Curriculum Vitae

Peter J. Unmack

 

Curriculum vitae last modified: November 12, 2014

 

Research Fellow

Institute for Applied Ecology

University of Canberra, ACT 2601

Australia

phone: (02) 6201-5528

fax: (02) 6201-5305

email:

Education

1999-05PhD program, Biology Department, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Dissertation: Historical biogeography and a priori hypotheses based on freshwater fishes. Supervisor: T.E. Dowling.

1996-99 Master's degree, Zoology Department, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Thesis: Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Supervisor: W.L. Minckley.

1994-95 Through La Trobe University's student exchange program I completed the last year of my B.Sc. at the University of California, Davis.

1992-93 Bachelor of Science, Zoology. Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Employment History

2013-ongoing University of Canberra

 

Research Fellow: Use molecular techniques to develop a bioregionalization scheme for the Murray-Darling Basin and to identify how population structure varies across multiple spatial scales in aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate groups. (Supervisor Dr. A. Georges)

2010-2013 National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

 

Post-doctoral Research Associate: Develop and test GIS applications for the a priori prediction of biogeographic connectivity between drainage basins and how sea level changes influence habitats for marine organisms.

2006-2010 Brigham Young University

 

Post-doctoral Research Associate: Investigate the biogeography of fishes as part of NSF PIRE funded project on Patagonian biogeography which is testing for congruent phylogeographic patterns between several species of fishes, freshwater crabs, lizards and plants with overlapping distributions. Supervise undergraduate students on independent research projects. (Supervisor Dr. J. Johnson)

Post-doctoral Research Associate: Investigate the phylogeography of various fish families in western North America including Catostomidae, Cottidae and Salmonidae. Assist graduate students on their research projects. (Supervisor Dr. D.K Shiozawa)

 

Instructor: Develop and teach graduate class on molecular techniques in phylogeography. This class teaches students the necessary tools for conducting phylogenetic research from sample storage, DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing, data checking and sequence analysis.

 

2008-2009 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

Instructor: Developed and taught an intensive two week class on biogeography as part of the Federal Fire Management Specialists education program.

 

1996-2004 Arizona State University

 

Research Assistant: Two GIS bioinformatics based projects. 1) Assessed areas of high native fish diversity, documented change over time, and determine conservation priorities for fishes in the Lower Colorado River Basin (funding from American Rivers, USFWS, USFS). 2) Determined how patterns of rarity, extinction dynamics, and life-history traits are linked among fishes within the Sonoran Desert region (funding from NSF).

 

1997-2004 Arizona State University

 

Teaching Assistant: Taught laboratory sections for Ichthyology (1997, 1999, 2001), Field Techniques in Conservation Biology (2004, 2005), Vertebrate Zoology (2000), and Introductory Biology (1998, 2000). Responsible for developing topics, preparing and collecting material for class, writing and grading exams and supervising students on overnight field trips.

 

1997-2004 Arizona State University

 

Guest Lecturer: Ichthyology, Conservation Biology, Desert Biology and Introductory Biology.

 

1995 Texas Natural History Collections, University of Texas, Austin

 

Museum Collection Assistant: Assisted with maintenance of the fish collection.

 

1994 Inland Waters Section, South Australian Research and Development Institute

 

Entry Level Scientist: I was responsible for designing and implementing a sampling program, staff management, maintaining and purchasing equipment.

 

1990-93 Whitelaw Chemicals/Vival Chemicals

 

Electroplating Manufacturer: Managing the factory in the absence of the manager, precise mixing and packaging of electroplating chemicals, quality control, preparing goods for transport, maintenance and cleaning of laboratory, familiarity with regulations regarding handling dangerous goods, and the ability to recognize potentially hazardous situations.

Research Interests

Biogeography of obligate aquatic organisms

Ecology, systematics, and conservation of fishes

Ecology and conservation of spring ecosystems

Invasion biology and exotic species

Application of GIS in collections based biology

Publications

Peer reviewed

My Google Scholar citations

 

Echelle, A.A., Schwemm, M.R., Lang, N.J., Nagle, B.C., Simons, A.M., Unmack, P.J., Fisher, W.L. & Hoagstrom, C.W. 2014. Molecular systematics and historical biogeography of the Nocomis biguttatus species group (Teleostei: Cyprinidae): muclear and mitochondrial introgression and a cryptic Ozark species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 81, 109-119.

