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Dr Bridie Allan

Contact DetailsBridieAllan

Office: 310 Castle Street, room 149
Tel: 64 3 479 8327
Email: bridie.allan[at]otago.ac.nz

Academic Qualifications

BSc Otago University
MSc, James Cook University
PhD, James Cook University

Research Interests

  • Marine ecology
  • Swimming performance in fishes
  • Chemical ecology of predator-prey interactions
  • Environmental influences on predator-prey interactions.

My research explores how environmental changes can alter the mechanisms underlying population processes and how these changes scale to community dynamics. To do this, I use field collections, observations and experiments in conjunction with laboratory experiments to investigate a wide range of impacts including climate change, oil pollution, habitat disturbances, microplastic pollution, and other human activities that influence the physiology, behaviour and survival of fish. My field sites span both tropical and temperate regions.

I encourage enthusiastic students who have a strong academic background and are interested in joining our research group to contact me directly to discuss potential postgraduate projects

  • Influence of habitat complexity on anti-predator behaviour in marine animals.
  • Impacts of microplastic pollution on the physiology and behaviour of marine animals.
  • The impacts of dredging and sediment exposure on the physiology and behaviour of marine animals.
  • Effects of habitat degradation on reproductive fitness in marine animals.
  • The ecological role of chemically-mediated larval behaviour in ecosystem function.

Courses

  • OCEN 322 Biological Oceanography- Course co-ordinator
  • MARI 202 Marine Invertebrate Ecology and Biology

Postgraduate Students

Celia Richardson - Thesis Title (MSc): The effects of micro-plastic ingestion on New Zealand marine invertebrate larvae.

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Publications

McCormick, M. I., Watson, S.-A., Simpson, S. D., & Allan, B. J. M. (2018). Effect of elevated CO2 and small boat noise on the kinematics of predator-prey interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1875), 20172650. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2650

McCormick, M. I., Fakan, E., & Allan, B. J. M. (2018). Behavioural measures determine survivorship within the hierarchy of whole-organism phenotypic traits. Functional Ecology, 32(4), 958-969. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13033

McCormick, M. I., Allan, B. J. M., Harding, H., & Simpson, S. D. (2018). Boat noise impacts risk assessment in a coral reef fish but effects depend on engine type. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 3847. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-22104-3

Watson, S.-A., Allan, B. J. M., McQueen, D. E., Nicol, S., Parsons, D. M., Pether, S. M. J., … Munday, P. L. (2018). Ocean warming has a greater effect than acidification on the early life history development and swimming performance of a large circumglobal pelagic fish. Global Change Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14290

Allan, B. J. M., Domenici, P., Watson, S. A., Munday, P. L., & McCormick, M. I. (2017). Warming has a greater effect than elevated CO2 on predator-prey interactions in coral reef fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284(1857), 20170784. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0784

Journal - Research Article

McCormick, M. I., Watson, S.-A., Simpson, S. D., & Allan, B. J. M. (2018). Effect of elevated CO2 and small boat noise on the kinematics of predator-prey interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1875), 20172650. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2650

Watson, S.-A., Allan, B. J. M., McQueen, D. E., Nicol, S., Parsons, D. M., Pether, S. M. J., … Munday, P. L. (2018). Ocean warming has a greater effect than acidification on the early life history development and swimming performance of a large circumglobal pelagic fish. Global Change Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14290

McCormick, M. I., Allan, B. J. M., Harding, H., & Simpson, S. D. (2018). Boat noise impacts risk assessment in a coral reef fish but effects depend on engine type. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 3847. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-22104-3

McCormick, M. I., Fakan, E., & Allan, B. J. M. (2018). Behavioural measures determine survivorship within the hierarchy of whole-organism phenotypic traits. Functional Ecology, 32(4), 958-969. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13033

Allan, B. J. M., Domenici, P., Watson, S. A., Munday, P. L., & McCormick, M. I. (2017). Warming has a greater effect than elevated CO2 on predator-prey interactions in coral reef fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284(1857), 20170784. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0784

Ferrari, M. C. O., McCormick, M. I., Mitchell, M. D., Allan, B. J. M., Gonçalves, E. J., & Chivers, D. P. (2017). Daily variation in behavioural lateralization is linked to predation stress in a coral reef fish. Animal Behaviour, 133, 189-193. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.09.020

McCormick, M. I., & Allan, B. J. M. (2017). Interspecific differences in how habitat degradation affects escape response. Scientific Reports, 7, 426. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-00521-0

Ramasamy, R. A., Allan, B. J. M., McCormick, M. I., Chivers, D. P., Mitchell, M. D., & Ferrari, M. C. O. (2017). Juvenile coral reef fish alter escape responses when exposed to changes in background and acute risk levels. Animal Behaviour, 134, 15-22. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.09.026

Ferrari, M. C. O., McCormick, M. I., Allan, B. J. M., & Chivers, D. P. (2017). Not equal in the face of habitat change: Closely related fishes differ in their ability to use predation-related information in degraded coral. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284(1852), 20162758. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2758

