Nicole M. Phillips

Assistant Professor

Teaching Interests

BSC 110/L Principles of Biological Science I

BSC 201/L General Zoology

BSC 445/L Marine Biology

Research Interests

My research uses molecular approaches to answer questions that are relevant to the conservation and management of endangered, protected or exploited marine vertebrates. I am especially interested in the genetic composition of populations over space and time, with research into historic and contemporary levels of genetic diversity, population structure, demographic history and the impact of landscape features on marine populations. I have experience working with marine and freshwater fishes, marine invertebrates, elasmobranchs and cetaceans. Current research includes historic levels of genetic diversity and bottlenecks in sawfishes, landscape genetics of bottlenose dolphin, sawfish rostra morphology and the prevalence of sex-biased dispersal in elasmobranchs.

Selected Representative Publications

Phillips NM, Chaplin JA, Peverell SC & Morgan DL (2016) Contrasting population structures of three Pristis sawfishes with different patterns of habitat use. Marine and Freshwater Research

Phillips, N.M. & Rosel, P.E. 2014. A method for prioritizing research on common bottlenose dolphin stocks through evaluation of threats and data availability: development and application to bay, sound and estuary stocks in Texas. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-665, 146 p.

Kyne, P.M., Simpfendorfer, C.A., D'Anastasi, B.R. & Phillips, N.M. 2014. Regional status review: Australia. In: L. R. Harrison & N. K. Dulvy (Eds.), Sawfish: a global strategy for conservation. International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission's Shark Specialist Group.

Whitty, J., Phillips, N., Morgan, D., Peverell, S., McAuley, R., Field, I., Thorburn, D. & Simpfendorfer, C. 2014. Utility of rostra for the identification of Australian sawfishes. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 24:791-804.

Gardner, M.J., Cottingham, A., Hesp, S.A., Chaplin, J.A., Jenkins, G.I., Phillips, N.M. & Potter, I.C. 2013. Comparisons of the biological and genetic characteristics of restocked and wild individuals of a sparid (Acanthopagrus butcheri) in an estuary. Reviews in Fisheries Science 21: 441-453.

Phillips, N.M., Chaplin, J.A., Morgan, D.L. & Peverell, S.C. 2011. Population genetic structure and genetic diversity of three critically endangered Pristis sawfishes in Australian Waters. Marine Biology 158(4): 903-915.

Morgan, D.L., Whitty, J.M., Phillips, N.M., Thorburn, D.C., Chaplin, J.A. & McAuley, R. 2011. North-western Australia as a hotspot for endangered elasmobranchs with particular reference to sawfishes and the Northern River Shark. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 94: 345-358.

Phillips, N., Chaplin, J., Morgan, D. & Peverell, S. 2009. Extraction and amplification of DNA from the dried rostra of sawfishes (Pristidae) for applications in conservation genetics. Pacific Conservation Biology 15(2): 128-134.