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Sarah Ugalde

Sarah Ugalde

Junior Research Fellow (Shellfish Aquaculture)

IMAS Taroona, Off-Campus

(03) 6226 1750 (phone)

Sarah.Ugalde@utas.edu.au

Dr. Sarah Ugalde is a dynamic generalist representative of the next generation of scientists, being trained in forestry, Antarctic, and marine sciences.  Her research supports interdisciplinary and international projects and experiences, with particular focus on where science meets industry, communication and training, and policy.  As part of her appointments with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, she has tackled two of the most recent and biggest challenges facing the Tasmanian shellfish industry – paralytic shellfish toxins produced by harmful algal blooms and the Pacific Oyster Mortality syndrome (POMS) virus, which both have the potential to devastate the shellfish industry.  Her research focused on farm management strategies, environmental change, application and training of new and innovative technologies and approaches, and product regulation.  Sarah has built and maintained a bridge between science and industry, directly interacting with shellfish growers, representatives and regulators by co-ordinating, performing joint research and data collection, and providing information and training workshops.  Sarah’s interaction with industry led to her election as the first woman to hold a position as a Director for Oysters Tasmania, as well as multiple other boards, committees, and executive positions.

Career summary

Qualifications

PhD

Antarctic sea ice algae: Primary production and carbon allocation

University of Tasmania

Australia

2015

GradDip(1st Class Hons)

Investigating the effects of abiotic stress in Eucalyptus globulus susceptibility to biotic damaging agents - studies of leaf anatomy and chemistry

University of Tasmania

Australia

2007

Biography

  • Research Fellow (Shellfish Aquaculture), IMAS, 2016 - present
  • Research Assistant (Algal Culturing Manager), IMAS, 2013 – 2017
  • Lecturer, Ocean University of China and Central China Normal University, 2016
  • Technical Officer, IMAS, 2014
  • Team Leader (Ningaloo Reef Turtle Program), Department of Environment and Conservation, 2010 2011
  • Research Assistant / Laboratory Technician, Forestry CRC, 2007 – 2009
  • Field Research Technician (Arboreal Marsupials and Habitat Fragmentation), Australian National University, 2005 - 2007

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Oysters Tasmania, 2017 – present
  • Australian Marine Science Association (Tasmania), 2016 – present
  • Science and Technology Australia, 2016 – present
  • Golden Key International Honours Society, 2017 - present
  • Association for Polar Early Careers Scientists, Oceania Chapter, 2012 – present
  • Bottom of the Earth Society, 2010 - present

Administrative expertise

  • Document management, review, and editing
  • Event and project co-ordination / management
  • Public speaking and networking
  • Meeting planning, scheduling, and reporting
  • Supervising and teamwork
  • Problem solving and self-motivation
  • Data management and work processing

Teaching

Aquatic botany; Microalgae; Algal toxins; Harmful algal blooms; Antarctica; Sea ice; Marine biology; Leadership and career development; Academic culture; Bioinformatics; Speaking English

Teaching expertise

  • Student supervision, training, and mentoring
  • Postgraduate lecturer and unit design (Advanced Phytoplankton Methods)
  • Undergraduate guest lecturer (Introduction to Antarctic Studies and Aquatic Botany)
  • Undergraduate practical demonstrator (Aquatic Botany)
  • Overseas lecturing

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Expertise

  • Seafood science and technology
  • Aquatic microbiology
  • Marine toxins
  • Community structure
  • Marine ecology and biodiversity
  • Antarctica and sea ice ecology
  • Shellfish physiology

Collaboration

Dr. Sarah Ugalde works closely with multiple national and international collaborators on various projects, mostly relating to seafood safety and aquaculture, and has co-ordinated projects across Belgium, China, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and United Kingdom, and the United States.  She also works on national policy projects requiring strong government and industry collaborations and networks.

Current projects

  • Advanced understanding of Pacific oyster mortality syndrome (POMS) to guide farm management decisions in Tasmania (CRC-P)
  • Restoration of native oyster reefs in Tasmania (CRC-P)
  • Improved understanding of Tasmanian harmful algal blooms and biotoxin events to support seafood risk management (FRDC)
  • Validation of rapid test kits for the identification of paralytic shellfish toxins in bivalve molluscs (PASE)
  • Improved market access for oysters through implementation of rapid screening tools for biotoxins (PASE)

Fields of Research

  • Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses) (060701)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors) (100101)
  • Microbial Ecology (060504)

Research Objectives

  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960801)
  • Fisheries - Aquaculture (830199)
  • Food Safety (920406)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)

Publications

Turnbull AR, Tan JYC, Ugalde SC, 4 others (2017). Single-Laboratory Validation of the Neogen™ Qualitative Lateral Flow Immunoassay for the Detection of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in Mussels and Oysters. J. AOAC Int. In Press.

