Some of the research activities in progress or recently conducted at MBRS are listed below. This page will be updated regularly so if your work is not listed, please send your information to science.stations@uq.edu.au so it can be added.
  • 2016

    Richard Barnes, Cambridge University; Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    • The nature of the transitions in faunal assemblages across seagrass : mangrove and seagrass : sandflat boundaries – ongoing since 2012

    Susan Bengston-Nash Griffith University 

    • Perfluorinated compounds in the South Pacific and Southern Ocean

    Mike Bennett, School of Biomedical Sciences; Scarla Weeks, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management; Anthony Richardson, School of Mathematics & Physics/CSIRO; Kathy Townsend, Moreton Bay Research Station; The University of Queensland

    • Project Manta - population dynamics and habitat usage – ongoing since 2007

    Carmen da Silva, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Short term solutions to climate change - acclimation and plasticity in Bathygobius cocosensis

    Arnault Gauthier, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Phenotypic plasticity of teleost ampullary organs in the Salmontail catfish, Neoarius graeffei

    Liz Hawkins, Dolphin Research Australia

    • Urban waterways and coastal dolphins: Health and status of Australian humpback dolphins in Moreton Bay, Queensland 

    Daniel Huston, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Life cycles of trematodes of Moreton Bay: identifying gastropod first intermediate hosts

    Janet Lanyon, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Biology and ecology of large marine vertebrates; Population ecology of dugongs, marine turtles and leopard sharks – ongoing since 1999

    Fletcher Mingramm, School of Veterinary Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Multi-matrix endocrine analysis of cetaceans: Development and examination of tools for adrenal function and reproductive assessment

    Jessica Nelms, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Seahorses and pipefish lose critical seagrass habitat to killer algae

    Michael Salter, University of Exeter

    • Production and fate of carbonate sediments in shallow marine settings of tropical and sub-tropical regions

    Joshua Thia, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Dispersal, connectivity, and local habitat partitioning in Cocos frill goby (Bathygobius cocosensis), an intertidal fish

    Nicholas Wee, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Identifying the number of species of Proctoeces trematodes in fishes in Moreton Bay

    Richard Zimmer and Cheryl Ann Zimmer, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California

    • Animal-sediment interactions, optimal foraging, and biogeochemical cycling on sandy beaches – ongoing since 2012
  • 2015

    Richard Barnes, Cambridge University; Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    • The nature of the transitions in faunal assemblages across seagrass : mangrove and seagrass : sandflat boundaries – ongoing since 2012

    Susan Bengston-Nash Griffith University 

    • Perfluorinated compounds in the South Pacific and Southern Ocean

    Mike Bennett, School of Biomedical Sciences; Scarla Weeks, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management; Anthony Richardson, School of Mathematics & Physics/CSIRO; Kathy Townsend, Moreton Bay Research Station; The University of Queensland

    • Project Manta - population dynamics and habitat usage – ongoing since 2007

    Dana Burfeind, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Recovery of habitat and ecosystem services following the installation of Environmentally Friendly Moorings

    Catherine Collier, James Cook University

    • Understanding the environmental requirements for maintaining healthy seagrass meadows

    Liz Hawkins, Dolphin Research Australia

    • Urban waterways and coastal dolphins: Health and status of Australian humpback dolphins in Moreton Bay, Queensland

    Chris Henderson, Griffith University

    • How effective are Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) at protecting mobile predatory fish species?

    Amber Jesse, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Microbial fermentation in the hindgut of dugongs: the effects of seagrass species (fibre level), mastication (particle size ) and gut retention time on fibre digestibility

    Sandra Kirkwood, The University of Newcastle

    • What is the music history of North Stradbroke Island and how does it impact on the musical development of Indigenous and other Australian children?

    Janet Lanyon, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Biology and ecology of large marine vertebrates; Population ecology of dugongs, marine turtles and leopard sharks – ongoing since 1999

    Geoff Nette, Independent Marine Bio-Chemistry Research Pty Ltd.

