Professor Alistair PooreIMG_0437

Head of School
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Evolution & Ecology Research Centre
2001-: University of New South Wales
1999-2000: Lund University, Sweden
1999: PhD, University of New South Wales
1992: BSc (Hons), Monash University

Member, Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences

Current research students

Tim Cutajar (PhD). Using invertebrate-derived DNA for detecting threatened amphibians (co-supervised with Jodi Rowley and Kristine Bohmann). Twitter: @Tim_Cutajar

Niki Hubbard (PhD). Impacts of artificial light at night on marine organisms (co-supervised by Mariana Mayer-Pinto and  Katherine Dafforn) Twitter: @NikiHubbard

Maddy Langley (PhD). Environmentally friendly moorings to improve seagrass conservation (co-supervised by Adriana Vergés). Twitter: @madlangley

Chris Roberts (PhD). Using recreational dive photographs to monitor change on rocky reefs. (co-supervised by Adriana Vergés)

Maureen Thompson (PhD). Using citizen science data to understand the ecology of Australian frogs (co-supervised with Corey Callaghan and Jodi Rowley). Twitter: @Maureen_E_Blob

Past students and research associates

Dr Rick Leong (PhD). Role of oyster reefs in coastal biodiversity (co-supervised by Paul Gribben) Twitter: @rickcleong

Dr Giulia Ferretto (PhD). Restoring ecosystem function in threatened seagrass beds (co-supervised by Adriana Vergés and Tim Glasby) Twitter: @ferretto89

Dr Talia Stelling-Wood (PhD). Using trait-based approaches to understand morphological variation in macroalgae and its influence on associated communities (co-supervised by Paul Gribben). Now postdoc at UNSW. Twitter: @tstellingwood


Dr Corey Callaghan. Research associate. Now at the University of Florida. Twitter: @callaghanct

Dr Ruby Garthwin (PhD). Effects of altered herbivory and urbanisation on seagrasses in a changing ocean (co-supervised by Adriana Vergés). Now at NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Twitter:@RubyGarthwin

Dr Janine Ledet (PhD). Adaptation of marine invertebrates to a changing ocean. Now at the National University of Singapore. Twitter: @janine_ledet


Dr Brendan Lanham (PhD) – Effects of habitat structure on fish communities. (co-supervised by Paul Gribben). Twitter: @DrBrendanLanham. Now at Melbourne University.


Dr Hannah Sheppard Brennand (PhD, SCU) – Urchin-predator interactions (co-supervised by Symon Dworjanyn).


Dr Keryn Bain (PhD) – Diet mixing in marine herbivores. Now at National Centre for Vocational Educational Research.

Dr Jennifer Clark (PhD, UTS) – Thermal tolerance of an intertidal macroalga (co-supervised by Martina Doblin). Now at Cascadia Seaweed.


Dr Suzy Evans (PhD) – Using genetic diversity to predict the resilience and rehabilitation success of threatened seagrass meadows. (co-supervised by Adriana Vergés). Now at the University of New South Wales.


Dr Ceiwen Pease (PhD) – The tolerance of marine herbivores to contamination in their diets (co-supervised by Emma Johnston). Now at the Department of the Environment, Northern Territory.

Dr Emma Birdsey (PhD) – Animal associations and the impact of introduced species on marine ecosystems (co-supervised by Emma Johnston). Now at the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Dr Kyra Hay (PhD, University of Queensland) – Macroalgal-herbivore interactions: the roles of algal tolerance, patterns of herbivory and nutrient availability (cosupervised by Catherine Lovelock). Now at the University of Queensland.

Dr Keyne Monro (PhD) – Evolutionary consequences of growth-form plasticity in a red seaweed. Now at Monash University.

Dr Dave Roberts (PhD) – Responses of epifauna to pulsed and chronic contamination of temperate algal beds (co-supervised by Emma Johnston). Now at James Cook University.

Sarah Graham (MSc) – Thermal tolerance in marine invertebrates (co-supervised by Symon Dworjanyn).

Talia Stelling-Wood (MPhil). Ecology of urban beaches in Sydney Harbour.

