PROF Stephen Swearer

PROF Stephen Swearer


  • Marine Ecology (fish ecology, fisheries ecology, otolith chemistry, larval ecology)



  • I am a Professor of marine biology at the University of Melbourne. At heart I am a larval fish biologist, with a keen interest in understanding how ecological processes that occur in early life influence the dynamics of populations. My research has recently taken a more applied focus by identifying the primary causes of extinction risk in fishes and coastal marine ecosystems, in order to inform better water, pollution, and fisheries management policies.   


Member of

  • Australian Marine Sciences Association. Member (Ordinary) 2005 -
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology. Member (Ordinary) 2005 -
  • Ecological Society of Australia. Member (Ordinary) 2002 -
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Member (Ordinary) 2001 -
  • Society of American Naturalists. Member (Ordinary) 2001 -
  • International Society for Reef Studies. Member (Ordinary) 1996 -
  • Ecological Society of America. Member (Ordinary) 1994 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of California - Santa Barbara 2001
  • BSc(Hons), Brown University 1991

Awards and honors

  • Brown University, 1998
  • General Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, 1998
  • Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, 1998
  • Regents Departmental Fellowship, University of California, 1997
  • Scholarship, International Women's Fishing Association, 1994
  • Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship, University of California, 1992



Available for supervision

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