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Beth Strain

Senior Researcher

IMAS/Taroona , Off-Campus

+61 3 6226 8231 (phone)

elisabeth.strain@utas.edu.au

Dr. Beth Strain is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science, with a broad background in quantitative marine ecology and socio-ecology. Her research focuses on understanding and managing the effects of anthropogenic impacts on marine habitats in coastal and estuarine ecosystems. She has built an outstanding international research profile and plays a lead role in the delivery of science and advice to government, industry, and the community, in two key research areas:

  • Eco-Engineering/Habitat Restoration
  • Sustainable Aquaculture

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Beth worked as lecturer in marine science and a project leader for the habitat restoration group of the National Centre for Coasts and Climate at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this she, worked as a postdoctoral researcher/project manager for the World Harbours Project at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, building innovative technologies for European coasts in a changing climate at the University of Bologna (Italy) and restoring native mussel beds at Queens University (UK).

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryDate of award
PhDEcological interactions between abalone, sea urchins and benthic habitat in a temperate rocky reef system: implications for ecosystems-based management.University of TasmaniaAustralia31/08/2010
BSc (1st Class Hons)Spatio-temporal variability in the photosynthetic characteristics of Zostera tasmanica measured by PAMMonash UniversityAustralia31/12/1999

Languages (other than English)

  • Basic Italian

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Since 2021: Australia Marine Science Association Tasmania vice president
  • 2018– 2019: Australian Marine Science Association Victoria committee member
  • 2018–2019: Research and Industry, UoM committee member
  • 2015–2018: Australian Marine Science Association NSW committee member
  • Since 2013: Reef Life Survey Foundation member

Administrative expertise

  • Honours coordinator
  • Deputy masters coordinator
  • Project Manager: Storm Bay Project/University of Tasmania
  • Project leader: Habitat restoration/National Centre for Coasts and Climate/University of Melbourne
  • Project Manager: Green Engineering/World Harbour Project/Sydney Institute of Marine Science
  • Laboratory Manager: University of Bologna

Teaching

Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems, Marine Ecology, Experimental Design and Analysis

Teaching expertise

Since 2022: Unit coordinator for Quantitative Methods in Marine and Antarctic Studies

Since 2021: Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in Marine Biology (KSM 309)

Since 2020: Lecturer Antarctic and Marine Ecosystems (KSM 202)

2018 to 2019 University of Melbourne: I have developed new curriculum, lectured and taught practical classes for Marine Ecology and Management, Blue Planet, and Experimental Marine Biology (Undergraduate level) and Ecology in a Changing Environment and Global Environmental Change (Masters level), guest lecturing in The Future Governance of Social-ecological Systems (Masters level).

2011-2013 University of Bologna: Developed and ran field and laboratory practical classes and lectured in Experimental Design and Data Analysis, and Marine Habitats: Structure and Process (Masters level).

2004, 2006, 2007, 2014-2015 University of Tasmania: Ran field and practical classes and in Biology of Animals, Quantitative Methods, and Marine Ecology (Undergraduate level).

Teaching responsibility

  • Lecturing in KSM202 – Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems

Research Appointments

Since 2022: CoSE Restoration and Rehabilitation theme leader

Since 2021: Derwent Estuary Program scientific advisor

Since 2020: Feeding the Pipeline – CoSE Women in STEM, UTAS

Since 2020: Seaweed Research Group, IMAS/UTAS aquaculture representative

Since 2018: Victorian Coastal Council scientific advisor

Since 2019: Journal Editor for Frontiers in Marine Pollution: Frontiers in Marine Conservation and Sustainability; Frontiers in Animal Conservation; Journal of Ecological Engineering,

Research Invitations

  • 2022: Speaker: World Environment Day. Tasmania
  • 2021: Speaker: Storm Bay research day. Tasmania
  • 2021: Workshop: Assessment of eco-engineering options for the live-bearing seastar. Tasmania
  • 2019: Workshop: Partner investigator – Structural equation modelling for kelp forests. VIMS, US
  • 2019: Speaker: Marine protected areas synthesis project. Saudi Arabia
  • 2019: Speaker: World Science Festival. Brisbane
  • 2018: Speaker: 2nd International Workshop on Ecoshoreline Design. Hong Kong
  • 2017: Speaker: World Harbour Project meeting. Xiamen, China
  • 2017: Workshop: Australian Temperate Reef Collaboration/ Reef Life Survey / AIMS. Tasmania
  • 2016: Speaker: Shellfish symposium. Sydney
  • 2015: Speaker: Organiser of World Harbour Project meeting. Montpellier, France, National estuaries network. Sydney
  • 2013: Workshop: Developing strategies for the adaptive management of European kelp beds. EU-FW7 project Biodiversity Knowledge, Porto, Portugal
  • 2012: Workshop: Global analysis of biodiversity workshop. Tasmania, Expert assessment of the available information on the status and trend, and the ecological importance of European kelp beds. EU-FW7 project Biodiversity Knowledge, Belgium

