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Details of Dr. Justin J. Meager   


Gender male
Job title Senior Marine Scientist
Department Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Queensland Government (
41 Boggo Road Brisbane 4001
Queensland Government 41 Boggo Road
Nationality Australia
Tel +61731705621
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Degree BAppSc (Hon), Ph.D (QUT)
Job type Teaching/Education , Research , Natural Resource Management , Technical Advice & Consulting
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Fisheries, Aquaculture , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Fisheries, Aquaculture
Research Activities Applied problems in conservation, fisheries and aquaculture.
Working languages English, Norwegian
Skills/Expertise Marine and estuarine ecologist, specialising in the behavioural ecology of fish, and the conservation ecology of marine wildlife.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Justin MEAGER)

Schlacher TA, Meager JJ, Nielsen T (2014) Habitat selection in birds feeding on ocean shores: landscape effects are important in the choice of foraging sites by oystercatchers. Marine Ecology 35: 67-76.
Meager JJ, Limpus C (2014) Mortality of inshore marine mammals in eastern Australia is predicted by freshwater discharge and air temperature. PloS One 9: e94849.
Meager JJ, Schlacher TA (2013) New metric of microhabitat complexity predicts species richness on a rocky shore. Marine Ecology 34: 484?491.
Meager JJ, Limpus CJ, Sumpton W (2013) A review of the population dynamics of dugongs in southern Queensland: 1830-2012. Brisbane: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Government. 29 pp.
Meager, J.J.; Fernö, A.; Skjæraasen, J.E.; Järvi, T.; Rodewald, P.; Sverdrup, G.K.; Winberg, S. and Mayer, I. (2012). Multidimensionality of behavioural phenotypes in Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua. Physiology and Behaviour 106: 462-470 (DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2012.03.010).
Meager, J.J.; Schlacher, T.A and Nielsen, T.A. (2012). Humans alter habitat selection of birds on ocean-exposed sandy beaches. Diversity and Distributions 18(3): 294-312 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00873.x).
Skjæraasen, J.E.; Meager, J.J. and Heino, M. (2012). Secondary sexual characteristics in codfishes (Gadidae) in relation to sound production, habitat use, and social behaviour (invited review). Marine Biology Research 8(3): 201-209
Meager, J.J.; Skjæraasen, J.E.; Nilsen, T.; Kalsen, �.; Løkkeborg, S.; Mayer, I.; Michalsen, K. and Fernö, A. (2012). Environmental regulation of individual depth on an Atlantic cod spawning ground. Aquatic Biology 17: 211-221 (DOI: 10.3354/ab00469)
Meager, J.J.; Rodewald, P.; Domenici, P. Fernö, A.; Skjæraasen, J.E.; Järvi, T and Sverdrup, G.K (2011). Behavioural responses of hatchery-reared and wild cod (Gadus morhua L.) to mechano-acoustic predator signals. Journal of Fish Biology 78(5):1437-1450 (DOI:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.02951.x).
Meager, J.J.; Schlacher, T.A. and Green, M. (2011). Topographic complexity and landscape temperature patterns create a dynamic structure on a rocky intertidal shore. Marine Ecology Progress Series 428 Feature Article. 1-12 (DOI: 10.3354/meps09124)
Mayer, I.; Meager, J.J.; Skjæraasen, J.E.; Rodewald, P.; Sverdrup, G.K.; and Fernö, (2011). Domestication causes rapid changes in heart and brain morphology in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.). Environmental Biology of Fishes 92(2): 181-186
Skjæraasen, J.E.; Meager, J.J.; Karlsen, �.; Hutchings J.A., Fernö A. (2011). Extreme fidelity of wild cod to a coastal spawning ground and the potential for population differentiation at local scales. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68:1472-1477
Sverdrup, G.K.; Meager, J.J.; Fernö, A.; Rodewald, P.; Skjæraasen, J.E.; Salvanes, A.G. and Järvi, T. (2011). Territorial and agonistic interactions between farmed and wild juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.). Aquaculture Research 42:1539-1548. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2010.02746.x).
