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PERSONAL DATA

Gender male
Job title Professor in Marine Ecology
Department Biological Sciences
Institution
Macquarie University, Faculty of Science, Science Centre (
Level 1, Building E7A Macquarie University Herring Road North Ryde Sydney 2109
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Macquarie University, Faculty of Science, Science Centre Level 1, Building E7A Macquarie University Herring Road North Ryde
Sydney
NSW
2109
Australia
Regions Sea of Azov
Tel (61) (2) 9850 7970
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PROFESSIONAL DATA

Degree PhD
Job type Teaching/Education , Research
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities Research Interests: reproductive, foraging, behavioural and population ecology of cephalopods, sharks, marine birds and mammals.
Research Region 102
Skills/Expertise whales, seals, conservation policy, behavioural ecology, animal handling, commercial SBSA diving
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Prof. Robert HARCOURT)

1. Field, I., Harcourt, R.G., Boehme, L., Nico de Bruyn, P.J., Charrasin, J-B., McMahon, C., Bester, M.N., Fedak, M.A., Hindell, M.A. (In press) Refining instrument attachment on phocid seals. Marine Mammal Science. Accepted May 21 2011. 2. Steckenreuter, A., Harcourt, R., Moller, L. (In press). Are Speed Restriction Zones an effective management tool for minimising impacts of boats on dolphins in an Australian marine park? Marine Policy accepted May 21 2011 3. Charrier, I., Ahonen, H., Harcourt, R. (In press) What makes an Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) male's bark threatening? Journal of Comparative Psychology accepted May 10 2011 4. Gibbs, SE, Harcourt, R., Kemper, C. (in press) Niche differentiation of bottlenose dolphin species in South Australia revealed by stable isotopes and stomach contents. Wildlife Research accepted May 9 2011 5. Bilgmann K, Möller LM, Harcourt RG, Kemper CM, Beheregaray LB (2011) The Use of Carcasses for the Analysis of Cetacean Population Genetic Structure: A Comparative Study in Two Dolphin Species. PLoS ONE 6(5): e20103. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020103 6. Carroll E., Alexander, A., Patenaude, N, Steel, D., Harcourt R., Childerhouse, S., Smith, S., Bannister J., Burnell S., Constantine R., Baker C.S. (in press) Population structure and individual movement of southern right whales around New Zealand and Australia. MEPS accepted March 24 2011 7. Huveneers, C., Otway, N.M., Harcourt, R.G., Ellis, M. 2011 Quantification of the maternal-embryo nutritional relationship of elasmobranchs: case study of wobbegong sharks (genus Orectolobus) in eastern Australia. Journal of Fish Biology 78: 1375-1389. 8. Pitcher, B., Ahonen, H., Charrier, I., Harcourt, R. 2010. Allosuckling behavior in the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinera): an updated understanding. Marine Mammal Science. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.0044.x 9. Pitcher, B., Harcourt, R., Charrier, I. 2010. Rapid onset of maternal vocal recognition in a colonially breeding mammal, the Australian sea lion. PLoS One 10.1371/journal.pone.0012195 10. Pitcher, B., Harcourt, R. , Schall, B., Charrier, I. 2010. Social olfaction in marine mammals: wild female Australian sea lions can identify their pup?s scent accepted July 22 2010 Biology Letters doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0569 11. Kessler, M., Harcourt, R. 2010. Aligning tourist, industry and Government expectations: a case study from the swim with whales industry in Tonga. Marine Policy 34: 1350?1356. 12. Attard, M., Pitcher, B., Ahonen, H., Charrier, I., Harcourt, R. 2010. Vocal discrimination in mate guarding male Australian sea lions: familiarity breeds contempt. Ethology 116(8):704-712 13. Pitcher, B., Harcourt, R. , Charrier, I. 2010. The memory remains: Long-term vocal recognition in Australian sea lions. Animal Cognition 13: 771-776 Featured in Science 21 May 2010 14. Pronk, R., Wilson, D. Harcourt, R. 2010. Video playback demonstrates episodic personality in the gloomy octopus. Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 1035-1041. Featured in Inside JEB 15. Harcourt, R, Turner, E, Hindell, M, Waas, J., Hall. A. 2010 Effects of capture stress on free-ranging, reproductively active male Weddell seals. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 196: 147-154 16. Huveneers, C., Luo, K., Otway, N., Harcourt, R. 2009. Assessing the distribution and relative abundance of wobbegong sharks (Family: Orectolobidae) in New South Wales, Australia using recreational divers. Aquatic Living Resources 22 (3) 255-264 17. Ahonen, H, Harcourt, R, Stow, A. 2009. Nuclear and mitochondrial DNA reveals isolation of imperilled grey nurse shark populations (Carcharius taurus). Molecular Ecology 18: 4409-4421 18. Charrier, I., Pitcher, B., Harcourt R. 2009. Vocal recognition of mothers by Australian sea lion pups: individual signature and environmental constraints. Animal Behaviour doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.07.032 19. Bilgmann, K., Moller, L.M., Harcourt, R., Gales, R., Beheregaray L. B. 2009. Reply to ?Clarifying the interpretation of Hamer et al. (2008) by Bilgmann et al. (2008)? Animal Conservation12: 289?290 20. Pitcher BJ, Ahonen H, Harcourt RG, Charrier I. 2009. Delayed onset of vocal recognition in Australian sea lion pups (Neophoca cinerea). Naturwissenschaften. 96:901?909 21. Bilgmann, K., Moller, L.M., Harcourt, R., Gales, R., Beheregaray L. B. 2008. Common dolphins subject to fisheries impacts in Southern Australia are genetically differentiated: implications for conservation. Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/j.1469-1795.2008.00213.x 22. Gwilliam, J., Charrier, I., Harcourt, R. 2008. Vocal recognition in male Australian sea lions. Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 2288-2295 23. Wheatley, K.E., Nichols, P.D., Hindell, M.A., Harcourt, R.G., Bradshaw, C.J.A. 2008. Differential mobilization of blubber fatty acids in lactating Weddell seals: evidence for preferential use. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81(5):651?662. 24. Corrigan, S., Huveneers, C., Schwartz, , T. S., Harcourt, R.G. and. Beheregaray L. B. 2008. Genetic and reproductive evidence for a cryptic species of wobbegong shark on the Australian East Coast. Journal of Fish Biology 73: 1662-1675. 25. Moller, L.M., Harcourt, R. 2008. Shared reproductive state enhances female associations in dolphins. Research Letters in Ecology Article ID 498390, 5 pages 26. Wheatley, K.E., Bradshaw, C.J.A., Harcourt, R.G., Hindell, M.A. 2008. Feast or famine: evidence for mixed capital-income breeding strategies in the Weddell seal. Oecologia 155: 11-20. 27. Allen, S., Constantine, R., Bejder, L., Waples, K., Harcourt, R (in press) Can?t sleep, can?t eat, let?s split: short-term responses by indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins to tour boats in Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia Journal of Cetacean Research and Management ( 28. Harcourt, R., Kingston, J.J., Waas J.R., Hindell, M.A. 2008. Foraging while breeding: alternative mating strategies by male Weddell seals? Aquatic Conservation 17: S68-S78. 29. Gulesserian, M., Kessler, M. Harcourt, R. 2007. Are we loving our whales to death: the sustainability of a growing whale-watch industry. Proceedings of the 5th International coastal and marine tourism congress: Balancing marine tourism, development and sustainability. Eds: M. Lück, Gräupl, A., Auyong, J., Miller, M.L., Orams, M. AUT University, Auckland New Zealand. P644. 30. Wheatley, K.E., Nichols, P., Hindell, M.A., Harcourt, R.G., Bradshaw, C.J.A 2007. Temporal variation in the vertical stratification of blubber fatty acids alters diet predictions for lactating Weddell seals Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 352: 103-113. 