ARC Research Associate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
My research revolves around improving our understanding of modern and ancient phytoplankton and their relationships with the environment - now, in the past and in the future. I maintain a broad, interdisciplinary background in marine science, biological oceanography, micropaleontology and marine and paleo-genomics. I am particularly passionate about ship work at high latitudes and exploring marine sediment records to investigate phytoplankton-environment relationships over geological timescales. The key to pursuing this research is my use of state-of-the-art molecular techniques, including the newest tools for the analysis of ancient DNA from the seafloor.
Currently, I am applying these novel ancient DNA techniques to reconstruct East and West Antarctic ecosystems. My focus is on two Antarctic regions that are highly sensitive to climate change, the East Antarctic Sabrina Coast and West Antarctic Iceberg Alley. I have been part of two Antarctic expeditions, the 2017 'Sabrina Seafloor Survey' on board the RV Investigator (IN2017_V01), and the 2019 IODP Exp. 382 'Iceberg Alley and Subantarctic Ice and Ocean Dynamics' on board the RV Joides Resolution, to collect sediment sample specifically for this research. To undertake this work, I have recently been awarded an ARC DECRA Fellowship 2021.
Further information on these expeditions can be found here:
Sabrina Seafloor Survey 2017: https://sites.google.com/site/sabrinaseafloorsurvey/home
IODP Exp. 382 2019: https://joidesresolution.org/expedition/382/
My personal Exp. 382 expedition blog can be found here: https://lindaarmbrecht.home.blog/
An overview about my research on marine sedimentary ancient DNA can be found in this short video, produced by Lee Stevens/IODP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j23I1Quv0nM
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
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Marine phytoplankton are globally important microorganisms that live in the ocean’s surface. When these tiny organisms die, they sink to the seafloor and over time build up complex layers in the ocean sediments. By extracting ancient DNA from such sediments, past phytoplankton communities can be reconstructed, providing information on past environmental conditions and climate. This novel knowledge about past marine community adaptation to previous regional and global warming periods helps inform predictions of future marine ecosystem resilience guiding management efforts of marine ecosystems during present-day climate change.
Study opportunities on all levels (Internships, Honours, Masters, PhD) are available with regard to the reconstruction of Antarctic phytoplankton communities and their responses to variations in climate. Sediment cores used for this research were collected off East and West Antarctica, and are dated to the Last Glacial Maximum (~20-25 kyr). This research is highly interdisciplinary, spanning across marine science, biological/palae-oceanography, and palaeo-genomics, and a good understanding in at least one of these disciplines is required. Study activities include, for example, marine field-work (topic-dependent), laboratory tasks, bioinformatics and data analysis.
International students should note that they must meet the requirements, and must apply for an International Scholarship). These scholarships are highly competitive and based on an excellent academic record. Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for admission (in relation to PhD or MSc study) prior to contacting us.
If you are interested to commence a degree or conduct an internship in this research area please contact , outlining your motivation and relevant research experience, including your CV, and, if applicable, your current transcript. Please also visit the website for further information about our research centre, and my personal website Paleoplanktonics.
