Kathryn is a Research Fellow within the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research in the School of Science.
- Environmental Investigations and Monitoring
- Coastal and Marine Management
Background / Employment History
- 2012-present: Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University
- 2011-2012: Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
- 2005-2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University
- 2001-2005: Casual Lecturer and Tutor, University of Queensland
- 1997-1999: Environmental Officer, Water and Rivers Commission, Western Australia
- 1995: Research Assistant, University of Western Australia
- Australian Marine Sciences Association
- Australian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany
- Australian Coastal Society
- Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation
Research Areas and Interests
I have three main streams of research in coastal biology and ecology largely focusing on seagrass ecosystems. I use a variety of tools and methods such as ‘manipulated’ and ‘observational’ field and laboratory studies using ‘eco-physiological’ and ‘molecular’ tools.
1. Human impacts in coastal ecosystems
- Largely focusing on impacts through light reduction, climate change, and dredging
- How do plants respond to different stressors (developing sub-lethal indicators)?
- What levels of stress can they cope with?
- What are the consequences of disturbance?
2. Seagrass-grazing interactions
- How much is consumed?
- How do plants cope with grazing?
3. Seagrass evolution and taxonomy
- What are the evolutionary relationships in seagrasses, particularly Posidonia and Halophila?