Conservation Biology Marine Science Marine Turtle Mark-Recapture Migratory Species Monitoring Satellite Telemetry Stable Isotopes


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Profile

My research interests are centred in life history evolution and conservation biology of vertebrates, with specific interests in how fluctuating environments can influence population dynamics.  The approach has two components - (1) development of testable predictions based on life history models, and (2) testing of the predictions with field-collected data by application of modern mathematical and statistical methods.  To fulfil these objectives, I maintain active interests in many research domains, including: conservation ecology, wildlife management, evolutionary ecology, foraging behaviour, resource partitioning, allometry of growth and reproduction, stage-structured population models, bio-chronology, quantitative methods in ecology, life history theory, population viability analysis, meta-analysis, risk analysis, advances in mark-recapture methodology, migratory species, long-term population dynamics, integrated catchment management, invasive species, stable isotope analysis, satellite telemetry, and adaptive management.


Expertise

Active involvement in sea turtle research since 1979.  Research or consulting projects on loggerhead turtles in Georgia, Florida, Australia, and Oman; leatherback turtles in Puerto Rico and French Guiana; hawksbill turtles in Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Australia; olive ridley turtles in Costa Rica, French Guiana, and India; Kemp’s ridleys in Florida; green turtles in Puerto Rico, Australia, and Malaysia; flatback turtles in Australia.  Member: IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, International Sea Turtle Society, former Florida Marine Turtle Permit Holder.


Brief CV

ACADEMIC      

2013          Adjunct Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory

2003          Courtesy Associate Professor, Univ. Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Dept.

2001          Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado State Univ., College of Natural Resources

2000          Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Canberra, Institute for Applied Ecology

1997          Ph.D. Zoology, Univ. Queensland                     

1989          M.S. Zoology, Univ. Georgia

1979          B.S. Biology, Georgia Southern College (Biological Oceanography)

 

Professional Positions

2013-18     Senior Research Scientist, Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife. 

2012-13      Senior Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida

2005-13      Program Manager, Sea Turtle Conservation and Research, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida

2003-11      Staff Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida

2002          Research Officer, Environmental Statistics, Distance Learning Courses, Univ. Canberra

2001          Biologist, US Geological Survey, Brown Treesnake Research and Control, Guam

1999          Consultant - Freshwater Ecology, Queensland Department of Natural Resources

1997-00      Senior Conservation Officer, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

1992-97      Research Scholarship, Departmental Tutor - Univ. Queensland

1991-92      Research Biologist, Queensland Dept. of Environment and Heritage

1989-91      Research Technician, Univ. Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

1987-89      Graduate Teaching Assistant, Univ. Georgia

1985-87      Wildlife Technician, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Culebra Wildlife Refuge, Puerto Rico

1984          Marine Biologist, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico

1982-83      Field Research Staff, National Audubon Society, Little Cumberland Island, Georgia

1981-84      Research Technician, Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Univ. Georgia

1980-81      Environmental Educator / Carpenter, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Georgia

1979-81      Field Research Staff, Youth Conservation Corps, Georgia Dept. Natural Resources

1979-80      Graduate Teaching Assistant, Georgia Southern College.


Projects

Western Australia Marine Science Institution- Marine Turtle Node

Northwest Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Plan


Publications (63)

Departmental Publications (61)

Found 61 items

2021

Ferreira LC, Thums M, Fossette S, Wilson P, Shimada T, Tucker AD et al. [Loewenthal G, Whiting SD] (2021). Multiple satellite tracking datasets inform green turtle conservation at a regional scale. Diversity and Distributions 27, pp. 249–266

2020

DBCA (2020). Global loggerhead satellite telemetry: [DBCA dataset supplied for southeast Indian Ocean]. SWOT Report 15, pp. 32–33, 49–50

FitzSimmons NN, Pittard SD, McIntyre N, Jensen MP, Guinea M, Hamann M et al. [Prince RT, Tucker AD, Whiting S] (2020). Phylogeography, genetic stocks, and conservation implications for an Australian endemic marine turtle. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 30, pp. 440–460

