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Research interests

  • Penaeid prawn ecology
  • Commercial prawn fisheries
  • Marine stock enhancement
  • Artificial reefs
  • Estuarine habitat rehabilitation
  • Fish behaviour
  • Effects of estuarine water quality on fisheries productivity


Following an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, Matt commenced his Academic career as a Lecturer in Applied Marine Ecology at the University of NSW, coordinating several late stage and postgraduate courses, and two coursework Masters programs. Dr. Matt Taylor joined the Department in 2011 as a Scientific Officer, before being appointed as a Senior Research Scientist in 2012. His core research vision centres on the scientific development and subsequent application of innovative approaches to improve both fisheries productivity and sustainability. This vision is realised through several internationally significant, collaborative research programs, most notably in study of fish habitat, recruitment and population processes, and the application of this knowledge to the development of approaches that address recruitment and habitat bottlenecks. He has supervised 7 PhD students to completion, and has 6 current PhD students, and is a Conjoint/Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Newcastle, Murdoch University and Senior Fellow with the University of NSW. He is the designated Species Expert – Prawns for NSW, a member of the NSW DPI Senior Scientist Group, a departmental representative on the Fisheries Scientific Committee and the NSW IMOS Scientific Reference Group, a state representative on the Australian Animal Tracking and Monitoring System (AATAMS) Scientific and Data Committee, and a national representative on the International Scientific Committee for Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching.


  • PhD (2007) – Biological Oceanography (Thesis title: Environmental impact of stocked mulloway fingerlings in NSW estuaries)
  • Honours Class I (2003) – Marine Science (Thesis title: Evaluating novel marker systems for use in the molecular ecology of bottlenose dolphin Tursiops sp.)
  • BSc Advanced Science –Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (UNSW)

Current projects

  • Coastal and Estuarine Fish Tracking Project (Various funding bodies)
  • NSW Fisheries Enhancement Research and Monitoring Program (Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust)
  • Understanding the factors contributing to decreased school prawn productivity in Camden Haven River and associated lakes, to target ameliorative actions (Fisheries Research and Development Corporation)
  • Enhancing estuary perch spawning habitat in the Clyde River: Trial and evaluation (Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust)
  • Eraring Power Station Fish Relocation Project (Origin Energy)
  • Understanding the impact of habitat loss and rehabilitation on the NSW eastern king prawn (EKP) fishery (Fisheries Research and Development Corporation)
  • Do coastal currents feed the harvest from purpose-built, offshore artificial reefs? (ARC Linkage)
  • Eastern King Prawn tagging to understand connectivity between temporary closures and offshore trawl harvest
  • Contamination of commercial fish and crustaceans with perfluoroalkyl substances (PFOS and PFOA), including contaminant loads and depuration

Recent publications

Please refer to Matt Taylor's Google scholar page.

Professional associations and achievements

  • 2009 Australian Research Council (ARC) Early Career Researcher Award
  • 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
  • 2007 Australian Research Council Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (Industry)
  • 2006 Inaugural Recfish Australia Award for "Best Research Project with Recreational Fishing Outcomes"
  • 2006 NSW DPI Fisheries John Holliday Student Conservation Award for Postgraduate Research

Contact details

Email: matt.taylor@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 4916 3937