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Andre Chiaradia

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Marine Scientist

Andre works on prey-predator relationships and interactions with their environment using little penguins as an ecological model. Together with collaborators, they have been using more sensitive variables such as foraging efficiency, presence/absence of thermoclines, foraging-trip-duration, isotopic niche analysis, fractal diving analysis and new spatial-temporal scales to detect penguins' response to environmental changes. His research produced over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on little penguins at sea. Andre is on the editorial board of PLoS ONE and section editor of PLos Climate, past editor of the Australasian Seabird Group Bulletin, current a steering committee member of the  IUCN Penguin Specialist Group and adjunct Associate Professor to the Monash University. See also interview at ABC Meet the Scientist.



       Phone: + 61 (3) 59512849

       Mail:     Phillip Island Nature Parks, PO Box 97, Cowes Vic. 3922, Australia

Professional area

Foraging ecology, seabirds, little penguins, trophic interactions, food webs, ecosystem ecology

Current projects

  • Ecosystem modelling of Northwest Bass Strait - Ecopath with Ecosim
  • Food web of little penguins
  • Prey-predator interactions using isotopic diet
  • Diving behaviour of little penguins
  • Attendance patterns and environment changes
  • Development and upgrade of remote automated systems
  • Effect of artificial light on penguins and shearwaters
  • Research newsletter and website editor

Current post graduate students and fellows

  • Dr Marianna Chimienti. Movement ecology and climate change (Post Doc, Marie Curie Fellowship, Centre d'Études Biologiques de Chizé, France)
  • Julia B. Morais. Assessment of Little penguin's response to fast environmental changes in an enclosed bay. (Ph.D., Monash University)
  • Nicolas Joly. Effects of environmental conditions on foraging performance of inshore seabirds (Ph.D., University de Strasbourg)
  • Benjamin Dupuis. The effect of anthropause caused by Covid-19 lockdown on little penguins. (M.Sc., Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France)
  • Eleanor Moore. Change in penguin breeding and diet under increase marine heat waves. (Honours, Monash University)

Selected recent publications (full list in Research Gate)

Saraux, C. and Chiaradia, A. (2022). Age-related breeding success in little penguins: a result of selection and ontogenetic changes in foraging and phenology. Ecological Monographs 92( 1):e01495.

Amélineau, F., C. Saraux, Y. Ropert-Coudert, A. Kato, K. A. Hobson, B. Raymond, I. Zimmer and A. Chiaradia (2021). "Intra- and inter-individual changes in little penguin diving and isotopic composition over the breeding season." Marine Biology 168(5): 62.

Barreau E, Kato A, Chiaradia A, Ropert-Coudert Y (2021) "The consequences of chaos: Foraging activity of a marine predator remains impacted several days after the end of a storm." PLOS ONE 16(7): e0254269.

Ramírez, F., A. Chiaradia, D. A. O'Leary and R. D. Reina (2021). "Making the most of the old age: Autumn breeding as an extra reproductive investment in older seabirds." Ecology and Evolution 11, Issue 10, 5393-5401

Boersma, P. D., P. G. Borboroglu, N. J. Gownaris, C. A. Bost, A. Chiaradia, S. Ellis, T. Schneider, P. J. Seddon, A. Simeone, P. N. Trathan, L. J. Waller and B. Wienecke (2020). "Applying science to pressing conservation needs for penguins." Conservation Biology 34(1): 103-112.

Cavallo, C., A. Chiaradia, B. E. Deagle, G. C. Hays, S. Jarman, J. C. McInnes, Y. Ropert-Coudert, S. Sánchez and R. D. Reina (2020). "Quantifying prey availability using the foraging plasticity of a marine predator, the little penguin." Functional Ecology. DOI 10.1111/1365-2435.13605