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Associate Professor Kathryn McMahon

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5145
Mobile: 0403 820 104
Email: k.mcmahon@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.350  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4355-6247

Kathryn is a Associate Professor in the School of Science and Deputy Director of the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research.

Current Teaching

  • Environmental Investigations and Monitoring
  • Coastal and Marine Management

Background / Employment History

  • 2016-present: Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • 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?

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Marine Science, The University of Queensland, 2005.
  • Bachelor of Science. Hons (Botany), The University of Western Australia, 2000.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Collier, C., Langlois, L., McMahon, K., Udy, J., Rasheed, M., Lawrence, E., Carter, A., Fraser, M., McKenzie, L. (2021). What lies beneath: Predicting seagrass below-ground biomass from above-ground biomass, environmental conditions and seagrass community composition. Ecological Indicators, 121(107156), 107156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.107156.
  • Webster, C., Kilminster, K., Sanchez Alarcon, M., Bennett, K., Strydom, S., McNamara, S., Lavery, P., McMahon, K. (2021). Population-specific resilience of Halophila ovalis seagrass habitat to unseasonal rainfall, an extreme climate event in estuaries. Journal of Ecology, 2021(Article in Press), 20p.. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13648.
  • Hernawan, U., Rahmawati, S., Rappe, R., Sjafrie, N., Hadiyanto, H., Yusup, D., Nugraha, A., La Nafie, Y., Adi, W., Prayudha, B., Irawan, A., Rahayu, Y., Ningsih, E., Riniatsih, I., Supriyadi, I., McMahon, K. (2021). The first nation-wide assessment identifies valuable blue-carbon seagrass habitat in Indonesia is in moderate condition. Science of the Total Environment, 782(15 August 2021), Article number 146818. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146818.
  • Evans, R., McMahon, K., Van Dijk, K., Dawkins, K., Nilsson Jacobi, M., Vikrant, A. (2021). Identification of dispersal barriers for a colonising seagrass using seascape genetic analysis. Science of the Total Environment, 763(143052), 143052. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143052.

Journal Articles

  • Abdolahpour, M., Ghisalberti, M., McMahon, K., Lavery, P. (2020). Material Residence Time in Marine Canopies Under Wave-Driven Flows. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7(14 August 2020), Article number 574. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00574.
  • Ontoria, Y., Webster, C., Said, N., Ruiz, J., Perez, M., Romero, J., McMahon, K. (2020). Positive effects of high salinity can buffer the negative effects of experimental warming on functional traits of the seagrass Halophila ovalis. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 158(September 2020), Article number 111404. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111404.

Journal Articles

  • Binks, RM., Byrne, M., McMahon, K., Pitt, G., Murray, K., Evans, RD. (2019). Habitat discontinuities form strong barriers to gene flow among mangrove populations, despite the capacity for long-distance dispersal. Diversity and Distributions, 25(2), 298-309. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12851.
  • Wu, PP., Mergersen, K., Caley, MJ., McMahon, K., Rasheed, MA., Kendrick, GA. (2019). Analysing the dynamics and relative influence of variables affecting ecosystem responses using functional PCA and boosted regression trees: A seagrass case study. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 10(10), 1723-1733. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13269.
  • Pujol, D., Abdolahpour, M., Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Oldham, C. (2019). Flow velocity and nutrient uptake in marine canopies. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 622(18 July 2019), 17-30. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12987.
  • Kendrick, GA., Nowicki, RJ., Olsen, YS., Strydom, S., Fraser, MW., Sinclair, EA., Statton, J., Hovey, RK., Thomson, JA., Burkholder, DA., McMahon, K., Kilminster, K., Hetzel, Y., Fourqurean, JW., Heithaus, MR., Orth, RJ. (2019). A Systematic Review of How Multiple Stressors From an Extreme Event Drove Ecosystem-Wide Loss of Resilience in an Iconic Seagrass Community. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6(JUL, 2019), Article number 455. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00455.