Dorantes-Aranda JJ, Tan JYC, Hallegraeff GM, Campbell K, Ugalde SC, 18 others (2017). Detection of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in Mussels and Oysters using the Qualitative Neogen™ Lateral Flow Immunoassay: Collaborative Study. J. AOAC Int. In Press.

Dorantes-Aranda JJ, Campbell K, Bradbury A, Elliott CT, Harwood T, Murray SA, Ugalde SC,3 others (2017). Comparative performance of four immunological test kits for the detection of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in Tasmanian shellfish. Toxicon. 125:110-119.

McMinn A, Muller MN, Martin A, Ugalde SC, Lee S, Ryan KG (2017). Effects of changing pH and CO2 concentration on a late summer surface sea ice community. ICES Journal of Marine Science. In press

Ugalde SC, Westwood KJ, van den Enden R, McMinn A, Meiners KM (2016). Physico-biogeochemistry and primary productivity of East Antarctic pack ice. Deep Sea Research II. 131:123-139.

Ugalde SC, Martin A, Meiners KM, McMinn A, Ryan KG (2014). Extracellular organic carbon dynamics during a bottom ice algal bloom (Antarctica). Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 73(3):195 - 210.

Ugalde SC, Meiners KM, Davidson AT, Westwood KJ, McMinn A (2013). Photosynthetic carbon allocation of an Antarctic sea ice diatom (Fragilariopsis cylindrus). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 446:228-235.

Total publications

8

Journal Article

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Dorantes Aranda JJ, Campbell K, Bradbury A, Elliott CT, Harwood DT, et al., 'Comparative performance of four immunological test kits for the detection of paralytic shellfish toxins in Tasmanian shellfish', Toxicon, 125 pp. 110-119. ISSN 0041-0101 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2016.11.262 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dorantes Aranda JJ; Hallegraeff GM

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2017Dorantes Aranda JJ, Tan JYC, Hallegraeff GM, Campbell K, Ugalde SC, et al., 'Detection of paralytic shellfish toxins in mussels and oysters using the qualitative neogen lateral-flow immunoassay: an interlaboratory study', Journal of AOAC International, 101, (2) Article 170221. ISSN 1060-3271 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5740/jaoacint.17-0221 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dorantes Aranda JJ; Hallegraeff GM

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2017McMinn A, Muller MN, Martin A, Ugalde SC, Lee S, et al., 'Effects of CO2 concentration on a late summer surface sea ice community', Marine Biology, 164, (4) Article 87. ISSN 0025-3162 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-017-3102-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: McMinn A; Muller MN; Martin A; Lee S; Castrisios K

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2017Turnbull AR, Tan JYC, Ugalde SC, Hallegraeff GM, Campbell K, et al., 'Single-laboratory validation of the neogen qualitative lateral flow immunoassay for the detection of paralytic shellfish toxins in mussels and oysters', Journal of AOAC International, 101, (2) Article 170135. ISSN 1060-3271 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5740/jaoacint.17-0135 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hallegraeff GM; Dorantes Aranda JJ

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2016Ugalde SC, Westwood KJ, van den Enden R, McMinn A, Meiners KM, 'Characteristics and primary productivity of East Antarctic pack ice during the winter-spring transition', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 131 pp. 123-139. ISSN 0967-0645 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.12.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: McMinn A; Meiners KM

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2014Ugalde SC, Martin A, Meiners K, McMinn A, Ryan KG, 'Extracellular organic carbon dynamics during a bottom-ice algal bloom (Antarctica)', Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 73, (3) pp. 195-210. ISSN 0948-3055 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/ame01717 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Martin A; Meiners K; McMinn A

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2013Ugalde SC, Meiners K, Davidson AT, Westwood KJ, McMinn A, 'Photosynthetic carbon allocation of an Antarctic sea ice diatom (Fragilariopsis cylindrus)', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 446 pp. 228-235. ISSN 0022-0981 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2013.05.022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Meiners K; Davidson AT; Westwood KJ; McMinn A

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Hallegraeff G, Bolch C, Condie S, Dorantes Aranda JJ, Murray S, et al., 'Unprecedented Alexandrium blooms in a previously low biotoxin risk area of Tasmania, Australia', Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Harmful Algae 2016, 09-14 October 2016, Florianopolis, Brazil, pp. 38-41. ISBN 9788799082766 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hallegraeff G; Bolch C; Dorantes Aranda JJ