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Associate Professor Annette Koenders

Acting Associate Dean

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

Current Teaching

Course Coordinator

  • Y89 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management)
  • Beijing University of Agriculture articulated degree

Unit Coordinator

  • SCI2112 Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
  • SCI2117 Genetics
  • SCI3114 Ecophysiology
  • SCI3309 Biological & Chemical Hazards
  • SCI5140 Current Issues in Natural Sciences


  • 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

Annette Koenders has a long-standing interest in the molecular evolution and taxonomy of aquatic invertebrates and Australian freshwater crayfish in particular. Her current interests are in phylogeography and conservation of Australian invertebrates, using innovative tools for monitoring cryptic and invasive freshwater species, and metabolomic approaches to understanding reproductive physiology of freshwater crayfish.

Principal/Co-principal Supervisor


  • 2 PhD, 3 Master of Science, 1 Honours

To completion

  • 5 PhD, 3 Master of Science, 4 Honours


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

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Duncan, B., Koenders, A., Burnham, Q., Lohr, M. (2020). Mus musculus populations in Western Australia lack VKORC1 mutations conferring resistance to first generation anticoagulant rodenticides: Implications for conservation and biosecurity. PLoS One, 15(9), Article number e0236234.
  • Lette, E., Lawler, N., Burnham, Q., Boyce, M., Duffy, R., Koenders, A., Broadhurst, D. (2020). Metabolomic Profiling of Crayfish Haemolymph Distinguishes Sister Species and Sex: Implications for Conservation, Aquaculture and Physiological Studies. Freshwater Crayfish, 25(1), 89-101.

Journal Articles

  • Bernasconi, R., Stat, M., Koenders, A., Paparini, A., Bunce, M., Huggett, M. (2019). Establishment of Coral-Bacteria Symbioses Reveal Changes in the Core Bacterial Community With Host Ontogeny. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10(JULY), Article number 1529.
  • Perina, G., Camacho, A., Huey, J., Horwitz, P., Koenders, A. (2019). The role of allopatric speciation and ancient origins of Bathynellidae (Crustacea) in the Pilbara (Western Australia): two new genera from the De Grey River catchment. Contributions to Zoology, 88(4), 452-497.
  • Bernasconi, R., Stat, M., Koenders, A., Huggett, M. (2019). Global Networks of Symbiodinium-Bacteria Within the Coral Holobiont. Microbial Ecology: an international journal, 77(3), 794-807.
  • Perina, G., Camacho, AI., Huey, J., Horwitz, P., Koenders, A. (2019). New Bathynellidae (Crustacea) taxa and their relationships in the Fortescue catchment aquifers of the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Systematics and Biodiversity, 17(2), 148-164.
  • Tarquinio, F., Hyndes, G., Laverock, B., Koenders, A., Sawstrom, C. (2019). The seagrass holobiont: understanding seagrass-bacteria interactions and their role in seagrass ecosystem functioning. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 366(6), article no. fnz057.

Journal Articles

  • Tarquinio, F., Bourgoure, J., Koenders, A., Laverock, B., Sawstrom, C., Hyndes, G. (2018). Microorganisms facilitate uptake of dissolved organic nitrogen by seagrass leaves. The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology, 12(11), 2796-2800.
  • Perina, G., Camacho, AI., Huey, J., Horwitz, P., Koenders, A. (2018). Understanding subterranean variability: the first genus of Bathynellidae (Bathynellacea, Crustacea) from Western Australia described through a morphological and multigene approach. Invertebrate Systematics, 32(2), 423-447.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • Shearn, R., Schoen, I., Martens, K., Halse, S., Krawiec, J., Koenders, A. (2017). Patterns of genetic divergence in the Ilyodromus amplicolis lineage (Crustacea, Ostracoda), with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa, 4318(1), 1-46.
  • Shearn, R., Koenders, A., Schoen, I., Halse, S., Martens, K. (2017). On the affinity of Isoypridinae and Herpetocypridinae, with redescriptions of four species of Ilyodromus Sard 1894 (Crustacea, Ostracoda). Zootaxa, 4318(1), 47-81.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Schön, I., Shearn, R., Martens, K., Koenders, A., Halse, S. (2015). Age and origin of Australian Bennelongia (Crustacea, Ostracoda). Hydrobiologia, 750(1), 125-146.

Journal Articles

  • Shearn, R., Halse, S., Koenders, A., Schön, 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Book Chapters

  • Koenders, A. (2009). The cell cycle. Environmental Biology (88-112). Cambridge University Press.

Conference Publications

  • Bunn, J., Koenders, A., Austin, C., Horwitz, P. (2008). Identification Of Hairy, Smooth And Hybrid Marron (Decapoda: Parastacidae) In The Margaret River: Morphology And Allozymes.. Proceedings of the 16th Symposium of the International Association of Astacology (113-121). International Association of Astacology.

Book Chapters

  • Koenders, A. (2006). An authentic on-line learning environment in university introductory biology. Authentic Learning Environments in Higher Education (48-60). IGI Global.

