Amy Smoothey is part of the Shark Research Group at the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre of Excellence. Amy attained her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2008 for her research on the ecology of harvested turban snails on intertidal and subtidal rocky reefs. She has over 8 years experience in researching invertebrates and vertebrates in coastal and estuarine environments of south-eastern Australia. Her research interests have focused on understanding, through the use of carefully designed experiments, the processes (e.g. movement-patterns) that cause and maintain patterns of animals’ distributions and abundance in habitats. Amy joined NSW DPI in 2003 where she worked, on a casual basis, until 2009, on various recreational angling research projects. More recently, Amy has coordinated research projects to understand aspects of the biology and ecology of commercially and recreationally harvested sharks in estuaries and coastal waters of NSW. This research will provide scientific-based guidelines for minimising the risk of shark attacks within estuaries such as Sydney Harbour, as well as, some of the necessary information to ensure species in NSW are effectively managed in an ecologically sustainable way.
Smoothey, A.F. and Chapman M.G. (2007). Small-scale variability in the dispersion of the sea urchin, Heliocidaris erythrogramma among boulders. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 340: 89-99.
Palmer, A., A Smoothey, S. Hishaw (2005). Book Review: Experimental Design for the Life Sciences by G.D. Ruxton & N. Colegrave. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 314: 113.
Byrne, M., Smoothey, A., Hoggett, A., Uthicke, S (2004). Population biology of shallow water holothurians and ophiuroids from Raine Island and Moulter Cay, Northern Great Barrier Reef. In: Munchen–Heinzeller and Nebelsick (eds) Echinoderms. Taylor and Francis Group, London, p165-169.
Byrne, M., Hoggett, A., Smoothey, A., Uthicke, S (2003). Raine Island and Moulter Cay Echinoderms: Diversity, Phylogeny, Population Biology and Life History. Raine Island Final Report 2002-2003.