Book Chapters

  • Marsh, H., Creche, A., McMahon, K. (2018). Dugongs: Seagrass Community Specialists. Seagrasses of Australia: Structure, Ecology and Conversation (629-661). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71354-0_19.
  • McMahon, K., Sinclair, EA., Sherman, CD., Van Dijk, K., Hernawan, UE., Verduin, J., Waycott, M. (2018). Genetic Connectivity in Tropical and Temperate Australian Seagrass Species. Seagrasses of Australia: Structure, Ecology and Conversation (155-195). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71354-0_6.

Journal Articles

  • O'Brien, KR., Waycott, M., Maxwell, P., Kendrick, GA., Udy, JW., Ferguson, AJ., Kilminster, K., Scanes, P., McKenzie, LJ., McMahon, K., Adams, MP., Samper-Villarreal, J., Collier, C., Lyons, M., Mumby, PJ., Radke, L., Christianen, MJ., Dennison, WC. (2018). Seagrass ecosystem trajectory depends on the relative timescales of resistance, recovery and disturbance. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 134(2018), 166-176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.09.006.
  • Wu, PP., Caley, MJ., Kendrick, G., McMahon, K., Mergersen, K. (2018). Dynamic Bayesian network inferencing for non-homogeneous complex systems. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C: Applied Statistics, 67(2), 417-434. https://doi.org/10.1111/rssc.12228.
  • Statton, J., McMahon, K., Lavery, P., Kendrick, GA. (2018). Determining light stress responses for a tropical multi-species seagrass assemblage. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 128(March 2018), 508-518. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.01.060.
  • Strydom, S., McMahon, K., Kendrick, G., Statton, J., Lavery, P. (2018). Short-term Responses of Posidonia australis to Changes in Light Quality. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8(17 January 2018), article no.2224. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.02224.
  • Abdolahpour, M., Ghisalberti, M., McMahon, K., Lavery, P. (2018). The impact of flexibility on flow, turbulence, and vertical mixing in coastal canopies. Limnology and Oceanography, 63(6), 2777-2792. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11008.
  • Huggett, M., McMahon, K., Bernasconi, R. (2018). Future warming and acidification result in multiple ecological impacts to a temperate coralline alga. Environmental Microbiology, 20(8), 2769-2782. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14113.
  • Verges, A., Doropoulos, C., Czarnik, R., McMahon, K., Llonch, N., Poore, AG. (2018). Latitudinal variation in seagrass herbivory: Global patterns and explanatory mechanisms. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(9), 1068-1079. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12767.
  • Wu, PP., McMahon, K., Rasheed, MA., Kendrick, GA., York, PH., Chartrand, K., Caley, MJ., Mergersen, K. (2018). Managing seagrass resilience under cumulative dredging affecting light: Predicting risk using dynamic Bayesian networks. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(3), 1339-1350. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13037.

