Dr Alastair Hirst

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

a.hirst@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 524 79262

Biography

Dr Alastair Hirst is a marine ecologist with an interest in the community ecology of benthic ecosystems. He has held a number of positions across a diverse career spanning 18 years, most recently as senior research scientist at the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI). Alastair’s recent research interests have focussed on Port Phillip Bay, particularly the ecology of seagrass, demersal fish and introduced species assemblages. As part of these projects Alastair has been using a combination of historical seagrass mapping, archives of fish age , growth and recruitment, hydrodynamic and catchment modelling (in conjunction with the EPA), and time series of fisheries independent sampling to examine the environmental drivers of ecological change in seagrass and fish communities in Port Phillip Bay. These insights will be important in managing the condition of Port Phillip Bay in the future, by providing an historical perspective of the environmental drivers of change.

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Publications

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2008

Surrogate measures for assessing cryptic faunal biodiversity on macroalgal-dominated subtidal reefs

Dr Alastair Hirst

(2008), Vol. 141, pp. 211-220, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Modern estuarine siliceous spiculites, Tasmania, Australia : a non-polar link to phanerozoic spiculitic cherts

Catherine Reid, Noel P James, T Kurtis Kyser, Dr Neville Barrett, Dr Alastair Hirst

(2008), Vol. 36, pp. 107-110, Geology, Boulder, Colo., C1-1

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Evidence of abalone ( Haliotis rubra ) diet from combined fatty acid and stable isotope analyses

M. A. Guest, Peter. D. Nichols, S.D Frusher, Dr Alastair Hirst

(2008), Vol. 153, pp. 579-588, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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2007

Vertical stratification of mobile epiphytal arthropod assemblages between the canopy and understorey of subtidal macroalgae

Dr Alastair Hirst

(2007), Vol. 150, pp. 427-441, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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Spatial and temporal variation in the structure of estuarine macroinvertebrate assemblages: Implications for assessing the health of estuaries

Dr Alastair Hirst, Robert Kilpatrick

(2007), Vol. 58, pp. 866-879, Marine and freshwater research, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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1999

Classification of macroinvertebrate communities across drainage basins in Victoria, Australia : consequences of sampling on a broad spatial scale for predictive modelling

Richard Marchant, Dr Alastair Hirst, Richard H Norris, Mr Leon Metzeling

(1999), Vol. 41, pp. 253-268, Freshwater biology, Chichester, England, C1-1

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1997

Classification and prediction of macroinvertebrate assemblages from running waters in Victoria, Australia

Richard Marchant, Dr Alastair Hirst, Richard H Norris, Ryonen Butcher, Mr Leon Metzeling, David Tillier

(1997), Vol. 16, pp. 664-681, Journal of the North American Benthological Society, Charlottetown, Canada, C1-1

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