FitzSimmons NN, Stewart D. Pittard SD, McIntyre N, Jensen MP, Guinea M, et al. [Prince B, Tucker AD, Whiting S] (2020). Population genetics of flatback turtles: behavioural insights and conservation implications (ABSTRACT). In Proceedings of the 4th Australian Marine Turtle Symposium, 8-10 September 2018, Bundaberg, Queensland pp. 45–46

Mayne B, Tucker AD, Berry O, Jarman S (2020). Lifespan estimation in marine turtles using genomic promoter CpG density. PLoS One 15,

Nel R, Dalleau M, Le Gouvello D, Hart-Davis MG, Tucker T, Rees A et al. [Whiting S, Fossette S] (2020). Indian Ocean loggerheads. SWOT Report 15, pp. 28–31

Tucker AD, Hofmeister KM, Limpus CJ (comps) (2020). Proceedings of the 4th Australian Marine Turtle Symposium, 8-10 September 2018, Bundaberg, Queensland. 136 p.

Tucker T, Pendoley K, Whiting S (2020). Distribution and abundance of nesting marine turtles in northwestern Australia: pairing the landscape and local perspectives (ABSTRACT). In Proceedings of the 4th Australian Marine Turtle Symposium, 8-10 September 2018, Bundaberg, Queensland p. 87

Tucker T, Whiting S, Fossette S, Rob D, Barnes P (2020). Inter-nesting and migrations by marine turtles of the Muiron Islands and Ningaloo Coast. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Kensington, WA. 93 p.

Vanderklift M, Arthur K, Tucker T (2020). Stable Isotope Workshop. In Proceedings of the 4th Australian Marine Turtle Symposium, 8-10 September 2018, Bundaberg, Queensland pp. 118–120

Vanderklift MA, Babcock RC, Barnes PB, Cresswell AK, Feng M, Haywood MDE et al. [Holmes TH, Tucker AD, Waples K, Wilson SK] (2020). The oceanography and marine ecology of Ningaloo, a World Heritage Area. Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review 58, pp. 143–178

Vanderklift MA, Pillans RD, Robson NA, Skrzypek G, Stubbs JL, Tucker AD (2020). Comparisons of stable isotope composition among tissues of green turtles. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 34,

2019

Ferreira LC, Fossette S, Whiting S, Tucker T, Loewenthal G, Guinea M et al. (2019). Compiling multiple datasets to quantify movement and distribution of green turtles on the North-West Shelf and overlap with potential threats (ABSTRACT). In AMSA 2019: Marine Science for a Blue Economy, 7-11 July 2019, Fremantle, Perth: Program Handbook

Fossette-Halot S, Loewenthal G, Tucker T, Mayer F, Whiting S (2019). A cumulative risk assessment framework to prioritize management actions for Western Australia flatback turtles (ABSTRACT). In AMSA 2019: Marine Science for a Blue Economy, 7-11 July 2019, Fremantle, Perth: Program Handbook p. 92

Hounslow J, Fossette-Halot S, Whiting S, Tucker A, Richardson A, Richardson J et al. (2019). A novel methodology to study vertical movements of marine turtles (ABSTRACT). In AMSA 2019: Marine Science for a Blue Economy, 7-11 July 2019, Fremantle, Perth: Program Handbook p. 118

Rob D, Barnes P, Whiting S, Fossette S, Tucker T, Mongan T (2019). Turtle activity and nesting on the Muiron Islands and Ningaloo Coast: final report: Ningaloo Turtle Program: report to Woodside Energy Limited. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Exmouth. 51 p.

Waayers D, Tucker T, Whiting S, Groom R, Vanderklift M, Pilans R et al. (2019). Satellite tracking of marine turtles in south-eastern Indian Ocean: a review of deployments spanning 1990-2016. Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter 29, pp. 23–37

Wyneken J, Salmon M, Hamann M, Tucker A, Whiting S (2019). Successful and unsuccessful adhesives for use on neonate flatback turtles (Natator depressus): what works and doesn’t work on the teflon turtles (ABSTRACT). In Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, 29 February to 4 March 2016, Lima, Peru pp. 266–267

2018

Bevan E, Whiting S, Tucker T, Guinea M, Raith A, Douglas, R (2018). Measuring behavioral responses of sea turtles, saltwater crocodiles, and crested terns to drone disturbance to define ethical operating thresholds. PLoS One 13, pp. 1–17

