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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.



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

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