Organiser of 2 national and 2 international stakeholder meetings. Conveyor and presenter at 1 national and 3 international conferences, Presenter at 24 international conferences.

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Expertise

Beth’s research aligns to the University’s research themes of Restoration and Rehabilitation and Environment and Resources and Sustainability. She is a field-based, multidisciplinary researcher who focuses on understanding and mitigating human impacts for coastal habitats. She designs, leads, and conducts ecology and social science studies, in both intertidal and subtidal settings, to address fundamental questions in marine science. The quality and breath of her research has been demonstrated in answering key questions about the effects of local and global scale stressors, assessing the role of eco-engineering and other restoration strategies, and understanding the interactions between aquaculture activities and the surrounding habitats, with a particular focus on bivalves, seagrasses, and large brown seaweeds.

Research Themes

Beth’s research aligns to the University’s research theme of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime and Environment and Resources and Sustainability. Her research interests are focused on improving the sustainability of finfish aquaculture in coastal waters, and developing solutions for overfishing, habitat loss and climate change both from an environmental and social science perspective. She is also interested in developing new techniques and sampling designs to better understand the interaction between finfish aquaculture the surrounding habitats (water column, soft-sediment, rocky reefs and seagrass).

The UTAS research theme/s to which your work relates. These are: Better Health; Creativity, Culture and Society; Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Describe the broad, over-arching research interest in a way that generally describes the research activity/projects that you and your group undertake, using the format provided in the example below.

Collaboration

Beth is currently involved in two international projects which are aimed at understanding the benefits of marine protected areas and assessing the benefits of eco-engineering interventions for enhancing biodiversity and ecosystems function. These projects involve several international universities and industries across Africa, Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East. In Tasmania she is working on key habitat restoration and offsetting projects with the Department of State Growth, Pitt & Sherry, and Sea Forest.

Awards

  • 2019 Australian Native Trust Prize for research ($10,000)
  • 2017-2018 Homeward Bound Project Leadership Training
  • 2004-2007 Tasmanian Fisheries Research Institute Scholarship ($10,000 per year)
  • 2004-2007 Australian Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship (~$23,000 per year)
  • 2000 RMIT University/Queenscliff Marine Research scholarship ($20,000)

Current projects

Fields of Research

  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Environmental rehabilitation and restoration (410405)
  • Urban geography (440612)
  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Environmentally sustainable engineering (401102)
  • Palaeoecology (310306)
  • Ecosystem function (410203)
  • Population ecology (310307)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Environmental assessment and monitoring (410402)
  • Invertebrate biology (310913)
  • Phycology (incl. marine grasses) (310801)
  • Environment policy (440704)

Research Objectives

  • Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems (180201)
  • Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems (180501)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments (180507)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)
  • Coastal and estuarine systems and management (180299)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna) (100202)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments (180206)
  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Conserving natural heritage (130404)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)

Publications

Beth has authored a >60 publications in total. Her highest cited publication has been cited more than 1500 times, with more than 70% of her publications being cited more than 10 times. Her publications contain a balance of both high impact international journals and applied scientific reports. She is committed to ensuring that the results of her scientific research are provide to the relevant stakeholders (i.e. industry, government and community) in such a way that they can be easily understood and incorporated into practice. Beth is committed to improving science engagement and uptake.

