Dr Matt Taylor

BSc. (Adv. Sc.), Hons, PhD

Photo of Matt Taylor School of Biological Earth and Environmental Science
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052

Phone: +612 9385 2079
Fax: +612 9385 1558

Email: MattyTaylor at unsw.edu.au

Research Interests

Current Projects

I am an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales. I graduated with my PhD in March 2007, and since then have established a research group primarily investigating stock enhancement in New South Wales. Through my lab I investigate a diverse range of topics, including:

  1. Habitat use of migratory behavior and habitat use of bull shark Carcharinus leucas, dusky whaler shark Charcharinus obscurus, mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus), yellowfin bream (Acanthopagrus australis) and dusky flathead (Platycephalus fuscus);
  2. Enhancement and recovery of mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) stocks in New South Wales estuaries;
  3. Sea ranching of the eastern king prawns (Penaeus plebejus) and enhancement of recreational penaeid prawn fisheries;
  4. Establishing an ecological basis for Australian bass (Macquaria novemaculeata) in freshwater impoundments;
  5. Population genetics of mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) and the eastern king prawn (Penaeus plebejus);
  6. Ecology of euphausiid Nyctiphanes australis, in connection with oceanographic features, competitors and predators;
  7. Social behavior and ecology of co-occuring estuarine mysid species Rhopalopthalmus egregius, Haplostylus dakini and Doxomysis australiensis;
  8. Functional otolith morphology and early growth in Sciaenid fishes;
  9. Bioenergetics of mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus) and eastern king prawns (Penaeus plebejus)
  10. Ecology and distribution of estuarine larval fish.


  • 2008 - Australian Academy of Science 2008/09 Science Academies Program Award
  • 2007 - Australian Society for Fish Biology International Travel Award
  • 2007 - NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award
  • 2006 - Inaugural Recfish Australia Award for “Best Research Project with Recreational Outcomes”
  • 2006 - NSW DPI Fisheries John Holliday Student Conservation Award for Postgraduate Research
  • 2005 - Fisheries and Environmental Research Scholarship
  • 2003 - Apple Computer Australia UNSW Scholarship
  • 2002 - ARC/NSW DPI Fisheries Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry)
  • 2001 - UNSW Faculty Research Scholarship
  • 2000 - UNSW Faculty Research Scholarship

Current Students

  • Fairfax A. Natal homing and long-term migration patterns of large temperate estuarine predators. PhD commenced 2008.
  • Smith J. Optimising the stocking density of Australian bass in impoundments: Modelling predator demand and prey availability. PhD commenced 2008.
  • Chan JT. Establishing a genetic basis for the responsible stock enhancement of the eastern king prawns (Penaeus plebejus). PhD commenced 2008.
  • Ochwada F. Assessing the growth, survival and ecological implications of stocked eastern king prawns, Penaeus plebejus. PhD commenced 2007.
  • Pursche, AR. Optimising the stock enhancement of mulloway Argyrosomus japonicus (Sciaenidae): A bioenergetics approach. PhD commenced 2007.

Completed Students

  • Pursche AR (2006) Estimating the natural mortality of juvenile mulloway Argyrosomus japonicus for stock enhancement in NSW. Honours 1st Class.
  • Fairfax A (2008) Density dependent habitat selection in an estuarine finfish in southeast Australia - consequences for stock enhancement. Honours 1st Class.