About Wildlife Marine
Wildlife Marine is the brain-child of Australian research scientist and shark biologist, Dr William Robbins. He formed Wildlife Marine in late 2011 after recognising the need for a rapid-response, independant scientific entity to assist Government and private bodies to produce timely results at international peer-review standards. Along with his team of talented associates, Will conducts independent research into contemporary marine and terrestrial environmental and conservation issues, and tailored consultancy contracts of environmental and fisheries management. Wildlife Marine's research arm has active collaborations with researchers around the globe, encompassing all the world's major oceanic systems.
Dr William Robbins has led cutting-edge research for over 21 years, including projects in Australia, Brazil, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, French Polynesia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, Oman, Papua New Guinea, and the Seychelles. Although Will specialises in tropical marine ecosystem research, and means to reduce human-shark interactions, no projects are out of bounds. Four times Will's research has changed Government legislation and operational procedures, and he prominently features in multiple documentaries, including one Emmy award winner. Will previous worked at the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre of Excellence, managing the State's premier fish ageing laboratory, co-running the State telemetry program, researching shark interactions, and providing sustainable fisheries management advice.
Although Wildlife Marine undertakes consultancy contracts in the strictest of confidence, the results of its independent research projects are widely disseminated. For more information please refer to the projects page, the publications below, or drop Wildlife Marine a line through the contact form.
Non-confidential Wildlife Marine scientific publications (2012 onwards)
- Robbins WD, Huveneers C, Parra GJ, Moller LM, Gillanders BM. In press. Anthropogenic threat assessment of marine-associated fauna in Spencer Gulf, South Australia. Marine Policy
- Momigliano P, Harcourt R, Robbins WD, Jaiteh VF, Mahardika GN, Sembiring A, Stow A. In press. Genetic connectivity and signatures of selection in grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos). Heredity
- Robbins WD and Renaud P. 2016. Foraging mode of the grey reef shark, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos under two different scenarios. Coral Reefs 35(1): 253-260
- Robbins R, Enarson M, Bradford R, Robbins WD and Fox A. 2015. Residency and local connectivity of white sharks at Liguanea Island: A second aggregation site in South Australia? The Open Fish Sci Journal 8: 23-29
- Brandl, SJ, Robbins WD and Bellwood, DR. 2015. Testing the nature of ecological specialization in a coral reef fish community: Morphology, diet, and foraging microhabitat use. Proc Roy Soc B 282: 20151147
- Momigliano P, Harcourt R, Robbins WD and Stow A. 2015. Connectivity in grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) determined using empirical and simulated genetic data. Scientific Reports 5: 13229
- Robbins WD. 2015. Monitoring and tagging of flatback turtles at Cemetery Beach, Port Hedland 2014/15. Report to Care for Hedland Env. Assoc. Inc. Perth. 35 pp
- Gray CA, Barnes LM, Ochwada-Doyle FA, Van der Meulen DE, Kendall BW, and Robbins WD. 2014. Age, growth and demographic characteristics of Sillago flindersi exploited in a multi-species trawl fishery. Fish Sci 80: 915-924
- Robbins WD. 2014. Shark and pelagic fish abundance on the northern Great Barrier Reef. Report to the Khaled Bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. Wildlife Marine, Perth.
- Robbins WD, Peddemors VM, Kennelly SK and Ives, MC. 2014. An experimental evaluation of shark detection rates by aerial observers. PLoS One 9(2): e83456
- Huveneers C and Robbins WD. 2014. Species at the intersection. In: Techera EJ, Klein N (eds) Sharks: Conservation, governance and management. Routledge, Oxon. pp 236-260
- Gray CA, Barnes LM, Van der Meulen DE, Kendall BW, Ochwada-Doyle FA and Robbins WD. 2014. Depth interactions and reproductive ecology of sympatric Sillaginidae: Sillago robusta and S. flindersii. Aquat Biol 21(2): 127-142
- Momigliano P, Robbins WD, Gardner M and Stow A. 2014. Characterisation of 15 novel microsatellite loci for the grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos). Conserv Genetic Res 6(3): 661-663
- Robbins WD, Peddemors VM, Broadhurst M and Gray CA. 2013. Hooked on fishing? Recreational angling interactions with the Critically Endangered grey nurse shark, Carcharias taurus in eastern Australia. Endang Species Res 21: 161-170
- Wheeler S, Robbins WD and McIlwain J. 2013. Reef sharks clean up with a novel inshore mutualistic interaction. Coral Reefs 32(4): 1089
- Stewart J, Robbins WD, Rowling K, Hegarty A and Gould A. 2013. A multifaceted approach to modelling growth of the Australian bonito, Sarda australis (Family Scombridae), with some observations on its reproductive biology. Mar FW Res 64: 671-678
- Robbins WD. 2013. Reef shark abundance through underwater surveys in Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Report to the Khaled Bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. Wildlife Marine, Perth.
- Whitney NM, Robbins WD, Schultz JK, Bowen BW and Holland KN. 2012. Oceanic dispersal in a sedentary reef shark (Triaenodon obesus): Genetic evidence for extensive connectivity without a pelagic larval stage. J Biogeog 39(6): 1144-1156
- Robbins WD. 2012. Science-based management for sustainable shark fisheries. International Shark Management Workshop, 2012. Wildlife Marine, Perth. 76 pp