Journal Articles

  • McMahon, K., Evans, R., Van Dijk, K., Hernawan, U., Kendrick, G., Lavery, P., Lowe, R., Puotinen, M., Waycott, M. (2017). Disturbance is an important driver of clonal richness in tropical seagrasses. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8(5 December), Article Number: 2026. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.02026.
  • Abdolahpour, M., Ghisaberti, M., Lavery, P., McMahon, K. (2017). Vertical mixing in coastal canopies. Limnology and Oceanography, 62(1), 26-42. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.10368.
  • York, PH., Smith, TM., Coles, RG., McKenna, SA., Connolly, RM., Irving, AD., Jackson, EL., McMahon, K., Runcie, JW., Sherman, CD., Sullivan, BK., Trevathan-Tackett, SM., Brodersen, KE., Carter, AB., Ewers, CJ., Lavery, P., Roelfsema, CM., Sinclair, EA., Strydom, S., Tanner, JE., Van Dijk, K., Warry, FY., Waycott, M., Whitehead, S. (2017). Identifying knowledge gaps in seagrass research and management: An Australian perspective. Marine Environmental Research, 127(June 2017), 163-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.06.006.
  • Strydom, S., McMahon, K., Kendrick, G., Statton, J., Lavery, P. (2017). Seagrass Halophila ovalis is affected by light quality across different life history stages. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 572(2017), 103-116. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12105.
  • Strydom, S., McMahon, K., Lavery, P. (2017). Response of the seagrass Halophila ovalis to altered light quality in a simulated dredge plume. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 121(1-2), 323-330. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.05.060.
  • Hernawan, U., Van Dijk, K., Kendrick, G., Feng, M., Biffin, E., Lavery, P., McMahon, K. (2017). Historical processes and contemporary ocean currents drive genetic structure in the seagrass Thalassia hemprichii in the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Molecular Ecology, 26(4), 1008-1021. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13966.
  • Wu, PP., Mengersen, K., McMahon, K., Kendrick, GA., Chartrand, K., York, PH., Rasheed, MA., Caley, MJ. (2017). Timing anthropogenic stressors to mitigate their impact on marine ecosystem resilience. Nature Communications, 8(November), Article number 1263. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-01306-9.
  • Fraser, MW., Short, J., Kendrick, G., McLean, D., Keesing, J., Byrne, M., Caley, MJ., Clarke, D., Davis, AR., Erftemeijer, PL., Field, S., Gustin-Craig, S., Huisman, J., Keough, M., Lavery, P., Masini, R., McMahon, K., Mengersen, K., Rasheed, M., Statton, J., Stoddart, J., Wu, P. (2017). Effects of dredging on critical ecological processes for marine invertebrates, seagrasses and macroalgae, and the potential for management with environmental windows using Western Australia as a case study. Ecological Indicators, 78(2017), 229-242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.03.026.

Journal Articles

  • Hyndes, G., Heck, KL., Verges, A., Harvey, ES., Kendrick, GA., Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Orth, RJ., Pearce, A., Vanderklift, M., Wernberg, T., Whiting, S., Wilson, S. (2016). Accelerating Tropicalization and the Transformation of Temperate Seagrass Meadows. Bioscience, 66(11), 938-948. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biw111.

Conference Publications

  • Abdolahpour, M., Ghisalberti, M., Lavery, P., McMahon, K. (2016). The importance of creating dynamically-scaled models of aquatic vegetation in the laboratory. Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (Paper 25992). University of Melbourne.

Journal Articles

  • Jahnke, M., Pagés, J., Alcoverro, T., Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Procaccini, G. (2015). Should we sync? Seascape-level genetic and ecological factors determine seagrass flowering patterns. Journal of Ecology, 103(6), 1464-1474. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12470.
  • Kilminster, K., McMahon, K., Waycott, M., Kendrick, GA., Scanes, P., McKenzie, L., O'Brien, KR., Lyons, M., Ferguson, A., Maxwell, P., Glasby, T., Udy, J. (2015). Unravelling complexity in seagrass systems for management: Australia as a microcosm. Science of the Total Environment, 534(2015), 97-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.061.
  • Lynch, AJ., Thackway, R., Specht, A., Beggs, PJ., Brisbane, S., Burns, EL., Byrne, M., Capon, SJ., Casanova, MT., Clarke, PA., Davies, JM., Dovers, S., Dwyer, RG., Ens, E., Fisher, DO., Flanigan, M., Garnier, E., Guru, SM., Kilminster, K., Locke, J., Mac Nally, R., McMahon, K., Mitchell, PJ., Pierson, JC., Rodgers, EM., Russell-Smith, J., Udy, J., Waycott, M. (2015). Transdisciplinary synthesis for ecosystem science, policy and management: The Australian experience. Science of the Total Environment, 534(2015), 173-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.100.

