Dr Matt Holland
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Matthew is a marine biologist who studies the distribution and abundance of marine organisms and uses long-term datasets to understand how marine communities are changing in response to climate change and anthropogenic pressures. His current work is focused on contributing to a large-scale environmental assessment of North-East Atlantic biodiversity to support ecosystem-based management. He completed his undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and completed his Master's and PhD at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
PhD in Marine Science
February 2017 – April 2021
· Conducted applied research on physical and biological marine processes and factors driving fish distribution to inform resource management using multibeam sonar and modelling
· Collaborated with NSW state government researchers to develop techniques for monitoring effects of new artificial reef deployments and using findings to improve future reef designs
· Recipient of Australian Society for Fish Biology’s 2020 Gilbert P. Whitley Award for outstanding oral presentation on fish or fisheries
· Ran workshops for postgraduate researchers on spatial data manipulation and visualisation
Master of Marine Science and Management
with High Distinction
March 2013 – June 2014
· Collaborated with a team of researchers to design, conduct, and write an applied ecological study which was published in an academic journal
· Provided field support in the use of technical monitoring equipment over a research internship
· Excelled in a wide range of courses/skills relating to biodiversity, microbiology, ecotoxicology and remote sensing/GIS at UNSW, The University of Sydney and UTS
Bachelor of Science (Biology and Environmental Science)
with First Class Honours
September 2004 - April 2009
Roles on external bodies
-Pelagic Habitats Expert Group (PHEG) of the UK's Healthy & Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG)
-Pelagic Habitats Expert Group (PHEG) of OSPAR's Intersessional Correspondence Group on the Coordination of Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring (ICG-COBAM)
Holland, M. M., Becker, A., Smith, J. A., Everett, J. D., & Suthers, I. M. (2021). Fine-scale spatial and diel dynamics of zooplanktivorous fish on temperate rocky and artificial reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 674, 221-239.
Holland, M. M., Becker, A., Smith, J. A., Everett, J. D., & Suthers, I. M. (2021). Characterising the 3D distribution of schooling reef fish with a portable multibeam echosounder. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods.
Holland, M. M., Everett, J. D., Cox, M. J., Doblin, M. A., & Suthers, I. M. (2021). Pelagic forage fish distribution in a dynamic shelf ecosystem–Thermal demands and zooplankton prey distribution. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 107074.
Holland, M. M., Smith, J. A., Everett, J. D., Vergés, A., & Suthers, I. M. (2020). Latitudinal patterns in trophic structure of temperate reef‐associated fishes and predicted consequences of climate change. Fish and Fisheries, 21(6), 1092-1108.
Becker, A., Holland, M. M., Smith, J. A., & Suthers, I. M. (2016). Fish movement through an estuary mouth is related to tidal flow. Estuaries and Coasts, 39(4), 1199-1207.
McQuatters-Gollop, A., Holland, M. M., Louchart, A., Artigas, L. F., In review. Pelagic Habitats Thematic Assessment. OSPAR Quality Status Report 2023.
Holland, M. M., Louchart, A., Artigas, L. F., McQuatters-Gollop, A. In review. PH1/FW5 Biodiversity Indicator Assessment - Changes in Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Communities. OSPAR Quality Status Report 2023.
Louchart, A., Holland, M. M., Artigas, L. F., McQuatters-Gollop, A. In review. PH2 Biodiversity Indicator Assessment - Changes in Phytoplankton Biomass and Zooplankton Abundance. OSPAR Quality Status Report 2023.
Louchart, A., Holland, M. M., Artigas, L. F., McQuatters-Gollop, A. In review. PH3 Biodiversity Indicator Assessment - Changes in Plankton Diversity. OSPAR Quality Status Report 2023.