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Researcher: Strain, EMA (Dr Beth Strain)

Fields of Research

Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Conservation and biodiversity
Urban geography
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Phycology (incl. marine grasses)
Environmental rehabilitation and restoration
Aquaculture
Environmentally sustainable engineering
Palaeoecology
Environmental management
Ecosystem function
Pollution and contamination

Research Objectives

Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Marine biodiversity
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Other environmental management
Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
Aquaculture crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns)
Terrestrial biodiversity
Understanding climate change
Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna)
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments

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
Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs; Bioscience
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
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
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-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
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
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
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
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: beautiful, diverse, valuable and pressured; Regional Studies in Marine Science
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
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)
Kelp aquaculture scoping study; Blue Economy CRC Co (BECRC)
Monitoring and assessing offshore production structures; Blue Economy CRC Co (BECRC)

Research Candidate Supervision