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Researcher: Clarke, L (Dr Laurence Clarke)

Fields of Research

Genetics
Microbial ecology
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Conservation and biodiversity
Terrestrial ecology
Ecological physiology
Occupational and workplace health and safety
Fisheries management
Plant physiology
Forensic biology
Genomics
Biogeography and phylogeography
Urban and regional planning
Pollution and contamination

Research Objectives

Terrestrial biodiversity
Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Wild caught crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns)
Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Public health (excl. specific population health)
Fresh, ground and surface water biodiversity
Marine biodiversity
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Other environmental management
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Air quality

Career Best Publications

A globally distributed Syndiniales parasite dominates the Southern Ocean micro-eukaryote community near the sea-ice edge; ISME Journal
Antarctic krill are reservoirs for distinct Southern Ocean microbial communities; Frontiers in Microbiology
Comparison of environmental DNA metabarcoding and conventional fish survey methods in a river system; Biological Conservation
Counting with DNA in metabarcoding studies: how should we convert sequence reads to dietary data?; Molecular Ecology
Environmental metabarcodes for insects: in silico PCR reveals potential for taxonomic bias; Molecular Ecology Resources
Rapid change in East Antarctic terrestrial vegetation in response to regional drying; Nature Climate Change

Research Publications

A globally distributed Syndiniales parasite dominates the Southern Ocean micro-eukaryote community near the sea-ice edge; ISME Journal
A practical guide to DNA metabarcoding for entomological ecologists; Ecological Entomology
A primer to metabarcoding surveys of Antarctic terrestrial biodiversity; Antarctic Science
Age-related environmental gradients influence invertebrate distribution in the Prince Charles Mountains, East Antarctica; Royal Society Open Science
Antarctic eukaryotic soil diversity of the Prince Charles Mountains revealed by high-throughput sequencing; Soil Biology and Biochemistry
Antarctic krill are reservoirs for distinct Southern Ocean microbial communities; Frontiers in Microbiology
Bacterial epibiont communities of panmictic Antarctic krill are spatially structured; Molecular Ecology
Capturing open ocean biodiversity: comparing environmental DNA metabarcoding to the continuous plankton recorder; Molecular Ecology
Cell wall-bound ultraviolet-screening compounds explain the high ultraviolet tolerance of the Antarctic moss, Ceratodon purpureus; New Phytologist
Comparison of environmental DNA metabarcoding and conventional fish survey methods in a river system; Biological Conservation
Counting with DNA in metabarcoding studies: how should we convert sequence reads to dietary data?; Molecular Ecology
Cutting grass on desert islands: genetic structure of disjunct coastal and central Australian populations of Gahnia trifida (Cyperaceae); Journal of Biogeography
DNA metabarcoding captures subtle differences in forest beetle communities following disturbance; Restoration Ecology
DNA-based diet analysis of mesopelagic fish from the southern Kerguelen Axis; Deep-Sea Research Part II
Effect of marker choice and thermal cycling protocol on zooplankton DNA metabarcoding studies; Ecology and Evolution
Environmental metabarcodes for insects: in silico PCR reveals potential for taxonomic bias; Molecular Ecology Resources
Eukaryote plankton assemblages in the southern Kerguelen Axis region: ecological drivers differ between size fractions; Deep-Sea Research Part II
Flora of the GAB springs: ecology of GAB vegetation; Allocating Water and Maintaining Springs in the Great Artesian Basin, Volume V: Groundwater-dependent Ecosystems of the Western Great Artesian Basin
Genetic monitoring of open ocean biodiversity: an evaluation of DNA metabarcoding for processing continuous plankton recorder samples; Molecular Ecology Resources
Genetic structure of East Antarctic populations of the moss Ceratodon purpureus; Antarctic Science
Ground-truthing phylotype assignments for Antarctic invertebrates; DNA Barcodes
Growth responses of Baumea juncea (Cyperaceae) plants from inland artesian spring and coastal habitats to salinity and waterlogging treatments; Australian Journal of Botany
Isolation of microsatellites from Baumea juncea (Cyperaceae); Conservation Genetics Resources
Kerguelen Axis 2015-16: Marine science activities in support of research and observing of marine ecosystems in the vicinity of the Kerguelen Axis during 2015-16 austral summer
Mainstreaming microbes across biomes; Bioscience
Microsatellite markers for the freshwater shrimp Paratya australiensis (Atyidae); Conservation Genetics Resources
Modular tagging of amplicons using a single PCR for high-throughput sequencing; Molecular Ecology Resources
Radiocarbon bomb spike reveals biological effects of Antarctic climate change; Global Change Biology
Rapid change in East Antarctic terrestrial vegetation in response to regional drying; Nature Climate Change
Reintroduction of locally extinct vertebrates impacts arid soil fungal communities; Molecular Ecology
Residual soil DNA extraction increases the discriminatory power between samples; Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Significant population genetic structure detected for a new and highly restricted species of Atriplex (Chenopodiaceae) from Western Australia, and implications for conservation management; Australian Journal of Botany
Somatic mutation and the Antarctic ozone hole; Journal of Ecology
Spatial structure of marine host-associated microbiomes: effect of taxonomy, species traits, and study design; Frontiers in Marine Science
The potential for deep groundwater use by Acacia papyrocarpa (Western myall) in a water‐limited environment; Ecohydrology
Urbanisation reduces the abundance and diversity of airborne microbes - but what does that mean for our health? A systematic review; Science of The Total Environment
What can DNA in fish stomachs can tell us about the Southern Ocean?; The Kerguelen Plateau: marine ecosystem and fisheries

Research Projects

Antarctic krill microbiomes as markers of population connectivity and migration; Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF)
Anthropogenic impacts on environmental microbiomes; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Healthy Future Environments and People; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Microbiomes in Tasmania: questions, collaboration and connection with industry; University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Research Candidate Supervision