Date Position Institution name 2020 Research Fellow Australian Center for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2018 - 2020 ARC Research Associate University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2018 - 2018 Australian Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS), Paris 2015 - 2017 MQMarine Research Centre Administrator Macquarie University, Sydney 2015 - 2017 Postdoc Macquarie University, Sydney
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Nomination 2020 South Australian Youg Tall Poppy Awards Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) Australia — 2020 Research Award Edith Dornwell Medal for Early Career Research Excellence University of Adelaide Australia 1000 2019 Invitation Speaker Internationl Conference on Paleoceanography 2019 (ICP13) University of New South Wales Australia 500 2019 Invitation Participation in IODP Expedition 382 - Iceberg Alley and Subantarctic Ice and Ocean Dynamics Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Consortium (ANZIC) Australia 337000 2017 Achievement Participant in RV Investigator voyage 'Sabrina Seafloor Survey, East Antarctica' IN2017_V01 Macquarie University Australia —
Language Competency English Can peer review French Can read German Can peer review Italian Can read Latin Can read
Date Institution name Country Title 2010 - 2014 Macquarie University, Sydney Australia PhD 2010 - 2008 University of Bremen, Bremen Germany MSc 2005 - 2008 University of Osnabrueck Germany BSc
Date Title Institution name Country 2018 Australia Awards - Endeavour Research Fellowship Australian Government Department of Education and Training — 2017 Antarctica Service Medal of the USA National Science Foundation, Arlington United States 2016 First Aid & First Aid in Remote Locations Surf Life Saving NSW — 2016 Approved Arrangements for Accredited Persons (Classes 1-8) Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources — 2016 Biosecurity Awareness Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources — 2007 VDTL Bronze European Committee of Professional Diving Instructors —
Year Citation 2020 Armbrecht, L., Herrando-Pérez, S., Eisenhofer, R., Hallegraeff, G. M., Bolch, C. J. S., & Cooper, A. (2020). An optimized method for the extraction of ancient eukaryote DNA from marine sediments. Molecular Ecology Resources, 20(4), 906-919.
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2020 Armbrecht, L. (2020). The Potential of Sedimentary Ancient DNA to Reconstruct Past Ocean Ecosystems. Oceanography, 33(2), 116-123.
2020 Pérez, L. F., Martos, Y. M., García, M., Weber, M. E., Raymo, M. E., Williams, T., . . . Zheng, X. (2020). Miocene to present oceanographic variability in the Scotia Sea and Antarctic ice sheets dynamics: Insight from revised seismic-stratigraphy following IODP Expedition 382. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 553, 116657.
2019 Falster, G., Armbrecht, L., & Missiaen, L. (2019). Under the Southern Cross: 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography. Past Global Changes Magazine, 27(2), 87.
2019 Armbrecht, L., Coolen, M., Lejzerowicz, F., George, S., Negandhi, K., Suzuki, Y., . . . Weyrich, L. (2019). Ancient DNA from marine sediments: precautions and considerations for seafloor coring, sample handling and data generation. Earth-Science Reviews, 196, 102887-1-102887-13.
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2019 Rontani, J., Smik, L., Belt, S., Vaultier, F., Armbrecht, L., Leventer, A., & Armand, L. (2019). Abiotic degradation of highly branched isoprenoid alkenes and other lipids in the water column off East Antarctica. Marine Chemistry, 210, 34-47.
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2018 Armand, L., O'Brien, P., Armbrecht, L., Barker, H., Caburlotto, A., Connell, T., . . . Young, A. (2018). Interactions of the Totten Glacier with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles (IN2017-V01): Post-survey report. ANU Open Research Library. 2018 Davies, C. H., Ajani, P., Armbrecht, L., Atkins, N., Baird, M. E., Beard, J., . . . Richardson, A. J. (2018). A database of chlorophyll a in Australian waters. Scientific Data, 5(1), 180018-1-180018-8.
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2018 Armbrecht, L., Lowe, V., Escutia, C., Iwai, M., McKay, R., & Armand, L. (2018). Variability in diatom and silicoflagellate assemblages during mid-Pliocene glacial-interglacial cycles determined in Hole U1361A of IODP Expedition 318, Antarctic Wilkes Land Margin. Marine Micropaleontology, 139, 28-41.
2017 Armbrecht, L. H., Eriksen, R., Leventer, A., & Armand, L. K. (2017). First observations of living sea-ice diatom agglomeration to tintinnid loricae in East Antarctica. Journal of Plankton Research, 39(5), 795-802.
