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Professor Paul Lavery

Professor of Marine Ecology

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5687
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.349  

Paul is the Professor of Marine Ecology in the School of Science and Director of the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research.

Current Teaching

  • Coastal and Marine Management
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Environmental Investigations and Monitoring


Paul Lavery has over 20 year’s experience working in applied marine science. He has worked in the Government sector in Australia and the USA and on some of the major marine restoration projects in Australia and overseas, including the Peel-Harvey Management Programme, the Boston Harbor Cleanup Programme and the Perth Coastal Waters Study. He was a contracted expert assisting in the development of the State’s first State Environmental Policy and has assisted in marine park planning through his involvement in several scientific reference groups.  He is currently a member of the working group revising the ANZECC Water Quality Guidelines (biological monitoring). He is a past Head of School and Associate Dean of Research and Higher Degrees.

  • 2008-2012: Associate Dean Research and Higher Degrees, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, ECU
  • 2006-present: Professor of Marine Ecology, School of Natural Sciences, ECU
  • 2002-2006: Head of School of Natural Sciences
  • 2001-2002: Associate Professor in Environmental Management, Edith Cowan University
  • 1994-2001: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Edith Cowan University
  • 1993-1994: Marine Ecologist, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston, USA
  • 1992-1993: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia
  • 1990-1992: Environmental Officer, The Water Authority of Western Australia.
  • 1989-1990: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Professional Associations

  • Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • World Seagrass Association
  • International Association for Sediment-Water Science
  • IUCN Species Survival Commission – Seagrass Specialist Group
  • Director – Westcycle (Western Australia's peak body for the development of cycling)

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching

Research Areas and Interests

  • Marine ecology and management (with a focus on seagrass and estuarine ecosystems)
  • The role and lifecycle of wrack in marine ecosystems
  • Impacts of dredging on benthic marine ecosystems
  • The eco-physiology of seagrasses
  • Carbon capture and storage in seagrass ecosystems
  • The development of monitoring indicators and protocols for marine ecosystems
  • Eco-hydraulics – the role of wave s and water movement in structuring benthic marine ecosystems


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia.
  • PhD, The University of Western Australia.


