Although relatively remote and untouched, the subantarctic and Antarctic have not escaped the impacts of contamination. Pattern and process in a threatened seagrass community: This is the first study to expand the baseline knowledge of the spatial distribution patterns of sponges and ascidians in Posidonia australis meadows. Sensitivity of subantarctic marine invertebrates to metals under a changing climate. Understanding fine scale patterns of connectedness such as those among intertidal and subtidal areas are important because they ultimately influence the broad scale genetic and morphological patterns which can occur at the geographic level. Accepted pending minor revisions Physical Dormancy in a Changing Climate.
Sensitivity of subantarctic marine invertebrates to metals under a changing climate. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which the University of Wollongong campuses stand, and we pay our respects to elders past and present. Aquaculture is a growing industry that provides an alternative source of seafood to wild caught fisheries. Dynamics and habitat use by sessile epifaunal invertebrates in Posidonia australis. Dr Phil Byrne Email:
My PhD aims to examine the ecology of soft sediment fish assemblages in temperate waters of South Eastern Australia. In addition, I am using acoustic tracking to investigate issues surrounding the movement patterns of key soft sediment fishes.
Student Research Projects
Assessing the proportion of dormant seeds at dispersal therefore provides little useful information when trying to determine variation among or within populations. Although relatively remote and untouched, the subantarctic and Antarctic have not escaped the impacts of contamination.
Aggression in fish depends on environmental conditions. Contact Future Students Team on Journal of Applied Phycology 25 3 p. By studying the variation of dormancy-breaking temperature thresholds within populations of fire-following physically dormant species, as well as among years of seed production and seed age in the seed bank, my project will investigate physical dormancy variation and subsequently the mechanistic processes potentially controlling seed bank dynamics.
My PhD aims to quantify and investigate possible causes of variation in the temperatures needed to break physical dormancy using the model species Acacia suaveolens. Associate Professor Andy Davis Email: My research includes spatial and temporal analysis of Phyllospora wrack distribution and its associated invertebrate fauna.
This study will contribute to our understanding of seed ecology in fire-prone ecosystems and therefore improve our ability to predict and manage potential risks to species in fire-prone vegetation, under increasing anthropogenic management and future climatic changes.
Spatial co-registration of ultra-high resolution visible, multispectral and thermal images acquired with a micro-UAV over Antarctic moss beds. My project will determine the sensitivities of a range of subantarctic marine invertebrates to metal contamination.
Trackinh of hydrocarbon contaminants in subantarctic soils: Plant and Cell Physiology, 54 11 Offshore abalone farming in Port Phillip Bay: Dominating the Antarctic environment: We acknowledge the thdsis custodians of the land on which the University of Wollongong campuses stand, and we pay our respects to elders past and present.
This project will investigate the ecological, social and life history factors at the root of this decision in a model group of coral-reef associated fishes.
Thesis Submission and Graduation
Physical dormancy is one of the most common types of dormancy in these ecosystems where heat from fire breaks the dormancy. In fire prone environments, many plant species are killed by the passage of fire and recruitment from the seed bank post fire is critical to ensure populations are sustained.
Marine Ecology Progress Series. Edited by David Curtis and Lucia Aguilar.
Graduate Research School @ UOW
The sessile epifaunal invertebrate community associated with seagrass meadows have been poorly documented despite the alarming rate of global seagrass decline. Sensitivity of subantarctic marine invertebrates to metals under a changing climate Awards: This is the first study to expand the baseline knowledge of trackinh spatial distribution patterns of sponges and ascidians in Posidonia australis meadows.
Response of the hairy mussel Trichomya hirsuta to sediment-metal contamination in the presence of a bioturbator. Genetic differentiation in the barnacle Catomerus polymerus despite migration across a biogeographic barrier.
I use Stereo Baited Remote Underwater Video BRUVs to identify and compare fish communities found on temperate soft sediments, including in NSW marine park sanctuary zones no-take zoneshabitat protection zones recreational fishing allowed and areas outside of the marine park that are targeted by both recreational fishers and commercial fishing vessels. Phylogeny of Antarctic Mosses Awards: An understanding of these complex interactions is essential to developing effective management practises for invasive species.
I have a broad interest in the spatial ecology and conservation of marine assemblages.
One way to improve productivity and lessen resource wastage would be to measure plant health from a distance and over large areas, allowing farmers to selectively allocate resources to plants which need them.
Genetic tests of the isolation of rare coastal dwarf populations of Banksia spinulosa.
Dynamics and habitat use by sessile epifaunal invertebrates in Posidonia australis. This model can serve as a tool for predicting the impacts of climate change and provide insight into management options for preserving future biodiversity.