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Researcher: Strain, EMA (Dr Beth Strain)

Fields of Research

Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Conservation and biodiversity
Environmental rehabilitation and restoration
Urban geography
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Environmentally sustainable engineering
Environmental management
Ecosystem function
Pollution and contamination
Population ecology
Environmental assessment and monitoring
Invertebrate biology
Phycology (incl. marine grasses)
Environment policy

Research Objectives

Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments
Marine biodiversity
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Other environmental management
Terrestrial biodiversity
Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna)
Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments
Fisheries - aquaculture
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Conserving natural heritage
Environmental policy, legislation and standards

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A global analysis of complexity-biodiversity relationships on marine artificial structures; Global Ecology and Biogeography
A global assessment of the direct and indirect benefits of marine protected areas for coral reef conservation; Diversity and Distributions
Annual Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program 2020/2021 for Environmental License 10180/1 Marine Farming Lease No. 281 at Yellow Bluff 2020/2021 & Environmental License 10211/1 Marine Farming Lease No. 279 at West of Wedge Island
Annual Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program Environmental License 10180/1 Marine Farming Lease No. 281 at Yellow Bluff 2019/2020
Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs; Bioscience
Assessing the coastal protection services of natural mangrove forests and artificial rock revetments; Ecosystem Services
Between a rock and a hard place: environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structures; Coastal Engineering
Bringing harbours alive: assessing the importance of eco-engineered coastal infrastructure for different stakeholders and cities; Marine Policy
Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program Storm Bay Marine Farming Lease No. 279 Water Quality Performance Report
Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program Storm Bay Marine Farming Lease No. 281 Water Quality Performance Report
Building blue infrastructure: assessing the key environmental issues and priority areas for ecological engineering initiatives in Australia's metropolitan embayments; Journal of Environmental Management
Competition between an invasive urchin and commercially fished abalone: effect on body condition, reproduction and survivorship ; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Conceptualisation of multiple impacts interacting in the marine environment using marine infrastructure as an example
Current and projected global extent of marine built structures; Nature Sustainability
Design Options, Implementation Issues and Evaluating Success of Ecologically Engineered Shorelines; Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review
Developing a nature-based coastal defence strategy for Australia; Australian Journal of Civil Engineering
Eco-engineered mangroves provide complex but functionally divergent niches for estuarine species compared to natural mangroves; Ecological Engineering
Eco-engineering of modified shorelines recovers wrack subsidies; Ecological Engineering
Eco-engineering urban infrastructure for marine and coastal biodiversity: which interventions have the greatest ecological benefit?; Journal of Applied Ecology
Ecological Approaches to Coastal Risk Mitigation; Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate
Effects of a range-expanding sea urchin on behaviour of commercially fished abalone; PLoS ONE
Effects of pollution from anthropogenic point sources on the recruitment of sessile estuarine reef biota; Frontiers in Marine Science
Effects of two decades of rising sea surface temperatures on sublittoral macrobenthos communities in Northern Ireland, UK; Marine Environmental Research
Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features; Nature
Habitat complexity affects the structure but not the diversity of sessile communities on tropical coastal infrastructure; Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Identifying key factors for transplantation success in the restoration of kelp (Ecklonia radiata) beds; Restoration Ecology
Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: opportunities and steps to take; Coastal Engineering
Identifying the consequences of ocean sprawl for sedimentary habitats; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Identifying the interacting roles of stressors in driving the global loss of canopy-forming to mat-forming algae in marine ecosystems; Global Change Biology
Increasing microhabitat complexity on seawalls can reduce fish predation on native oysters; Ecological Engineering
Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity; Nature
Intensive fishing of marine consumers causes a dramatic shift in the benthic habitat on temperate rocky reefs; Marine Biology
Interacting effects of habitat structure and seeding with oysters on the intertidal biodiversity of seawalls; PLoS ONE
Interactive responses of primary producers and grazers to pollution on temperate rocky reefs; Environmental Pollution
Is 'barrens' habitat good for sea urchins?; 13th International Echinoderm Conference 2009
It is in the details: simple structural complexity modification could restore ecological function on seawall; 11th IMT-GT UNINET Conference 2018 Bioscience for A Sustainable Future
Key principles for managing recovery of kelp forests through restoration; Bioscience
Making marinas bivalve friendly for enhanced biodiversity outcomes; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Making seawalls multifunctional: the positive effects of seeded bivalves and habitat structure on species diversity and filtration rates; Marine Environmental Research
Management of local stressors can improve the resilience of marine canopy algae to global stressors; PLoS ONE
Marine forests at risk: solutions to halt the loss and promote the recovery of Mediterranean canopy-forming seaweeds; 5th Mediterranean Symposium on Marine Vegetation
Marine pollution: emerging issues and challenges; Frontiers in Marine Science
Material type influences the abundance but not richness of colonising organisms on marine structures; Journal of Environmental Management
Modiolus Restoration Research Project: Final Report and Recommendations
Monitoring and assessing offshore/high energy production structures. A report from the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre
Nature-based coastal defence: developing the knowledge needed for wider implementation of living shorelines; Ecological Engineering
Optimizing the initial cultivation stages of kelp Ecklonia radiata for restoration; Restoration Ecology
Provision of refugia and seeding with native bivalves can enhance biodiversity on vertical seawalls; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Scale-dependent relationships between benthic habitat characteristics and abundances of blacklip abalone, Haliotis rubra (Leach); Marine and Freshwater Research
Sensors to quantify coastal scheme flood resistance and resilience; 2020 Coastal Engineering International Conference
Spatially variable effects of artificially created physical complexity on subtidal benthos; Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Spatio-temporal variability in the photosynthetic characteristics of Zostera tasmanica measured by PAM; Aquatic Botany
Status of vulnerable Cystoseira populations along the Italian infralittoral fringe, and relationships with environmental and anthropogenic variables; Marine Pollution Bulletin
Status, trends and drivers of kelp forests in Europe: an expert assessment; Biodiversity and Conservation
Sydney Harbour enhancing seawall sustainability
Sydney Harbour: beautiful, diverse, valuable and pressured; Regional Studies in Marine Science
Testing the efficacy of sea urchin exclusion methods for restoring kelp; Marine Environmental Research
The Australian guide to nature-based methods for reducing risk from coastal hazards
The effects of an invasive habitat modifier on the biotic interactions between two native herbivorous species and benthic habitat in a subtidal rocky reef ecosystem; Biological Invasions
The long-term impacts of fisheries on epifaunal assemblage function and structure, in a Special Area of Conservation; Journal of Sea Research
The potential of trait-based approaches to contribute to marine conservation; Marine Policy
The role of changing climate in driving the shift from perennial grasses to annual succulents in a Mediterranean saltmarsh; Journal of Ecology
The Storm Bay Observing System: Preliminary review of the sampling parameters and design for assessing the performance of salmon aquaculture
Urban blue: a global analysis of the factors shaping people's perceptions of the marine environment and ecological engineering in harbours; Science of The Total Environment

Research Projects

Assessing the role of restored and natural kelp forests in protecting against coastal erosion and ocean acidification; Australian Academy of Science (AASc)
Assessing the use of different benthic imagery techniques for monitoring the effects of organic pollution on deep reefs; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Kelp aquaculture scoping study; Blue Economy CRC Co (BECRC)
Kick-starting seagrass restoration in Tasmania; QBE Foundation (QBEF)
Monitoring and assessing offshore production structures; Blue Economy CRC Co (BECRC)
Environmental Offsets Feasibility Assessment for the Live-bearing Seastar Parvulastra vivipara at the Sorell Causeways
Planning for seaweed aquaculture in Tasmania: A preliminary evaluation of biophysical potential and co-location with existing aquaculture
Seastar captivity trial
Upscaling the restoration of endangered giant kelp forests in Tasmania

Research Candidate Supervision