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James Cook University Townsville
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Peter Doll

Peter Doll


PhD candidate


B. Sc. Hons (I), James Cook University (2018)


James Cook University




Bio:

Peter grew up in the Bavarian Alps and, after leaving the mountains behind in quest of coral reefs, attained a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Class I) from JCU in 2018. As part of his honours research, he examined habitat specialisation and consequences of habitat loss for cryptobenthic coral reef fishes in Papua New Guinea with Prof. Geoffrey Jones and Prof. Philip Munday. As a research assistant in the Pratchett Lab in 2019-20, he was working on a broad range of research topics including the biology and ecology of the corallivorous crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS). In 2020, Peter commenced his PhD research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, investigating larval settlement in CoTS, advised by Prof. Morgan Pratchett, Dr. Ciemon Caballes, Dr. Sven Uthicke, Jason Doyle and Prof. Andrew Hoey. Using experimental and novel field sampling approaches, this project examines settlement induction by various chemical cues, spatiotemporal patterns in the field and their ecological drivers. This work aims to identify key factors promoting population replenishment and, using innovative genetic analyses, will likely improve our ability to predict, detect and manage population irruptions of this destructive starfish.

 

Publications:

2022

Doll PC, Caballes CF, Hoey AS, Uthicke S, Ling SD, Pratchett MS.  2022. Larval settlement in echinoderms: a review of processes and patterns.  Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review   60: in press.

Pratchett MS, Caballes CF, Burn D, Doll PC, Chandler JF, Doyle JR, Uthicke S.  2022. Scooter-assisted large area diver-based (SALAD) visual surveys to test for renewed outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster cf. solaris) in the northern Great Barrier Reef. A report to the Australian Government by the COTS Control Innovation Program.

Lang BJ, Donelson JM, Caballes CF, Uthicke S, Doll PC, Pratchett MS.  2022. Effects of elevated temperature on the performance and survival of pacific crown‑of‑thorns starfish (Acanthaster cf. solaris)Marine Biology   169: 43.

2021

Doll PC, Messmer V, Uthicke S, Doyle JR, Caballes CF, Pratchett MS.  2021. DNA-based detection and patterns of larval settlement of the corallivorous crown-of-thorns sea star (Acanthaster sp.).  The Biological Bulletin   241: 271-285.

Doll PC, Munday PL, Bonin MC, Jones GP.  2021. Habitat specialisation and overlap in coral reef gobies of the genus Eviota (Teleostei: Gobiidae).  Marine Ecology Progress Series   677: 81-94.

Pratchett MS, Caballes CF, Cvitanovic C, Raymundo ML, Babcock RC, Bonin MC.. Doll PC et al.  2021. Knowledge gaps in the biology, ecology and management of the Pacific crown-of-thorns sea star, Acanthaster sp., on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  The Biological Bulletin   241: 330-346.

Hoey AS, Harrison HB, McClure EC, Burn D, Barnett A, Cresswell B, Doll PC, Galbraith G, Pratchett MS.  2021. Coral Sea Marine Park Coral Reef Health Survey 2021. Report prepared for Parks Australia.

Lang BJ, Donelson JM, Caballes CF, Doll PC, Pratchett MS.  2021. Metabolic responses of Pacific crown-of-thorns sea stars (Acathaster sp.) to Acute Warming.  The Biological Bulletin   241: 347-358.

Thompson CA, Hoey AS, Montanari SR, Messmer V, Doll PC, Pratchett MS.  2021. Territoriality and condition of Chevron Butterflyfish (Chaetodon trifascialis) with varying coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Environmental Biology of Fishes   104: 53–69.

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au