Recent Research Grants

  • IKI - Conservation of biodiversity, seagrass ecosystems and their services safeguarding food security and resilience in vulnerable coastal communities in a changing climate,  German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety,  International Climate Protection Initiative (IKI),  2020 - 2023,  $1,030,054.
  • Plant-herbivore interactions in a changing climate and implications for seagrass recovery,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2019 - 2022,  $6,300.
  • 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,  $20,500.
  • Genetic diversity and resilience of estuarine seagrasses,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2018 - 2021,  $55,500.
  • Carbon sequestration rates in La Camargue (France) wetlands,  Tour du Valat,  Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $60,000.
  • RESEARCH TOPIC: Resilience of tropical seagrasses,  University of Western Australia,  McNamara World Heritage PhD Top-Up Scholarship,  2018 - 2021,  $175,000.
  • Seagrass meadows as metal filters in a high-polluted coastal marine environment,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2017 - 2020,  $2,400.
  • Mangroves, seagrass meadows and local communities: development and exchange of experiences linked to the throughout management of biodiversity and services in the Caribbean region (MAPCO),  INVEMAR,  Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $59,822.
  • 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,  $627,702.
  • Pilot Malting Plant,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2010 - 2020,  $415,000.
  • Coastal Carbon Opportunities: demonstrating additionality and potential for future offsets in South Australia,  Goyder Institute,  Coastal Carbon Opportunities,  2017 - 2019,  $115,593.
  • Impact of nutrients and stormwater on periphyton in a shallow embayment,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Sponsorship,  2017 - 2019,  $2,000.
  • Building eco-toxicology capacity in marine science,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2018 Round 1,  2018 - 2019,  $9,740.
  • A novel ToF-SIMS facility for organic and inorganic analyses in WA,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2019,  $3,083,443.
  • Visiting Fellow Dr Dorte Krause-Jensen,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Visiting Fellow Grant Scheme,  2017 - 2018,  $4,215.
  • A multi-institutional environmental radioactivity research centre,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2017 - 2018,  $885,000.
  • Seagrass archives to reveal environmental history-reconstruction of metals contamination history at Port Pirie (SA).,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2016 - 2017,  $7,500.
  • Western Australian Marine Science Institute ( WAMSI ),  Unspecified Funding Source,  Unspecified - Multiple Funding sources,  2005 - 2017,  $2,485,221.
  • 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.
  • Defining thresholds and indicators of Primary Producer response to dredging related pressures,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2013 - 2017,  $1,687,148.
  • Establishing a 3D sensing, visualisation and analytics lab,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science 2017 Strategic Initiative Fund,  2017,  $115,368.
  • 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.
  • Defining thresholds and indicators of Primary Producer response to dredging related pressures,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $1,687,148.
  • Technical Review - Blue Carbon Emissions Reduction Opportunities,  Department of Environment Regulation WA,  Grant,  2016,  $30,000.
  • A novel approach to assess pollution in coastal ecosystems,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2015,  2015 - 2016,  $24,700.
  • Assessing the capacity of seagrass sediments to sequester carbon dioxide and metal pollution: past, present and future scenarios,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 2),  2014 - 2016,  $138,096.
  • Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  Flagship Collaboration Research Fund,  2012 - 2015,  $772,000.
  • Boat -based recreational boat fishing activity in Western Australia: a long term profile,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2010 - 2015,  $2,407,195.
  • Effects of suspended sediment on filter feeders,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Scholarship,  2012 - 2015,  $37,500.
  • Scholarship (Singh)-WAMSI Reef-Seagrass Connectivity - Role of Wrack in Marine Foodwebs-Project 7,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Scholarship,  2008 - 2015,  $78,000.
  • Characterising marine microbial diversity and function in key benthic habitats of Western Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2013,  2013 - 2014,  $24,823.
  • Organic Carbon Preservation in Estuarine Seagrass Meadows of Western Australia,  Ernest Hodgkin Trust,  Scholarship,  2012 - 2014,  $5,031.
  • Insights into carbon preservation in seagrass sediments: the microbial community structure and its role in carbon degradation and remineralisation,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2013 - 2014,  $5,000.
  • Improving capacity to predict impacts of dredging - modelling light and the response of seagrasses,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $197,377.
  • Seagrass TIME - Trophic Cascades in Marine Ecosytems,  European Commission,  Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship,  2008 - 2012,  $51,782.
  • Developing indicators of nutrient-enrichment impacts on nearshore coastal reefs,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $110,073.
  • Carbon preservation in seagrass ecosystems - characterising Australia's Blue-Carbon reserves.,  Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering,  Grant,  2012,  $14,240.
  • Transport and the Importance of Seaweed Wrack - Project 6,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Scholarship,  2008 - 2012,  $78,000.
  • The Role of Herbivory and Hydrodynamics in Ameliorating the Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in Marine Ecosystems ,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  Flagship Collaboration Research Fund,  2009 - 2012,  $404,860.
  • Seagrass health survey (Becher Point to Fremantle Region),  Department of Environment Regulation WA,  Grant,  1998 - 2012,  $308,175.
  • Trophic Interaction and Ecosystem Modelling - WAMSI Node 4.3,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2007 - 2011,  $291,982.
  • Advanced Geochemical Facility for Climate and Environmental Change Research:A West Australian - Indian Ocean Focus,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2010 - 2011,  $4,260,000.
  • North West Dugong Population Movement and Habitat Use,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2010,  $168,182.
  • A High Resolution Isotope Facility for Low Cost Analysis of Water, Plant and Soil/Sediment Samples to Understand Environmental Change,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2010,  $352,000.
  • Research Study into Seagrass Wrack Movement at Geographe Bay ,  University of Western Australia,  Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $415,000.
  • Latitudinal Gradients in Tolerance to Multiple Stressors of a Temperate Seagrass,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $24,966.
  • The effects on seagrass loss on macroinvertebrate fauna Node 3.2,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Scholarship,  2007 - 2010,  $18,000.
  • Impact of Dredging on Coral Communities,  Woodside Energy Ltd,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $118,220.
  • Trophic Implications of Seagrass Habitat Disturbance from Reduced Light,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  ANZ Executors and Trustee - Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $5,000.
  • Ecophysiology of Benthic primary producers (Consequences of reduced light availability in seagrass meadows for fauna and fisheries,  Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment,  Grant,  2004 - 2008,  $808,478.
  • Dugong Research Proposal NW Cape - NT Border: Year 1,  Department of Conservation and Land Management,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $9,000.
  • Habitat Use by Black Swans in the Swan River Estuary,  Ernest Hodgkin Trust,  Scholarship,  2006 - 2007,  $2,182.
  • Evaluation of the return of ecological function in transplanted meadows,  Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $47,769.
  • Evaluating the influence of trophic connections between marine habitats on the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas.,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Discovery Projects,  2003 - 2006,  $246,214.
  • Morphological responses of seagrass meadows to light limitation and their application to environmental quality criteria.,  Strategic Research Fund for the Marine Environment,  Grant,  2001 - 2006,  $164,609.
  • Habitat use and movement patterns of eastern Shark Bay dugongs.,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - SPIRT,  2001 - 2005,  $63,845.
  • Develop and optimize techniques for the rehabilitation of seagrasses,  Edith Cowan University,  Scholarship - Industry - ECU (I),  2001 - 2004,  $92,188.
  • Assessing the linkages between reef and seagrass habitats to determine appropriate sizes for marine management units.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $53,455.
  • Optimising the design of constructed wetlands for stormwater quality management,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2000 - 2002,  $10,000.
  • Seagrass Micropropagation Programme,  Cockburn Cement Ltd,  Grant,  2001 - 2002,  $71,402.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Serrano Gras, O., Kelleway, JJ., Lovelock, C., Lavery, P., (2019), Conservation of Blue Carbon Ecosystems for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Coastal Wetlands: An Integrated Ecosystem Approach, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63893-9.00028-9.