31. Huveneers, C., Otway, N.M., Gibbs, S.E. and Harcourt, R.G. 2007. Quantitative diet assessment of Wobbegong Sharks (genus Orectolobus) in New South Wales, Australia. ICES Journal of Marine Science DOI 10:1093/icesjms/fsm111 32. Huveneers, C., Walker, T., Otway, N., Harcourt, R. 2007. Reproductive synchrony of three sympatric species of wobbegong (genus Orectolobus) in New South Wales, Australia: reproductive parameter estimates necessary for population modelling. Marine and Freshwater Research 58: 765-777 33. Bilgmann, K., Möller, L., Harcourt, R., Gibbs, S., Beheregaray, L. 2007. Genetic differentiation in bottlenose dolphins from South Australia: a correlation with local oceanography and coastal geography? Marine Ecology Progress Series. 341:265-276. 34. Littnan, C.L. Arnould, J.P.Y Harcourt, R G. 2007. Effect of proximity to the shelf edge on the diet of female Australian fur seals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 3338: 257-267 35. Allen, S., Smith, H., Waples, K., Harcourt, R. 2007. The voluntary code of conduct for dolphin watching in Port Stephens, N.S.W., Australia: Is self-regulation an effective management tool? Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 9(2): 159-166. 36. Huveneers, C., Otway, N., Harcourt, R. 2007. Morphometric relationships and catch composition of wobbegong sharks (Chondricthyes: Orectolobus) commercially fished in New South Wales, Australia Proceedings of the Linnean Society of NSW 128: 243-250. 37. Harcourt, R.G., Kingston, J.J., Cameron, M., Waas, J.R. and Hindell, M.A. 2007. Paternity analysis shows experience, not age, enhances mating success in an aquatically mating pinniped, the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 643-652 38. Huveneers, C., Harcourt, R. and Otway, N. 2006. Observations of localised movements and residence times of wobbegong sharks (Orectolobus halei) at Fish Rock, NSW, Australia. Cybium 30: 103-111 39. Zenger KR, Stow AJ, Peddemors, V., Briscoe DA, Harcourt RG. 2006. Wide-spread utility of highly informative AFLP molecular markers across divergent shark species Journal of Heredity 97: 607 - 611 40. Möller, L., Beheregaray, L. Allen, S., Harcourt, R. 2006. Association patterns and kinship in female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) of southeastern Australia Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 109-117. 41. Collins K.T., Terhune, J.M., Rogers, T.L., Wheatley, K.E., Harcourt, R.G. 2006. Vocal individuality of in-air Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) pup 'primary' calls Marine Mammal Science 22: 933-951. 42. Charrier, I., Harcourt, R. 2006. Individual vocal identity in mother and pup Australian sea lions, Neophoca cinerea Journal of Mammalogy. 87: 929-938. 43. Wheatley, K.E., Bradshaw, C.J.AS., Davis, L.S., Harcourt, R.G., Hindell, M.A. 2006. Influence of maternal mass and condition on energy transfer in Weddell seals. Journal of Animal Ecology. 75: 724-733. 44. Stow, A., Zenger, K., Briscoe, D., Gillings, M., Peddemors, V., Otway, N. Harcourt, R. 2006. Isolation and genetic diversity of endangered grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus) populations. Biology Letters. 2: 308-311. 45. Wheatley, K.E., Bradshaw, C.J.AS., Harcourt, R.G., Davis, L.S., Hindell, M.A. 2006. Chemical immobilization of adult female Weddell seals with tiletamine and zolazepam: effects of age, condition and stage of lactation BMC Veterinary Research 2:8 doi:10.1186/1746-6148-2-8. 46. Lemon, M, Lynch, T., Cato, D. Harcourt, R. 2006. Response of travelling bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) to experimental approaches by a powerboat in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Biological Conservation 127: 363-372. 47. Bradshaw, C.J.A., Hindell, M.A., Littnan, C., Harcourt, R.G. 2006. Determining Marine Movements of Australasian Pinnipeds. In: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G. and Lee, M . (Eds). Evolution and Biogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. 