Total publications

64

Journal Article

(48 outputs)
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2022Dodds KC, Schaefer N, Bishop MJ, Nakagawa S, Brooks PR, et al., 'Material type influences the abundance but not richness of colonising organisms on marine structures', Journal of Environmental Management, 307 Article 114549. ISSN 0301-4797 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.114549 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 5

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2022Morris RL, Bilkovic DM, Walles B, Strain EMA, 'Nature-based coastal defence: developing the knowledge needed for wider implementation of living shorelines', Ecological Engineering, 185 Article 106798. ISSN 0925-8574 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2022.106798 [eCite] [Details]

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2022Strain EMA, Kompas T, Boxshall A, Kelvin J, Swearer S, et al., 'Assessing the coastal protection services of natural mangrove forests and artificial rock revetments', Ecosystem Services, 55 Article 101429. ISSN 2212-0416 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2022.101429 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2022Strain EMA, Lai RWS, White CA, Piarulli S, Leung KMY, et al., 'Marine pollution: emerging issues and challenges', Frontiers in Marine Science, 9 Article 918984. ISSN 2296-7745 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.918984 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: White CA

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2021Adams LW, Morris RL, Hull RB, Dempster T, Strain EMA, 'Making marinas bivalve friendly for enhanced biodiversity outcomes', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 169 Article 112464. ISSN 0025-326X (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112464 [eCite] [Details]

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2021Chee SY, Yee JC, Cheah CB, Evans AJ, Firth LB, et al., 'Habitat complexity affects the structure but not the diversity of sessile communities on tropical coastal infrastructure', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9 Article 673227. ISSN 2296-701X (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2021.673227 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

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2021Graham TDJ, Morris RL, Strain EMA, Swearer SE, 'Identifying key factors for transplantation success in the restoration of kelp (Ecklonia radiata) beds', Restoration Ecology, 30, (4) Article e13536. ISSN 1061-2971 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/rec.13536 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2021O'Shaughnessy KA, Perkol-Finkel S, Strain EMA, Bishop MJ, Hawkins SJ, et al., 'Spatially variable effects of artificially created physical complexity on subtidal benthos', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9 Article 690413. ISSN 2296-701X (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2021.690413 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

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2021Sharma R, Swearer SE, Morris RL, Strain EMA, 'Testing the efficacy of sea urchin exclusion methods for restoring kelp', Marine Environmental Research, 170 Article 105439. ISSN 0141-1136 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2021.105439 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2021Suebsanguan S, Strain EMA, Morris RL, Swearer SE, 'Optimizing the initial cultivation stages of kelp Ecklonia radiata for restoration', Restoration Ecology, 29, (5) Article e13388. ISSN 1061-2971 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/rec.13388 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2021Tachas JN, Raoult V, Morris RL, Swearer SE, Gaston TF, et al., 'Eco-engineered mangroves provide complex but functionally divergent niches for estuarine species compared to natural mangroves', Ecological Engineering, 170 Article 106355. ISSN 0925-8574 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106355 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

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2021Vozzo ML, Mayer-Pinto M, Bishop MJ, Cumbo VR, Bugnot AB, et al., 'Making seawalls multifunctional: the positive effects of seeded bivalves and habitat structure on species diversity and filtration rates', Marine Environmental Research, 165 Article 105243. ISSN 0141-1136 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2020.105243 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

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2020Bradford TE, Astudillo JC, Lau ETC, Perkins MJ, Lo CC, et al., 'Provision of refugia and seeding with native bivalves can enhance biodiversity on vertical seawalls', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 160 Article 111578. ISSN 0025-326X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111578 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2020Bugnot AB, Mayer-Pinto M, Airoldi L, Heery EC, Johnston EL, et al., 'Current and projected global extent of marine built structures', Nature Sustainability, 4 pp. 33-41. ISSN 2398-9629 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41893-020-00595-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 61Web of Science - 67

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2020Morris RL, Hale R, Strain EMA, Reeves SE, Verges A, et al., 'Key principles for managing recovery of kelp forests through restoration', Bioscience, 70, (8) pp. 688-698. ISSN 0006-3568 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biaa058 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Layton C; Shelamoff V

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2020Strain EMA, Cumbo VR, Morris RL, Steinberg PD, Bishop MJ, 'Interacting effects of habitat structure and seeding with oysters on the intertidal biodiversity of seawalls', PLoS ONE, 15, (7) Article e0230807. ISSN 1932-6203 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230807 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14

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2020Strain EMA, Steinberg PD, Vozzo M, Johnston EL, Abbiati M, et al., 'A global analysis of complexity-biodiversity relationships on marine artificial structures', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 30, (1) pp. 140-153. ISSN 1466-822X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/geb.13202 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Davey A; MacLeod C; Ross DJ

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2019Morris RL, Strain EMA, Konlechner TM, Fest BJ, Kennedy DM, et al., 'Developing a nature-based coastal defence strategy for Australia', Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, 17, (2) pp. 167-176. ISSN 1448-8353 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14488353.2019.1661062 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 11

