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Dr Craig Sherman

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

craig.sherman@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 71406

Biography summary

2012-present Senior Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

2010 Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University

2009 Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

2009 Visiting Research Fellow, Marine Biological Association of the UK

2008 Lecturer (Fixed-term), School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong

2006 Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong

Research interests

My research focuses on the evolutionary biology and ecology of natural populations. I use a combination of ecological and molecular approaches to address fundamental questions in the fields of genetic adaptation, mating systems evolution, population connectivity and sexual selection.

My research group works on a range of marine and terrestrial organisms, chosen because they represent the best model systems in which to test fundamental questions in ecological and evolutionary biology. Some of the main research topics and species we work on include:

Adaptation of native and invasive species – (Sea Anemones, European Starlings, Northern Pacific Sea Star)
Connectivity and dispersal – (Seagrass, Freshwater crayfish, Marine Fish, Marine Invertebrates)
Mating system evolution (e.g. outcrossing, selfing, clonal reproduction) – Corals, Sea Anemones, Seagrasses, Sea Stars
Sexual selection, sperm competition and cryptic female choice – Bivalves, Sea Stars, Sea Urchins, Amphibians.

Teaching interests

Evolutionary Biology, Population Genetics; Marine Ecology

Units taught

Genetics (SLE254 - unit chair)

Cells and Genes (SLE111 - Campus coordinator)

Marine and Coastal Ecosystems (SLE263 - campus coordinator)

plus contribution towards

Professional Practice (SLE301)

Research Project (SLE 390)

Media appearances

Science at Deakin – A Staff Perspective

Triple R, Radio Marinara, 15 April 2012 - Sex in the sea, sperm competition in spawning marine invertebrates.

Awards

2011 Award for Excellence in Research, awarded by the School of life and Environmental Science.
2011 Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded by the School of life and Environmental Science.
2011 Commendation for Teaching from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academia).
2010 Australian Academy of Science International Travel Award.
2009 Darwin Award, awarded by the British Council to travel to the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
2006 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – ARC funded project awarded to Prof. Mats Olsson.
2004 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Student research Award.
2003 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Student research Award.
2001 PhD University Scholarship – University of Wollongong.
1997 Gavin Brothwick Award – University of Bangor, highest achieving student in Marine Biology.

Publications

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2016

Human residential status and habitat quality affect the likelihood but not the success of lapwing breeding in an urban matrix

Mr Dylan Roche, Dr Adam Cardilini, Mr Daniel Lees, Dr Grainne Maguire, Dr Craig Sherman, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2016), Vol. 556, pp. 189-195, Science of the total environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Fine-scale patterns of genetic variation in a widespread clonal seagrass species

Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Paul York, Dr Tim Smith, Dr Peter Macreadie

(2016), Vol. 163, pp. 1-11, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Recovery pathways from small-scale disturbance in a temperate Australian seagrass

Dr Tim Smith, Dr Paul York, Dr Peter Macreadie, A/Prof Michael Keough, D. Jeff Ross, Dr Craig Sherman

(2016), Vol. 542, pp. 97-108, Marine ecology progress series, Amelinghausen, Germany, C1

journal

Tests of ecogeographical relationships in a non-native species: what rules avian morphology?

Dr Adam Cardilini, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Phillip Cassey, Dr Matthew Symonds

(2016), Vol. 181, pp. 783-793, Oecologia, Berlin, Gemany, C1

journal

Species composition and hybridisation of mussel species (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) in Australia

Miss Emi Sherizan Ab Rahim, Dr Thuy T.T Nguyen, Dr Brett Ingram, Cynthia Riginos, Mr Kim Weston, Dr Craig Sherman

(2016), Vol. 67, pp. 1955-1963, Marine and freshwater research, Clayton, Vic., C1

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Multiple dispersal vectors drive range expansion in an invasive marine species

Dr Mark Richardson, Dr Craig Sherman, Randall Lee, Nathan Bott, Dr Alastair Hirst

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 5001-5014, Molecular ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Spatial variation in reproductive effort of a southern Australian seagrass