 

Allen, G.R., Unmack, P.J. & Hadiaty, R.K. 2014. Three new species of rainbowfishes (Melanotaeniidae) from the Birds Head Peninsula, West Papua Province, Indonesia. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology, 20, 139-158.

 

Davis, A.M., Unmack, P.J., Pusey, B.J., Pearson, R.G. & Morgan, D.L. 2014. Evidence for a multi-peak adaptive landscape in the evolution of trophic morphology in terapontid fishes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 113, 623-634.

 

Ziga-Vega, J.J., Ingley, S.J., Unmack, P.J. & Johnson, J.B. 2014. Do freshwater ecoregions and continental shelf width predict patterns of historical gene flow in the freshwater fish Poecilia butleri? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 112, 399-416.

 

Unmack, P.J., Dowling, T.E., Laitinen, N.J., Secor, C.L., Mayden, R.L., Shiozawa, D.K. & Smith, G.R. 2014. Influence of introgression and geological processes on phylogenetic relationships of western North American mountain suckers (Pantosteus, Catostomidae). PLoS One, 9(3): e90061. Data available at Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

Muoz-Ramrez C.P., Unmack P.J., Habit, E., Johnson J.B., Cussac V.E. & Victoriano, P. 2014. Phylogeography of the ancient catfish family Diplomystidae: biogeographic, systematic, and conservation implications. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 73, 146-160.

 

Huey, J.A., Cook, B.D., Unmack, P.J. & Hughes, J.M. 2014. Broadscale phylogeographic structure of five freshwater fishes across the Australian Monsoonal Tropics. Freshwater Science. 33, 273-287.

 

Cook, B.D., Unmack, P.J., Huey, J.A. & Hughes, J.M. 2014. Do common disjunct populations of freshwater fishes in northern Australia form from the same biogeographic events? Freshwater Science. 33, 263-272.

 

Hammer, M.P., Unmack, P.J., Adams, M., Raadik, T.A. & Johnson, J.B. 2014. A multi-gene molecular assessment of cryptic biodiversity in the iconic freshwater blackfishes (Teleostei: Percichthyidae: Gadopsis) of southeastern Australia. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 111, 521-540. Data available at Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

Davis, A.M., Unmack, P.J., Pusey, B.J., Pearson, R.G. & Morgan, D.L. 2014. Effects of an adaptive zone shift on morphological and ecological diversification in terapontid fishes. Evolutionary Ecology, 28, 205-227.

 

Allen, G.R., Hadiaty, R.K. & Unmack, P.J. 2014. Melanotaenia flavipinnis, a new species of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) from Misool Island, West Papua Province, Indonesia. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology, 20, 35-52.

 

Georges, A., Zhang, X., Unmack, P.J., Reid, B.N., Le, M. & Mccord, W.P. 2014. Phylogeography of an endemic New Guinea freshwater turtle reflects geological events during the Miocene. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 111, 192-208. Data available at

 

Brauer, C.J., Unmack, P.J., Hammer, M.P., Adams, M. & Beheregaray, L.B. 2013. Catchment-scale conservation units identified for the threatened Yarra pygmy perch (Nannoperca obscura) in highly modified river systems. PLoS ONE. 8(12), e82953. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0082953

 

Unmack, P.J., Hammer, M.P., Adams, M., Johnson, J.B. & Dowling, T.E. 2013. The role of continental shelf width in determining freshwater phylogeographic patterns in southeastern Australian pygmy perches (Teleostei: Percichthyidae). Molecular Ecology. 22, 1683-1699. Data available at Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

Davis, A.M., Unmack, P.J., Pusey, B.J., Pearson, R.G. & Morgan, D.L. 2013. Ontogenetic development of intestinal length and relationships to diet in an Australasian fish family (Terapontidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology. 13, 53. Data available at

 

Unmack, P.J., Allen, G.R. & Johnson, J.B. 2013. Phylogeny and biogeogeography of rainbowfishes (Teleostei: Melanotaeniidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 67, 15-27. Data available at Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

Allen, G.R. & Unmack, P.J. 2012. A new species of rainbowfish (Chilatherina: Melanotaeniidae), from the Sepik River system of Papua New Guinea. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology. 14, 227-237.