Journal Articles

  • Cartraud, A., Lavery, P., Rae, C., Hyndes, G., (2021), The role of allochthonous kelp in providing spatial subsidies in seagrass meadows. Estuaries and Coasts, 44(Special Issue: Seagrasses Tribute to Susan Williams), 468–480, DOI: 10.1007/s12237-020-00860-8.
  • 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, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00574.
  • Salinas Zapata, C., Duarte, CM., Lavery, P., Masque Barri, P., Arias-Ortiz, A., Leon, JX., Callaghan, D., Kendrick, GA., Serrano Gras, O., (2020), Seagrass losses since mid-20th century fuelled CO2 emissions from soil carbon stocks. Global Change Biology, 26(9), 4772-4784, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15204.
  • Kaal, J., Lavery, P., Martínez-Cortizas, A., López-Costas, O., Buchaca, T., Salinas Zapata, C., Serrano Gras, O., (2020), Reconstruction of 7500 years of coastal environmental change impacting seagrass ecosystem dynamics in Oyster Harbour (SW Australia). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 558(November 2020), Article number 109953, Netherlands, DOI:
  • Serrano Gras, O., Jamaludin, M., Lavery, P., Smernik, RJ., (2020), Organic chemistry insights for the exceptional soil carbon storage of the seagrass Posidonia australis. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 237(31 May 2020), Article number 106662, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol 78 (Journal), press: Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106662.
  • Kelleway, JJ., Serrano Gras, O., Baldock, JA., Burgess, R., Cannard, T., Lavery, P., Lovelock, CE., Macreadie, PI., Masque Barri, P., Newnham, M., Saintilan, N., Steven, AD., (2020), A national approach to greenhouse gas abatement through blue carbon management. Global Environmental Change, 63(July 2020), Article number 102083, DOI:
  • Gorham, C., Lavery, P., Kelleway, JJ., Salinas Zapata, C., Serrano Gras, O., (2020), Soil Carbon Stocks Vary Across Geomorphic Settings in Australian Temperate Tidal Marsh Ecosystems. Ecosystems, 2020(Article in press), 1-16, New York, Springer, DOI:
  • Leiva-Dueñas, C., Leavitt, PR., Buchaca, T., Martínez Cortizas, A., López-Merino, L., Serrano Gras, O., Lavery, P., Schouten, S., Mateo, M., (2020), Factors regulating primary producers' assemblages in Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile ecosystems over the past 1800 years. Science of the Total Environment, 718(May 2020), Article number 137163, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Serrano Gras, O., Lavery, P., Bongiovanni, J., Duarte, CM., (2020), Impact of seagrass establishment, industrialization and coastal infrastructure on seagrass biogeochemical sinks. Marine Environmental Research, 160(September 2020), Article number 104990, DOI:
  • Bedulli, C., Lavery, P., Harvey, M., Duarte, C., Serrano Gras, O., (2020), Contribution of Seagrass Blue Carbon Toward Carbon Neutral Policies in a Touristic and Environmentally-Friendly Island. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7(24 January 2020), Article number 1, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00001.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Lovelock, C., Atwood, TB., Macreadie, PI., Canto, R., Phinn, S., Arias-Ortiz, A., Bai, L., Baldock, J., Bedulli, C., Carnell, P., Connolly, RM., Donaldson, P., Esteban Pacheco, A., Ewers Lewis, CJ., Eyre, BD., Hayes, MA., Horwitz, P., Hutley, LB., Kavazos, C., Kelleway, J., Kendrick, GA., Kilminster, K., Lafratta, A., Shing, L., Lavery, P., Maher, DT., Marba, N., Masque Barri, P., Mateo, M., Mount, R., Ralph, PJ., Roelfsema, C., Rozaimi, M., Ruhon, R., Salinas Zapata, C., Samper-Villarreal, J., Sanderman, J., Sanders, CJ., Santos, I., Sharples, C., Steveb, AD., Cannard, T., Trevathan-Tackett, SM., Duarte, CM., (2019), Australian vegetated coastal ecosystems as global hotspots for climate change mitigation. Nature Communications, 10(1), article no.4313, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12176-8.
  • Belshe, EF., Sanjuan, J., Leiva-Dueñas, C., Piñeiro-Juncal, N., Serrano Gras, O., Lavery, P., Mateo, M., (2019), Modeling Organic Carbon Accumulation Rates and Residence Times in Coastal Vegetated Ecosystems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 124(11), 3652-3671, DOI: 10.1029/2019JG005233.
  • Kaal, J., Serrano Gras, O., Martínez Cortizas, A., Baldock, JA., Lavery, P., (2019), Millennial-scale changes in the molecular composition of Posidonia australis seagrass deposits: Implications for Blue Carbon sequestration. Organic Geochemistry, 137(November 2019), Article no.103898, DOI:
