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Ms Rachele Bernasconi

Overview of thesis

Characterisation of coral-Symbiodinium-bacteria networks on different investigation levels (geographical, temporal and environmental). The research project will include the use of Next Generation Sequencing and Network analyses.

Project link: Geographical, temporal and environmental patterns of coral-Symbiodinium-bacteria networks


  • Masterin Natural Sciences in 2007 (Milan, Italy)
  • Bachelorin Marine Biology in 2010 (Ancona, Italy)

Other Qualifications

  • Dive Master PADI
  • Dan Oxygen provider (current)
  • Senior First Aid (current)


Research Interests

  • Corals and microbial ecology

Past Research employment history

  • Research Assistant for the nesting seasons and conservation of Leatherbacks sea turtle in Costa Rica
  • Research Assistant for the nesting season and conservation of green and hawksbill sea turtle in Ecuador
  • Research Assistant for sharks, seabirds and environmental education in Ecuador
  • Research Assistant in a black corals project in Ecuador
  • Master thesis on white syndromes in corals
  • Volunteer/research assistant at the Edith Cowan University (molecular analyses)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Edith Cowan University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • Campus world Scholarship (Università Politecnica delle Marche)
  • Temporal and environmental patter of coral-Symbiodinium-bacteria network, Equity Trustees Limited,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, 2016 - 2018
  • Women Diver Hall of Fame grant, 2016 - 2017
  • Rotary Club of Morley donation, 2016
  • Edith Cowan University Post Graduate Funding
  • Edith Cowan University Post Graduate Funding – attending an international conference , 2016


  • Stat, M., Huggett, M., Bernasconi, R., Dibattista, JD., Berry, TE., Newman, S., Harvey, ES., Bunce, M., (2017), Ecosystem bio monitoring with eDNA: meta barcoding across the tree of life in a tropical marine environment. Scientific Reports, 7(1), Article No. 12240, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12501-5
  • Huggett, M., Kavazos, C., Bernasconi, R., Czarnik, R., Horwitz, P., (2017), Bacterioplankton assemblages in coastal ponds reflect the influence of hydrology and geomorphological setting. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 93(6), article no. fix067, Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press.


  • Dr Megan Huggett (Edith Cowan University)
  • Dr Annette Koenders (Edith Cowan University)
  • Dr Michael Stat (Curtin University)


Ms Rachel Bernasconi
PhD Student
Centre for Ecosystem Management
Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research 
School of Science

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