FitzSimmons NN, Berry O, Feutry P, Tucker T, Whiting S (2018). New insights from genomics? Testing new approaches to population genetics in flatback and green turtle populations in Australia (POSTER ABSTRACT). In 38th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Presentation Abstracts, 18-23 February 2018, Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe, Japan p. 272

Fossette-Halot S, Loewenthal G, Tucker T, Mayer F, Whiting S (2018). Planning for the future: a broad-scale risk assessment of multiple anthropogenic threats to flatback turtles (ABSTRACT). In 5th International Marine Conservation Congress, 2018, 24th-29th June, Kuching, Sarawak: conference programme p. 1

Rostal D, Grumbles J, Fossette-Halot S, Tucker T, Whiting S (2018). Ultrasound study of reproductive structures in nesting Australian flatback sea turtles, Natator depressus. Poster presented at the Association of Southeastern Biologists 79th annual meeting, Myrtle Beach Sheraton and Convention Center, March 28-March 31, 2018.

Schmid JR, Tucker AD (2018). Comparing diets of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in mangrove estuaries of southwest Florida. Journal of Herpetology 52, pp. 252–258

Tucker A, Avens L, Shaw J, Limpus C, Pendoley K, Guinea M et al. [Whiting S] (2018). Skeletochronology with flatback turtles: can winter and summer hatchling cohorts be distinguished? (POSTER ABSTRACT). In 38th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Presentation Abstracts, 18-23 February 2018, Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe, Japan p. 149

Tucker A, Pendoley K, Whiting S (2018). Distribution and abundance of nesting marine turtles in northwestern Australia: pairing the landscape and local perspectives (POSTER ABSTRACT). In 38th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Presentation Abstracts, 18-23 February 2018, Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe, Japan p. 263

Tucker A, Whiting S, Pendoley K, FitzSimmons N, Berry O, Mitchell N et al. (2018). Questions of scale: collaborative turtle research along the Kimberley's remotest coasts. In The Natural World of the Kimberley Kimberley Society, Perth. pp. 164–181

Tucker AD, Baldwin R, Willson A, Al Kiyumi A, Al Harthi S Schroeder B et al. (2018). Revised clutch frequency estimates for Masirah Island loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13, pp. 158–166

Tucker T, Pendoley K, Whiting S (2018). Distribution and abundance of nesting marine turtles in the Kimberley: pairing the landscape and local perspectives. In Marine turtles in the Kimberley: key biological indices required to understand and manage nesting turtles along the Kimberley coast: WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program, final report, Project 1.2.2 Western Australian Marine Science Institution, Perth. pp. 11–34

Whiting S, Tucker T (2018). Indigenous engagement, collaboration and knowledge exchange for the Kimberley Node Turtle Project. In Marine turtles in the Kimberley: key biological indices required to understand and manage nesting turtles along the Kimberley coast: WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program, final report, Project 1.2.2 Western Australian Marine Science Institution, Perth. pp. 86–92

Whiting S, Tucker T, Fossette S (2018). Flatback turtle conservation priorities: the intersection of biology, pressures, economics, stakeholders and politics (ABSTRACT). In 38th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Presentation Abstracts, 18-23 February 2018, Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe, Japan p. 65

Whiting S, Tucker T, Pendoley K, Mitchell N, Bentley B, Berry O et al. (2018). Background and implementation of the WAMSI Kimberley Node Turtle Project. In Marine turtles in the Kimberley: key biological indices required to understand and manage nesting turtles along the Kimberley coast: WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program, final report, Project 1.2.2 Western Australian Marine Science Institution, Perth. pp. 1–10

Whiting S, Tucker T, Pendoley K, Mitchell N, Bentley B, Berry O et al. (2018). Marine turtles in the Kimberley: key biological indices required to understand and manage nesting turtles along the Kimberley coast: WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program, final report, Project 1.2.2. Western Australian Marine Science Institution, Perth. 146 p.