Conference Publications

  • Wu, P., Mengersen, K., McMahon, K., Kendrick, G., Caley, J. (2015). Predicting the temporal response of seagrass meadows to dredging using Dynamic Bayesian Networks. MODSIM2015, 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. (1282-1288). The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc..

Books

  • Waycott, M., McMahon, K., Lavery, P. (2014). A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses. CSIRO Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Oldham, CE., McMahon, K., Brown, E., Bosserelle, C., Lavery, P. (2014). A preliminary exploration of the physical properties of seagrass wrack that affect its offshore transport, deposition and retention on a beach. Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environment, 4(1), 120-135. https://doi.org/10.1215/21573689-2844703.
  • Choney, G., McMahon, K., Lavery, P., Collier, N. (2014). Swan grazing on seagrass: abundance but not grazing pressure varies over an annual cycle in a temperate estuary. Marine and Freshwater Research, 65(8), 738–749. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF13126.
  • Hedley, J., McMahon, K., Fearns, P. (2014). Seagrass Canopy Photosynthetic Response Is a Function of Canopy Density and Light Environment: A Model for Amphibolis griffithii. PLoS ONE, 9(10), Article no. e111454. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0111454.
  • McMahon, K., Lavery, P. (2014). Canopy-scale modifications of the seagrass Amphibolis griffithii in response to and recovery from light reduction. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 455(June), 38-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2014.02.015.
  • McMahon, K., Van Dijk, KJ., Ruiz-Montoya, L., Kendrick, G., Krauss, S., Waycott, M., Verduin, J., Lowe, R., Statton, J., Brown, E., Duarte, C. (2014). The movement ecology of seagrasses. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1795), Article number 20140878, 9p. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0878.

Journal Articles

  • Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Weyers, J., Boyce, M., Oldham, CE. (2013). Release of dissolved organic carbon from seagrass wrack and its implications for trophic connectivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 494(2013), 121-133. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10554.
  • Gartner, A., Tuya, F., Lavery, P., McMahon, K. (2013). Habitat preferences of macroinvertebrate fauna among seagrasses with varying structural forms. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 439(January 2013), 143-151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2012.11.009.
  • McMahon, K., Collier, C., Lavery, P. (2013). Identifying robust bioindicators of light stress in seagrasses: A meta-analysis. Ecological Indicators, 30(1), 7-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.01.030.

Journal Articles

  • McMahon, K., Lavery, P., Mulligan, M. (2011). Recovery from the impact of light reduction on the seagrass Amphibolis griffithii, insights for dredging management. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62(2), 270-283. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.11.001.

Journal Articles

  • Gartner, A., Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Brearley, A., Barwick, H. (2010). Light reductions drive macroinvertebrate changes in Amphibolis griffithii seagrass habitat.. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 401(1), 87-100. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps08367.

Journal Articles

  • Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Mulligan, M., Tennyson, A. (2009). Interactive effects of timing, intensity and duration of experimental shading on Amphibolis griffithii. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 394(2009), 21-33.
  • McMahon, K., Waycott, M. (2009). New record for Halophila decipiens Ostenfeld in Kenya based on morphological and molecular evidence. Aquatic Botany, 91(4), 318-320.
  • Eklöf, JS., McMahon, K., Lavery, P. (2009). Effects of Multiple Disturbances in Seagrass Meadows: Shading Decreases Resilience to Grazing. Marine and Freshwater Research, 60(12), 1317-1327.
  • Arthur, K., McMahon, K., Limpus, C., Dennison, W. (2009). Feeding ecology of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Shoalwater Bay, Australia. Marine Turtle Newsletter, 2009(123), 6-12.

Reports

  • Gartner, A., Lavery, P., McMahon, K., Brearley, A. (2008). Consequences of reduced light availability in seagrass meadows for fauna and fisheries. Joondalup. ECU.

