Staff profile - Graeme Hays

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Prof Graeme Hays

Position: Alfred Deakin Professor And Chair In Marine Science
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Life & Env. Sciences
Campus: Warrnambool Campus
Phone: +61 3 556 33311 +61 3 556 33311


Teaching Interests

I have a broad range of research students examining patterns of movement in sea turtles, climate change impacts for sea turtle nesting conditions and long-term changes in marine systems including studies on plankton, jellyfish and mega-vertebrates. Current students and research staff have field sites in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and Atlantic Islands (e.g. Cape Verde).


Research interests

My work focuses on broad aspects of marine science (including behavioural, physiological and molecular ecology as well as biological oceanography) for a range of marine species including both vertebrates and invertebrates with a strong emphasis on the use of innovative marine technology and  crossdisciplinary collaboration, for example with physical oceanographers, mathematicians and physicists.

Research page



For a full list see:

Hays GC, Scott R (2013). Global patterns for upper ceilings on migration distance in sea turtles and comparisons with fish, birds and mammals. Functional Ecology 27, 748–756. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12073

Schofield G, Dimadi A, Fossette S, Katselidis KA, Koutsoubas D, Lilley MKS, Luckman A, Pantis JD, Karagouni AD, Hays GC (2013). The importance of sample size: tracking large numbers of individuals to infer population level dispersal and core areas for protection. Diversity and Distributions 19, 834–844. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12077

Hays GC, Bastian T, Doyle TK, Fossette S, Gleiss AC, Gravenor MB, Hobson VJ, Humphries NE, Lilley MKS, Pade NG, Sims DW (2012). High activity and Lévy searches: jellyfish can search the water column like fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 279, 465–473. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.0978

Hinder SL, Hays GC, Edwards M, Roberts EC, Walne AW,  Gravenor MB (2012). Changes in marine dinoflagellate and diatom abundance under climate change. Nature Climate Change 2, 271-275. doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1388

Link to publications

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