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2019Strain EMA, Alexander KA, Kienker S, Morris R, Jarvis R, et al., 'Urban blue: a global analysis of the factors shaping people's perceptions of the marine environment and ecological engineering in harbours', Science of The Total Environment, 658 pp. 1293-1305. ISSN 0048-9697 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.285 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 27

Co-authors: Alexander KA

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2019Strain EMA, Edgar GJ, Ceccarelli D, Stuart-Smith RD, Hosack GR, et al., 'A global assessment of the direct and indirect benefits of marine protected areas for coral reef conservation', Diversity and Distributions, 25, (1) pp. 9-20. ISSN 1366-9516 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12838 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Stuart-Smith RD; Thomson RJ

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2019Strain EMA, Morris RL, Bishop MJ, Tanner E, Steinberg P, et al., 'Building blue infrastructure: assessing the key environmental issues and priority areas for ecological engineering initiatives in Australia's metropolitan embayments', Journal of Environmental Management, 230 pp. 488-496. ISSN 0301-4797 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.09.047 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: MacLeod C; Alexander KA

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2018Fowles AE, Edgar GJ, Stuart-Smith RD, Kirkpatrick JB, Hill N, et al., 'Effects of pollution from anthropogenic point sources on the recruitment of sessile estuarine reef biota', Frontiers in Marine Science, 5 Article 417. ISSN 2296-7745 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00417 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Fowles AE; Edgar GJ; Stuart-Smith RD; Kirkpatrick JB; Hill N

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2018Fowles AE, Stuart-Smith RD, Hill NA, Thomson RJ, Strain EMA, et al., 'Interactive responses of primary producers and grazers to pollution on temperate rocky reefs', Environmental Pollution, 237 pp. 388-395. ISSN 0269-7491 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.02.061 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Fowles AE; Stuart-Smith RD; Hill NA; Kirkpatrick J; Edgar GJ

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2018Kienker SE, Coleman RA, Morris RL, Steinberg P, Bollard B, et al., 'Bringing harbours alive: assessing the importance of eco-engineered coastal infrastructure for different stakeholders and cities', Marine Policy, 94 pp. 238-246. ISSN 0308-597X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.028 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Alexander KA

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2018Mancuso FP, Strain EMA, Piccioni E, De Clerck O, Sara G, et al., 'Status of vulnerable Cystoseira populations along the Italian infralittoral fringe, and relationships with environmental and anthropogenic variables', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 129, (2) pp. 762-771. ISSN 0025-326X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.10.068 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 26

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2018Strain EMA, Heath T, Steinberg PD, Bishop MJ, 'Eco-engineering of modified shorelines recovers wrack subsidies', Ecological Engineering, 112 pp. 26-33. ISSN 0925-8574 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.12.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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2018Strain EMA, Morris RL, Coleman RA, Figueira WF, Steinberg PD, et al., 'Increasing microhabitat complexity on seawalls can reduce fish predation on native oysters', Ecological Engineering, 120 pp. 637-644. ISSN 0925-8574 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.05.030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 47

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2017Heery EC, Bishop MJ, Critchley LP, Bugnot AB, Airoldi L, et al., 'Identifying the consequences of ocean sprawl for sedimentary habitats', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 472 pp. 31-48. ISSN 0022-0981 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 141Web of Science - 132

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2017Strain EMA, Olabarria C, Mayer-Pinto M, Cumbo V, Morris RL, et al., 'Eco-engineering urban infrastructure for marine and coastal biodiversity: which interventions have the greatest ecological benefit?', Journal of Applied Ecology, 55, (1) pp. 426-441. ISSN 1365-2664 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12961 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 126Web of Science - 114

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2017Strain EMA, van Belzen J, Comandini P, Wong J, Bouma TJ, et al., 'The role of changing climate in driving the shift from perennial grasses to annual succulents in a Mediterranean saltmarsh', Journal of Ecology, 105, (5) pp. 1374-1385. ISSN 0022-0477 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12799 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17

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2017Stuart-Smith RD, Edgar GJ, Barrett NS, Bates AE, Baker SC, et al., 'Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs', Bioscience, 67, (2) pp. 134-146. ISSN 0006-3568 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw180 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 50

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ; Barrett NS; Baker SC; Bax NJ; Berkhout J; Blanchard JL; Cooper AT; Day PB; Kininmonth S; Ling SD