 

Unmack, P.J., Bagley, J.C., Adams, M., Hammer, M.P. & Johnson, J.B. 2012. Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of the Australian freshwater fish genus Galaxiella, with an emphasis on dwarf galaxias (G. pusilla). PLoS ONE. 7(6), e38433. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038433 Data available at Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

Davis, A.M., Unmack, P.J., Pusey, B.J., Johnson, J.B. & Pearson, R.G. 2012. Marine-freshwater transitions are associated with the evolution of dietary diversification in terapontid grunters (Teleostei: Terapontidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25, 1163-1179. Data available at Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

Near, T.J., Sandel, M., Kuhn, K.L., Unmack, P.J., Wainwright, P.C. & Smith, W.M. 2012. Nuclear gene inferred phylogenies resolve the relationships of the enigmatic pygmy sunfishes, Elassoma (Teleostei: Percomorpha). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 63, 388-395.

 

Bloom, D.B., Unmack, P.J., Gosztonyi, A.E., Piller K.R. & Lovejoy, N.R. 2012. It's a family matter: molecular phylogenetics of Atheriniformes and the polyphyly of the surf silversides (Family: Notocheiridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 62, 1025-1030. Data available at

 

Unmack, P.J., Barriga, J.P., Battini, M.A., Habit, E.M. & Johnson, J.B. 2012. Phylogeography of the catfish Hatcheria macraei reveals a negligible role of drainage divides in structuring populations. Molecular Ecology. 21, 942-959. Data available at Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

McClain, C.R., Taylor Gullet, T., Ricketts, J.J. & Unmack, P.J. 2012. Increased energy promotes size-based niche availability in marine mollusks. Evolution. 66, 2204-2215. Data available at

 

Barber, B.R., Unmack, P.J., Prez-Losada, M., Johnson, J.B. & Crandall K.A. 2011. Different processes lead to identical patterns: a test of codivergence and the role of sea-level and climate changes in shaping a southern temperate species assemblage. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 11: 343.

 

Unmack, P.J., Hammer, M., Adams, M. & Dowling, T.E. 2011. A phylogenetic analysis of pygmy perches (Teleostei: Percichthyidae) with an assessment of the major historical influences on aquatic biogeography in southern Australia. Systematic Biology. 60: 797-812. Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

Adams, M., Wedderburn, S.D., Unmack, P.J., Hammer, M.P., & Johnson, J.B. 2011. Congeneric assessment demonstrates the linked genetic histories of two threatened fishes (Atherinidae: Craterocephalus) in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin. Conservation Biology. 25: 767-776. Trees available at TreeBASE.

 

Unmack, P.J. & Dowling, T.E. 2010. Biogeography of the genus Craterocephalus (Teleostei: Atherinidae) in Australia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 55: 968-984.

 

Cashner, R.C., Matthews, W.J., Marsh-Matthews, E., Unmack, P.J. & Cashner, F.M. 2010. Recognition and redescription of a distinctive stoneroller from the Southern Interior Highlands. Copeia. 2010: 300-311.

 

Hammer, M.P., Unmack, P.J., Adams, M., Walker, K.F. & Johnson, J.B. 2010. Phylogeographic structure in the threatened Yarra pygmy perch Nannoperca obscura (Teleostei: Percichthyidae) has major implications for declining populations. Conservation Genetics. 11: 213-223. doi:10.1007/s10592-009-0024-9

 

Unmack, P.J., Habit, E.M. & Johnson, J.B. 2009. New records of Hatcheria macraei from Chilean Province. Gayana. 73: 102-110.

 

Unmack, P.J., Bennin, A., Habit, E.M., Victoriano, P.F. & Johnson, J.B. 2009. Impact of ocean barriers, topography, and glaciation on phylogeography of the catfish Trichomycterus areolatus (Teleostei: Trichomycteridae) in Chile. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 97: 876-892.

 

Allen, G.R., Unmack, P.J. & Hadiaty, R.K. 2008. Two new species of rainbowfishes (Melanotaenia: Melanotaeniidae), from western New Guinea (Papua, Barat Province, Indonesia). Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology. 14: 209-224.

 

Thacker, C., Unmack, P.J., Matsui, L., Duong, P. & Huang, E. 2008. Phylogeography of Philypnodon species (Teleostei: Eleotridae) across eastern Australia: comparative evolution of a sister pair. Journal of the Linnean Society. 95: 175-192.