48. Harcourt, R.G. 2006.Weddell Seals. In. Encyclopedia of the Antarctic. B. Riffenburgh (Ed). Routledge. Pp 1058-1060 49. Kaliszewska, Z.A., Ronwtree, V.J., Seger, J., Barco, S.G., Benegas, R., Best, P.B., Brown, M.W., Brownell Jr., R.L., Carribero, A., Harcourt, R., Knowlton, A.R., Masrshall-Tilas, K., Patenaude, N.J., Rivarola, M., Schaeff, C.M., Sironi, M., Smith, W.A., Yamada, T.K. 2005. Population histories of right whales (Cetacaea: Eubalaena) inferred from mitochondrial sequence diversities and divergences of their whale lice (Amphipoda: Cyamus). Molecular Ecology. 14: 3439-3456. 50. Collins, K.T., Rogers, T.L., Terhune, J.M., McGreevy, P.D., Wheatley, K.E., Harcourt, R.G. 2005. Individual variation of in-air female ?pup-contact? calls in Weddell seals, Leptonychotes weddellii. Behaviour 142: 167-189. 51. Harcourt, R.G.. 2005. New Zealand fur seal. Handbook of New Zealand Mammals, 2nd Edition. (Ed C.M. King) Oxford University Press. pp225-235. 52. Harcourt, R.G. 2005. SubAntarctic fur seal. Handbook of New Zealand Mammals, 2nd Edition. (Ed C.M. King) Oxford University Press. pp235-236. 53. Harcourt, R.G. 2005. New Zealand sea lion. Handbook of New Zealand Mammals, 2nd Edition. (Ed C.M. King) Oxford University Press. pp236-241. 54. Harcourt, R.G. 2005. Southern elephant seal. Handbook of New Zealand Mammals, 2nd Edition. (Ed C.M. King) Oxford University Press. Pp242-247. 55. Harcourt, R.G. 2005. Weddell seal. Handbook of New Zealand Mammals, 2nd Edition. (Ed C.M. King) Oxford University Press. Pp247-250. 56. Harcourt, R.G. 2005. Leopard seal. Handbook of New Zealand Mammals, 2nd Edition. (Ed C.M. King) Oxford University Press. Pp251-252. 57. Harcourt, R.G. 2005. Crabeater seal. Handbook of New Zealand Mammals, 2nd Edition. (Ed C.M. King) Oxford University Press. Pp252-254. 58. Harcourt, R.G. 2005. Ross seal. Handbook of New Zealand Mammals, 2nd Edition. (Ed C.M. King) Oxford University Press. Pp254-255. 59. Otway, N.M., Bradshaw, C.J.A, Harcourt, R.G. 2004. Estimating the rate of quasi-extinction of the Australian grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus) population using deterministic age- and stage-classified models Biological Conservation 119: 341-350. 60. Bradshaw, C.J.A., R.G. Harcourt and L.S. Davis. 2003. Male-biased sex ratios in New Zealand fur seal pups relative to environmental variation. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 53: 297-307. 61. Hindell, M.A., Bradshaw, C. J. A, Harcourt, R.G. 2003. Ecosystem monitoring: are seals a potential tool for monitoring change in marine systems? In Gales, N. J., M. A. Hindell and R. Kirkwood (Eds). Marine mammals: fisheries, tourism and management issues. CSIRO pp 318-331 62. Blumstein, D.L, Anthony, L.L., Harcourt, R.G. and Ross, G. 2003. Testing a key assumption of wildlife buffer zones: Is flight initiation distance a species-specific trait? Biological Conservation 110: 97-100. 63. Bradshaw, C. J. A., R. J. Barker, L. S. Davis, R. G. Harcourt. 2003. Estimating survival and capture probability of New Zealand fur seal pups using multi-stratum mark-recapture models. Journal of Mammalogy 84: 65-80. 64. Hindell, M.A, Harcourt, R.G., Waas, J.R and Thompson, D. 2002. Fine-scale, three dimensional spatial use of diving lactating female Weddell seals, Leptonychotes weddellii Marine Ecology Progress Series 242: 275-284. 65. Möller, L, Allen, S and Harcourt, R 2002. Abundance, site fidelity and group characteristics of ?bottlenose dolphins? (Tursiops aduncus) in Port Stephens and Jervis Bay. Australian Mammalogy 24: 11-22. 66. Little S.J. R. Harcourt and A.P. Clevenger 2002. Do wildlife passages act as prey-traps? Biological Conservation 107: 135-145 67. Harcourt, R.G., C.J. Bradshaw, K. Dickson and L.S. Davis. 2002. Foraging ecology of a generalist predator, the New Zealand fur seal. Marine Ecology Progress Series 227: 11-24 68. Harcourt, R.G., C.J. Bradshaw and L.S. Davis. 2001. Summer foraging behaviour of a generalist predator, the New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) Wildlife Research 28: 599-606. 