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2016Araujo RM, Assis J, Aguillar R, Airoldi L, Barbara I, et al., 'Status, trends and drivers of kelp forests in Europe: an expert assessment', Biodiversity and Conservation, 25 pp. 1319-1348. ISSN 0960-3115 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-016-1141-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 78Web of Science - 74

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2016Banks J, Hedge LH, Hoisington C, Strain EM, Steinberg PD, et al., 'Sydney Harbour: beautiful, diverse, valuable and pressured', Regional Studies in Marine Science, 8, (2) pp. 353-361. ISSN 2352-4855 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.rsma.2016.04.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

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2015Strain EMA, van Belzen J, van Dalen J, Bourma TJ, Airoldi L, 'Management of local stressors can improve the resilience of marine canopy algae to global stressors', PLoS ONE, 10, (3) Article e0120837. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120837 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 36Web of Science - 34

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2015Stuart-Smith RD, Bates AE, Lefcheck JS, Duffy JE, Baker SC, et al., 'The potential of trait-based approaches to contribute to marine conservation', Marine Policy, 51 pp. 148-150. ISSN 0308-597X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.07.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Baker SC; Thomson RJ; Stuart-Smith JF; Hill NA; Soler G; Edgar GJ

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2014Bouma TJ, van Belzen J, Balke T, Zhu Z, Airoldi L, et al., 'Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: opportunities and steps to take', Coastal Engineering, 87 pp. 147-157. ISSN 0378-3839 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.11.014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 205Web of Science - 196

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2014Edgar GJ, Stuart-Smith RD, Willis TJ, Kininmonth SJ, Baker SC, et al., 'Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features', Nature, 506, (7487) pp. 216-220. ISSN 0028-0836 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/nature13022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1089Web of Science - 1047

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Stuart-Smith RD; Kininmonth SJ; Baker SC; Barrett NS; Berkhout J; Buxton CD; Cooper AT; Davey M; Soler G; Thomson RJ

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2014Firth LB, Thompson RC, Bohn K, Abbiati M, Airoldi L, et al., 'Between a rock and a hard place: environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structures', Coastal Engineering, 87 pp. 122-135. ISSN 0378-3839 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.10.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 212Web of Science - 202

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2014Strain EMA, Thomson RJ, Micheli F, Mancuso FP, Airoldi L, 'Identifying the interacting roles of stressors in driving the global loss of canopy-forming to mat-forming algae in marine ecosystems', Global Change Biology, 20, (11) pp. 3300-3312. ISSN 1354-1013 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12619 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 150Web of Science - 148

Co-authors: Thomson RJ

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2013Goodwin CE, Strain EMA, Edwards H, Bennett SC, Breen JP, et al., 'Effects of two decades of rising sea surface temperatures on sublittoral macrobenthos communities in Northern Ireland, UK', Marine Environmental Research, 85 pp. 34-44. ISSN 0141-1136 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2012.12.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

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2013Strain EMA, Johnson CR, 'The effects of an invasive habitat modifier on the biotic interactions between two native herbivorous species and benthic habitat in a subtidal rocky reef ecosystem', Biological Invasions, 15, (6) pp. 1391-1405. ISSN 1387-3547 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0378-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2013Strain EMA, Johnson CR, Thomson RJ, 'Effects of a range-expanding sea urchin on behaviour of commercially fished abalone', PLoS ONE, 8, (9) Article e73477. ISSN 1932-6203 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073477 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Johnson CR; Thomson RJ

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2013Stuart-Smith RD, Bates AE, Lefcheck JS, Duffy JE, Baker SC, et al., 'Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity', Nature, 501 pp. 539-542. ISSN 0028-0836 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/nature12529 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 365Web of Science - 351

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Bates AE; Baker SC; Thomson RJ; Stuart-Smith JF; Hill NA; Soler GA; Edgar GJ

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2012Strain EMA, Allcock AL, Goodwin CE, Maggs CA, Picton BE, et al., 'The long-term impacts of fisheries on epifaunal assemblage function and structure, in a Special Area of Conservation', Journal of Sea Research, 67, (1) pp. 58-68. ISSN 1385-1101 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2011.10.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 31