2017 Davies, C. H., Coughlan, A., Hallegraeff, G., Ajani, P., Armbrecht, L., Atkins, N., . . . Richardson, A. J. (2017). Corrigendum: A database of marine phytoplankton abundance, biomass and species composition in Australian waters (Scientific Data (2016) 3 (160043) DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.43). Scientific Data, 4(1), 170042.
2016 Ajani, P. A., Armbrecht, L. H., Kersten, O., Kohli, G. S., & Murray, S. A. (2016). Diversity, temporal distribution and physiology of the centric diatom Leptocylindrus Cleve (Bacillariophyta) from a southern hemisphere upwelling system. Diatom Research, 31(4), 351-365.
2016 Davies, C. H., Coughlan, A., Hallegraeff, G., Ajani, P., Armbrecht, L., Atkins, N., . . . Richardson, A. J. (2016). A database of marine phytoplankton abundance, biomass and species composition in Australian waters. Scientific Data, 3(1), 160043:1-160043:9.
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2016 Davies, C. H., Coughlan, A., Hallegraeff, G., Ajani, P., Armbrecht, L., Atkins, N., . . . Richardson, A. J. (2016). Corrigendum: A database of marine phytoplankton abundance, biomass and species composition in Australian waters (Scientific Data (2016) 3 (160043) DOI: 10.1038/sdata201643)). Scientific Data, 3(1).
2015 Armbrecht, L., Wright, S., Petocz, P., & Armand, L. (2015). A new approach to testing the agreement of two phytoplankton quantification techniques: microscopy and CHEMTAX. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 13(8), 425-437.
2015 Armbrecht, L., Schaeffer, A., Roughan, M., & Armand, L. (2015). Interactions between seasonality and oceanic forcing drive the phytoplankton variability in the tropical-temperate transition zone (~30°S) of Eastern Australia. Journal of Marine Systems, 144, 92-106.
2015 Armbrecht, L., Thompson, P., Wright, S., Schaeffer, A., Roughan, M., Henderiks, J., & Armand, L. (2015). Comparison of the cross-shelf phytoplankton distribution of two oceanographically distinct regions off Australia. Journal of Marine Systems, 148, 26-38.
2015 Matschullat, J., Armbrecht, L., Bachor, H., Bremhorst, K., Christian, M., Kanajanabootra, S., . . . Zhang, Y. (2015). An Interhemispheric Perspective on Environment and Energy. International Journal of Performability Engineering, 11(6), 589-603. 2014 Armbrecht, L. H., Smetacek, V., Assmy, P., & Klaas, C. (2014). Cell death and aggregate formation in the giant diatom Coscinodiscus wailesii (Gran & Angst, 1931). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 452, 31-39.
2014 Armbrecht, L., Roughan, M., Rossi, V., Schaeffer, A., Davies, P., Waite, A., & Armand, L. (2014). Phytoplankton composition under contrasting oceanographic conditions: upwelling and downwelling (Eastern Australia). Continental Shelf Research, 75, 54-67.
— Weber, M. E., Raymo, M. E., Peck, V. L., & Williams, T. (n.d.). Expedition 382 Preliminary Report: Iceberg Alley and Subantarctic Ice and Ocean Dynamics.
— Armbrecht, L., Hallegraeff, G., Bolch, C. J. S., Woodward, C., & Cooper, A. (n.d.). Hybridisation capture allows DNA damage analysis of ancient marine eukaryotes.
Year Citation 2015 Armbrecht, L. A. (2015). Phytoplankton and oceanography of the Coffs Harbour region, Eastern Australia. (PhD Thesis, Macquarie University). 2010 Armbrecht, L. (2010). Cell death and aggregate formation in the giant diatom Coscinodiscus wailesii (Gran and Angst, 1931). (Master's Thesis, University of Bremen). 2008 Armbrecht, L. (2008). Spartina-invasion of a sandy shore: Sediment accretion and differential effects on associated macrobenthos. (Undergraduate Dissertation).
