We study the emergent traits of photosynthetic algae in different environments. Research in the COAST lab at UTS:C3 is motivated by a fundamental interest in how photosynthetic organisms respond to natural and human-induced changes in their environment. Using cutting-edge approaches, our goal is to improve the way we can manage and benefit from the primary producers that underpin aquatic ecosystems.
Martina Doblin - Team leader
Phoebe Argyle - Research Associate
Michaela Larsson - Postdoctoral Research Associate
Bernhard Tschitschko - Research Associate
Justin Seymour - Team Leader Ocean Microbes and Healthy Oceans
Shauna Murray - Team Leader Seafood Safety: Marine Algal Biotoxins
Katherina Petrou - School of Life Sciences
Peter Ralph - C3 Director
Giselle Firme - PhD candidate - Plasticity of phytoplankton in a changing ocean and implications for primary productivity in Eastern Australian waters
Peta Vine – PhD candidate - Evolution of phytoplankton functional traits under different types of environmental variability
Matthias Windhagauer – PhD candidate - Optimising diatom metabolism for bioplastic production
Dr Leonardo Laiolo - CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Dr Jason Everett - postdoctoral research Fellow UNSW
Dr Olivier Laczka - Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Allison McInnes - ARC Research Fellow
Dr Virginie van Dongen-Vogels - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Marco Alvarez (PhD) - Influence of phytoplankton cell size on biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen.
Kirralee G. Baker (PhD) - The direct implications of warming on the phenotype and underlying functional traits of marine phytoplankton https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/90058
Jennifer S. Clark (PhD) - Assessing the vulnerability of a habitat forming macroalga to climate warming: roles of physiology, ecology and evolutionary processes in determining resilience https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/116764
Ying Hong (PhD) - The role of zooplankton in cyanobacteria bloom development in Australian reservoirs https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/23487
Louisa Norman (PhD) - The role of natural organic ligands in transformations of iron chemistry in seawater and their effect on the bioavailability of iron to marine phytoplankton https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/38383
Michaela E. Larsson (PhD) – Understanding the ecological niche of toxin producing dinoflagellates
- Increasing participation in ocean science through data visualisation. Citizen Science Grants (2017-2020)
- Incorporating new knowledge of phytoplankton diversity and nutrient utilisation into an ocean-climate model to improve forecasts of ocean function. ARC Discovery DP140101340 (2014 – 2016).
- Marine and Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster: Pelagic community metabolism. CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund: (2013 – 2015).
- A transportable containerised laboratory for rapid cell sorting and high-resolution bioimaging of living aquatic microbes in field locations. ARC Large Infrastructure and Equipment Fund LE130100019 (2013 – 2014). Micro CSI
- Experimental evolution in zooxanthellae (Symbiodinium spp.) and its value in assisted adaptation of corals to temperature increases. Great Barrier Reef Foundation (2012 – 2014).
Current student opportunities
Professional Links and Collaborations
Integrated Marine Observing System (opens an external site)
Marine National Facility (opens an external site)
CSIRO Land and Water - Environmental Earth Observation Group (opens an external site)
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research - Wealth from Oceans Flagship (opens an external site)
Living Data (opens an external site)
BD Biosciences Influx mariner rapid cell sorter and cytometer
GE InCell 2000 high content analyser (bioimager)
Sydney Institute of Marine Science - Dr Martina Doblin IMOS excerpt
Coastal Oceanography and Algal Research
UTS C3 researcher Martina Doblin discusses importance of Australian coastal marine ecosystems and the portable micro lab technology she uses to look at live microscopic cells right close to the ocean to better understand how they're functioning.