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Researcher: Ratnarajah, L (Miss Lavenia Ratnarajah)

Fields of Research

Freshwater Ecology
Biological Sciences
Biological Oceanography
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Behavioural Ecology
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Chemical Oceanography

Research Objectives

Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
Climate and Climate Change

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A global experiment suggests climate warming will not accelerate litter decomposition in streams but might reduce carbon sequestration; Ecology Letters
A preliminary model of iron fertilisation by baleen whales and Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean: sensitivity of primary productivity estimates to parameter uncertainty; Ecological Modelling
Biotic and abiotic variables influencing plant litter breakdown in streams: A global study; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Bottoms up
Bottoms up: how whale poop helps feed the ocean
Effects of exotic riparian vegetation on leaf breakdown by shredders: a tropical-temperate comparison; Freshwater Science
Nutrient cycling: are Antarctic krill a previously overlooked source in the marine iron cycle?; Current Biology
Shredders in Malaysia: abundance and richness are higher in cool upland tropical streams; Journal of the North American Benthological Society
The Biogeochemical Role of Baleen Whales and Krill in Southern Ocean Nutrient Cycling; PLoS ONE
The effects of leaf toughness on feeding preference by two Tasmanian shredders; Hydrobiologia: The International Journal on Limnology and Marine Sciences
Understanding the variability in the iron concentration of Antarctic krill; Limnology and Oceanography
Whale poo creates healthier oceans
Whale poo vital to Southern Ocean health according to UTAS researcher

Research Projects

Research Candidate Supervision