 

Abell, R. et al. 2008. Freshwater ecoregions of the world: a new map of biogeographic units for freshwater biodiversity conservation. Bioscience. 58: 403-414.

 

Allen, G.R. & Unmack, P.J. 2008. A new species of rainbowfish (Melanotaenia: Melanotaeniidae), from Batanta Island, western New Guinea. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology. 13: 109-120.

 

Brown, D.E., Unmack, P.J. & Brennan, T.C. 2007. Digitized map of biotic communities for plotting and comparing distributions of North American animals. The Southwestern Naturalist. 52: 610-616.

 

Unmack, P.J. & Wager, R. 2007. Threatened fishes of the world, Chlamydogobius micropterus. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 80: 489-490.

 

Thacker, C., Unmack, P.J., Matsui, L. & Rifenbark, N. 2007. Comparative phylogeography of five sympatric Hypseleotris species (Teleostei: Eleotridae) in southeastern Australia reveals a complex pattern of drainage basin exchanges with little congruence across species. Journal of Biogeography. 34: 1518-1533.

 

Hammer, M., Adams, M., Unmack, P.J. & Walker, K.F. 2007. Retropinna in retrospect: additional taxa and significant genetic sub-structure redefine conservation approaches for Australian smelts (Pisces: Retropinnidae). Marine and Freshwater Research. 58: 327-341.

 

Fairfax, R., Fensham, R., Wager, R., Brooks, S., Webb, A. & Unmack, P. 2007. Recovery of the red-finned blue-eye: an endangered fish from springs of the Great Artesian Basin. Wildlife Research. 34: 156-166.

 

Sheller, F.J., Fagan, W.F. & Unmack, P.J. 2006. Using survival analysis to study translocation success in the Gila topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis). Ecological Applications. 16: 1771-1784.

 

Fagan, W.F., Kennedy, C. & Unmack, P.J. 2005. Quantifying rarity, losses, and risks for lower Colorado River Basin fishes: implications for conservation listing. Conservation Biology. 19: 1872-1882.

 

Fagan, W.F., Kennedy, C., Aumann, C. & Unmack, P.J. 2005. Rarity, fragmentation and the scale-dependence of extinction risk in desert fishes. Ecology. 86: 34-41.

 

Thacker, C. & Unmack, P.J. 2005. Phylogeny and biogeography of the eleotrid genus Hypseleotris (Teleostei: Gobioidei: Eleotridae), with redescription of H. cyprinoides. Records of the Australian Museum. 57: 1-13.

 

Wager, R. & Unmack, P. J. 2004. Threatened fishes of the world, Scaturiginichthys vermeilipinnis. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 70: 300.

 

Unmack, P.J. & Fagan, W.F. 2004. Convergence of differentially-invaded systems toward invader-dominance: time-lagged invasions as a predictor in desert fish communities. Biological Invasions. 6: 233-243.

 

Fagan, W., Unmack, P.J., Burgess, C. & Minckley, W.L. 2002. Rarity, fragmentation, and extinction risk in desert fishes. Ecology. 83: 3250-3256.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2001. Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Journal of Biogeography. 28: 1053-1089.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2001. Fish persistence and fluvial geomorphology in central Australia.Journal of Arid Environments. 49: 653-659.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2001. Designation of a lectotype for Porochilus argenteus (Zietz 1896) (Osteichthyes: Plotosidae). Records of the South Australian Museum. 34: 57-59.

Books & book chapters

Unmack, P.J. 2013. Biogeography. Pp: 25-48. In The Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes. Eds. Humphries, P. and Walker, K.F. CSIRO Publishing.

 

Fagan, W.F., Grant, E.H.C., Lynch, H.J., Goldberg, E.C. & Unmack, P.J. 2009. Riverine landscapes: ecology for an alternative geometry. Pp: 33-48. In Spatial Ecology. Eds. Cantrell, R.S., Cosner, C. & Ruan, S. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

 

Unmack, P.J. & Minckley, W.L. 2008. The demise of desert springs. Pp: 11-33. In Aridland Springs in North America, Ecology and Conservation. Eds. Stevens, L.E. & Meretsky, V.J. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Kingsford, R.T., Georges, A. & Unmack, P.J. 2006. Vertebrates of desert rivers: meeting the challenges of spatial and temporal unpredictability. Pp: 154-200. In Ecology of Desert Rivers. Ed. R.T. Kingsford. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

Wager, R. & Unmack, P.J. 2000. Fishes of the Lake Eyre Catchment of Central Australia. Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane. 88 pp.

 

Minckley, W.L. & Unmack, P.J. 2000. Western springs: their faunas, and threats to their existence. Pp: 52-53. In: Freshwater Ecoregions of North America. Eds. Abell, R.A., Olson, D.M., Dinerstein, E., Hurley, P.T. et al. Island Press, Washington DC.

Contract reports

Unmack, P.J. 2002. Arizona State University GIS Manual For Use With the Lower Colorado Basin Fish Database. Final Report to US Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, Contract No. 02PG321016. Biology Department, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. www.peter.unmack.net/gis/fish/colorado

Natural history articles

Unmack, P.J., Sjberg, J.C., Ward, D.L., Parmenter, S. & Muller, B. 2011. Aquarists and fisheries managers: building bridges to fill knowledge gaps on native fishes. American Currents. 36(4): 7-9.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2007. The Batanta and Waigeo rainbowfishes, further clarified. Fishes of Sahul. 21: 334-336.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2005. The changing role of aquarists in aquatic convervation. American Currents. 31(2): 6-8.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2002. Darwin rainbows. Rainbowfish populations with unusual colour varieties within the range of Melanotaenia australis, with miscellaneous observations on other fishes in the Darwin area. Fishes of Sahul. 16(3): 854-863.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2000. The genus Hypseleotris in southeastern Australia: its identification and breeding biology. Fishes of Sahul. 14(1): 645-657.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1996. The unique Cooper Creek catfish from central Australia. Fishes of Sahul. 10(2): 460-464.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1995. Desert fishes Down Under. Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council 1994. 26: 71-95.

 

Unmack, P.J. & Paras, G. 1995. The dwarf galaxias around Melbourne, going, going, nearly gone. Fishes of Sahul. 9(1): 398-400.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1992. Victorian pigmy perches. Fishes of Sahul. 7(3): 321-323.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1992. Further observations on the conservation status of the redfinned blue-eye. A.N.G.F.A. Bulletin. 12: 8-9.

 

Ivantsoff, W., Unmack, P.J., Saeed, B. & Crowley, L.E.L.M. 1991. A redfinned blue-eye, a new species and genus of the family Pseudomugilidae from central Western Queensland. Fishes of Sahul. 6(4): 277-282.

 

Unmack, P.J. & Brumley, C. 1991. Initial observations on the spawning and conservation status of the redfinned blue-eye, (Scaturiginichthys vermeilipinnis). Fishes of Sahul. 6(4): 282-284.

Websites

Unmack, P.J. Australian desert fishes, via the Desert Fishes Council, www.desertfishes.org/australia with over 50 separate files and photos. Established 1995.

 

Webster, T.J. & Unmack, P.J. Desert Springs Action Committee, www.pupfish.net/dsac with extensive information on Ash Meadows habitats, and aquatic inhabitants as well as historical photographic time series of changes to the springs and summaries of our bi-annual trips undertaking desert fish conservation. Established 1999.

 

Aarn & Unmack, P.J. Gambusia control network, www.gambusia.net with considerable background on Gambusia, problems associated with their introduction and potential avenues for control. Established 1999.

 

Brown, D.E., Unmack, P.J. & Brennan, T.C. Biotic Communities of North America, www.peter.unmack.net/biotic/ with information and GIS data available for download. Established 2008.

 

Unmack, P.J. Personal website, www.peter.unmack.net with information on my biogeographic research and Australian fishes in general, hundreds of photos from various field trips, a GIS dataset on southwestern USA fishes and information on fishes of Aravaipa Creek. Established 2000.

 

Unmack, P.J. Species Bank, Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage, contributed text, distribution maps and photographs to 50 freshwater fish species accounts. Fish pages were established in 2006. www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/species-bank/records-chordata.html

Popular publications

Unmack, P.J. 2010. NANFA convention 2010: Part 2: North Beyond Las Vegas. American Currents. 36(1): 6-8.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2010. 2010 convention teaser: the Nevadan desert and Ash Meadows. American Currents. 35(4): 23-24. Similar version reprinted in Journal of the American Killifish Association. 43(2): 60-64.

 

Unmack, P.J. 2004. Seining downstream and other tips. American Currents. 29(4): 11-12.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1998. A spring conservation trip to Nevada. American Currents. 24(3): 15.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1997. Arizona / Nevada regional report: Spring 1997. American Currents. 23(3): 17-20.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1997. Australian native fishes. Aquarium Fish Magazine. 9(11): 30-39.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1996. Book review: ACN Captive Breeding Guidelines. Fishkeepers Advocate. 3(3): 1, 4-5.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1996. Vinegar eels: separating myths from facts or how the hell do you get the little suckers out of their culture. The Rainbow Times. 9(3): 15-17. Similar version reprinted in Aquarium Fish Magazine. 1999. 11(6): 74-76.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1995. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: a weekend at the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society conference with the 'bowheads. The Rainbow Times. 9(2): 12-15.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1995. Threats to fishes in desert springs. Fishkeepers Advocate. 2(2): 1, 3, 5-8.

 

Lawson, J.E. & Unmack, P.J. 1995. Field Trip to Railroad Valley, Nevada. Fishkeepers Advocate. 2(1): 1-3, 12. Reprinted in American Currents. 1996. 22(1): 15-18.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1995. Book review-Battle Against Extinction. Fishkeepers Advocate. 2(1): 4-5. Reprinted in American Currents. 1996. 22(2): 8-10.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1995. Book review-the South Australian Aquarium Society 1918-1932, the First Fifteen Years. An Official History. Sacramento Aquarium Society magazine.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1994. Australian native fishes. The Rainbow Times. 8(4): 9-14, 16. Similar version reprinted in Aquarium Fish Magazine. 1996. 9(11): 30-39.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1994. Wolffia: great food for rainbowfish. The Rainbow Times. 8(3): 15-16.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1994. Galaxias fuscus. A threat to trout fishing? Local Content. 48: 2.

 

Unmack, P.J. 1989. Aquarium notes on some galaxiids. A.N.G.F.A. Bulletin. 1: 7.

Grants and Awards

2015-2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Project: Sexual parasitism in carp gudgeons: evolutionary origins, comparative genomics, and establishing a future animal model. With co-investigator M. Adams. $344,600

2014-2017 Australian Research Council Linage Project: Drivers of fine scale genetic spatial structuring in aquatic organisms. With co-investigators B. Gruber, D. White, A. Georges and A. Kilian. $269,692

2007-2008 All Catfish Species Inventory. Australian plotosid catfishes: an examination of species diversity. With co-PI's J. Johnson, M. Adams and G. Allen. $10,000

2007 All Catfish Species Inventory. A catfish survey of Papua New Guinea. With co-PI's J. Armbruster and R. Betancur. $17,000

2002-2005 Los Angeles County Museum, via the W.M. Keck Foundation and R.M. Parsons Foundation. Patterns of freshwater invasion from marine ancestors in Australia with a molecular analysis of the relationships of Percichthyidae and Terapontidae. $6,000

2002 U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Arizona State University GIS manual for use with the Lower Colorado Basin fish database. $5,940

2001 South Australian Museum, Evolutionary Biology Unit. Comparative phylogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. $1,500

2000 Associated Students Arizona State University. Biogeography of Percichthyidae (Osteichthyes): using fishes to test biogeographic hypotheses. $2,000

2000 Sigma Xi, Grant in aid of research. Biogeography of Percichthyidae (Osteichthyes): using fishes to test biogeographic hypotheses. $600

2000 Sigma Xi, Arizona chapter, Grant in aid of research. Biogeography of Percichthyidae (Osteichthyes): using fishes to test biogeographic hypotheses. $300

1999 Arizona State University Biology and Graduate Departments. Australian field work as part of my PhD. degree. $1,000

1997 Arizona State University Biology Department. Australian field work as part of my Masters degree. $500

Journals Reviewed For

Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Austral Ecology, Australian Zoologist, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biological Invasions, Diversity and Distributions, Ecography, Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Hydrobiologia, International Journal of Limnology, International Journal of Molecular Science, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Fish Biology, Journal of New Zealand Freshwater and Marine Research, Journal of the North American Benthological Society, Marine and Freshwater Research, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, National Science Foundation, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Research Letters in Ecology, Southwestern Naturalist, Systematic Biology, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, Western North American Naturalist, Wildlife Research, Zootaxa.

Society Membership and Service

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (1994-), Conservation Committee (2001-)

Aquatic Conservation Network (1992-2001), Email Working Group, Chairperson (1999-2001)

Australian and New Guinea Fishes Association (1985-), Executive Committee (1989-1993)

Australian Society for Fish Biology (1989-)

DeepFin (2004-), Steering Committee (2004-2009)

Desert Fishes Council (1994-)

Native Fish Australia (1985-), Executive Committee (1989-1993)

North American Native Fishes Association (1994-), Executive Committee (1998-2003)

Society of Systematic Biologists (1998-)

Trout Unlimited (1994-2013)

Presentations at Professional Meetings

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chatanooga, TN, August 2014.

Phylogeny, biogeography and evolution of the temperate perches (Percichthyidae). Unmack, Bagley, Davis, Hammer, Adams & Johnson.

Comparative phylogeography of four aquatic species from the Murray-Darling Basin. (poster) Unmack, Young, Gruber, Killian & Georges.

 

Australian Society for Fish Biology / Australian Society for Limnology, Darwin, July 2014.

Phylogeny, biogeography and evolution of the temperate perches (Percichthyidae). Unmack, Bagley, Davis, Hammer, Adams & Johnson.

Comparative phylogeography of four aquatic species from the Murray-Darling Basin. (poster) Unmack, Young, Gruber, Killian & Georges.

 

International Biogeography Society Early Career Conference 2014, Canberra, January 2014.

Using GIS to predict how changes in sea level potentially influence phylogeographic patterns in freshwater and coastal marine fishes. Unmack.

 

Australian Society for Limnology, Canberra, December 2013.

Origins of Australian freshwater fishes. Unmack.

 

Systematics without Borders Conference 2013, Sydney, December 2013.

Origins of Australian freshwater fishes. Unmack.

 

Western Australian Freshwater Fish Symposium, Perth, November 2013.

Origins of Australian freshwater fishes. Unmack.

 

Australian Society for Fish Biology, Hamilton, New Zealand, August 2013.

Murray-Darling Basin fishes: phylogenetic relationships and distributional patterns. Unmack, Gonzalez-Orozco, Hammer, Adams, Gruber & Georges.

 

Southeastern Fishes Council, Chattanooga, TN, November 2011.

Using GIS to predict population connectivity in southeastern USA rivers based on continental shelf width. Unmack.

Using GIS to predict how changes in sea level potentially influence phylogeographic patterns in freshwater and coastal marine fishes. (poster) Unmack.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, MN, July 2011.

Using GIS to predict population connectivity in southeastern USA rivers based on continental shelf width. Unmack.

Using GIS to predict how changes in sea level potentially influence phylogeographic patterns in freshwater and coastal marine fishes. (poster) Unmack.

 

Evolution, Norman, OK, June 2011.

Using GIS to predict how changes in sea level potentially influence phylogeographic patterns in freshwater and coastal marine fishes. (poster) Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Moab, UT, November 2010.

A mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of the mountain suckers, Pantosteus. Unmack, Shiozawa, Secor, Smith, Mayden, & Dowling.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Providence, RI, July 2010.

A mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of Oncorhynchus clarkii, Cutthroat Trout. Unmack, Shiozawa & Evans.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, CA, November 2009.

Cutt through the bull trout, a mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of Oncorhynchus clarkii, Cutthroat Trout. Unmack & Shiozawa.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Portland, OR, July 2009.

Phylogeny and species boundaries within the catfish family Plotosidae. Unmack, Adams, Hardy, Hartley, Allen & Johnson.

Phenotypic Plasticity or Hybridization? Meristic and genetic variation in the Australian fish species Retropinna semoni along the Murray River. (poster) Haynie, Adams, Unmack, Hammer & Johnson.

 

Australian Society for Fish Biology, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, June 2009.

Comparative phylogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila, Mexico, November 2008.

Phylogeographic patterns within the central Australian rainbowfishes. Unmack, Adams & Dowling.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, St. Louis, MO, July 2007.

Phylogeography of trichomycterid catfishes of Chilean Patagonia. Unmack, Bennin, Habit, Victoriano, and Johnson.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, CA, November 2006.

Phylogenetic patterns within Australian desert gobies. Unmack, Admas & Dowling.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA, July 2006.

Historical biogeographic patterns across multiple Australian freshwater fish groups. (poster) Unmack.

A test of vicariant patterns in southeastern Australia in multiple sympatric Hypseleotris species. Thacker & Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila, Mexico, November 2005.