    • Marine invertebrate bio-chemistry

    Stuart Phinn and Chris Roelfsema, Centre for Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Science, The University of Queensland

    • Mapping the composition and dynamics of Moreton Bay from satellite images – annually since 2000

    Alice Rotini, The University of Rome

    • Effectiveness of integrated approaches for seagrass monitoring

    Michael Salter, University of Exeter

    • Production and fate of carbonate sediments in shallow marine settings of tropical and sub-tropical regions

    Joshua Thia, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

     

    • Dispersal, connectivity, and local habitat partitioning in Cocos frill goby (Bathygobius cocosensis), an intertidal fish
       
    Richard Zimmer and Cheryl Ann Zimmer, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California
    • Animal-sediment interactions, optimal foraging, and biogeochemical cycling on sandy beaches – ongoing since 2012 

  • 2014

    Richard Barnes, Cambridge University; Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    • The nature of the transitions in faunal assemblages across seagrass : mangrove and seagrass : sandflat boundaries – ongoing since 2012

    Mike Bennett, School of Biomedical Sciences; Scarla Weeks, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management; Anthony Richardson, School of Mathematics & Physics/CSIRO; Kathy Townsend, School of Biological Sciences; The University of Queensland

    • Project Manta - population dynamics and habitat usage – ongoing since 2007

    Cecil Dang, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Impact of diseases on the population dynamics of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata – Perkinsus infections in bivalve molluscs from Moreton Bay – ongoing since 2012

    • Heavy rainfall consequences on Sydney rock oyster health in Moreton Bay – ongoing since 2012

    Ben Gilby, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

    • The ecology and distribution of Moreton Bay's deepwater algal reefs – ongoing since 2012

    Peter Hannington, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland

    • Benthic oxygen dynamics and carbon cycling in estuaries: links between toxic cyanobacterial blooms and ecosystem function

    Matt Hayes, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Carbon sequestration in mangroves

    Martin How, Hanne Thoen, Mickey Pascoe and Justin Marshall, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

    • Colour and polarisation vision in mantis shrimps (Stomatopoda) – ongoing since 2012

    Janet Lanyon, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Biology and ecology of large marine vertebrates; Population ecology of dugongs, marine turtles and leopard sharks – ongoing since 1999

    Clive McAlpine, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland

    • Landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation and climate change

    Geoff Nette, Independent Marine Bio-Chemistry Research Pty Ltd.

    • Marine invertebrate bio-chemistry

    Stuart Phinn and Chris Roelfsema, Centre for Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Science, The University of Queensland

    • Mapping the composition and dynamics of Moreton Bay from satellite images – annually since 2000

    Qamar Schuyler, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Turtles in Trouble: Assessing the impacts of marine debris on sea turtles in Australia

    Nina Welti, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

    • Estimating groundwater recharge and residence time in a large sand-island aquifer system 

    Wen-Sung Chung, Kate Smith, Martin How and Justin Marshall, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

    • Cephalopod visual ecology – ongoing since 2012

    Richard Zimmer and Cheryl Ann Zimmer,Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California

    • Animal-sediment interactions, optimal foraging, and biogeochemical cycling on sandy beaches – ongoing since 2012 

  • 2013

    Richard Barnes, Cambridge University; Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    • The nature of the transitions in faunal assemblages across seagrass : mangrove and seagrass : sandflat boundaries – ongoing since 2012

    Mike Bennett, School of Biomedical Sciences; Scarla Weeks, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management; Anthony Richardson, School of Mathematics & Physics/CSIRO; Kathy Townsend, School of Biological Sciences; The University of Queensland

    • Project Manta - population dynamics and habitat usage – ongoing since 2007

    Cecil Dang, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Impact of diseases on the population dynamics of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata – Perkinsus infections in bivalve molluscs from Moreton Bay – ongoing since 2012

    • Heavy rainfall consequences on Sydney rock oyster health in Moreton Bay – ongoing since 2012

    Ben Gilby, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

    • The ecology and distribution of Moreton Bay's deepwater algal reefs – ongoing since 2012

    Peter Hannington, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland

    • Benthic oxygen dynamics and carbon cycling in estuaries: links between toxic cyanobacterial blooms and ecosystem function

    Matt Hayes, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Carbon sequestration in mangroves

    Martin How, Hanne Thoen, Mickey Pascoe and Justin Marshall, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

    • Colour and polarisation vision in mantis shrimps (Stomatopoda) – ongoing since 2012

    Janet Lanyon, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Biology and ecology of large marine vertebrates; Population ecology of dugongs, marine turtles and leopard sharks – ongoing since 1999

    Clive McAlpine, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland

    • Landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation and climate change

    Geoff Nette, Independent Marine Bio-Chemistry Research Pty Ltd.

