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Dr Annette Koenders

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5513, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.342
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5513
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5509
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.342  


Annette is a Senior Lecturer in Biology within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

Unit coordinator

  • SCN1111 Health Science 1
  • SCI3114 Ecophysiology
  • SCI3112 Evolution & Systematic


    1988-1989 Research Officer (NH&MRS) Monash University

    1990-1992 Research Fellow (ARC) La Trobe University

    2005-2007 TEE (WA) Biology Examiner

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Australian Systematic Biologists
  • Australian Barcode of Life Network
  • Australian Society for Limnology
  • International Astacology Association
  • Australian Institute of Biology, Fellow
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 1999 - Teaching Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching, Edith Cowan University


  • 2011, 2015 - External panel member on formal review of BSc (Biological Science) Deakin University

Research Areas and Interests

Annetteā€™s research focuses on biogeography, molecular evolution and microbial ecology. Recent projects include the biogeography of various freshwater surface and subsurface invertebrate and microbial mediated nutrient subsidy into seagrass communities.


  • Grad Certificate in Education, Edith Cowan University, 2003.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1988.
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours, Monash University, 1982.


Recent Research Grants

  • Biogeography and phylogenetics of the relictual, interstitial Bathynellidae (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Bathynellacea) in Australia,  Department of the Environment,  Australian Biological Resources Study - National Taxonomy Research Grant Program,  2014 - 2018,  $118,500.
  • Research the Modes of forest-based poverty alleviation of the farmer live in the Northeast of Vietnam,  Vietnam International Education Development of the Ministry of Education and Training,  VIED - Scholarship,  2015 - 2018,  $60,000.
  • Temporal and environmental patter of coral-Symbiodinium-bacteria network,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2016 - 2018,  $7,000.
  • Development of non-lethal methods to assess stress and reproductive status of the hairy marron, Cherax tenuimanus: a critically endangered freshwater crayfish.,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $14,250.
  • The impact of nutrient load on Ostracoda (Crustacea) diversity in Perth lakes and wetlands (WA).,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1),  2015 - 2016,  $97,601.
  • Microbes: The Missing Link in Coastal Landscape Connectivity,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Marine Science Program,  2013 - 2016,  $88,545.
  • The systematics of the harvestman genus Nunciella (Opiliones: Triaenonychidae) in south-western Australia: a morphological and molecular approach,  Department of the Environment,  Australian Biological Resources Study Honours Scholarships, Masters Scholarships, APA top-ups and non-salaried researcher grants 2012/2013,  2012 - 2014,  $10,000.
  • Biodiversity and taxonomy of Ostracoda (Crustacea) from temporary water bodies of inland Western Australia.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $107,906.
  • Characterisation of Fish Usage of Yarragadee Discharge Based on Water Chemistry,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2007 - 2011,  $18,883.
  • Surface and Interstitial Invertebrate Communities in Ephemeral Tributaries of the Blackwood River in the Region of the Yarragadee Aquifer Discharge Zone ,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $15,858.
  • Surface and Interstitial Invertebrate Communities in Tributraties of the Blackwood River Receiving Discharge From the Leederville Aquifer,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $21,212.
  • Surface and Interstitial Invertebrate Communities in in and Near Spearwood Creek, a Tributary of the Lower Blackwood River,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $18,534.
  • Fish migration patterns in the Blackwood River,  Murdoch University,  Grant,  2005 - 2008,  $59,992.
  • Study of migration patterns, habitat and water requirements of fish and invertebrates in the Blackwood River,  Murdoch University,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $85,552.
  • Field studies into the reproduction biology and conservation requirements of Hairy Marron in the South West DEC region,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $13,100.
  • Field studies into the biology and conservation requirements of Engaewa species in the South West and Warren DEC regions,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $37,500.
  • Assisting recovery actions for Margaret River Marron,  South West Catchment Council,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $23,400.
  • Investigating the Tuarts of the lower Moore River,  Department of Conservation and Land Management,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $10,000.
  • Fish and crayfish migrations of the Blackwood River: Influence of surface and groundwater,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2007,  $34,716.
  • Corbett Research 'RotorGene' 2 channel real-time DNA multiplexing system,  Ramaciotti Foundation,  Grant,  2004 - 2005,  $49,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Knapp, C., Callan, A., Aitken, B., Shearn, R., Koenders, A., Hinwood, A., (2017), Relationship between antibiotic resistance genes and metals in residential soil samples from Western Australia. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(3), 2484-2494, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-7997-y.
  • Koenders, A., Schoen, I., Halse, S., Martens, K., (2017), Valve shape is not linked to genetic species in the Eucypris vireos (Ostracoda, Crustacea) species complex. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 180(1), 36-46, DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12488.
  • Byrne, M., Koenders, A., Rogerson, K., Sampson, J., Van Etten, E., (2016), Genetic and morphological analysis of multi-stemmed plants of tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala). Australian Journal of Botany, 64(8), 704-714, CSIRO, DOI: 10.1071/BT16091.
  • Schon, I., Shearn, R., Martens, K., Koenders, A., Halse, S., (2015), Age and origin of Australian Bennelongia (Crustacea, Ostracoda). Hydrobiologia, 750(1), 125-146, Kluwer Academic Publishers, DOI: 10.1007/s10750-014-2159-z.
  • Shearn, R., Halse, S., Koenders, A., Schon, I., Martens, K., (2014), Redescriptions of six species of Ilyodromus Sars, 1894 (Crustacea, Ostracoda, Cyprididae) from New Zealand and Eastern Australia. Zootaxa, 3878(2), 101-145, Magnolia Press, DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3878.2.1.
  • Burnham, Q., Koenders, A., Horwitz, P., (2012), The status of the critically endangered freshwater crayfi sh Engaewa pseudoreducta (Crustacea: Parastacidae) in south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, 27(1), 45-54, Perth Western Australia, Western Australian Museum.
  • Hunt, L., Koenders, A., Gynnild, V., (2012), Assessing practical laboratory skills in undergraduate molecular biology courses. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 37(7), 861-874, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2011.576313.
  • Koenders, A., Martens, K., Halse, S., Schoen, I., (2012), Cryptic species of the Eucypris virens species complex (Ostracoda, Crustacea) from Europe have invaded Western Australia. Biological Invasions, 14(10), 2187-2201, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0224-y.
  • Shearn, R., Koenders, A., Halse, S., Schoen, I., Martens, K., (2012), A review of Bennelongia De Deckker & McKenzie, 1981(Crustacea, Ostracoda) species from eastern Australia with the description of three new species. European Journal of Taxonomy, 25(2012), 1-35, DOI: 10.5852/ejt.2012.25.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Evolution, Systematics & Geographic Parthenogenesis Of Ilyodromus (crustacea, Ostracoda)
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Investigation Of Pax7 And Its Transcripts In The Regulation Of Foetal And Adult Mouse Myogenesis: A Natural History
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Biodiversity Monitoring Using Environmental Dna: Can It Detect All Fish Species In A Waterbody And Is It Cost Effective For Routine Monitoring?
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Systematics And Biogeography Of The Australian Burrowing Freshwater Crayfish Genus Engaewa Riek (decapoda: Parastacidae)
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  A Revision Of The Western Australian Species Of The Australian Harvestman Genus Nunciella (opiliones: Triaenonychidae)

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Soil Community Structure And Litter Decomposition Under Irrigated Eucalyptus Globulus In South Western Australia.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Investigation Of The Replacement Of The Margaret River Hairy Marron Cherax Tenuimanus (smith 1912) By The Smooth Marron C.cainii (austin 2002).
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