69. Möller, L.M., Beheregaray, L.B., Harcourt, R.G., Krutzen, M. 2001. Alliance membership and kinship in wild male bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) of southeastern Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 268: 1-7. 70. Davis, L.S., Harcourt, R.G. and Bradshaw, C.J.A. 2001. The winter migration of Adelie penguins breeding in the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica. Polar Biology 24: 593-597 71. Harcourt, R.G. 2001. New Zealand fur seal. Advances in New Zealand Mammalogy 1990-2000: Pinnipeds. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Special Issue 31: 135-141 72. Harcourt, R.G. 2001. New Zealand sea lion. Advances in New Zealand Mammalogy 1990-2000: Pinnipeds. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Special Issue 31: 141-145 73. Harcourt, R.G. 2001. Leopard seal. Advances in New Zealand Mammalogy 1990-2000: Pinnipeds. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Special Issue 31: 152-152 74. Harcourt, R.G. 2001. Southern elephant seal. Advances in New Zealand Mammalogy 1990-2000: Pinnipeds. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Special Issue 31: 145-148. 75. Harcourt, R.G. 2001. Weddell seal. Advances in New Zealand Mammalogy 1990-2000: Pinnipeds. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Special Issue 31: 148-151 76. Harcourt, R.G. 2001. Crabeater seal. Advances in New Zealand Mammalogy 1990-2000: Pinnipeds. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Special Issue 31: 152-153 77. Harcourt, R.G. 2001. Ross seal. Advances in New Zealand Mammalogy 1990-2000: Pinnipeds. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Special Issue 31: 153-160 78. Hunter, FM. Harcourt, RG, Wright, M and Davis, LS. 2000. Strategic allocation of ejaculates by male Adélie penguins. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 267: 1541-1545. 79. Harcourt, R.G., Hindell, M.A., Bell, D. G. and Waas, J.R. 2000. Three dimensional dive profiles of free-ranging Weddell seals Polar Biology 23: 479-486. 80. Mendl, M. and R. Harcourt. 2000. Individuality in the domestic cat: origins, development and stability. In The domestic cat: the biology of its behaviour, 2nd Edition. D.C. Turner and P. Bateson (eds.) CUP, Cambridge, pp47-64. 81. Bradshaw, C. J. A., L. S. Davis, C. Lalas and R. G. Harcourt. 2000. Geographic and temporal variation in the condition of pups of the New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri): evidence for density dependence and differences in the marine environment. Journal of Zoology, London. 252: 41-51 82. Bradshaw, C.J.A., C. Lalas, L. Perriman, R.G. Harcourt, H. Best and L.S. Davis. 1999. Seasonal oscillation in shore attendance and transience of New Zealand fur seals Canadian Journal of Zoology 77: 814-823. 83. Fea, N., R. Harcourt, C. Lalas. 1999. Seasonal variation in the diet of New Zealand fur seals (Arctocephalus forsteri) on Otago Peninsula, New Zealand. Wildlife Research. 26: 147-160. 84. Davis, L. S., F.M. Hunter, R.G. Harcourt and S.M. Heath. 1998. Reciprocal homosexual mounting in Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae). Emu 98: 136-137. 85. Harcourt, R.G., Hindell, M.A. and Waas, J.R. 1998. Under-ice movements and territory use in free-ranging Weddell seals during the breeding season. New Zealand Natural Sciences 23: 72-73. 86. Davis, L.S., R.G. Harcourt and C.J. Bradshaw. 1998. The winter migration of Adelie Penguins breeding in the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica: preliminary results and predictions. New Zealand Natural Sciences 23: 248 87. Möller, L.M. and R.G. Harcourt. 1998 Social dynamics and activity patterns of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in Jervis Bay, southeastern Australia Proceedings of the Linnean Society of NSW 120: 181-189. 88. Harcourt, R. and L. Davis. 1997. The use of satellite telemetry to determine fur seal foraging areas. In:

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Created: 1997-04-02 Last Updated: 2015-07-03 by Robert HARCOURT