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Ms Simone Strydom

Overview of PhD Project

I am investigating how different light spectra (light quality) influences the growth and development of seagrasses throughout their life history phases. This will be determined through a range of field, laboratory and aquarium studies as part of a larger collaborative research project involving ECU, UWA and the Western Australia Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) as we aim to understand how dredging affects primary producers in marine ecosystems.

Project link: The influence of light quality on seagrasses


  • Stress and Rescue diver (2013)
  • Senior First Aid (current)
  • DAN Oxygen Provider (current)
  • Recreational Skippers Ticket (current)
  • Honours Degree in Marine Ecology (2012)
  • Degree in Environmental Science (2009-2011)
  • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (2008)


Research Interests

  • Seagrass eco-physiology
  • Sandy beach ecology
  • Marine restoration ecology
  • Coastal and marine management

Scholarships and Awards

  • Hillarys Rotary Club Marine Science Award (2014)
  • School of Natural Science Post Graduate Student Support (2014)

Recent Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Schlacher, T., Strydom S., Connolly, R. (2013) Multiple scavengers respond rapidly to pulsed carrion resources at the land–ocean interface. Acta oecologica, 48, p. 7.

Conference Presentations

  • VI International Sandy Beach Symposium 2012


Dr Kathryn McMahon (ECU)
Dr John Statton (UWA)
Professor Paul Lavery (ECU)
Winthrop Professor Gary Kendrick (UWA)


PhD Student
Ms Simone Strydom
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5381

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