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Dr Jason Morton
|School:||Discipline of Science and Mathematics
|Location:||Science and Maths Building|
|Phone:||(02) 4980 2220|
|Qualifications:||BEd, BSc (Hons), PhD|
|Research:||Jason is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Mathematics where he started lecturing biology in a sessional capacity in 2001 whilst completing his Honours degree on intertidal rocky shore ecology (University of Newcastle, completed 2002) and his PhD on the ecology of wrasses (University of Newcastle, completed 2007). His PhD research focused on the biology, distribution, feeding and behaviour of three species of sex-changing fishes called wrasses.
More recent projects include the use of baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) to determine the distribution patterns of rocky reef fishes in Lake Macquarie, the effects of human disturbance on the biological assemblages of exposed sandy beaches, social structure of wrasses, and the use of natural body markings in fish identification.
Jason has been the recipient of several research grants and consultancies, including funding provided by the Australian Geographic Society for his work on the social organisation of wrasses, and he has supervised several research students, examined several PhD theses and refereed many scientific papers for international journals. He serves on the Lake Macquarie Estuary and Coastal Management Committee and regularly assists other universities and ecological consultancy agencies with diverse projects ranging from the ecology of razor clams to recruitment of fishes onto artificial reefs, surveys of grey nurse sharks, and mark-recapture and aging of Port Jackson sharks.
Public interest in Jason's research pursuits has seen him invited to present at many public functions and do several radio/TV interviews. Jason is also frequently asked by schools, churches and clubs to lead walks on the rocky shore for which he has developed a photographic field guide available for free in pdf format on request.
|About:||Jason loves the ocean and in his spare time immerses himself in SCUBA diving, surfing, beach combing, photography and travel.|
|Select Publications:||Morton JK, Ward E and deBerg K (2012) The effect of human disturbance (beach cleaning and off-road vehicles) on the biological assemblages of exposed sandy beaches in the City of Lake Macquarie. Report to Lake Macquarie City Council, 126 pp. May 2012.
Morton JK, and Gladstone W (2011) Spatial, temporal and ontogenetic variation in the association of fishes (family Labridae) with rocky-reef habitats. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 870-884
Morton JK and Gladstone W (2010) Fish assemblages associated with rocky reef habitat in the Lake Macquarie estuary. Report to Lake Macquarie City Council, 54 pp. January 2010.
Morton JK, Gladstone W, Hughes JM and Stewart J (2008) Comparison of the life histories of three co-occurring wrasses (Teleostei: Labridae) in coastal waters of south-eastern Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 59: 560-574
Morton JK, Platell MA and Gladstone W (2008) Differences in feeding ecology among three co-occurring species of wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) on rocky reefs of temperate Australia. Marine Biology 154:577-592
Morton JK, Gladstone W, Hughes JM and Stewart J (2008), Australian Society for Fish Biology 2008 Conference, Paper presentation, The life-histories and behaviour of Notolabrus gymnogenis and Ophthalmolepis lineolatus (Teleostei: Labridae): implications for their management. Sydney, 17-18 September.
Morton JK (2007) The ecology of three species of wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) on temperate rocky reefs of New South Wales, Australia. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia, unpublished.
Morton JK, Platell ME and Gladstone W (2007) Australian Society for Fish Biology 2007 Conference, Paper presentation, Differences in feeding ecology facilitate co-occurrence of three wrasse species (Pisces: Labridae) on rocky reefs of temperate Australia. Canberra, 14-15 September.
Morton JK and Gladstone W (2005) Australian Society for Fish Biology 2005 Conference, Paper presentation, Comparative behaviour of three wrasses (Labridae) on temperate rocky reefs of NSW. Darwin, 14-15 July.
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