    • Marine invertebrate bio-chemistry

    Stuart Phinn and Chris Roelfsema, Centre for Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Science, The University of Queensland

    • Mapping the composition and dynamics of Moreton Bay from satellite images – annually since 2000

    Qamar Schuyler, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Turtles in Trouble: Assessing the impacts of marine debris on sea turtles in Australia

    Nina Welti, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

    • Estimating groundwater recharge and residence time in a large sand-island aquifer system 

    Wen-Sung Chung, Kate Smith, Martin How and Justin Marshall, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

    • Cephalopod visual ecology – ongoing since 2012

    Richard Zimmer and Cheryl Ann Zimmer,Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California

    • Animal-sediment interactions, optimal foraging, and biogeochemical cycling on sandy beaches – ongoing since 2012 

  • 2012

    Richard Barnes, Cambridge University; Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    • The nature of the transitions in faunal assemblages across seagrass : mangrove and seagrass : sandflat boundaries

    Mike Bennett, School of Biomedical Sciences; Scarla Weeks, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management; Anthony Richardson, School of Mathematics & Physics/CSIRO; Kathy Townsend, School of Biological Sciences; The University of Queensland

    • Project Manta - population dynamics and habitat usage – ongoing since 2007

    Cecil Dang, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Impact of diseases on the population dynamics of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata – Perkinsus infections in bivalve molluscs from Moreton Bay
    • Heavy rainfall consequences on Sydney rock oyster health in Moreton Bay

    Ben Gilby, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

    • The ecology and distribution of Moreton Bay's deepwater algal reefs

    Martin How, Hanne Thoen, Mickey Pascoe and Justin Marshall, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

    • Colour and polarisation vision in mantis shrimps (Stomatopoda)

    Janet Lanyon, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Biology and ecology of large marine vertebrates; Population ecology of dugongs, marine turtles and leopard sharks – ongoing since 1999

    Geoff Nette, Independent Marine Bio-Chemistry Research Pty Ltd.

    • Marine invertebrate bio-chemistry

    Stuart Phinn and Chris Roelfsema, Centre for Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Science, The University of Queensland

    • Mapping the composition and dynamics of Moreton Bay from satellite images – annually since 2000

    Wen-Sung Chung, Kate Smith, Martin How and Justin Marshall, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

    • Cephalopod visual ecology

    Richard Zimmer, Cheryl Ann Zimmer, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California

    • Animal-sediment interactions, optimal foraging, and biogeochemical cycling on sandy beaches
  • 2011

    Richard Barnes, Cambridge University; Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    • Effect of shore height on the differential between macrobenthic assemblages of vegetated versus unvegetated areas of intertidal seagrass beds

    Tom Cribb, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Diversity and evolution of parasitic helminths in Australian animals

    Norm Duke, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Mangroves and tidal wetland ecosystems

    Simon Dunn, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • The regulation of Cnidarian - Dinoflagellate symbiosis (coral and sea anemone hosts and microalgal symbionts)

    Sean FitzGibbon & Bill Ellis, School of Biological Sciences and Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland

    • Understanding koala ecology and habitat rehabilitation on North Stradbroke Island

    Thomas Huelsken, Research fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Gene flow and population structure of sand-associated marine gastropods and their adaptation to habitats in the Great Barrier Reef and the Indo-West-Pacific.

    Janet Lanyon, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Biology and ecology of large marine vertebrates; Population ecology of dugongs, marine turtles and leopard sharks – ongoing since 1999

    Geoff Nette, Independent Marine Bio-Chemistry Research Pty Ltd

    • Marine invertebrate bio-chemistry

    Gillian Renshaw, Griffith University

    • Hypoxia & Ischemia Research

    Stuart Phinn and Chris Roelfsema Centre for Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Science, The University of Queensland

    • Maping the composition and dynamics of Moreton Bay from satellite images - annual since 2000

    Susan Theiss, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland

    • Electromagnetic field detection in elasmobranchs - ongoing since 2010

    Simon Walker

    • Links between foraging and roosting habitats of shore birds
  • 2010

    Ina Ansmann, The University of Queensland

    • Population structure of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiopsaduncus) in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia

    Richard Barnes, Cambridge University; Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    • Spatial variation in abundance, diversity, species composition and assemblage structure in seagrass benthic invertebrate faunas

    Martin How and Justin Marshall, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

    • Colour and polarisation vision in stomatopod crustaceans

    Yi-Hsin Lee, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan with Martin How and Justin Marshall, The University of Queensland

    • Dynamic patterns in the cuttlefish Sepia plangon

    Cath Lovelock, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • Mangrove and marsh response to sea level rise and the effect on carbon sequestration potential

    James McCarthy, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, The University of Queensland

    • Developing better malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) using a shark IgNAR library against malaria antigens

    Cecile Pochon, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

    • The Impact of biodiesel on mangrove meiofauna

    Shelby Temple, Ecology of Vision Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

    • Examining the limits of polarization vision in cephalopods.