  • Macreadie, P., Anton, A., Raven, JA., Beaumont, N., Connolly, RM., Friess, DA., Kelleway, J., Kennedy, H., Kuwae, T., Lavery, P., Lovelock, C., Smale, DA., Apostolaki, ET., Atwood, TB., Baldock, J., Bianchi, TS., Chmura, GL., Eyre, BD., Fourqurean, JW., Hall-Spencer, JM., Huxham, M., Hendriks, IE., Krause-Jensen, D., Laffoley, D., Luisetti, T., Marbà, N., Masque Barri, P., McGlathery, KJ., Megonigal, JP., Murdiyarso, D., Russell, BD., Santos, R., Serrano Gras, O., Silliman, BR., Watanabe, K., Duarte, CM., (2019), The future of Blue Carbon science. Nature Communications, 10(1), Article number 3998, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11693-w.
  • Gerarldi, NR., Ortega, A., Serrano Gras, O., Macreadi, PI., Lovelock, C., Krause-Jensen, D., Kennedy, H., Lavery, P., Pace, ML., Kaal, J., D, CM., (2019), Fingerprinting Blue Carbon: Rationale and Tools to Determine the Source of Organic Carbon in Marine Depositional Environments. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6(May, 2019), Article number 263, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.263.
  • Lafratta, A., Serrano Gras, O., Masque Barri, P., Mateo, M., Fernandes, M., Gayland, S., Lavery, P., (2019), Seagrass soil archives reveal centennial-scale metal smelter contamination while acting as natural filters. Science of the Total Environment, 649(1 February 2019), 1381-1392, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.400.
  • Saderne, V., Geraldi, N., Macreadie, PI., Maher, D., Middleburg, J., Serrano Gras, O., Almahasheer, H., Arias-Ortiz, A., Cusack, M., Eyre, B., Fourqurean, J., Kennedy, H., Krause-Jensen, D., Kuwae, T., Lavery, P., Lovelock, C., Marba, N., Masque Barri, P., Mateo, M., Mazarrasa, I., McGlathery, K., Oreska, M., Sanders, C., Santos, I., Smoak, J., Tanaya, T., Watanabe, K., Duarte, CM., (2019), Role of carbonate burial in Blue Carbon budgets. Nature Communications, 10(1), Article no. 1106, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08842-6.
  • 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, Germany, Inter-Research, DOI:
  • 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, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.01.060.
  • Arias-Ortiz, A., Serrano Gras, O., Masque Barri, P., Lavery, P., Mueller, U., Kendrick, G., Rozaimi, M., Esteban Pacheco, A., Fourqurean, J., Marba, N., Mateo, M., Murray, K., Rule, MJ., Duarte, C., (2018), A marine heatwave drives massive losses from the world’s largest seagrass carbon stocks. Nature Climate Change, 8(4), 338-344, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0096-y.
  • Arias-Ortiz, A., Garcia-Orellana, J., Serrano Gras, O., Mazarrasa, I., Marbà, N., Lovelock, C., Lavery, P., Duarte, CM., (2018), Reviews and syntheses: 210Pb-derived sediment and carbon accumulation rates in vegetated coastal ecosystems – setting the record straight. Biogeosciences, 15(22), 6791-6818, DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-6791-2018.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1002/lno.11008.
  • Mazarrasa, I., Samper-Villarreal, J., Serrano Gras, O., Lavery, P., Lovelock, C., Marbà, N., Duarte, CM., Cortés, J., (2018), Habitat characteristics provide insights of carbon storage in seagrass meadows. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 134(September 2018), 106-117, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.01.059.
  • Krause-Jensen, D., Lavery, P., Serrano Gras, O., Marba, N., Masque Barri, P., Duarte, C., (2018), Sequestration of macroalgal carbon: the elephant in the Blue Carbon room. Biology Letters, 14(6), article no.20180236, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0236.
  • 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, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2017.02224.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.06.006.
  • Abdolahpour, M., Ghisaberti, M., Lavery, P., McMahon, K., (2017), Vertical mixing in coastal canopies. Limnology and Oceanography, 62(1), 26-42, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1002/lno.10368.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Serrano, E., Inostroza, K., Lavery, P., Mateo, MA., Ballesteros, E., (2017), Seagrass Meadows Provide 3D Habitat for Reef Fish. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4(28 Feb 2017), Article no.54, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00054.
  • 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, Germany, Inter-Research, DOI: 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, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.05.060.
