PhD students

NameYear completedThesis title

Shahadat Hossain

1997 Hydrology and suspended sediment transport in the Richmond River Catchment and Estuary, NSW Australia

Lester McKee

1999 Hydrology, water quality, nitrogen and phosphorus transport, and mass budgets for the sub-tropical Richmond River Catchment-Estuary system, Australia

Angus Ferguson

2002 Nutrient cycling in shallow sub-tropical estuaries, New South Wales, Australia

Jennita Gay

2002 Pelagic and benthic metabolism in three subtropical Australian estuaries

Arthur Webb

2003 The effects of natural populations of epi and infauna on the biogeochemistry of shallow and intertidal estuarine sediments in subtropical eastern Australia

Perran Cook (UMel)

2003 Carbon and nitrogen cycling on intertidal mudflats in a temperate Australian estuary

Peter Davies

2004 The study of coastal ecosystems using satellite imagery

Brendan Logan 

 2011 Applying paleolimnological techniques to sub-tropical east Australian estuaries 

Jo Banks (UMel)

2011 Exploring the links between nutrient cycling, macrofauna and environmental influences in estuarine sediments

Damien Maher (Chancellor's Medal)

2012 Carbon cycling in south-east Australian estuaries

Elisabeth Deschaseaux

2014 Dimethylated sulphur compounds in Acropora corals : antioxidant response and implications for climate regulation

Tyler Cyronak (Chancellor's Medal)

2014 The changing carbonate chemistry of coral reefs

Douglas Tait

2015 Nutrient transport, modification and fate in a carbonate sand coral reef lagoon

Daniel Harrison (USyd)

2016 Nutrient cycling in Sydney Harbour

Hilton Swan

2017 Investigations of dimethylsulfide biogeochemistry relevant to the CLAW hypothesis at Heron Island, southern Great Barrier Reef

Philip Riekenberg

2017 The transformation and fate of microphytobenthos carbon and nitrogen within subtropical intertidal sediments

Rachel Murray (Chancellor's Medal)

2017 N2O cycling in tropical mangrove-dominated estuaries: Insights from continuous, real-time N2O measurements and isotopomer analysis

Judith Rosentreter

2017 CO2 and CH4 emissions from mangrove dominated estuaries and tidal creeks

Edwina Tanner (USyd)


CO2 fluxes and carbon budget for Sydney Harbour

Natasha Gafar


Understanding and predicting coccolithophorid calcification in a changing ocean

Natasha Carlson Perret 2019 N-fixation and denitrification in seagrasses
Laura Stoltenberg 2020 Coral reef sediment dissolution in a changing ocean; insights from a temporal field study
Coulson Lantz 2020 The Impact of Anthropogenic Stressors on Coral Reef Carbonate Sediment Metabolism and Dissolution
Victoria Hrebien 2021 Isoprene emissions from coastal benthic habitats
Michelle Simone 2021 Using stable isotope tracers to determine the impact of climate-related stressors on carbon and nitrogen cycling
Nicola Camillini 2021 Carbon and nitrogen cycling in seagrass ecosystems
Jian-Chih Chan (Kenji) 2021 Nitrogen cycling in subtropical estuarine sediments
Sorcha- Cronin-O’Reily (Murdoch) 2021 Benthic community structure, health and function of a microtidal estuary in south-western Australia
Roisin McCallum (ECU) 2021 Using stable isotopes to trace carbon sources in a small mediterranean estuary
Jacob Yeo 2022 Unravelling the drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in Australian estuaries

Anita Perkins

2022 Degradation and remineralization of detritus from macroalga (Ecklonia radiata) and the potential role of fungi


NameYear completedCurrent position
Angus Ferguson   Senior Scientist, Department of Environment and Climate Change
Arthur Webb   Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Wollongong's Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS); private consultant
Geoff Kerr   Retired
Sergio Halpern 2014 Scientist, Seabin
Perrine Mangion 2014 Research and Development Engineer at Hydrô Réunion
Tyler Cyronak 2014 Post-doctoral Fellow, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Philip Riekenberg 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Isaac Santos 2011 Professor, NMSC
Damien Maher   Associate Professor, SCGS
Christian Sanders   Senior Lecturer, NMSC
Brendan Kelaher   Professor, NMSC
Symon Dworjanyn   Associate Professor, NMSC
Douglas Tait   Senior Lecturer, SCGS
Naomi Wells 2021

Lecturer, Lincoln University New Zealand

Hanieh Farid 2021