Centre for Integrative Ecology
Deakin University, Burwood campus
221 Burwood Hwy, VIC 3125
Stella is a marine scientist with experience in reef ecosystem research, marine habitat restoration, commercial aquaculture, and environmental education. For Stella’s Masters thesis, she investigated the ecological implications of removing macroalgae from degraded coral reef ecosystems to assist coral recovery.
Prior to engaging in postgraduate study, Stella worked in marine science consulting, commercial land-based aquaculture of microalgae, and spent time gaining practical experience in coral husbandry and marine-based field work. Her areas of interest include habitat restoration, ecological modelling, citizen science, and more broadly, implementing scientific research to improve management of marine ecosystems.
Stella’s role as a research assistant with the Blue Carbon Lab involves supporting a feasibility study on seaweed aquaculture off the coast of Gippsland.
Ecosystem restoration, macroalgae, coral reefs, ecological modelling
Smith, H. A., Brown, D. A., Arjunwadkar, C. V., Fulton, S. E., Whitman, T., Hermanto, B., Mastroianni, E., Mattocks, N., Smith, A. K., Harrison, P. L., Bostrom-Einarsson, L., McLeod, I. M., Bourne, D. G. (2021). Removal of macroalgae from degraded reefs enhances coral recruitment. Restoration Ecology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13624