Journal Articles

  • Bengston-Nash, S., McMahon, K., Eaglesham, G., Müller, J. (2005). Application of a novel phytotoxicity assay for the detection of herbicides in Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Straits. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 51(1-4), 351-360.
  • McMahon, K., Bengston-Nash, S., Eaglesham, G., Müller, J., Duke, N. (2005). Herbicide contamination and the potential impact to seagrass meadows in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 51(1-4), 325-334.

Books

  • Waycott, M., McMahon, K., Mellors, J., Calladine, A., Kleine, D. (2004). A guide to tropical seagrasses of the Indo-West Pacific. James Cook University.

Journal Articles

  • Thompson, P., Waite, A., McMahon, K. (2003). Dynamics of a cyanobacterial bloom in a hypereutrophic, stratified weir pool. Marine and Freshwater Research, 54(1), 27-37.

Research Projects

  • Plant-herbivore interactions in a changing climate and implications for seagrass recovery, Ecological Society of Australia, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, 2019 ‑ 2022, $6,300.
  • Keep Watch – Seagrass Health Monitoring 2017-2021, Geographe Catchment Council Inc, Grant - Geocatch, 2017 ‑ 2021, $75,000.
  • Conserving Critical Seagrass Habitat for Iconic Wildlife: An Integrated Assessment across the Pilbara, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA, Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects, 2016 ‑ 2021, $10,500.
  • Genetic diversity and resilience of estuarine seagrasses, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA), Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects, 2018 ‑ 2021, $10,500.
  • RESEARCH TOPIC: Resilience of tropical seagrasses, University of Western Australia, McNamara World Heritage PhD Top-Up Scholarship, 2018 ‑ 2021, $175,000.
  • Determining the cumulative effect of putative pathogenic microbes, high temperatures and herbivory on the kelp, Ecklonia radiata, Ecological Society of Australia, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, 2019 ‑ 2020, $3,400.
  • Conserving critical seagrass habitat for dugong: an integrated assessment across the Pilbara, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA, Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant, 2017 ‑ 2020, $487,330.
  • Impact of nutrients and stormwater on periphyton in a shallow embayment, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA), Sponsorship, 2017 ‑ 2019, $4,000.
  • Nitrogen Isotope Study - Wastewater Treatment Plant Plume Mapping, Water Corporation, Grant, 2019, $23,013.
  • Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands Investigation, South West Catchment Council, Grant, 2014 ‑ 2018, $48,000.
  • Visiting Fellow A/Professor Kate O'Brien, Edith Cowan University, Edith Cowan University, School of Science Visiting Fellow Grant Scheme, 2018, $1,500.
  • Determining the cumulative effect of putative pathogenic microbes, high temperatures and herbivory on the ecologically important kelp, Ecklonia radiata, Ecological Society of Australia, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, 2017 ‑ 2018, $6,000.
  • Nutrient sources for primary producers in Roebuck Bay, Water Corporation, Grant, 2016 ‑ 2018, $27,960.
  • Resilience of seagrasses in tropical systems exposed to human impacts, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2016 (Round 1), 2015 ‑ 2018, $52,000.
  • Australian-wide risk assessment of carbon dioxide emissions from seagrass habitat under current and future global change threats , Edith Cowan University, ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1, 2016 ‑ 2017, $6,000.
  • Defining thresholds and indicators of Primary Producer response to dredging related pressures, Western Australian Marine Science Institution, Grant, 2013 ‑ 2017, $802,028.
  • Provision of Preliminary Investigation into Macroalgae and Seagrass Wrack at Jurien Bay Boat Harbour - DOT306815, Department of Transport (WA), DoT WA - Grant, 2016 ‑ 2017, $89,399.
  • Ecological connectivity of Kimberley marine communities - WAMSI Kimberley Research Program, The Australian Institute of Marine Science, Western Australian Marine Science Institution Grant, 2014 ‑ 2016, $97,137.
  • Quantification of the Biodiversity of the Lake MacLeod Northern Ponds, Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division, Grant-Dampsalt, 2010 ‑ 2016, $433,711.
  • Protection of coastal ecosystems and marine resource management, The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education , CRN - Grant, 2011 ‑ 2016, $890,684.
