Effects of ocean sprawl on ecological connectivity: impacts and solutions

Bishop, M.J., Mayer-Pinto, M., Airoldi, L., Firth, L.B., Morris, R.L., Loke, L.H.L., Hawkins, S.J., Naylor, L.A., Coleman, R.A., Chee, S.Y. and Dafforn, K.A. (in press) Effects of ocean sprawl on ecological connectivity: impacts and solutions. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Abstract The growing number of artificial structures in estuarine, coastal and marine environments […]

Big data opportunities and challenges for assessing multiple stressors across scales in aquatic ecosystems

Dafforn, K.A., Johnston, E.L., Ferguson, A., Humphrey, C.L., Monk, W., Nichols, S., Simpson, S.L., Tulbure, M. and Baird, D.J. (2016) Big data opportunities and challenges for assessing multiple stressors across scales in aquatic ecosystems. Marine and Freshwater Research. 67: 393-413. Abstract Aquatic ecosystems are under threat from multiple stressors, which vary in distribution and intensity […]

Sub-lethal effects of water-based drilling muds on the deep-water sponge Geodia barretti

Edge, K.J., Johnston, E.L., Dafforn, K.A., Simpson, S.L., Kutti, T. and Bannister, R.J. (2016) Sub-lethal effects of water-based drilling muds on the deep-water sponge Geodia barretti. Environmental Pollution. 212: 525-534. Abstract Offshore oil and gas activities can result in the discharge of large amounts of drilling muds. While these materials have generally been regarded as non-toxic […]

Differences in intertidal microbial assemblages on urban structures and natural rocky reef

Tan, E.L.Y., Mayer-Pinto, M., Johnston, E.L. and Dafforn, K.A. (2015) Differences in intertidal microbial assemblages on urban structures and natural rocky reef. Frontiers in Microbiology. 6: 1276 Abstract Global seascapes are increasingly modified to support high levels of human activity in the coastal zone. Modifications include the addition of defense structures and boating infrastructure, such […]

Application of management tools to integrate ecological principles with the design of marine infrastructure.

Dafforn, K.A., Mayer-Pinto, M., Morris, R.L., Waltham, N.L.Application of management tools to integrate ecological principles with the design of marine infrastructure. Journal of Environmental Management. 158: 61-73. Abstract Globally the coastal zone is suffering the collateral damage from continuing urban development and construction, expanding resource sectors, increasing population, regulation to river flow, and on-going land […]

Marine urbanisation: an ecological framework for designing multifunctional artificial structures

Dafforn KA; Glasby TM; Airoldi L; Rivero NK; Mayer-Pinto M and Johnston EL (2015) Marine urbanisation: an ecological framework for designing multifunctional artificial structures. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 13: 82-90. Abstract Underwater cities have long been the subject of science fiction novels and movies, but the “urban sprawl” of artificial structures being developed […]

Faster, higher and stronger? The pros and cons of molecular faunal data for assessing ecosystem condition

Dafforn KA; Baird DJ; Chariton AA; Sun MY; Brown M; Simpson SL; Kelaher BP; Johnston EL (2014) Faster, higher and stronger? The pros and cons of molecular faunal data for assessing ecosystem condition. Advances in Ecological Research 51: 1-41. Abstract Ecological observation of global change processes is dependent on matching the scale and quality of […]

What does impacted look like? High diversity and abundance of epibiota in modified estuaries

Clark GF; Kelaher BP; Dafforn KA; Coleman MA; Knott NA; Marzinelli EM; Johnston EL (2015) What does impacted look like? High diversity and abundance of epibiota in modified estuaries, Environmental Pollution. 196: 12-20. Abstract Ecosystems modified by human activities are generally predicted to be biologically impoverished. However, much pollution impact theory stems from laboratory or […]

Happy graduation Dr Katelyn Edge!

Today I joined the academic procession on stage in the UNSW Clancy Auditorium to celebrate the PhD graduation of Dr Katelyn Edge.  Fun and photos in our academic gowns!

Mesopredators: A confounding variable in consumer exclusion studies

James T. Lavender, Katherine A. Dafforn and Emma L. Johnston (2014) Mesopredators: A confounding variable in consumer exclusion studies. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 456:26-33. Abstract Large consumers are important in determining community structure and have been extensively researched. The impact of predation on hard-substrate marine invertebrate communities tends to be mixed. Numerous […]

A biomarker of contaminant exposure is effective in large scale assessment of ten estuaries

Katelyn J. Edge, Katherine A. Dafforn, Stuart L. Simpson, Anthony C. Roach, Emma L. Johnston (2014) A biomarker of contaminant exposure is effective in large scale assessment of ten estuaries. Chemosphere 100:16-26. Abstract Cost-effective and sensitive measures of anthropogenic stress are necessary tools in any environmental monitoring program. When implementing new monitoring tools in a […]

Lab success at the Postgraduate Research Forum

Congratulations Katelyn!  Awarded the 2013 Best PhD Thesis from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.   And further to that success, Keryn Bain received the Best Ecology Presentation Award. Well done Keryn!