Skjæraasen, J.E.; Meager, J.J. and Hutchings, J.A. (2010). A cost of reproduction in male Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Canadian Journal of Zoology 88(6): 595-600.
Meager, J.J.; Skjæraasen, J.E.; Fernö, A. and Løkkeborg, S. (2010). Reproductive interactions between fugitive farmed cod and wild cod in the field. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 1221-1231. (DOI: 10.1139/F10-066)
Meager, J.J.; Moberg, O.; Strand, E and Utne-Palm, A.C. (2010). Effects of light intensity on visual prey detection by juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L). Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 43(2): 99-108 (link to article)
Skjæraasen, J.E.; Meager, J.J; Karlsen, �.; Mayer, I.; Dahle, G.; Rudolfsen, G.; Haugland, T. and Fernö, A. (2010). Mating competition between farmed and wild cod: wild females choose wild males. Marine Ecology Progress Series 412: 247-258. (DOI: 10.3354/meps08670)
Skjæraasen, J.E.; Mayer, I.; Meager, J.J.; Rudolfsen, G.; Karlsen, �; Haugland, T. and Kleven, O. (2009). Sperm characteristics and competitive ability in farmed and wild cod. Marine Ecology Progress Series 375:219-228.
Meager, J.J.; Skjæraasen, J.E. ; Fernö, A.; Karlsen, �.; Løkkeborg, S.; Michalsen, K. and Utskot, S.O. (2009). Vertical dynamics and reproductive behaviour of farmed and wild cod (Gadus morhua). Marine Ecology Progress Series 389: 233-243.
Skjæraasen, J.E. ; Nilsen, T. ; Meager, J.J; Herbert, N.A; Moberg O.; Tronci V. ; Johansen T and Salvanes, A.G.V. (2008). Hypoxic avoidance behaviour in cod (Gadus morhua L.): The effect of temperature and haemoglobin genotype. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 358: 70-77.
Skjærrasen, J.E.; Meager, J.J. and Karlsen, � (2008). The expression of secondary sexual characteristics in recruit and repeat spawning farmed and wild cod. ICES Journal of Marine Science 65: 1710-1716. (DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsn147)
Meager, J.J. and Utne-Palm, A.C. (2008). Effect of turbidity on habitat preference of juvenile Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua and turbidity. Environmental Biology of Fishes 81(2): 149-155.
Meager, J.J. and Batty, R.S. (2007). Effects of turbidity on the spontaneous and prey searching activity of juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B 362 (1487): 2123-2130. (DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2007.21042)
Meager, J.J.; Domenici, P.; Shingles, A. and Utne-Palm, A.C. (2006). Escape responses in juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua): the effect of turbidity and predator velocity. Journal of Experimental Biology 209:4174-4184. [Download a reprint, limited to 50 copies]
Meager, J.J.; Williamson, I. and King, C.R. (2005). Factors affecting the distribution, abundance and diversity of fishes of soft-substrata tidal pools within Moreton Bay, Australia. Hydrobiologia 537 (1-3): 71-80. (DOI: 10.1007/s10750-004-2308-x).
Meager, J.J.; Williamson, I.; Loneragan, N.R. and Vance, D.J. (2005). Habitat selection of juvenile banana prawns, Penaeus merguiensis (de Man): testing the roles of habitat structure, predators, light phase and prawn size. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 324 (2): 89-98. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2005.04.012)
Meager, J.J.; Solbakken, T.; Utne-Palm, A.C. and Oen, T. (2005). Effects of turbidity on the reaction distance, search time and foraging success of juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62 (9): 1978-1984.
Meager, J.J.; Vance, D.J. ; Williamson, I. and Loneragan, N.R. (2003). Microhabitat distribution of juvenile Penaeus merguiensis de Man and other epibenthic crustaceans within a mangrove forest in subtropical Australia. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 294: 127-144. (DOI: 10.1016/S0022-0981(03)00241-7).
Meager, J.J.; Vance, D.J ; Williamson, I. and Loneragan, N.R. (2003). Seasonal variation, and environmental influences on juvenile banana prawn (Penaeus merguiensis) abundance in a subtropical estuary (Logan River) of eastern Australia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 56: 1-8. (DOI: 0.1016/S0272-7714(02)00375-X)

Created: 2009-08-10 Last Updated: 2016-10-29 by Justin MEAGER