Sean Connell

Professor Sean Connell

Professor

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I research marine life and are looking to incorporate freshwater and terrestrial systems into my work. My students and I have inspired new policy & cleaner coasts through our discoveries, including this year's construction of 20 hectares of oyster reef.

I'm looking for students interested in biology (PhD, Honours & MSc students). All projects are possible. Those underway include climate change and restoration ecology. Students often snorkel & dive or use mesocosms & aquariums.

Add these ingredients; people, fun, adventure and data...

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Collecting data in exotic locations with strangers who are fun to work with.  For students, visit my personal website and supervision tab on this page.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2011 Professor University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2010 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    1999 - 2004 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    1997 - 1999 Lecturer University of Sydney
    1996 - 1997 Lecturer University of Tasmania (Australian Maritime College)
    1994 - 1996 Scientist The Ecology Laboratory
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2010 Fellowship ARC Future Fellowship
    2004 Fellowship ARC Queen Elizabeath II Fellowship Australia
    2003 Award J.G. Russell Award Australian Academy of Science
    2003 Award The Andrewartha Medal
    1992 Research Award Scholarship (PhD) - Australia University of Sydney
    1990 Award Scholarship (PhD) - New Zealand New Zealand University Grants Committee New Zealand
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Sydney Australia PhD
    University of Auckland New Zealand MSc (1st Class Honours)
    University of Canterbury New Zealand BSc
  • Research Interests

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   Me writing a grant @ in the middle of the Great Australian Bight.

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Grants with layperson titles:

  • ARC Discovery (2014-2016):  Ocean acidification propagates resource enrichment and its intensifying consumption in the web of life.
  • ARC Future Fellowship (2011-2013):  Global and local emissions boosts limiting resources for bottom-up global change.
  • ARC Linkage (2008 -2010): Managing global imprints with local activities to empower local managers.
  • ARC Linkage (2005-2007): Planning for coastal policy success by resolving land-to-sea linkages.
  • ARC Queen Elizabeth Fellowship II (2003-2005): Ecosystem decline in human-dominated landscapes.
  • ARC Discovery (2002-2005): Biogeography and ecology of southern kelp forests.
  • ARC Discovery (2000-2003): Experimental ecology of a subtidal rocky coast.

 

 

 

 

 

I teach the hard skills with love and passion.

1. Marine Biology.  I coordinate the BSc (Marine Biology).  We have taken students to China and East Timor on fully paid trips.

2. Statistics.  I coordinate the 3rd Year statistics course for biologists.  I receive unsolicited emails, such as "I just wanted to thank you for being a highly effective and thoughtful teacher during the first four weeks of RMEB III this semester.  I feel confident for the remainder of the course because of the way you presented the (relatively dry!) content and the way you listened to the students' needs"  (Student, 2017).

3. Writing.  Beautiful and nourishing reading comes from the effort we put into writing. Relative to maths, this one of the most under-valued skills in science.  Science writing is so dull and impenetrable that it sounds as if we are speaking in tongues.  Science communicators are employed to decode the babble.  I teach how to write clear and simple - the way to the truth - with a twist for a lively read.

 

 

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Plastics and the Seafood Industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nina Kantor Wootton
    2017 Co-Supervisor Applying Stable Isotope Analysis in the Marine Environment towards a better Understanding of Prey-predator Interactions between the Little Penguin and the Long-nosed Fur Seal Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sarah-Lena Reinhold
    2016 Co-Supervisor Climate Change Effects on Fishes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Almendra Rodriguez Dominguez
    2015 Co-Supervisor Climate change effects on fish behaviour: Habitat use, intraspecific interactions and maintenance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Camilo Moitinho Ferreira
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Ecological Responses to Ocean Acidification and Warming: Scaling up from Individuals to Communities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Silvan Goldenberg
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Living Costs of Ocean Acidification and Warming in Herbivorous Gastropods and their Adaptations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jonathan Leung
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Ecological Resistance and Buffers of Environmental Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Giulia Ghedini
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Sound Production and Reception in Marine Animals Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tullio Rossi
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Early life behaviour & sensory ecology of predatory fish under climate change and ocean acidification Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jennifer Chryseis Alcestis Pistevos
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Changing Consumer Strength in a Changing Climate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Nicole Lee Mertens
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Stability and Recovery of Coastal Ecosystems to Local and Global Resource Enhancement Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Chloe McSkimming
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Reconstructing Ecological Baselines: Toward Improved Management in Aquatic Ecosystems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Heidi Alleway
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor SEAGRASS ECOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY IN A LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENT Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Owen Burnell
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Mediation of Global Change by Local Biotic and Abiotic Interactions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Laura Falkenberg
    2007 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Strength of Sea Urchin Herbivory and Condition from Biogeographic to Organismal Scales Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Juan Livore
    2007 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Stable Isotopes of Estuarine Fish: Experimental Validations and Ecological Investigations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Alexandra Bloomfield
    2005 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Disturbances That Influence Patterns of Benthic Assemblages Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Bethany Roberts
    2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Using Shell Morphology to Characterise Abalone Populations Across Multiple Spatial Scales Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thor Mayo Saunders
    2004 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Declining Water Quality as a Driver of Changes to Subtidal Communities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Gorman
    2002 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Reconstructing Environmental Histories of Fish from Otolith Chemistry; Experimental Validations and Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Travis Elsdon
    2002 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Regional and Local Patterns in Kelp Morphology and Benthic Assemblages Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Meegan Fowler-Walker
    2002 - 2005 Co-Supervisor The Ecology of Subtidal Turfs in Southern Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Bayden Russell
    2001 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Patterns and Responses of Benthos to Habitat Heterogeneity in Algal Forests of Australasia and Antarctica Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Andrew Irving
    2001 - 2004 Principal Supervisor CONSEQUENCES OF DISTURBANCE FOR SUBTIDAL FLORAL AND FAUNAL DIVERSITY Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Paris Goodsell
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Habitat Enhancement Working Group Primary Industries South Australia Australia
    2014 - 2016 Member International Temperate Reefs Symposium (Plymouth, UK) Plymouth University United Kingdom
    2008 - 2016 Chair International Temperate Reefs Sympoium (Adelaide)
    2002 - 2014 Advisory Board Member Scientific Working Group Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Australia
    2001 - 2008 Board Member Wildlife Advsory Group Department of Environment and Hertiage Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2013 - ongoing Member The Environment Institute Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2006 - 2012 Department of Agriculture Great Australian Bight Fishery Australia
    1994 - 1996 The Ecology Lab Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2010 - 2013 Associate Editor Aquatic Biology
    2004 - ongoing Associate Editor Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters
  • Industry Partnerships

    Date Engagement Type Partner Name
    2013 - ongoing Consultant SA Water
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83136125
  • Email: sean.connell@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4364
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 1
  • Room: 1 17
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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