  • Atwood, T., Connolly, RM., Almahasheer, H., Carnell, P., Duarte, C., Ewers Lewis, C., Irigoien, X., Kelleway, J., Lavery, P., Macreadie, P., Serrano Gras, O., Sanders, C., Santos, I., Steven, A., Lovelock, C., (2017), Global patterns in mangrove soil carbon stocks and losses. Nature Climate Change, 7(7), 523-528, London, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE3326.
  • 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, UK, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1111/mec.13966.
  • Lovelock, CE., Atwood, T., Baldock, J., Duarte, CM., Hickey, S., Lavery, P., Masque Barri, P., Macreadie, PI., Ricart, AM., Serrano Gras, O., Steven, A., (2017), Assessing the risk of carbon dioxide emissions from blue carbon ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15(5), 257-265, USA, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/fee.1491.
  • Macreadie, PI., Ollivier, Q., Kelleway, J., Serrano Gras, O., Carnell, P., Ewers Lewis, C., Atwood, T., Sanderman, J., Baldock, J., Connolly, R., Duarte, C., Lavery, P., Steven, A., Lovelock, C., (2017), Carbon sequestration by Australian tidal marshes. Scientific Reports, 7(10 March), Article number 44071, DOI: 10.1038/srep44071.
  • 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, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.03.026.
  • 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, Frontiers Media S.A., DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2017.02026.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Ricart, A., Lavery, P., Mateo, M., Arias-Ortiz, A., Masque Barri, P., Jamaludin, M., Stevem, A., Duarte, CM., (2016), Key biogeochemical factors affecting soil carbon storage in Posidonia meadows. Biogeosciences, 13(15), 4581-4594, DOI: 10.5194/bg-13-4581-2016.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Lavery, P., Masque Barri, P., Inostroza, K., Bongiovanni, J., Duarte, CM., (2016), Seagrass sediments reveal the long-term deterioration of an estuarine ecosystem. Global Change Biology, 22(4), 1523-1531, United Kingdom, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13195.
  • Sawstrom, C., Hyndes, G., Eyre, B., Huggett, M., Fraser, M., Lavery, P., Thomson, P., Tarquinio, F., Steinberg, P., Laverock, B., (2016), Coastal connectivity and spatial subsidy from a microbial perspective. Ecology and Evolution, 6(18), 6662-6671, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2408.
  • Jamaludin, M., Lavery, P., Serrano Gras, O., Kyrwood, D., (2016), Long-term carbon storage and its recent loss in an estuarine Posidonia australis meadow (Albany, Western Australia). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 171(2016), 58-65, London, UK, Academic Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.01.001.
  • Sawstrom, C., Serrano Gras, O., Jamaludin, M., Lavery, P., (2016), Utilization of carbon substrates by heterotrophic bacteria through vertical sediment profiles in coastal and estuarine seagrass meadows. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 8(5), 582-589, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/1758-2229.12406.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Lavery, P., Duarte, CM., Kendrick, GA., Calafat, A., York, PH., Steven, A., Macreadie, PI., (2016), Can mud (silt and clay) concentration be used to predict soil organic carbon content within seagrass ecosystems?. Biogeosciences, 13(17), 4915-4926, Copernicus GmbH, DOI: 10.5194/bg-13-4915-2016.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw111.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Ruhon, R., Lavery, P., Kendrick, G., Hickey, S., Masque Barri, P., Arias-Ortiz, A., Steven, A., Duarte, C., (2016), Impact of mooring activities on carbon stocks in seagrass meadows. Scientific Reports, 6(2016), Article no. 23193, DOI: 10.1038/srep23193.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Lavery, P., Lopez-Merino, L., Ballesteros, E., Mateo, M., (2016), Location and associated carbon storage of erosional escarpments of seagrass Posidonia mats. Frontiers in Marine Science, 3(Mar. 2016), article no.42, Elsevier, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00042.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Davis, G., Lavery, P., Duarte, CM., Martinez-Cortizas, A., Mateo, M., Masque Barri, P., Arias-Ortiz, A., Jamaludin, M., Kendrick, GA., (2016), Reconstruction of centennial-scale fluxes of chemical elements in the Australian coastal environment using seagrass archives. Science of the Total Environment, 541(2016), 883-894, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.09.017.