Journal Articles

  • White, R., Lamey, T., Ziman, M., Koenders, A. (2005). Isolation and expression analysis of a Pax group III gene from the crustacean Cherax destructor. Development Genes and Evolution, 215(6), 306-312.

Journal Articles

  • Koenders, A., Lamey, T., Medler, S., West, J., Mykles, D. (2004). Two fast-type fibers in claw closer and abdominal deep muscles of the Australian freshwater crustacean, cherax destructor, differ in Ca2+ sensitivity and troponin-I isoforms. Journal of experimental zoology, 301(7), 588-598.
  • Lamey, T., Koenders, A., Ziman, M. (2004). Pax genes in myogenesis: Alternate transcripts add complexity. Histology and Histopathology, 19(4), 1289-1300.

Conference Publications

  • Koenders, A., Brook, C. (2003). On-line learning: student and tutor as one.. Annual International HERDSA Conference 2003 - Learning for an unknown future (9p). HAND.

Journal Articles

  • Koenders, A., Yu, X., Change, E., Mykles, D. (2002). Ubiquitin and Actin Expression in Claw Muscles of Land Crab, Gecarcinus Lateralis, and American Lobster, Homarus Americanus: Differential Expression of Ubiquitin in Two Slow Muscle Fiber Types During Molt-induced Atrophy. Journal of Experimental Zoology, 292, 618-632.
  • Koenders, A., Mykles, D., Medler, S., Cooper, R. (2002). Myofibrillar Protein Isoform Expression is Correlated with Synaptic Efficiency in Slow Fibres of the Claw and Leg Opener Muscles of Crayfish and Lobsters. Journal of Experimental Biology, 205, 513-522.

Conference Publications

  • Koenders, A., Cutler, L., West, J., Klemm, M., Mykles, D. (2002). Myofibrillar Protein Composition of Muscle Fibres from Regenerating and Pristine Claws of the freshwater Crayfish, Cherax Destructor. Freshwater Crayfish (). Curtin University, WA.
  • Koenders, A. (2002). Creating Opportunities from Challenges in On-line Introductory Biology. Research Development in Higher Education, Volume 25 Quality Conversations (). HERDSA.
  • Koenders, A., Lamey, T., West, J. (2002). The Effects of Moult-induced atrophy on Claw Muscle of the Yabby, Cherax Destructor. Freshwater Crayfish (). Curtin University, WA.

Research Projects

  • Monitoring of endangered, and dangerous freshwater reptiles using environmental DNA, Animal Plant Mineral (APM), Grant, 2018 ‑ 2020, $10,000.
  • 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 ‑ 2019, $12,250.
  • Biogeography and phylogenetics of the relictual, interstitial Bathynellidae (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Bathynellacea) in Australia, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Biological Resources Study - National Taxonomy Research Grant Program, 2014 ‑ 2019, $114,000.
  • Temporal and environmental patterns of Coral-Symbiodinium-bacteria networks, Ecological Society of Australia, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, 2017 ‑ 2019, $4,800.
  • Temporal and environmental patter of coral-Symbiodinium-bacteria network, Ecological Society of Australia, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, 2016 ‑ 2018, $7,000.
  • Microbes: The Missing Link in Coastal Landscape Connectivity, Department of Environment and Conservation WA, Marine Science Program, 2013 ‑ 2016, $13,545.
  • 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, $53,000.
  • The systematics of the harvestman genus Nunciella (Opiliones: Triaenonychidae) in south-western Australia: a morphological and molecular approach, Department of Agriculture, Water and 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, $34,906.
  • 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 in and Near Spearwood Creek, a Tributary of the Lower Blackwood River, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA), Grant, 2008 ‑ 2009, $18,534.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fish and crayfish migrations of the Blackwood River: Influence of surface and groundwater, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA), Grant, 2007, $34,716.
  • Investigating the Tuarts of the lower Moore River, Department of Conservation and Land Management, Grant, 2006 ‑ 2007, $6,500.
  • Assisting recovery actions for Margaret River Marron, South West Catchment Council, Grant, 2006 ‑ 2007, $23,400.
  • Corbett Research 'RotorGene' 2 channel real-time DNA multiplexing system, Ramaciotti Foundation, Grant, 2004 ‑ 2005, $49,000.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences), Phylogeography and population structure of the putative relict Reedia spathacea F. Muell. (Cyperaceae)

Principal Supervisor

  • 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, Ancient origins of a diverse stygofaunal group: The Australian bathynellidae (crustacea)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Systematics and biogeography of the Australian burrowing freshwater crayfish genus Engaewa riek (decapoda: Parastacidae)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigation of PAX7 and its transcripts in the regulation of foetal and adult mouse myogenesis: A natural history
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Geographical, temporal and environmental patterns of coral-symbiodiniaceae-bacteria co-occurrences
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences), Modernising Conservation Through Technology: A metabolic investigation of a critically endangered freshwater crayfish.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences), A revision of the Western Australian species of the Australian harvestman genus nunciella (opiliones: Triaenonychidae)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Evolution, systematics & geographic parthenogenesis of ilyodromus (crustacea, ostracoda)

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The role of the seagrass leaf microbiome in assisting nitrogen uptake by the Western Australian seagrass, posidonia sinuosa

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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