2017

Pearson L, Williams C, Ferguson A, Kay N, Badal A, Hunter N et al. [Tucker T, Whiting S] (2017). Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park: partnerships in flatback turtle management and science. Poster presented at 4th Indigenous Desert Alliance Annual Forum, November 21-23rd 2017, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle.

Tucker AD, Johnstone R, Loyn R, Vinnicombe T, Newman B, Newman H et al. (2017). Invasive Eurasian tree sparrows Passer montanus on Troughton Island in the north Kimberley of Western Australia: a cyclone-induced colonisation attempt?. Australian Field Ornithology 34, pp. 67–70

Whiting S, Raudino H, Tucker T, Field S, Simpson C, Kendrick A, Grant L, Hampson H (2017). North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program: strategic conservation plan 2014-2021. 65 p.

Wilson M, Tucker AD, Beedholm K, Mann DA (2017). Changes of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) dive behavior associated with tropical storm passage during the inter-nesting period. Journal of Experimental Biology 220, pp. 3432–3441

2016

Fitzsimmons NN, Featherstone P, Tucker AD (2016). Comparative dietary ecology of turtles (Chelodina burrungandjii and Emydura victoriae) across the Kimberley Plateau, Western Australia, prior to the arrival of cane toads. Marine and Freshwater Research 67, pp. 1611–1624

Fossette-Halot S, Samuelraj N, Hampson H, Tucker T, Whiting S (eds) (2016). Turtle monitoring field guide: North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program. Edition 8. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 71 p.

Gallaway BJ, Gazey WJ, Caillouet CW, Plotkin PT, Abreu Grobois FA, Amos AF et al. [Tucker AD] (2016). Development of a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle stock assessment model. Gulf of Mexico Science 33, pp. 138–157

Vander Zanden HB, Bolten AB, Tucker AD, Hart KM, Lamont MM, Fujisaki I et al. (2016). Biomarkers reveal sea turtles remained in oiled areas following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ecological Applications 26, pp. 2145–2155

Vanderklift M, Pillans R, Tucker T, Whiting S, Revill A (2016). Using stable isotopes to investigate ecology of sharks and turtles: what can evidence from multiple tissues tell us? Abstract of presentation at 10th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies (IsoEcol 2016), 3rd-8th April 2016, Ito Hall, University of Tokyo. p. 1

Wyneken J, Salmon M, Hamann M, Tucker A, Whiting S (2016). Successful and unsuccessful adhesives for use on neonate flatback turtles (Natator depressus): what works and doesn’t work on the teflon turtles. PowerPoint presentation at 36th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, 29 February-4 March 2016, Lima, Peru.

2015

Casale P, Riskas K, Tucker AD, Hamann, M (2015). Caretta caretta (south east Indian Ocean subpopulation), loggerhead turtle: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. IUCN, Gland. 14 p.

Casale P, Tucker AD (2015). Caretta caretta, loggerhead turtle: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. IUCN, Gland. 27 p.

Ceriani SA, Roth JD, Tucker AD, Evans DR, Addison DS, Sasso SR et al. (2015). Carry-over effects and foraging ground dynamics of a major loggerhead breeding aggregation. Marine Biology 162, pp. 1955–1968

Koeyers A, Koeyers J, Tucker AD (2015). Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle) predation. Herpetological Review 46, p. 240

Monsinjon J, Tucker T, Jribi I, Fernandez Y, Hamza A, Ouerghi A et al. (2015). Evolution and constraint of thermal reaction norms for embryonic growth rate in 3 populations of Caretta caretta from thermally contrasted environments (ABSTRACT). In 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Dalaman, Sarigerme, Dalyan (Ortaca), Mugla, Türkiye, 18-24 April 2015: Book of Abstracts p. 3

Perrault JR, Schmid JR, Walsh CJ, Yordy JE, Tucker AD (2015). Brevetoxin exposure, superoxide dismutase activity and plasma protein electrophoretic profiles in wild-caught Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in southwest Florida (ABSTRACT). In The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology with the Animal Behaviour Society, American Microscopical Society, the Crustacean Society: Abstract Book: Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, 3-7 January 2015 Conference Organising Committee, West Palm Beach. p. 250

Servis JA, Lovewell G, Tucker AD (2015). Diet analysis of subadult Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles from west-central Florida. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14, pp. 173–181

