Australian Society For Fish Biology

Student International Travel Scholarship

This scholarship has been made available to support a student to present an oral paper at an international conference that is relevant to the activities of the Society, in the financial year following the closing date

Value of Award

  • Return airfare and a living allowance up to a total value of $3,000.
  • Full registration fee to the next ASFB annual conference.

Closing date for applications

  • 31st May
  • The successful applicant/s will generally be notified by 30th June, with a formal announcement made at the ASFB conference dinner 


The award is open to students who are current financial members of ASFB at the time of the award presentation and who have been financial members of ASFB for at least 12 months prior to applying for the award.Conditions

  • The applicant must be enrolled as a post-graduate student at an Australian or New Zealand University or have graduated from an Australian or New Zealand University within the past 12 months.
  • A written paper (not just an abstract) must be submitted.
  • The Executive Council may decide not to award the Scholarship in a particular year.
  • The Scholarship may be awarded jointly.
  • The rules for this Scholarship may be amended by the Executive Council. One years notice of any amendments shall be given to Society members.

Process for application

  • Download the application form.
  • Applications should be in the form of a research paper on any aspect or fish biology of fisheries (including molluscs and crustaceans of commercial importance and/or threatened species). The paper should be based largely on new data collected as part of the students Honours, Masters or PhD research.
  • Applicants should nominate in writing which conference they wish to attend and its relevance to the aims and activities of the Society. 
  • E-mail your application form and research paper to the contact person

Judging process

  • Papers are judged by a Scholarship Committee comprising three people. The Scholarship Committee may co-opt external referees to assist in this process.
  • If the highest ranked papers are judged to be of equal merit, the Committee may require applicants to present their papers orally. 

Past Award Recipients

Date     Name         Organisation  State   Research topic

2018 Tiffany Sih James Cook University QLD   
2017 Paloma Matis University of 
NSW Latitudinal variation in behavioural patterns and social group structure of range expanding coral reef fishes. 
2016 Jordan Matley  James Cook University QLD Diet-tissue discrimination factors and turnover of C and N isotopes in tissues of an adult predatory coral reef fish Plectropomus leopardus.
2015 Mario Espinoza James Cook University QLD Partial migration of marine predators: is habitat the key?
2014 Rohan Brooker James Cook
QLD  You are what you eat: diet-induced chemical crypsis in a coral-feeding reef fish
2013 Timothy Emery University of Tasmania  TAS Fishing for revenue: how leasing quota can be hazardous to your health
2012 Joel Williams University of
 VIC  Influence of freshwater flows on the distribution of eggs and larvae of black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri within a drought-affected estuary
2010  Andrew McKinley University of
 NSW Strong links between metal contamination, habitat modification and estuarine larval fish distribution
2009  Danielle Dixson James Cook
 QLD Ocean acidification disrupts the innate ability of fish to detect predator olfactory cues
2008  Jodie Kemp University of
VIC Otolith shape & chemistry to distinguish cod species (Genus Pseudophycis) in the diet of Australian fur seals.
2007 Matthew Taylor University of
A predatory impact model and targeted stocking approach for optimal stocking of mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus).”
2006  Anne Lee  James Cook
Larval fish, Kiel Germany
Mulloway biology, diet and migration with application to optimal densities for re-stocking estuaries.
2005 Travis Elsdon University of
SA Anchorage, Alaska, USA, September 2005. “Fish migratory contingents identified by comparing otolith and ambient Sr:Ca over temporal scales
2003 Tim Dempster University of
NSW Attraction of wild fish to sea-cage fish farms in the south-western Mediterranean Sea: spatial and short-term temporal variability
2002 Alison King Monash 
VIC Attended the American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetoligists Annual meeting in Kansas, USA July 2002
2001 David Crook Charles Sturt University NSW
The influence of spatial scale and habitat arrangement on diel patterns of habitat use by two lowland river fishes.
Attended the American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetoligists Annual meeting in Kansas, USA July 2002
2000 Jeremy Hindell University of Melbourne VIC  Effects of predatory fish on the assemblage structure of small fish in seagrass and unvegetated sand habitats.
Attended the Indo Pacific Fish Conference in Durban South Africa in 2001.