A/Prof Andrew Barnes

  • Antibacterial immunity in fish
  • Evolution of marine bacterial pathogens/symbionts

Dr Karen Cheney

  • Perception of colour patterns by coral fish
  • Evolution of colour signals in marine organisms
  • Chemical ecology of marine shell-less molluscs (nudibranchs)

Dr Tom Cribb

  • Is the fish trematode Thulinia microrchis the least specific trematode or a species complex?
  • Are the trematode larvae in toadfish in a trophic transmission dead-end?

Prof Bernie Degnan

  • Understanding the evolutionary origin of animal multicellularity through the study of the sponge genome and development
  • How to make a sea shell: molecular genetic basis of patterning and biofabrication of molluscan and other animal skeletons

A/Prof Sandie Degnan

  • Marine invertebrate sensory systems – how do larvae assess and respond to their environment?
  • Comparative genomic approaches to the origin and evolution of animal-microbe interactions

Dr Louise Kuchel

  • Improving Conservation Education - evaluate the effectiveness of school education programs

Dr Janet Lanyon

  • Impacts of dugong grazing on seagrass communities
  • Long term variation in diets of dugongs

Prof Cath Lovelock

  • The effects of sea level rise on mangroves and salt marshs
  • Carbon and nutrient cycling in mangroves
  • Ecology and physiology of macroalgae

Prof Peter Mumby

  • The role of microinvertebrates in driving fisheries productivity on coral reefs
  • Are coral reefs of the Caribbean inherently less resilient than their Pacific counterparts?
  • Design of fisheries policies to ensure resilient coral reefs under climate change
  • Who eats whom? Food webs on coral reefs revisited

Prof John Pandolfi

  • Historical ecology of Indo-Pacific coral reefs
  • Ecological change on coral reefs from the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Moreton Bay
  • Impacts of recreational fishing on Australian fisheries
  • Seagrass-associated foraminifera and lignin phenols from sediments of Moreton Bay as indicators of seagrass history
  • Contribution of biotic interactions to coral species co-existence along latitudinal scales
  • Using historical records bio-eroding sponges to understand accretion-erosion dynamics on coral reefs

Dr Ian Tibbetts

  • Are seahorses and pipefishes under threat from a native invasive alga? (Seaworld funded $20,000)
  • The role of mucus in food processing by larval fishes (functional morphology and evolution)
  • Behaviour, intraspecific communication and trophic ecology of trumpeter Pelates sexlineatus an important mesopredator in seagrass communities (fish biology and fisheries)
  • Carrion feeders of Moreton Bay intertidal systems using Baited Remote Underwater Videos: hyenas and vultures of sand flats and seagrass systems (ecology)
  • The impact of boat wake on critical estuarine food resources (marine ecology and resource management)
  • Feeding behaviour, diet and food preference in hermit crabs (biology and ecology)
  • The biology, ecology and evolutionary significance of mucus, mucins and their derivatives (literature based)
  • Any topic of mutual interest developed by the student


* Research projects for PhD/MPhil students only