Mailie Gall (MPhil) – Predator-prey interactions along a pollution gradient (co-supervised by Emma Johnston). Now at the University of Western Sydney.

Chris Hellyer (MPhil) – Managing swimming enclosure nets for the benefit of seahorse populations in Sydney Harbour. Now at the University of Sydney.

Josee Hart – effects of habitat context of oyster reef facilitation of biodiversity (co-supervised by Paul Gribben)

Ruby Smith – predation on oysters is heterogeneous landscapes (co-supervised by Paul Gribben)

Sian Liddy (Honours). Seaweed-clam interactions in estuaries (co-supervised by Paul Gribben)

Isobel Della Marta (Honours). Contrasting strength of fish predation in areas with different protection status in the Sydney region (co-supervised by Adriana Vergés)

Benjamin Chiu (Hons). Role of fish predation in abundance of epifauna on razor clams (co-supervised by Paul Gribben)

Sam Ropert (Hons). Habitat structure of marine macroalgae (co-supervised with Paul Gribben).

Phoebe Quessy (Hons). Mechanisms behind success of invasive crabs (co-supervised with Paul Gribben)

Brendan Lanham (Hons). Impacts of an invasive seaweed on kelp forest fauna (co-supervised by Paul Gribben)

Gary Truong (Hons). Feeding preferences of tropical vs temperate urchins (co-supervised by Adriana Verges)

Ruby Garthwin (Hons). Effects of temperature on seagrass-herbivore interactions (co-supervised by Adriana Vergés)

Keryn Bain (Hons) Using near infrared spectroscopy to quantify intra-specific variation in seagrass tissue traits (cosupervised by Adriana Vergés)

Karina Huinao (Hons). Metal contamination in macroalgal beds of Sydney Harbour (co-supervised by Emma Johnston)

Jennifer Clark (Hons, UTS). Genetic variation in thermal tolerance in Hormosira banksii (supervised by Martina Doblin)

Suzanna Evans (Hons). The effects of herbivorous amphipods in seagrass beds

Sarah Graham (Hons). Chemical defences and metal contaminants (co-supervised by Emma Johnston and Kristen Whalen)

Matthew Teston (Hons). Metal contamination in Sydney Harbour’s seaweeds

Ceiwen Pease (Hons). Genetic variation in the tolerance of a marine herbivore to metal contamination (co-supervised by Emma Johnston)

Paul Chachelle (Hons). Herbivory in the land vs the sea (co-supervised by Angela Moles)

Steven Portelli (Hons). Non-indigenous bryozoans as habitat (co-supervised by Emma Johnston)

Kim Gallagher (Hons). Consequences of diet choice in wrack consumers

Jessica Spies (Hons). Fauna associated with invasive oysters (co-supervised by Emma Johnston)

Erin Moon (Hons). Cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater systems (supervised by Scott Mooney)

Lisa Perrett (Hons). Indirect effects of metal contamination on mobile epifauna (co-supervised by Emma Johnston)

Bronwyn Cumbo (Hons). Impacts of stormwater on mobile epfiauna (co-supervised by Emma Johnston)

Rosie Downey (Hons). Influence of hydrodynamics on colonisation of epifauna

Dr David Roberts (Hons). Habitat fragmentation in macroalgal beds

Lisa Carson (Hons). The impact of acid sulfate soils on benthic invertebrates (co-supervised by Ben MacDonald)

Dr James Smith (Hons). Nutrient and predation effects on algal epifauna

Dr Alex Campbell (Hons). Effects of herbivorous amphipods on macroalgae (co-supervised by Peter Steinberg)

Dr Nicole Hill (Hons). Effects of urchin grazing on kelp forests (co-supervised by Peter Steinberg)

Dr Keyne Monro (Hons). Potential for selection on intraclonal variation in macroalgae

Stefanie Müller, Margaux Favret, Elke Venstra, Anja Wenzel (visiting MSc students from Germany, France and the Netherlands)

Past research assistants

Dr Nicole Hill, Candida Barclay, Dr Dave Roberts, René Reinfrank, Sarah Graham, Keryn Bain, Dr Clarissa Fraser