Conference Publications

  • Moniruzzaman, M., Islam, S., Lavery, P., Bennamoun, M., (2019), Faster R-CNN Based Deep Learning for Seagrass Detection from Underwater Digital Images. Proceedings of Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Application, Article number 8946048, Online, IEEE.
  • Moniruzzaman, M., Islam, S., Bennamoun, M., Lavery, P., (2017), Deep Learning on Underwater Marine Object Detection: A Survey. Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems 18th International Conference, ACIVS 2017, Antwerp, Belgium, September 18-21, 2017, Proceedings, LNCS 10617(18-21 Sep, 2017), 150-160, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-70353-4_13.
  • Islam, S., Raza, S., Moniruzzaman, M., Janjua, N., Lavery, P., Al-Jumaily, A., (2017), Automatic Seagrass Detection: A Survey. 2017 International Conference on Electrical and Computing Technologies and Applications (ICECTA), 527-532, Piscataway, USA, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ICECTA.2017.8252036.
  • 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, Melbourne, Victoria, University of Melbourne.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Effects of low-density mussel-line aquaculture on a posidonia sinuosa seagrass ecosystem.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Effects of temperature and location on the photosynthesis-irradiance relationship of the seagrass halophila ovalis
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Carbon storage and preservation in seagrass meadows
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Do marine resources subsidise island ecosystems?
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Sources and supply of kelp detritus: Quantifying mechanisms of production.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Seagrass responses to light availability: A mechanistic approach.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Seasonal movement and habitat useage of eastern shark Bay dugongs.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Marine sponge diversity and distribution on subtidal limestone reefs, offmarmon lagoon, Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Trophic implications of light reductions for Amphibolis griffithi seagrass communities
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Influence of increased sediment exposure on suspension-feeder assemblages in a temperate seagrass meadow
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Role of seagrasses as biogeochemical sinks and environmental archives
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Residence time in coastal canopies

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Assessing biofilm and epiphytes on seagress leaves as bioindicators of environmental change
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Carbon storage potential of temperate tidal marsh ecosystems in Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Investigating the effects of changes in light quality on different life history stages of seagrasses

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  In vitro porpagation of some Western Australian seagrasses
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Restoration of ecological functions in transplanted seagrass meadows.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Dynamics of baseline stable isotopes within a temperature coastal ecosystem: Relationships and projections using physical and biogeochemical factors
  • Master of Science (Computer Science),  Seagrass detection using deep learning
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  The impact of black Swan (cygnus ataratus) grazing on the seagrass halophila ovalis in the lower Swan river estuary
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Gene flow and genetic structure of the seagrass thalassia hemprichii in the indo-Australian archipelago.
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