Megan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Science and is a member of the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research.
- 2008-2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii
- 2006-2007: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii
- 2000-2005: PhD Student, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales
- 1999: Technical Officer, Malacology Division, Australian Museum
- Australian Marine Sciences Association
Awards and Recognition
National and International Research Positions
- NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii
- ONR Postdoctoral Fellow, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii
Research Areas and Interests
My research focuses on the function and diversity of marine microbes, and falls into two themes:
Prokaryote-eukaryote interactions in the marine environment
- Marine microbial communities are known to be important as cues for invertebrate larval settlement and recruitment. Understanding the types of cues that are important for successful settlement and recruitment of marine invertebrates such as sea urchins, molluscs, corals and polychaetes is a key area of marine science and is highly relevant to the management and understanding of marine habitats. My research focuses on the microbial community associated with coralline algae, and the role that these communities have in larval settlement of sea urchins.
- Microbes are now known to play many important roles in the health of organisms such as sponges and corals, which host highly diverse and abundant microbial assemblages. Despite this, much of the function and diversity of these assemblages is currently unknown. My research focuses on the acquisition of microbial assemblages in early life history stages and the diversity of these groups across large biogeographical regions.
The function and diversity of bacterioplankton communities
- I have been involved in several studies investigating the genome content and architecture of many numerically abundant bacterioplankton species via whole genome sequencing projects, as well as investigating bacterioplankton diversity in response to a large storm event, and across several coral atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. With more than a billion microorganisms per litre of seawater, the biodiversity of microbial communities and the functional roles that they play in the marine environment are enormously significant.