Current members

Professor Thomas Wernberg (Wise guy). A little bit about everything.


Karen Filbee-Dexter.jpgDr Karen Filbee-Dexter (ARC DECRA Fellow). Kelp ecology. Arctic. Blue carbon. Sea urchins.


George WoodDr Georgina Wood (postdoc). Restoration ecology and genomics.


Albert Pessarrodona seaweed boyDr Albert Pessarrodona (postdoc). Seaweeds and blue carbon ecology.


Dr Mirjam van der Mheen (postdoc). Coastal oceanography and the transport of propagules and detritus. Starting July 2022.

Dr Sam Starko (Forrest Fellow). Kelp ecology and transcriptomics. Starting November 2022.

Mason SullivanMason Sullivan (Lab coordinator). MacGyver.


Dani Bandt (Administrative Assistant).

Scytothalia recruitNahlah Alsuwaiyan (PhD). Seaweed reproduction in a warming ocean.


Sofie VrankenSofie Vranken (PhD). Genetic patterns of Australian seaweed forests in changing environments.


Defne SahinDefne Sahin (PhD). Environmental and ecological drivers of performance and distribution of high latitude corals.


AntoineMinneAntoine Minne (PhD). Kelp genomics and climate change.


Celina Burkholz Celina Burkholz (PhD). Intraspecific variation in seaweed stress tolerance and performance thresholds.


Jane Edgeloe (PhD). Population genomics and ecological response to climatic-stressors in a habitat-forming foundation seaweed species.


Taylor Simpkins with Dropcam AlbanyTaylor Simpkins (PhD). Blue carbon sequestration from Australian kelp forests.


JurgenJürgen Valckenaere (PhD). Future-proofing marine restoration and greening grey infrastructure.


Luka Wright (PhD) Microbial remineralisation of kelp detritus.

Océane Attlan (PhD) Started August 2022.

Grace Edwards (PhD) Started August 2022.

Meg Proctor (Masters). Growth of high latitude corals under different environmental conditions.