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 Dr Jodi Rowley and Kristine Bohmann). Twitter: @Tim_Cutajar

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

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

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

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

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

Past students and research associates

Dr Giulia Ferretto (PhD). Restoring ecosystem function in threatened seagrass beds (co-supervised by Prof. Adriana Vergés and Dr 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 Assoc. Prof. Paul Gribben). Now postdoc at UNSW. Twitter: @tstellingwood


Dr Corey Callaghan. Research associate. Now at German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv. Twitter: @callaghanct

Dr Ruby Garthwin (PhD). Effects of altered herbivory and urbanisation on seagrasses in a changing ocean (co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. 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 Assoc. Prof. Paul Gribben). Twitter: @DrBrendanLanham. Now at Melbourne University.


Dr Hannah Sheppard Brennand (PhD, SCU) – Urchin-predator interactions (co-supervised by Prof. 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 Prof. Martina Doblin). Now at the Cascadia Seaweed.


Dr Suzy Evans (PhD) – Using genetic diversity to predict the resilience and rehabilitation success of threatened seagrass meadows. (co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. 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 Prof. 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 Prof. 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 Prof. 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 Prof. Emma Johnston). Now at James Cook University.

Sarah Graham (MSc) – Thermal tolerance in marine invertebrates (co-supervised by Prof. 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 Prof. 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 Assoc. Prof. Paul Gribben)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruby Garthwin (Hons). Effects of temperature on seagrass-herbivore interactions (cosupervised by Assoc. Prof. Adriana Vergés)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bronwyn Cumbo (Hons). Impacts of stormwater on mobile epfiauna (co-supervised by Prof. 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 Prof. Peter Steinberg)

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