxias maculatus. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 41:175-184.
  4. Patterson, H. M., and S. E. Swearer (2007) Long distance dispersal and local retention as mechanisms of recruitment in an island population of a coral reef fish. Austral Ecology 32:122-130.
  5. Patterson, H. M., M. Lindsay, and S. E. Swearer (2007) Sonar transects: an improved method for underwater visual surveys of reef fishes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 78:291-297.


  1. Hamilton, S. L., J. E. White, J. E. Caselle, S. E. Swearer, and R. R. Warner (2006) Consistent long-term spatial gradients in replenishment for an island population of a coral reef fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 306:247-256.


  1. Metcalf, S. J., and S. E. Swearer (2005) Non-destructive ageing in the bluethroat wrasse, Notolabrus tetricus, using dorsal spines with an emphasis on the benefits for protected, endangered, and fished species. Journal of Fish Biology 66:1740-1747.
  2. Warner, R. R., S. E. Swearer, J. E. Caselle, M. Sheehy, and G. Paradis (2005) Natal trace-elemental signatures in the otoliths of an open-coast fish. Limnology and Oceanography 50:1529-1542.
  3. Woodhead, J., S. E. Swearer, J. Hergt, and R. Maas (2005) In situ Sr-isotope analysis of carbonates by LA-MC-ICP-MS: interference corrections, high spatial resolution and an example from otolith studies. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 20:22-27.


  1. Swearer, S. E., G. E. Forrester, M. A. Steele, A. J. Brooks, and D. W. Lea (2003) Spatio-temporal and interspecific variation in otolith trace-elemental fingerprints in a temperate estuarine fish assemblage. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science 56:1111-1123.
  2. Forrester, G. E., and S. E. Swearer (2002) Trace elements in otoliths indicate the use of open-coast versus bay nursery habitats by juvenile California halibut. Marine Ecology Progress Series 241:201-213.
  3. Harlan, J. A., S. E. Swearer, R. R. Leben, and C. A. Fox (2002) Surface circulation in a Caribbean island wake. Continental Shelf Research 22:417-434.
  4. Swearer, S. E., J. S. Shima, M. E. Hellberg, S. R. Thorrold, G. P. Jones, D. R. Robertson, S. G. Morgan, K. A. Selkoe, G. M. Ruiz, and R. R. Warner (2002) Evidence of self-recruitment in demersal marine populations. Bulletin of Marine Science 70(1) Suppl:251-271.
  5. Thorrold, S. R., G. P. Jones, M. E. Hellberg, R. S. Burton, S. E. Swearer, J. E. Niegel, S. G. Morgan, and R. R. Warner (2002) Quantifying larval retention and connectivity in marine populations with artificial and natural markers. Bulletin of Marine Science 70(1) Suppl:291-308.
  6. Warner, R. R., S. E. Swearer, and J. E. Caselle (2000) Larval accumulation and retention: Implications for the design of marine reserves and essential fish habitat. Bulletin of Marine Science 66:821-830.
  7. Robertson, D. R., S. E. Swearer, K. Kaufman, and E. B. Brothers (1999) Settlement vs. environmental dynamics in a pelagic-spawning reef fish at Caribbean Panama. Ecological Monographs 69(2):195-218.
  8. Swearer, S. E. and D. R. Robertson (1999) Life history, pathology, and description of Kudoa ovivora sp. (Myxozoa, Myxosporea): An ovarian parasite of Caribbean labroid fishes. Journal of Parasitology 85(2):337-353.
  9. Swearer, S. E., J. E. Caselle, D. W. Lea, and R. R. Warner (1999) Larval retention and recruitment in an island population of a coral reef fish. Nature 402:799-802.
  10. Lang, N., S. E. Swearer, and W. Q. Sturner (1994) Human postmortem interval estimation from vitreous potassium: An analysis of original data from six different studies. Forensic Science International 66:159-174.
  11. Warner, R. R and S. E. Swearer (1991) Social control of sex change in the bluehead wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum (Pisces: Labridae). Biological Bulletin 181:199-204

Technical Reports

  1. Hale R, N. C. Barbee, and S. E. Swearer (2012) Assessing habitat requirements for fish and bank habitat conditions in the estuaries of the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers as the basis for prioritising rehabilitation works. Project Report. Melbourne Water.
  2. Hale R, N. C. Barbee, and S. E. Swearer (2012) Assessing fish responses to habitat rehabilitation in the Yarra River estuary. Scoping Study Report. Melbourne Water.
  3. Barbee, N. and S. E. Swearer (2011) Validating the use of otoliths from embryos of native fish to detect exposure to copper in estuarine sediments. CAPIM Technical Report #11. 19p.
  4. Barbee, N. and S. E. Swearer (2010) Assessing shallow estuarine habitat use by benthic fish: implication for estuary bank restoration. Final Project Report. Melbourne Water, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 41p.
  5. Colton, M. and S. E. Swearer (2009) The conservation status of reef fish communities in Victorian waters. Final Project Report, Regional Catchment Investment Plan. Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management Authority, Frankston, Victoria, Australia. 50p.
  6. Jung, C. and S. E. Swearer (2009) Managing the health of reef fish communities. Final Project Report, Regional Catchment Investment Plan. Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management Authority, Frankston, Victoria, Australia. 15p.
  7. Swearer, S. E., K. Black, and G. Symonds (2009) Understanding larval dispersal and the inter-connected wave and wind-driven circulation at Lord Howe Island: numerical modelling, empirical observations, and model validation. Final Project Report. NSW Marine Parks Authority.
  8. Nishimoto, M. M., and S. E. Swearer (1999) Otolith microchemistry links pelagic juvenile rockfishes to distinct water masses. In The ecological role of natural reefs and oil and gas production platforms on rocky reef fishes in southern California: Final interim report. (eds. Love, M., M. Nishimoto, D. Shroeder, and J. Caselle) 3C1-3C3 (U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, USGS/BRD/CR-1999-007).