Tiwari M, Willson A, Baldwin R, al Kiyumi A, al Harthi S, al Balushi A et al. [Tucker T] (2015). Spatial analysis of satellite tracking data acquired from female loggerhead turtles nesting at Masirah Island, Sultanate of Oman (ABSTRACT). In 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Dalaman, Sarigerme, Dalyan (Ortaca), Mugla, Türkiye, 18-24 April 2015: Book of Abstracts p. 141

Tucker T, Whiting S, Mitchell N, Berry O, FitzSimmons N, Pendoley K (2015). The Kimberley Marine Turtle Project under the Western Australian Marine Sciences Institution (WAMSI). In Proceedings of the Second Australian and Second Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposia: Perth, 25-27 August 2014 Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. pp. 79–81

Vander Zanden HB, Tucker AD, Hart KM, Lamont MM, Fujisaki I, Addison DS et al. (2015). Determining origin in a migratory marine vertebrate: a novel method to integrate stable isotopes and satellite tracking. Ecological Applications 25, pp. 320–335

Whiting S, Tucker T (2015). Planning for the future: constraints and opportunities for long-term monitoring of marine turtles in Western Australia. In Proceedings of the Second Australian and Second Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposia: Perth, 25-27 August 2014 Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. pp. 88–90

Whiting S, Tucker T, Mitchell N, Berry O, FitzSimmons N, Pendoley K (2015). Marine turtles of the Kimberley: WAMSI Project 1.2.2 (ABSTRACT). In 2015 WAMSI Research Conference: Proceedings, Perth, Western Australia, 30 March-1 April 2015 p. 64

Whiting SD, Tucker A (comps) (2015). Proceedings of the Second Australian and Second Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposia: Perth, 25-27 August 2014. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 102 p.

Young E, Whiting S, Tucker T, Bobojcov A, Williams C, Badal A et al. (2015). Eighty Mile Beach turtle monitoring program: past, present and future. In Proceedings of the Second Australian and Second Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposia: Perth, 25-27 August 2014 Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. pp. 94–95

2014

Hardy RF, Tucker AD, Foley AM, Schroeder BA, Giove RJ, Meylan AB (2014). Spatiotemporal occurrence of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) on the west Florida Shelf and apparent overlap with a commercial fishery. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71, pp. 1924–1933

Perrault JR, Schmid JR, Walsh CJ, Yordy JE, Tucker AD (2014). Brevetoxin exposure, superoxide dismutase activity and plasma protein electrophoretic profiles in wild-caught Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in southwest Florida. Harmful Algae 37, pp. 194–202

Tucker AD, MacDonald BD, Seminoff JA (2014). Foraging site fidelity and stable isotope values of loggerhead turtles tracked in the Gulf of Mexico and northwest Caribbean. Marine Ecology Progress Series 502, pp. 267–279

Vander Zanden HB, Tucker AD, Bolten AB, Reich KJ, Bjorndal KA (2014). Stable isotopic comparison between loggerhead sea turtle tissues. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 28, pp. 2059–2064

2013

Tucker T, Whiting S, Corey B (2013). FAQ: Cape Domett flatback turtle rookery: monitoring in 2013 (POSTER).

Additional Publications (2)
“In press” and draft publications, or those published while employed elsewhere.

2019

Waayers D, Tucker T, Whiting S, Groom R, Vanderklift M, Pilans R, Rossendell J, Pendoley K, Hoenner X, Thums M, Dethmers K, Limpus CJ, Wirsig A, McMahon C, Strydom A, Whittock P, Howlett K,  Oades D, McFarlane G, Duke T, Guinea M, Whiting A, Speirs M, King J, Hattingh K, Heithaus M, Mau R, Holley D (2019)  Satellite tracking of marine turtles in south eastern Indian Ocean: a gap analysis of deployments spanning 1990-2016. Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter 29, 23-37

2018

Whiting S, Tucker T, Pendoley K, Mitchell N, Bentley B, Berry O, FitzSimmons N (2018) Marine Turtles in the Kimberley: key biological indices required to understand and manage nesting turtles along the Kimberley coast. Western Australia Marine Science Institution Project 1.2.2 report.  146 pp.