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Miss Nakisa Shahrestani

Overview of Thesis

Using primary producers to characterise the ecosystem of Little Darkin Swamp, WA.

The aim of my project is to identify which sources of carbon drive the aquatic food web by using ratios of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes. This will be achieved by linking the values from the primary producers to the consumers and determining their relative contributions to the food chain. I will also characterise the temporal dynamic of the system metabolism in the swamp during the hydroperiod using concentrations of dissolved oxygen. This information will be used to determine whether the system is autotrophic or heterotrophic.


  • Bachelor of Science: majors in environmental management and biological sciences (Edith Cowan University)

Other Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Biology (University of Oslo)


Research Interests

  • Environmental management
  • Ecosystem function
  • Wetlands
  • Conservation

Past Research employment history

Other work

  • Research assistant at ECU


Professor Ray Froend
Dr Neil Pettit
Professor Pierre Horwitz


Miss Nakisa Shahrestani
Masters by Research Student
Centre for Ecosystem Management
School of Science

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