Hayden Schilling

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Conjoint Associate Lecturer at UNSW Sydney. My research interests include fish biology and coastal ecology and statistics, particularly focused on species which are targeted by fishers.

Working with the NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries, I am primarily interested in the drivers of fisheries production in eastern Australia. I investigate oceanic drivers including transport mechanisms and relate them to fisheries catch. I am also involved in projects looking at elemental concentrations of Lepas barnacles, ecology of artificial reefs and otolith shape analysis.

I conducted my PhD on tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) in eastern Australia supervised by both UNSW and NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries. This species is a popular fish for both commercial and recreational fishers. My project was done in response to anecdotal declines in tailor. Working closely with NSW and QLD Fisheries, my research studied the ecology of tailor in eastern Australia and provided the ecological understanding for a successful management plan to ensure there are fish to catch and eat in the future. The four key aspects of my work were diet, reproduction, growth and juvenile habitat use.


Guest lecturer in:

  • MSCI2001 Introductory Marine Science
  • BIOS3081 Estuarine to Ocean Ecosystems
  • MSCI6681 Topics in Australian Marine Science


Journal articles
Folpp HR; Schilling HT; Clark GF; Lowry MB; Maslen B; Gregson M; Suthers IM, 2020, 'Artificial reefs increase fish abundance in habitat-limited estuaries', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 57, pp. 1752 - 1761, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13666
Schilling HT; Everett JD; Smith JA; Stewart J; Hughes JM; Roughan M; Kerry C; Suthers IM, 2020, 'Multiple spawning events promote increased larval dispersal of a predatory fish in a western boundary current', Fisheries Oceanography, vol. 29, pp. 309 - 323, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fog.12473
Suthers IM; Reid DD; Moksness E; Schilling HT, 2020, 'Novel fisheries investigations by Harald Dannevig: some parallels with Johan Hjort on the other side of the world', ICES Journal of Marine Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsaa001
Miranda T; Smith JA; Suthers IM; Mazumder D; Cruz DO; Schilling HT; Searle K; Vergés A; Secor D, 2019, 'Convictfish on the move: Variation in growth and trophic niche space along a latitudinal gradient', ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 76, pp. 2404 - 2412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsz098
Schilling HT; Smith JA; Stewart J; Everett JD; Hughes JM; Suthers IM, 2019, 'Reduced exploitation is associated with an altered sex ratio and larger length at maturity in southwest Pacific (east Australian) Pomatomus saltatrix', Marine Environmental Research, vol. 147, pp. 72 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.02.012
Brodie S; Litherland L; Stewart J; Schilling HT; Pepperell JG; Suthers IM, 2018, 'Citizen science records describe the distribution and migratory behaviour of a piscivorous predator, Pomatomus saltatrix', ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 75, pp. 1573 - 1582, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsy057
Lawson CL; Suthers IM; Smith JA; Schilling HT; Stewart J; Hughes JM; Brodie S, 2018, 'The influence of ontogenetic diet variation on consumption rate estimates: A marine example', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28479-7
Schilling HT; Reis-Santos P; Hughes JM; Smith JA; Everett JD; Stewart J; Gillanders BM; Suthers IM, 2018, 'Evaluating estuarine nursery use and life history patterns of Pomatomus saltatrix in eastern Australia', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 598, pp. 187 - 199, http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps12495
Schilling HT; Hughes JM; Smith JA; Everett JD; Stewart J; Suthers IM, 2017, 'Latitudinal and ontogenetic variation in the diet of a pelagic mesopredator (Pomatomus saltatrix), assessed with a classification tree analysis', Marine Biology, vol. 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-017-3105-1
Schilling HT; Hinchliffe C; Gillson JP; Miskiewicz A; Suthers IM, 'Coastal winds drive a recruitment mechanism for estuarine fisheries', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.24.170068