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2012Strain EMA, Johnson CR, 'Intensive fishing of marine consumers causes a dramatic shift in the benthic habitat on temperate rocky reefs', Marine Biology, 159, (3) pp. 533-547. ISSN 0025-3162 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-011-1833-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2010Strain EMA, Johnson CR, 'Scale-dependent relationships between benthic habitat characteristics and abundances of blacklip abalone, Haliotis rubra (Leach)', Marine and Freshwater Research, 61, (11) pp. 1227-1236. ISSN 1323-1650 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF09211 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2009Strain E, Johnson CR, 'Competition between an invasive urchin and commercially fished abalone: effect on body condition, reproduction and survivorship ', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 377, (February) pp. 169-182. ISSN 0171-8630 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps07816 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2006Strain E, Beardall J, Thomson R, Roberts S, Light B, 'Spatio-temporal variability in the photosynthetic characteristics of Zostera tasmanica measured by PAM', Aquatic Botany, 85, (1) pp. 21-28. ISSN 0304-3770 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2006.01.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Thomson R

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Morris RL, Heery EC, Loke LHL, Lau E, Strain EMA, et al., 'Design Options, Implementation Issues and Evaluating Success of Ecologically Engineered Shorelines', Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, Taylor & Francis Ltd, SJ Hawkins, AL Allcock, AE Bates, LB Firth, IP Smith, SE Swearer and PA Todd (ed), Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 169-228. ISBN 9780367134150 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1201/9780429026379 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Alexander KA

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2015Hoggart S, Hawkins SJ, Bohn K, Airoldi L, van Belzen J, et al., 'Ecological Approaches to Coastal Risk Mitigation', Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate, Elsevier Inc., B Zanuttigh, R Nicholls, JP Vanderlinden, HF Burcharth and RC Thompson (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 171-236. ISBN 9780123973108 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-397310-8.00004-X [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Komyakova V, Jaffres JBD, Strain EMA, Cullen-Knox C, Fudge M, et al., 'Conceptualisation of multiple impacts interacting in the marine environment using marine infrastructure as an example', The Science of The Total Environment, 830, (article 154748) pp. 1-18. ISSN 0048-9697 (2022) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154748 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Komyakova V; Cullen-Knox C; Fudge M; Wilson E; Haward M

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Brown J, Yelland M, Morris R, Strain B, 'Sensors to quantify coastal scheme flood resistance and resilience', Coastal Structures: Proceedings of the 2020 Coastal Engineering International Conference ISSN 0161-3782 (2020) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.9753/icce.v36v.structures.3 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Chai YJ, Firth LB, Ban CC, Strain E, Hwai ATS, et al., 'It is in the details: simple structural complexity modification could restore ecological function on seawall', Proceedings of the 11th IMT-GT UNINET Conference 2018 - Bioscience for A Sustainable Future, 11-12 December 2018, Penang, Malaysia, pp. 10-14. (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Airoldi L, Ballesteros E, Buonuomo R, van Belzen J, Bouma TJ, et al., 'Marine forests at risk: solutions to halt the loss and promote the recovery of Mediterranean canopy-forming seaweeds', Proceedings of the 5th Mediterranean Symposium on Marine Vegetation, 27-28 October 2014, Portoroz, Slovenia, pp. 28-33. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Johnson CR, Ling SD, Strain EMA, 'Is 'barrens' habitat good for sea urchins?', Echinoderms in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 13th International Echinoderm Conference, 5-9 January 2009, Hobart, Australia, pp. 254. ISBN 9781138000100 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Johnson CR; Ling SD

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Beecroft R, Bodrossy L, Brasier M, Brown C, Cossu R, et al., 'Monitoring and assessing offshore/high energy production structures. A report from the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre', Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Australia, 4.20.001 (2020) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Beecroft R; Bodrossy L; Brasier M; Brown C; Cossu R; Foo D; Lacharite M; Lea M-A; Ross J; Semmens J; Ugalde S; White C

Other Public Output

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Morris RL, Bishop MJ, Boon P, Browne NK, Carley JT, et al., 'The Australian guide to nature-based methods for reducing risk from coastal hazards', NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, Australia, Report No. 26, May (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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2021Ross J, Strain E, 'Annual Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program - Environmental License 10180/1 Marine Farming Lease No. 281 at Yellow Bluff 2019/2020', Report to Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd, August (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Ross J

2021Ross J, Strain E, 'Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program Storm Bay Marine Farming Lease No. 279 Water Quality Performance Report', Report to Tassal Operations Pty Ltd, Hobart, Tasmania, May 2020 - April 2021 (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Ross J