Dr Tim Smith, Dr Paul York, Dr Peter Macreadie, A/Prof Michael Keough, D. Jeff Ross, Dr Craig Sherman

(2016), Vol. 120, pp. 214-224, Marine environmental research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

What are we missing about marine invasions? Filling in the gaps with evolutionary genomics

Dr Craig Sherman, Katie E Lotterhos, Dr Mark Richardson, Carolyn Tepolt, Lee Ann Rollins, Steve R. Palumbi, Dr Adam Miller

(2016), Vol. 163, pp. 1-24, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal
2015

Seagrass viviparous propagules as a potential long-distance dispersal mechanism

Alexandra Thomson, Dr Paul York, Dr Tim Smith, Dr Craig Sherman, David J. Booth, A/Prof Michael Keough, D Jeff Ross, Dr Peter Macreadie

(2015), Vol. 38, pp. 927-940, Estuaries and Coasts, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Investment in sensory structures, testis size, and wing coloration in males of a diurnal moth species: trade-offs or correlated growth?

Mr BRETT SHIEL, Dr Craig Sherman, Mark A Elgar, Tamara L. Johnson, Dr Matthew Symonds

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1601-1608, Ecology and evolution, London, Eng., C1

journal

Novel therapeutics for cononary artery disease from genome-wide association study data

Mr Mani Grover, Sara Ballouz, Miss Kaavya Mohanasundaram, Richard A George, Andrezej Goscinski, Tamsyn Crowely, Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Merridee Wouters

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 1-11, BMC medical genomics, London, Eng., C1

journal

Sharing the load: role equity in the incubation of a monomorphic shorebird, the masked lapwing (Vanellus miles)

Dr Adam Cardilini, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Peter Dann, Dr Craig Sherman

(2015), Vol. 127, pp. 730-733, Wilson journal of ornithology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

De novo assembly and characterization of the invasive Northern Pacific Seastar transcriptome

Dr Mark Richardson, Dr Craig Sherman

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-18, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Patterns of connectivity and population structure of the southern calamary Sepioteuthis australis in southern Australia

Dr Tim Smith, Corey Green, Dr Craig Sherman

(2015), Vol. 66, pp. 942-947, Marine and freshwater research, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal

The more pieces, the better the puzzle: sperm concentration increases gametic compatibility

Dr Craig Sherman, Miss Emi Sherizan Ab Rahim, mats olsson, Dr Vincent Careau

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 4354-4364, Ecology and evolution, London, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Resilience of Zostera muelleri seagrass to small-scale disturbances : the relative importance of asexual versus sexual recovery

Dr Peter Macreadie, Dr Paul York, Dr Craig Sherman

(2014), Vol. 4, pp. 450-461, Ecology and evolution, London, Eng., C1

journal

Identification of novel therapeutics for complex diseases from genome-wide association data

Mr Mani Grover, Sara Ballouz, Miss Kaavya Mohanasundaram, Richard A George, Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Tamsyn Crowley, Dr Merridee Wouters

(2014), Vol. 7, pp. 1-14, BMC medical genomics, London, England, C1

journal

No detectable impact of small-scale disturbances on ‘blue carbon’ within seagrass beds

Dr Peter Macreadie, Dr Paul York, Dr Craig Sherman, A/Prof Michael Keough, D Jeff Ross, Aurora M Ricart, Dr Tim Smith

(2014), Vol. 161, pp. 2939-2944, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal
2013

How did this snail get here? Several dispersal vectors inferred for an aquatic invasive species

Casper van Leeuwen, Naomi Huig, Gerard van der Velde, Theo A. Van Alen, Cornelis A. M. Wagemaker, Dr Craig Sherman, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Jordi Figuerola

(2013), Vol. 58, pp. 88-99, Freshwater biology, London, England, C1

journal

Swooping in the suburbs : parental defence of an abundant aggressive urban bird against humans

Mr Daniel Lees, Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Grainne Maguire, Dr Peter Dann, Dr Adam Cardilini, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 754-766, Animals, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

Sexual selection and the evolution of egg-sperm interactions in broadcast-spawning invertebrates

