Associate 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

Contributing Editor, Aquatic Biology
Member, Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences

Current research students and staff

Dr Clarissa Fraser. Postdoctoral Research Associate. Twitter

Giulia Ferretto (PhD). Restoring ecosystem function in threatened seagrass beds

Ruby Garthwin (PhD). Large scale patterns in herbivore impacts on seagrasses (co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Adriana Vergés)

Brendan Lanham (PhD). Effects of habitat structure on fish communities. Website. Twitter.


Janine Ledet (PhD). Adaptation of marine invertebrates to a changing ocean. Twitter


Chris Roberts (PhD). Using recreational dive photographs to monitor change on rocky reefs.

Talia Stelling-Wood (PhD). Identifying habit traits to predict marine biodiversity.



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

Past research students

Dr Hannah Sheppard Brennand (PhD, SCU). Urchin-predator interactions (co-supervised by Assoc. 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 Assoc. Prof. Martina Doblin). Now at the University of British Columbia.

Dr Suzy Evans (PhD) – Using genetic diversity to predict the resilience and rehabilitation success of threatened seagrass meadows. (co-supervised by Dr 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.

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

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

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.

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 Dr Paul Gribben)

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

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

Keryn Bain (Hons) Using near infrared spectroscopy to quantify intra-specific variation in seagrass tissue traits (cosupervised by Dr 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 Assoc. 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 Dr Scott Mooney)

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

Bronwyn Cumbo (Hons). Impacts of stromwater 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