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Marine Ecology Research Centre

Dr Daniele Cagnazzi

PhD (SCU)
Master (University of Bologna)

Research Summary

Dr Daniele CagnazziDr Daniele Cagnazzi Daniele is originally from Milano, Italy where he graduated in Environmental Science with specialisation in marine biotic resources in 2005 at University of Bologna with a final research thesis on "Population estimates of indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in the Great Sandy Strait, Queensland, Australia". He moved permanently to Australia in 2006 to conduct his PhD at Southern Cross University studying the conservation status and population genetic of Australian Snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in Central Queensland. After the PhD Daniele worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Central Queensland University and Southern Cross University, where he is employed at the present. He is research leader of a large multidisciplinary project "The Capricorn Cetaceans Project" which investigates the population viability, genetic population structure and toxicology status of inshore dolphins in Central Queensland in collaboration with Professor Cristina Fossi, University of Siena, Dr Michael Kruetzen, Anthropology Institute and museum, University of Zurich (where Daniele is associate researcher) and Dr Guido Parra, Flinders University. Daniele is also part of a large team investigating to genetic population structure of Australian Snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in the entire Queensland and Australia.

Research Interests

  • Marine Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Population genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Animal movement
  • Marine Mammals

whales I have broad research interest in marine ecology, conservation biology and animal movements with particular emphasis but not limited to marine mammals. At the moment my research is directed towards the conservation and understanding of marine mammal populations with particular emphasis on the mechanisms influencing their movement patterns, gene flow, habitat selection, socials structure, demography, and community structure.

Grants

Research Grants as Pl

2005 5,000 AU$. Abundance and distribution of humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) in the Great Sandy Strait, Queensland, Australia. (Queensland Park and Wildlife Service)
2006-07120,000 AU$:Conservation status of inshore dolphins primarily, Australian snubfin dolphin (Orcaella heinsonhi) and humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensisi) in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. (Natural Heritage Trust and Fitzroy Basin Association)
18,000 AU$:Extension of surveys to determine the conservation status of inshore dolphins in the Great Sandy Marine Park, Queensland, Australia. (Natural Heritage Trust and Burnett and Mary Regional Group)
200775,000 AU$:Population genetics and phylogeography of Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins in the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Great Sandy Marine Park: defining appropriate management units for conservation.(Caring for our Country)
70,000 AU$: Modelling habitat suitability of coastal dolphins along the QLD coast (in collaboration with Dr Guido Parra, University OF Queensland). (Australian Marine Mammal Centre)
200837,000 AU$:Population genetics and phylogeography of Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins in the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Great Sandy Marine Park: defining appropriate management units for conservation: extension. (Fitzroy Basin Association)
2010170,000 AU$Toxicology status of inshore dolphins species Sousa chinensis and Orcaella heinsohni in Australian waters (Australian Marine Mammal Centre).
201150,000 AU$Enhance conservation status of Australian snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin along the Capricorn Coast (Fitzroy Basin Association).
2012105,000 AU$Megafauna assessment of the Fitzroy River, QLD, Australia.

Research Grants as Co-Inv.

2009170,000 AU$: Population genetics and phylogeography of Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins: defining appropriate management units for conservation. (Australian Marine Mammal Centre).

Publications

Refereed

Allen S., Cagnazzi De B. D., Hodgson A. J., Loneragan, N.R. and Bejder L. (2012) Tropical inshore dolphins of north-western Australia: Unknown populations in a rapidly changing region. Pacific Conservation Biology 18 xx:xxx-xxx

Cagnazzi De B. D. and Harrison P.L. (2012). Coastal Development and flood stressors threaten the survivor of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin populations in the Central Great Barrier Reef (under submission in Nature).

Cagnazzi De B. D., Parra G.J. and Harrison P.L. (2012). At the hearth of the industrial boom: Australian snubfin dolphins in the Capricorn Coast, Queensland, need urgent conservation action (Under submission to Biological Conservation).

Brown A., Bejder L, Cagnazzi De B. D., Parra G. J. and Allen S. J. (2012). The North West Cape, Western Australia: An Important Area for the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin Sousa chinensis? (Submitted to Pacific Conservation Biology).

Soto A. B., Cagnazzi De B. D, Everingham Y, Parra G. J.3, and Marsh H. (2012). Acoustic alarms elicit only subtle responses in the behaviour of coastal dolphins in Queensland, Australia. (Submitted to Endangered Species Research).

Cagnazzi De B.D. , Peter L. Harrison, Graham Ross, Peter Lynch (2011). Abundance and site fidelity of Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins in the Great Sandy Strait, Queensland, Australia. Marine Mammal Science 27(2):255-281.

Published Conference Abstracts

Cagnazzi, D., Harrison, P., Ross. G, and Lynch, P. (2005). Abundance and home range of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins Sousa chinensis in the Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. Society for Marine Mammals Biennial Conference, San Diego, USA.

Cagnazzi, D., Harrison. P. (2006). Social structure movement pattern and site fidelity of indo-pacific humpback dolphin in the Great Sandy Strait, Queensland Australia. Australian Conference of Marine Mammal, Adelaide Australia.

Cagnazzi, D. (2010). Evidence of genetic isolation by habitat fragmentation in Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin from Queensland waters. Conservation Genetic Symposium, Hawaii.

Allen S. And D. Cagnazzi (2011) Alliance formation by male Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins of north-western Australia. Australian Marine Science Association, Fremantle, WA.

Bejder, Lars, Simon Allen; Alex Brown; Daniele Cagnazzi, Tamara Organ, Guido Parra (2011). North West Cape, Exmouth: A hotspot for Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) in Western Australia. Australian Marine Science Association, Fremantle, WA.

Cagnazzi, D. (2011). Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins growth rate do not follow human trend in costal industrialized regions. A comparative study to investigate impacts of coastal development on Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins survival. 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa, Florida.

Management Reports

Cagnazzi, D. (2007) Conservation status of inshore dolphin in the Great Sandy Marine Park. Implication for management. Final report to the Burnett and Mary Regional group and Department of Environment and heritage. Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre, 32 pages.

Cagnazzi D. (2007). An overview on the conservation status of inshore dolphin in the Southern great Barrier Reef. Final report to the Fitzroy Basin Association, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Department of Environment and Heritage. Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre 21 pages.

Parra, G. J and Cagnazzi D.(2010) Population genetics and phylogeography of Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins: defining appropriate management units for conservation. Australian Marine Mammals Centre.

Cagnazzi, D, Marsili L., Fossi C ana Harrison L. P (2011). Anthropogenic contaminants in Queensland's Coastal dolphins: levels and toxicological effects. Report SC/63/ES International Whaling Commission.