  • The effects of light quality caused by dredging on seagrass habitats, Ecological Society of Australia, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, 2015 ‑ 2016, $4,000.
  • ‘Keep Watch’ Geographe Bay Seagrass Health Monitoring Program 2015/16, Geographe Catchment Council Inc, Grant - Geocatch, 2015 ‑ 2016, $15,000.
  • Undertaking Geographe Bay Keep Watch seagrass monitoring program, Geographe Catchment Council Inc, Grant - Geocatch, 2015, $14,393.
  • Undertaking Geographe Bay Keep Watch seagrass monitoring program, Geographe Catchment Council Inc, Grant - Geocatch, 2014, $15,851.
  • Seagrass Monitoring Program for Geographe Bay 2012 and 2013, Geographe Catchment Council Inc, Grant - Geocatch, 2012 ‑ 2013, $33,700.
  • Improving capacity to predict impacts of dredging - modelling light and the response of seagrasses, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant, 2011 ‑ 2013, $25,000.
  • Developing indicators of nutrient-enrichment impacts on nearshore coastal reefs, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant, 2011 ‑ 2012, $58,937.
  • Seagrass Monitoring Program for Geographe Bay 2011, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA), Grant, 2011 ‑ 2012, $3,121.
  • Predicting climate change impacts on seagrasses - the effect of temperature and ocean acidification, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant, 2010 ‑ 2011, $24,995.
  • Latitudinal Gradients in Tolerance to Multiple Stressors of a Temperate Seagrass, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant, 2008 ‑ 2010, $24,966.
  • Research Study into Seagrass Wrack Movement at Geographe Bay , University of Western Australia, Grant, 2008 ‑ 2010, $415,000.
  • Attributes of a Sustainable Reef: Seagrass and Associated Megafauna, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Grant, 2009, $3,000.
  • Impact of Dredging on Coral Communities, Woodside Energy Ltd, Grant, 2008 ‑ 2009, $118,220.
  • Recovery of Amphibolis seagrass following periods of light reduction, Department of Environment and Conservation WA, Grant, 2007 ‑ 2008, $16,000.
  • Determining Seagrass Distribution in the Swan-Canning River - Testing Methods, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA), Grant, 2008, $10,194.
  • Species diversity and distribution in the seagrass genus, Posidonia using morphological and molecular characters, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant, 2007 ‑ 2008, $14,625.
  • Habitat Use by Black Swans in the Swan River Estuary, Ernest Hodgkin Trust, Scholarship, 2006 ‑ 2007, $2,182.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science by Research, Seagrass resilience: Exploring recovery trajectories, succession and facilitation
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Seagrass resilience to current and emerging pressures: The role of the local adaptation and genetic diversity
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Spatial and temporal patterns in genetic diversity in seagrass meadows and the implications of these patterns for resilience.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The role of the environment and disturbance on the ecklonia radiata bolobiont

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Composition of organic matter and nutrient sources contributing to a temperate, modified estuary

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management), Assessing biofilm and epiphytes on seagress leaves as bioindicators of environmental change
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Gene flow and genetic structure of the seagrass thalassia hemprichii in the indo-Australian archipelago.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating the effects of changes in light quality on different life history stages of seagrasses
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management), The impact of black Swan (cygnus ataratus) grazing on the seagrass halophila ovalis in the lower Swan river estuary

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management), Influence of hydrological and environmental conditions on mangrove vegetation at coastal and inland semi-arid areas of the Gascoyne region
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Trophic implications of light reductions for Amphibolis griffithi seagrass communities
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Residence time in coastal canopies
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences), Effects of temperature and location on the photosynthesis-irradiance relationship of the seagrass halophila ovalis
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