Jonathan P Evans, Dr Craig Sherman

(2013), Vol. 224, pp. 166-183, Biological bulletin, Woods Hole, Mass., C1

journal

Microsatellite primer development for the seagrass Zostera nigricaulis (Zosteraceae)

Dr Tim Smith, Dr Paul York, Miss Anna Stanley, Dr Peter Macreadie, Prof Mick Keough, D. Jeff Ross, Dr Craig Sherman

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 607-610, Conservation genetics resources, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Surviving in sprawling suburbs : suburban environments represent high quality breeding habitat for a widespread shorebird

Dr Adam Cardilini, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Dale Nimmo, Dr Peter Dann, Dr Craig Sherman

(2013), Vol. 115, pp. 72-80, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2012

Development of twenty-three novel microsatellite markers for the seagrass, Zostera muelleri from Australia

Dr Craig Sherman, Miss Anna Stanley, Prof Mick Keough, Dr Michael Gardner, Dr Peter Macreadie

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 689-693, Conservation genetics resources, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Development of twenty-four novel microsatellite markers for the freshwater crayfish, Geocharax gracilis, using next generation sequencing

Dr Craig Sherman, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Miss Anna Stanley, Mr Kim Weston, Dr Michael Gardner, Mark B. Schultz

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 555-558, Conservation genetics resources, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Development of novel microsatellite markers for the invasive Northern Pacific seastar, Asterias amurensis

Dr Mark Richardson, Miss Anna Stanley, Dr Craig Sherman

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 327-330, Conservation genetics resources, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2010

Effects of different dietary microalgae on survival, growth, settlement and fatty acid composition of blue mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) larvae

Amanda K. Pettersen, Prof Giovanni Turchini, Samad Jahangard, Dr Brett Ingram, Dr Craig Sherman

(2010), Vol. 309, pp. 115-124, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

Female choice for males with greater fertilization success in the Swedish Moor Frog, Rana arvalis

Dr Craig Sherman, Jorgen Sagvik, M. Olsson

(2010), Vol. 5, pp. 1-6, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal
2009

Consistent male–male paternity differences across female genotypes

Dr Craig Sherman, Erik Wapstra, M. Olsson

(2009), Vol. 5, pp. 232-234, Biology Letters, London, England, C1-1

journal

Consistent paternity skew through ontogeny in Peron's tree frog (Litoria peronii)

Dr Craig Sherman, Erik Wapstra, M. Olsson

(2009), Vol. 4, pp. 1-4, P L o S one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal
2008

Within-population variation in ejaculate characteristics in a prolonged breeder, Peron's tree frog, Litoria peronii

Dr Craig Sherman, T. Uller, Erik Wapstra, M. Olsson

(2008), Vol. 95, pp. 1055-1061, Naturwissenschaften, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Is life history a barrier to dispersal? Contrasting patterns of genetic differentiation along an oceanographically complex coast

Dr Craig Sherman, Alison Hunt, David J Ayre

(2008), Vol. 95, pp. 106-116, Biological journal of the Linnean Society, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal

Mating system variation in the hermaphroditic brooding coral, Seriatopora hystrix

Dr Craig Sherman

(2008), Vol. 100, pp. 296-303, Heredity, London, England, C1-1

journal

Fine-scale adaptation in a clonal sea anemone

Dr Craig Sherman, David J Ayre

(2008), Vol. 62, pp. 1373-1380, Evolution, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal

Male and female effects on fertilization success and offspring viability in the Peron's tree frog, Litoria peronii

Dr Craig Sherman, Erik Wapstra, T. Uller, M. Olsson

(2008), Vol. 33, pp. 348-352, Austral ecology, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal

Males with high genetic similarity to females sire more offspring in sperm competition in peron's tree frog, litoria peronii

Dr Craig Sherman, Erik Wapstra, T. Uller, M. Olsson

(2008), Vol. 275, pp. 971-978, Proceedings of the royal society series b - biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal
2007

Do reproductive tactics vary with habitat heterogeneity in the intertidal sea anemone Actinia tenebrosa?

