Richard's career began on completion of a BSc (Hons) at the University of Adelaide in 1999 studying aspects of marine invertebrate ecology.  He later worked in technical and scientific roles at the the South Australian Research and Development Institute, Aquatic Sciences (SARDI) from 2002 to 2009.  During his time at SARDI, he completed a PhD with the University of Adelaide on reproductive biology and recruitment dynamics in snapper (Chrysophrys auratus).  After completing his PhD studies he secured a post-doctoral position in 2010 with the Algal Biomass and Bioproducts research group at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland.   In 2012 he returned to fish biology as a Senior Fisheries Biologist with the Queensland Department for Agriculture and Fisheries with a position based in the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at James Cook University, Townsville.

  • Fishery managment
  • Fish and fisheries biology
  • Ichthyoplankton
  • Invasive fishes
  • 2020 to present - Fisheries Scientist, NIWA (Nelson, New Zealand)
  • 2019 to 2020 - Senior Analyst, Fisheries New Zealand (Nelson, New Zealand)
  • 2012 to 2018 - Senior Fisheries Biologist, Queensland Department for Agriculture and Fisheries (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Post-doctoral Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2009 - Research Officer, SARDI (Adelaide, South Australia)
  • 2002 to 2008 - Research Services Officer, SARDI (Adelaide, South Australia)
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Book Chapters
  • Chin A, Cameron D and Saunders R (2019) Fisheries of the Great Barrier Reef. In: The Great Barrier Reef: biology, environment and management. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 117-130

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Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Research & Development Funding - Research Grant

Developing a rapid molecular identification technique to improve egg production based fish biomass assessments

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$180,000 over 3 years
This project will assess the suitability of suspension bead arrays for the identification of fish eggs with the ultimate aim of conducting icthyoplankton surveys to inform a DEPM for mackerel species (Qld, NT and WA), pilchard ad herring species in the developing tropical small pelagics fishery (NT) and black jewfish (NT, WA, Qld). The objectives of the project are (1) to develop a novel high-throughput, low cost DNA-based egg identification method for important fish species in northern Australia and (2) to assess the application of the technology developed for use in the daily egg production method (DEPM) for biomass estimation.
Richard Saunders in collaboration with Dean Jerry, Stephen Newman, S Penny, T Saunders and Andrew Tobin (College of Science & Engineering, WA Department of Fisheries and NT Fisheries)
Spanish mackerel; Scombridae; Fish eggs; Suspension bead aray

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