2021Ross J, Strain E, 'Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program Storm Bay Marine Farming Lease No. 281 Water Quality Performance Report', Report to Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd, Hobart, Tasmania, May 2020 - April 2021 (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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2021Ross J, Strain E, White C, 'Annual Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program 2020/2021 for Environmental License 10180/1 Marine Farming Lease No. 281 at Yellow Bluff 2020/2021 & Environmental License 10211/1 Marine Farming Lease No. 279 at West of Wedge Island', Report to Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd & Tassal Operations Pty Ltd, Hobart, Tasmania (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Ross J; White C

2020Strain E, White C, Ross J, 'The Storm Bay Observing System: Preliminary review of the sampling parameters and design for assessing the performance of salmon aquaculture', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Hobart, July, FRDC Proj. 2018/131 (2020) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: White C; Ross J

2017Strain E, Morris R, Bishop M, 'Sydney Harbour - enhancing seawall sustainability', State of New South Wales through the Department of Industry, Australia (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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2011Roberts D, Allcock L, Farinas-Franco JM, Gorman E, Maggs CA, et al., 'Modiolus Restoration Research Project: Final Report and Recommendations', Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Belfast, 20th May 2011 (2011) [Government or Industry Research]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

9

Total funding

$854,624

Projects

Seastar captivity trial (2022 - 2023)$250,103
Description
Preliminary trials to look at different treatments for housing seastars in captivity (P. vivipara, and also forst with a surrogatespecies, P. exigua) as part of the Sorell causeway project (which will require moving the population of P. vivipara, a threatened species, from thecauseway during planned roadworks in 2022).
Funding
Department of Natural Resources & Environment Tasmania ($250,103)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Trotter AJ; Stuart-Smith JF; Strain EMA; Codabaccus MB
Period
2022 - 2023
Upscaling the restoration of endangered giant kelp forests in Tasmania (2022 - 2023)$335,568
Description
Giant kelp forests have declined in Tasmania by over 95% in recent decades and in 2012 became the first marine communityto be listed as threatened under the Australian Federal Government EPBC Act. Research conducted by IMAS has established a foundation forrestoration of giant kelp in Tasmania. The primary objective of this project is to optimise methods required to achieve large-scale restoration of giantkelp forests. Specifically, the project will identify optimal thinning regimes of competitive seaweed and optimal seeding methods (gravel size andquantity, and twine material) required for the best giant kelp recruitment, analyse the cost-effectiveness of different methods, and quantify ecologicalcharacteristics of remnant giant kelp forests as a benchmark for restoration.
Funding
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($250); Sea Forest Foundation ($335,318)
Scheme
Donation - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bennett S; Ling SD; Layton C; Wright JT; Hurd CL; Strain EMA
Period
2022 - 2023
Planning for seaweed aquaculture in Tasmania: A preliminary evaluation of biophysical potential and co-location with existing aquaculture (2022 - 2023)$65,000
Description
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) has identified a need to spatially resolve the potential for the sustainable growth of the emerging seaweed aquaculture industry in Tasmania. This project will address this need by: 1) synthesizing the current state of knowledge on the biophysical requirements and geographic extent of key seaweed species with the most potential for commercialization, 2) pending data availability, conducting a biophysical assessment of the potential for seaweed aquaculture in Tasmanian State waters, and 3) determining the potential for co-location with established aquaculture species, e.g., Atlantic Salmon.
Funding
Department of Natural Resources & Environment Tasmania ($65,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lacharite M; Ross DJ; Strain EMA; Bush FB
Period
2022 - 2023
Kick-starting seagrass restoration in Tasmania (2022 - 2023)$29,160
Description
The aim of the project is to fund additional research funding for a masters student Kelsie Fractal. This project will provideclear environmental benefits by establishing the most suitable method for Zostera seagrass restoration in Tasmania. It will also provide improvedunderstanding of how sediment nutrient levels influence the successes of Zostera seagrass restoration efforts
Funding
QBE Foundation ($29,160)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
OzFish Unlimited Limited
Research Team
Price C; Strain EMA; Fractal KJ
Period
2022 - 2023
Environmental Offsets Feasibility Assessment for the Live-bearing Seastar Parvulastra vivipara at the Sorell Causeways (2021 - 2022)$44,612
Description