Dr Craig Sherman, Amanda J. Peuker, David J Ayre

(2007), Vol. 340, pp. 259-267, Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Polymorphic microsatellite loci in the Australian tree frog, Litoria peronii

Dr Craig Sherman, M. Olsson

(2007), Vol. 8, pp. 999-1001, Conservation genetics, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2006

Asexual reproduction does not produce clonal populations of the brooding coral Pocillopora damicornis on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Dr Craig Sherman, David J Ayre, Karen J Miller

(2006), Vol. 25, pp. 7-18, Coral Reefs, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

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Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Spawning source, movement patterns, and nursery area replenishment of spawning population of king george whiting in south-eastern Australia - closing the life history loop

Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Gregory Jenkins, Dr Paul Hamer, Anthony Fowler

FRDC Grant - Research - Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

  • 2015: $7,849
  • 2014: $15,920
  • 2013: $16,800
  • 2012: $41,800
  • 2011: $5,000

Patterns of interaction between habitat and oceanographic variable affecting the connectivitity and productivity of invertebrate fish

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young, Dr Craig Sherman

FRDC Grant - Research - Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

  • 2016: $110,000
  • 2015: $50,000

Other Public Sector Funding

The Reef Ecosystem Evaluation Framework (REEF): Managing for Resilience in Temperate Environments

Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Gregory Jenkins, Dr Neville Barrett, Asst/Prof Steve Swearer, Prof Maria Byrne, Prof Craig Johnson, Asst/Prof Sean Connell, Dr Bayden Russell, Prof Mick Keough, Dr Melinda Coleman

  • 2013: $15,000
  • 2012: $24,000
  • 2011: $15,000

Seagrass resilience in Port Phillip Bay: Developing better predictions of seagrass responses to environmental change

Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Jeff Ross, Prof Mick Keough, Asst/Prof Steve Swearer, Dr Peter Macreadie, Dr Peter Scanes, Dr Christine Coughanowr

  • 2015: $52,010
  • 2014: $51,880
  • 2013: $49,010
  • 2012: $152,643

Improving the sustainability of sand flat head in Port Phillip bay and across Victoria

Dr Craig Sherman

  • 2013: $9,090
  • 2012: $18,181

Industry and Other Funding

Evolutionary and Pest Biology of the Invasive Northern Pacific Seastar, Asterias amurensis, in Australia

Dr Craig Sherman, Mr Mark Richardson

  • 2013: $5,500
  • 2012: $6,600
  • 2011: $5,000

Funding for lapwing projects and subsequent write up

Dr Craig Sherman, A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2012: $2,000

Research and Monitoring of Seagrass Communities (Gladstone Ports Corporation)

Dr Paul York, Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Tim Smith

  • 2013: $20,000

Contemporary vs. ancient influences on the patterns of connectivity and genetic structure of a freshwater crayfish, Geocharax gracilis

Dr Craig Sherman, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Ms Aimee Hauser

  • 2014: $7,000
  • 2013: $7,000

Connectivity and resilience of the purple sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma and the kelp Ecklonia radiata on temperate reef in Port Phillip Bay.

Dr Craig Sherman, Mr Kim Weston

  • 2014: $4,000
  • 2013: $4,000

Brood Sex Ratio in the Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) and Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Craig Sherman, Mr Daniel Lees

  • 2016: $6,500
  • 2015: $6,500
  • 2014: $6,500

Sex-ratio in shorebirds

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Craig Sherman, Mr Daniel Lees

  • 2015: $1,500

Other Funding Sources

Assessment of the genetic structure of seagrass populations in Western Port, Victoria

Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Perran Cook

  • 2017: $6,846
  • 2015: $27,913

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Adam Cardilini

Thesis entitled: Phenotypic and genetic variation of non-native common starling, Sturnus vulgaris

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2015

Mark Richardson

Thesis entitled: Evolutionary Biology of the Invasive Northern Pacific Seastar, Asterias amurensis

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2016

Mani Grover

Thesis entitled: Novel therapeutics for complex diseases from genome-wide association data

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine

2013

Jacob Thomas Van Oosterom

Thesis entitled: Gene flow in East Antarctic echinoderms and resilience to climate change

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences