Amanda Hay

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Amanda has 25 years of experience in Ichthyological collections and research and has been employed as Ichthyology collection manager since 2018. As collection manager, Amanda is responsible for developing and maintaining the museum’s fish collection, facilitating access to the collection for visiting researchers and through loans as well as providing expertise to the museum’s public programs, and answering public and scientific enquiries.

While employed at the Museum, Amanda has participated in various fieldtrips including documenting marine and freshwater fish fauna in NSW and Qld and behavioural capabilities of fish larvae. Amanda has a broad interest in the taxonomy and ecology of adult and larvae from the Indo-Pacific and with Dr Jeff Leis has spent 20 years providing pioneering research into the swimming and sensory abilities of fish larvae.

Along with the rest of the Ichthyology team Amanda is Curator of Australisian Fishes, a community driven citizen science and has already had an unprecedented impact.


BSc (Hons)

Selected publications

  • Eldridge, M. D. B., S. Ingleby, A. G. King, S. V. Mahony, H. E. Parnaby, C. A. Beatson, A. Divljan, G. J. Frankham, A. C. Hay, R. E. Major, S. E. Reader, R. A. Sadlier, and L. R. Tsang. 2020. Australian Museum surveys of the vertebrate fauna of Coolah Tops National Park, NSW. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum Online 30: 1–26.
  • Hay, A.C., Xian, W., Bailly, N., Liang, C., and Pauly, D., 2020. The why and how of determining length-weight relationships of fish from preserved museum specimens. J. Appl. Ichyol. 36, 376–382. doi: 10.1111/jai.14014
  • Reader, S. E., A.C. Hay, & M. A. McGrouther, 2018. The Australian Museum Lord Howe Island Expedition 2017—freshwater fishes. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online 26: 69–76.
  • Leis, J. M., O. Meyer, A.C. Hay & M. R. Gaither, 2015. A coral-reef fish with large, fast, conspicuous larvae, and small, cryptic adults (Teleostei: Apogonidae). Copeia 103(1): 78-86. DOI 10.1643/CG-14-119
  • Leis J.M., U.E. Siebeck, A.C.Hay, C.B. Paris, O. Chateau & L. Wantiez, 2015. In situ orientation of fish larvae can vary among regions. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 537:191-203.
  • Hay, A.C. & J.M. Leis, 2011. The pelagic larva of the Midnight Snapper, Macolor macularis (Teleostei: Lutjanidae) Rec. Aust. Mus. 63(1): 85–88
  • Leis JM, Hay AC, Gaither MR (2011) Swimming ability and its rapid decrease at settlement in wrasse larvae (Teleostei: Labridae). Mar Biol 158:1239–1246
  • Leis JM, Hay AC, Howarth GJ (2009) Ontogeny of in situ behaviours relevant to dispersal and population connectivity in larvae of coral-reef fishes. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 379: 163–179
  • Leis, J.M. & A.C. Hay, 2004. Larval development of Achoerodus viridis (Pisces: Labridae), the Australian Eastern Blue Groper. Ichthyological Research. 51(1):46-51.
  • Leis, J.M., A.C. Hay & A.G. Miskiewicz, 2004. Larval development of the rare Australian aploactinid fish Matsubarichthys inusitatus (Pisces: Scorpaeniformes). Zoological Studies 43(3): 580-588.