McCormick, M. I., Barry, R. P., & Allan, B. J. M. (2017). Algae associated with coral degradation affects risk assessment in coral reef fishes. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 16937. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-17197-1

Chivers, D. P., McCormick, M. I., Warren, D. T., Allan, B. J. M., Ramasamy, R. A., Arvizu, B. K., … Ferrari, M. C. O. (2017). Competitive superiority versus predation savvy: The two sides of behavioural lateralization. Animal Behaviour, 130, 9-15. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.05.006

McCormick, M. I., Chivers, D. P., Allan, B. J. M., & Ferrari, M. C. O. (2017). Habitat degradation disrupts neophobia in juvenile coral reef fish. Global Change Biology, 23(2), 719-727. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13393

Johansen, J. L., Allan, B. J. M., Rummer, J. L., & Esbaugh, A. J. (2017). Oil exposure disrupts early life-history stages of coral reef fishes via behavioural impairments. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 1146-1152. doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0232-5

Chivers, D. P., McCormick, M. I., Allan, B. J. M., Mitchell, M. D., Gonçalves, E. J., Bryshun, R., & Ferrari, M. C. O. (2016). At odds with the group: Changes in lateralization and escape performance reveal conformity and conflict in fish schools. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283(1841), 20161127. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1127

McCormick, M. I., & Allan, B. J. M. (2016). Lionfish misidentification circumvents an optimized escape response by prey. Conservation Physiology, 4(1), cow064. doi: 10.1093/conphys/cow064

Munday, P. L., Welch, M. J., Allan, B. J. M., Watson, S.-A., McMahon, S. J., & McCormick, M. I. (2016). Effects of elevated CO2 on predator avoidance behaviour by reef fishes is not altered by experimental test water. PeerJ, 4, e2501. doi: 10.7717/peerj.2501

Munday, P. L., Watson, S.-A., Parsons, D. M., King, A., Barr, N. G., Mcleod, I. M., Allan, B. J. M., & Pether, S. M. J. (2016). Effects of elevated CO2 on early life history development of the yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi, a large pelagic fish. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73(3), 641-649. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv210

Chivers, D. P., McCormick, M. I., Allan, B. J. M., & Ferrari, M. C. O. (2016). Risk assessment and predator learning in a changing world: Understanding the impacts of coral reef degradation. Scientific Reports, 6, 32542. doi: 10.1038/srep32542

Ferrari, M. C. O., McCormick, M. I., Allan, B. J. M., Choi, R. B., Ramasamy, R. A., & Chivers, D. P. (2015). The effects of background risk on behavioural lateralization in a coral reef fish. Functional Ecology, 29(12), 1553-1559. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12483

Allan, B. J. M., Domenici, P., Munday, P. L., & McCormick, M. I. (2015). Feeling the heat: The effect of acute temperature changes on predator-prey interactions in coral reef fish. Conservation Physiology, 3(1), cov011. doi: 10.1093/conphys/cov011

Ramasamy, R. A., Allan, B. J. M., & McCormick, M. I. (2015). Plasticity of escape responses: Prior predator experience enhances escape performance in a coral reef fish. PLoS ONE, 10(8), e0132790. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132790

Ferrari, M. C. O., McCormick, M. I., Allan, B. J. M., Choi, R., Ramasamy, R. A., Johansen, J. L., … Chivers, D. P. (2015). Living in a risky world: The onset and ontogeny of an integrated antipredator phenotype in a coral reef fish. Scientific Reports, 5, 15537. doi: 10.1038/srep15537

Ferrari, M. C. O., Munday, P. L., Rummer, J. L., McCormick, M. I., Corkill, K., Watson, S.-A., Allan, B. J. M., … Chivers, D. P. (2015). Interactive effects of ocean acidification and rising sea temperatures alter predation rate and predator selectivity in reef fish communities. Global Change Biology, 21(5), 1848-1855. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12818

Domenici, P., Allan, B. J. M., Watson, S.-A., McCormick, M. I., & Munday, P. L. (2014). Shifting from right to left: The combined effect of elevated CO2and temperature on behavioural lateralization in a coral reef fish. PLoS ONE, 9(1), e87969. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087969

Allan, B. J. M., Miller, G. M., McCormick, M. I., Domenici, P., & Munday, P. L. (2014). Parental effects improve escape performance of juvenile reef fish in a high-CO2 world. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281(1777), 20132179. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2179

Allan, B. J. M., Domenici, P., McCormick, M. I., Watson, S.-A., & Munday, P. L. (2013). Elevated CO2 affects predator-prey interactions through altered performance. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58520. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058520

Domenici, P., Allan, B., McCormick, M. I., & Munday, P. L. (2012). Elevated carbon dioxide affects behavioural lateralization in a coral reef fish. Biology Letters, 8(1), 78-81. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0591

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