Analyzing translocation success from sporadic monitoring data using survival analysis: lessons from the Gila topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis). Sheller, Fagan & Unmack.

 

Missouri Botanical Garden - 52nd Annual Systematics Symposium, St Louis, MO, October 2005 (invited).

Historical biogeography and a priori hypotheses based on Australian freshwater fishes.Unmack.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Tampa, FL, July 2005.

Extensive introgression in Australian rainbowfishes: identification, patterns, implications, and misleading phylogenetic influence. Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Tucson, AZ, November 2004.

Patterns of exotic and native fish richness in the Gila River Basin. Unmack & Fagan.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Norman, OK, May 2004.

The biogeography of Craterocephalus (Atherinidae) in Australia: a test of whether common distributions indicate a common history. Unmack.

 

Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago II: Connecting Mountain Islands and Desert Seas, Tucson, AZ, May 2004.

Identifying areas of conservation priority for native fishes in the Southwest using GIS. Unmack & Minckley.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, CA, November 2003.

Nonnative fishes in the southwestern USA versus northwestern Mexico: time-lagged invasions as a predictor in desert fish communities. Unmack & Fagan.

Green sunfish impacts on Gila chub, a natural experiment thanks to a waterfall. Knowles, Unmack & Baltzly.

Rarity, fragmentation, and the scale-dependence of extinction risk in desert fishes. Fagan & Unmack.

 

Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Norman, OK, April 2003.

Nonnative fishes in the southwestern USA versus northwestern Mexico: time-lagged invasions as a predictor in desert fish communities. Unmack & Fagan.

 

Ecological Society of America, Tucson, AZ, August, 2002. Symposium: Every Last Drop: Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of North American Springs Ecosystems.

Springs and desert fishes: their ecology, management, and restoration. Unmack.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Kansas City, MO, July 2002.

Predicting freshwater biogeographic patterns: development of a model based on Australia. Unmack.

 

Spring-fed Wetlands: Important Scientific and Cultural Resources of the Intermountain Region, Las Vegas, NV, May 2002.

Australian desert spring fishes: their extreme habitats and ecological attributes. Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Alpine, TX, November 2001.

Native catostomids as prey of largemouth bass. Schwemm & Unmack.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, State College, PA, July 2001.

Phylogenetic relationships, hybridization, and biogeography within the Australian pygmy perches (Percichthyidae). Unmack, Hammer, Adams & Dowling.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, CA, November 2000.

Ash Meadows: a photographic perspective 1938-2000. Webster & Unmack.

Identifying areas of conservation priority for native fishes in the Gila River Basin using GIS. Unmack & Minckley.

Winter reproduction of introduced poeciliids in warm springs. Phelps, Wald & Unmack.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, June 2000.

Phylogenetics of Australian rainbowfishes (Melanotaeniidae). Unmack & Dowling.

 

Spring Ecosystems of the North American Deserts: Ecology, Hydrology, and Conservation, Tucson, AZ, May 2000.

Springs as unique aquatic environments. Unmack & Minckley.

 

Dampier 300, biodiversity in Australia 1699-1999 and beyond, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, December 1999.

Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Unmack.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, State College, PA, June 1999.

Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Page, AZ, November 1998.

The fish are going on the byte: GIS analysis of western fishes. Unmack & Minckley.

 

American Fisheries Society, Hartford, CT, August 1998.

Identifying areas of high native fish diversity and examining change over time. A data rich GIS study on the Gila River system in Southwestern North America. Unmack & Minckley.

 

Arizona GIS Council, Tempe, AZ, July 1998.

Use of GIS to analyze native fish decline in the Gila River Basin, Arizona. Unmack & Minckley.

 

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, June 1998.

Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes: patterns of faunal occurrence in southeastern Australia. Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, CA, November 1997.

Water limits the occurrence of fishes, but what limits the occurrence of water? Unmack.

 

Australian Society for Fish Biology, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, July 1997.

Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, November 1996.

Fish on the byte: GIS analysis of fishes in the Gila Basin. Unmack, Minckley & Fry.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Reno, NV, November 1995.

A comparison of North American and Australian riverine desert habitats, fishes, and management. Unmack.

 

Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, CA, November 1994.

Desert fishes Down Under. Unmack.

 

Australian Society for Fish Biology, Victor Harbour, South Australia, Australia, August 1992.

Artesian springs, a neglected aquatic habitat. Unmack.