A/Prof. Anthony Boxshall

Research interests

Marine ecology, coastal climate adaptation, pollution impact and management, and environmental sciences

  • Integrating environmental research into practice in Government
  • Pollution Impacts and Management (plastics, faecal matter, PFAS and other pollutants)
  • Marine and Coastal adaptation to climate change
  • Ecological engineering and habitat restoration
  • Citizen science
  • Science Communication

Dr Paolin Rocio Cáceres Vélez

Research interests

Therapies and genetics underlying neuronal cell health

  • Australian botanical compounds to treat visual disorders
  • Mechanisms of gene modulation
  • Mitochondria-targeted antioxidant therapies
  • Preclinical tests using zebrafish as a model

Dr Lara Grollo

Research interests

Innovation and Impact in BioSciences Education

Lara Grollo is currently a Bioscience Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Lara holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD from the University of Melbourne, and her PhD thesis was titled "Design and development of synthetic vaccine constructs and delivery systems". Her research interests include enterovirus vaccine design and antiviral discovery;dengue fever virus vaccine design and antiviral discovery;and influenza virus antiviral discovery. Lara has recently completed a master's degree in education and is pursuing research in tertiary education within the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Lara is now a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • improving conceptual understanding of biological concepts
  • supporting scientific skill development
  • improving online learning
  • improving assessment design

Dr John Morrongiello

Research interests

Marine and freshwater ecology and evolution

We are a group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists working in marine and freshwater systems investigating how animals respond to environmental change on contemporary and evolutionary time scales. We are keenly interested in the impacts of, and adaptations to, fishery activity, natural and human-induced flow variability, and environmental change. We ask questions at different levels of biological organisation, ranging from individuals (e.g. growth and behaviour) to assemblages (e.g. diversity and fishery productivity), using field-based and experimental techniques.

  • Climate change impact and adaptation
  • Evolutionary and behavioural ecology
  • Sustainable fisheries
  • fishig iduced evolution
  • River regulation and habitat restoration
  • Life histories

Dr Allyson O'Brien

Research interests

Innovation and Impact in BioSciences Education

  • improving conceptual understanding of biological concepts
  • supporting scientific skill development
  • improving online learning
  • improving assessment design

A/Prof. Ben Phillips

Research interests

Population biology

My group works on evolution, ecology, and how spatial processes influence evolution. We have broad theoretical interests, but tend to work on empirical systems with applied value, including invasive species, parasites, pathogens, and species of conservation concern.

  • Invasive species
  • Population biology
  • Quantitative ecology
  • Statistical modelling
  • Simulation modelling

Dr Gerard Tarulli

Research interests

Reproductive and developmental biology

My research investigates the role of sex steroid hormones (estrogen, progesterone and androgen) in the development of reproductive organs, and how these hormones are disrupted by chemicals in our everyday environment. I am also part of a team developing genetic engineering techniques as a conservation tool for Australian marsupials.

  • Reproduction and development
  • Steroid Biology
  • Biomedical models of disease
  • Sexual differentiation
  • Molecular, cellular and hormonal regulation of tissue development
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Genetic engineering

Research projects

  • Ecological impacts of microplastics in Port Phillip Bay. This project will involve collecting field data on microplastic fibres and running laboratory experiments to test if they accumulate in fish and invertebrates. (with Dr Allyson O'Brien and Prof. Mick Keough)
  • Assessing the social acceptance of using nature-based coastal defence structures in Victoria (with Dr Beth Strain).
  • I am interested in co-supervision for other MSc projects that have a demonstrable potential impact into policy, management, planning or regulation. My involvement will be focused on the integration of research outcomes into Government practice.
  • Building scientific skills in Biosciences students
  • Improving conceptual understanding of biological concepts
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of online learning activities
  • Relationships between predator activity, predator density and Malleefowl breeding activity
  • Identifying optimal approaches for plant abundance estimation
  • Building scientific skills in Biosciences students
  • Improving conceptual understanding of biological concepts
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of online learning activities
  • Making the world's first genetically engineered Australian marsupial
  • Developing new tests to assess the impact of environmental chemicals
  • Fishing and climate change impacts on fish growth
  • Assessing the impacts of selective harvest on behaviour, growth and metabolism in fish
  • Developing an effective method for introducing genes into an eastern barred bandicoot population
  • Hopping over barriers;estimating the risk of cane toads breaching containment efforts
  • The distribution and dynamics of Toxoplasmosis in Australia
  • Modelling the eradication of cats on Kangaroo Island
  • Gene drives for population supression

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