To provide advice on the feasibility of a range of environmental offset options for loss of habitat of the threatened seastar Parvulastra vivipara [resulting from the duplication of causeways at Sorell in Tasmania for the South East Traffic Solution (SETS) Program] and to identify any additional data needs and strategies required to progress the feasibility assessment and the development of an environmental offsets proposal on the basis of any feasible approaches identified.
Funding
Pitt&Sherry Operations Pty. Ltd. ($44,612)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Strain EMA
Period
2021 - 2022
Assessing the use of different benthic imagery techniques for monitoring the effects of organic pollution on deep reefs (2021)$6,750
Description
The primary aim of my PhD project is to assess the effectiveness of different benthic imagery techniques formonitoring the impacts of nutrient enrichment and sedimentation on temperate mesophotic benthic communities. With the funds obtainedwith the Holsworth grant I aim to develop monitoring techniques using settlement plates and uncrewed submersibles to analyse the potentialimpacts of nutrient enrichment and sedimentation on the recruitment and growth of juvenile benthic organisms on deep reef communities ofStorm Bay Tasmania.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6,750)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Strain EMA; Martinez-Escobar DF; White CA; Barrett NS; Perkins NR
Year
2021
Monitoring and assessing offshore production structures (2020)$49,972
Description
The expansion of aquaculture/energy production into offshore areas requires the development of science-based automated environmental monitoring platforms. These platforms are important for maintaining public confidence in the associated industry and will reduce the operational costs and risks. Developing these platforms is contingent on ensuring that the environmental footprint and associated monitoring tools are well understood. This project will conduct a systematic review of the literature and consult with stakeholders (e.g. industry, government regulators), to identity the relevant parameters and technologies needed to develop these systems. The results will help to meet the end needs of the expanding industries and the government.
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($49,972)
Scheme
Scoping Study Projects
Administered By
Blue Economy CRC Co
Research Team
Strain EMA; Ross DJ; White CA; Semmens JM; MacLeod C; Lea MA; Frid C
Year
2020
Assessing the role of restored and natural kelp forests in protecting against coastal erosion and ocean acidification (2020 - 2021)$25,000
Description
Kelp forests could reduce the threat of coastal erosion by dampening storm waves and alleviate the pressure of oceanacidification by buffering pH2. Currently, there is relatively few quantitative studies on these topics, with only a fewspecies and hydrodynamic conditions examined3-7. My project will address this key knowledge gap, by testing the roleof the dominant kelp species from south-eastern Australia, Ecklonia radiata in providing these vital ecosystemsservices.
Funding
Australian Academy of Science ($25,000)
Scheme
Grant-Thomas Davies Research Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Strain EMA
Period
2020 - 2021
Kelp aquaculture scoping study (2020)$48,459
Description
This project will be a scoping study to gain the information needed to bring the bull kelp Durvillaea spp. into integrated offshore aquaculture. The Blue Economy CRC is interested in co-cultivation of Durvillaea with caged salmon in wave-exposed off shore sites (e.g. Storm Bay). Durvillaea's unique cellular structure and biomechanical properties allow it to thrive in wave-exposed sites and make it an excellent candidate for offshore culture. Also, the biomechanical properties that allow Durvillaea to absorb wave-energy provide the potential to dampen wave forces on or around off shore aquaculture structures. However, Durvilllaea is a notoriously challenging genus to work with and no species, internationally, has been brought into cultivation to date. This scoping project will have three components: 1. Desktop study to identify what is known about Durvillaea culture and that of related genera to identify suitable hatchery and methods for cultivation on off-shore structures; 2. An industry-partner workshop (e.g. with King Island Kelp Industries, Marinova) with Durvillaea experts from Chile to discuss the potential for and issues around Durvillaea aquaculture, and 3. A workshop followed by a desktop study to develop engineering and hydrodynamic projects that are needed to understand how Durvillaea will interact with wave forces on off-shore structures.
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($48,459)
Scheme
Scoping Study Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT; Hurd CL; MacLeod C; Cossu R; Baldock T; White L; Roediger J; Stringer D; Gutierrez A; Fitton H; Strain EMA
Year
2020

Research Supervision

Student Research Projects Available

PhD Projects:

Masters/honours:

  • Conserving the live-bearing seastar Parvulastra vivipara through population studies and community engagement
  • Quantifying the ecological functioning of natural oyster reefs in southeast Tasmania

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDAssessing the Use of Different Benthic Imagery Techniques for Monitoring the Effects of Organic Pollution on Deep Reef Habitats2021
PhDMechanisms of Stability for Degraded Reefs2022