Staff profile - Craig Sherman

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Dr Craig Sherman

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Life & Env. Sciences
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 71406 +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


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wales, 2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong, 2006
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2011


Teaching Interests

Evolutionary Biology, Population Genetics; Marine Ecology

Subjects and units currently teaching

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)

Student supervision

Current PhD students

Adam Cardilini
Adaptive evolution in an invasive species: Identifying traits important in determining the distribution and adaptation of the European starling in Australia

Emi Sherizan Ab Rahim
Genetic Structure, Connectivity and Mating System of the Australian Blue Mussel

Kim Weston
The Importance of Connectivity and Genetic Diversity for Population Resilience in Two Keystone Reef Species: the Sea Urchin, Heliocidaris erythrogramma and the Kelp Ecklonia radiate

Julia Kent
The importance of stock identification for the management of two commercially and recreationally important fish species in southern Australia; King George whiting (Sillaginodes punctatus) and sand flathead (Platycephalus bassensis)

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

Dan Lees
The ecological and evolutionary significance of brood sex ratio in the Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) and Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

Completed PhD students
Jake Van Oorstrum –completed 2013

Mark Richardson - completed 2015

Honours supervision

2013 Erin Cummings (Co-supervisor)  1st Class Honours
2013 Dylan Roche  (Co-supervisor)  1st Class Honours
2012 Daniel Lees  (Primary supervisor) 1st Class Honours
2012 Jacob Lawrence (Primary supervisor) 1st Class Honours
2012 Brett Shiel  (Co-supervisor)  1st Class Honours
2012 Aimee Hauser  (Primary supervisor) 1st Class Honours
2010 Adam Cardilini (Co-supervisor)  1st Class Honours
2010 Kim Weston  (Primary supervisor) 1st Class Honours
2010 Amy Geels  (Primary supervisor) 1st Class Honours
2010 Amanda Pettersen (Primary supervisor) 1st Class Honours

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 and prizes

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.


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.



Full publication list available on Google Scholar.

Recent Publications

Sherman CDH, York P, Smith T, Macreadie PI (2016) Fine-scale patterns of genetic variation in a widespread clonal seagrass species. Marine Biology. 163: 1-11

Roche DV, Cardilini APA, Lees D, Maguire GS, Dann P, Sherman CDH, Weston MA (2016) Human residential status and habitat quality affect the likelihood but not the success of lapwing breeding in an urban matrix. Science of the Total Environment. 556: 189-195

Cardilini APA, Buchanan KL, Sherman CDH, Cassey P, Symonds MRE (2016) Tests of ecogeographical relationships in a non-native species: What rules avian morphology? Oecologia. doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3590-9.

Smith TM, York PH, Macreadie PI, Keough MJ, Ross DJ, Sherman CDH (2016) Recovery pathways from small scale disturbance in a temperate Australian seagrass. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 542, 97–108.

Thomson ACG, York PH, Smith TM, Sherman CDH, Booth DJ, Keough MJ, Ross DJ, Macreadie PI (2016) Response to comment on ‘Seagrass viviparous propagules as a potential long-distance dispersal mechanism’. Estuaries and Coasts. 39, 290 – 293.

Ab Rahim ES, Nguyen TTT, Ingram B, Riginos C, Weston KJ, Sherman CDH (2016) Species composition and hybridization of mussel species (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) in Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research. DOI: 10.1071/MF15307

Richardson MF, Sherman, CDH (2015) De novo assembly and characterization of the invasive Northern Pacific Seastar transcriptome. PLOS ONE. 10 (11), e0142003. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142003

Thomson AG, York P, Smith T, Sherman CDH, Booth D, Keough M, Ross DJ, Macreadie P (2015) Seagrass viviparous propagules as a potential long-distance dispersal mechanism. Estuaries and Coasts, 38: 927-940.

Sherman CDH, Ab Rahim ES, Olsson M, Careau V (2015) The more pieces, the better the puzzle: Sperm concentration increases gametic compatibility. Ecology and Evolution. 5: 4354-4364.

Shiel BP, Sherman CDH, Elgar MA, Johnson TL, Symonds MRE (2015) Investment in sensory structures, testis size and wing colouration in males of a diurnal moth species: trade-offs or correlated growth? Ecology and Evolution. 5: 1601-1608. DOI 10.1002/ece3.1459.

Smith TM, Green CP, Sherman CDH (2015) Patterns of connectivity and population structure of the southern calamary Sepioteuthis australis in southern Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research. 66: 942-947.

Grover MP, Ballouz S, Mohanasundaram KA, George RA, Sherman CDH, Crowley TM, Goscinski A, Wouters MA (2015) Novel therapeutics for coronary artery disease from genome-wide association study data. BMC Medical Genomics, 8(Suppl 2): S1.

Macreadie PI, York PH, Sherman CDH, KeoughMJ, Ross JD, Smith TM (2014) No detectable impact of small-scale disturbance on seagrass ‘blue carbon’. Marine Biology, 161:2939–2944.

Macreadie PI, York PH, Sherman CDH (2014) Resilience of Zostera muelleri seagrass to small-scale disturbances: the relative importance of asexual vs. sexual recovery. Ecology and Evolution, 4: 450–461.

Evans JP, Sherman CDH (2013) Sexual selection and the evolution of egg-sperm interactions in broadcast spawning invertebrates. Biological Bulletin, 224: 166-183.

Cardilini AP, Weston MA, Nimmo DG, Dann P, Sherman CDH (2013) Success and sprawling suburbs: suburban environments represent high quality breeding habitat for a widespread shorebird. Landscape and Urban Planning, 115: 72– 80.

van Leeuwen CHA, Huig N, van der Velde G, van Alen T, Wagemaker CAM, Sherman CDH, Klaassen M, Figuerola J (2013) How did this snail get here? Multiple dispersal vectors revealed for an invasive aquatic invertebrate species. Freshwater Biology. 58: 88-99.

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