Armbrecht, L. H., 2021. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2021 (ARC DECRA) DE210100929 • Using ancient DNA to uncover climate change impacts in Antarctica’ • AUD$462,948
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2019 Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC), Post-Cruise Funding • ‘Subantarctic marine sedimentary ancient DNA: the influence of environmental variables on preservation and degradation (IODP Expedition 382)’ • AUD$19,60
Armbrecht, L. H., 2019 Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC), Post-Cruise Funding • ‘Subantarctic marine sedimentary ancient DNA: the influence of environmental variables on preservation and degradation (IODP Expedition 382)’ • AUD$19,600
Armbrecht, L. H. Past Global Changes (PAGES) Travel Grant for Early Career Researchers to speak at the International Conference on Paleoceanography 2019 (ICP13), Sydney, September 2019 • AUD$500
- Johan Etourneau, Carlota Escutia, Andrés Rigual-Hernández, Leanne Armand, Linda Armbrecht, Ruth Eriksen, Xavier Crosta, Rahul Mohan, Minoru Ikehara, Naohiko Ohkouchi, Guiseppe Cortese, Jung-Hyun Kim, Amy Leventer, Rob Dunbar • 'An International Collaboration Effort for improving Paleoclimate Research in the Southern Ocean (ICEPRO)' • PROGRAMME I-LINK+2018, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) (Spanish Research Council) • AUD$37,000
- Armbrecht L.H. Antarctic Science Foundation Fundraising Project • 'Reconstructing past Antarctic life and climate using ancient DNA buried in the seafloor' • Donate to research via ASF.
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2018 Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship • ‘Diatom Genomics’ • Funded research with Prof. Chris Bowler, Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure (IBENS), Paris, France • AUD$24,500
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2017 MQMarine Research Centre Funding • Supporting for the first international ‘Assessing the potential of ancient DNA in marine sediments’ workshop • AUD$6,000
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2017 PAIS Early Career Researcher Travel Award • Travel support for ‘Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics conference’, Trieste, Italy • AUD$1,500
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2017 MQMarine Research Centre Conference Award • Supporting participation in the Bioplatforms Australia Workshop ‘Introduction to Metagenomics’ • AUD$263
- Armand, L.K., Armbrecht, L. H., Ostrowski, M., George, S., 2016 Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC) Special Analytical Funding • ‘Using ancient phytoplankton communities and genes to illuminate future ocean responses’ • AUD$20,000.
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2016 MQMarine Research Centre Travel Award • Supporting participation in the 4th Microbial Ecology Course, Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation UNSW • AUD$500
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2016 NSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change • Fully sponsored 6-weeks course including 16 days ship-time
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2015 ATA Young Scientist Award • AUD$500
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2015 CMORE the Agouron Institute, NSF & University of Hawaii Training Program • ‘Microbial Oceanography: From Genomes to Biomes’ • Fully sponsored 1-month course including 1 week ship-time
- Armand, L.K., Armbrecht, L. H., Iwai, M. and C. Escutia, 2014 Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC) Special Analytical Funding • ‘Antarctic Pliocene Warming’ • AUD$20,000
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2013 Macquarie University HDR Student Conference Presentation Award • ‘Testing the agreement of two phytoplankton abundance estimates: Microscopy and CHEMTAX’ • AUD$200
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2013 Postgraduate Student Conference Travel Award • AMSA Golden Jubilee Conference • AUD$500
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2013 William Macleay Microbiology Research Fund and Joyce Vickery Scientific Research Fund • Linnean Society of NSW • AUD$1,552
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2013 & 2011 Student Travel Bursary Award • Australian Biological Resources Study • AUD$1,000 Total
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2012 Postgraduate International Conference Travel Fund • Macquarie University • AUD$3,900
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2011 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Fund • Macquarie University • AUD$4,943.
- Armbrecht, L. H., 2010 International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (iMQRES) • Macquarie University • AUD$111,250 Total
- Ms Diyana Nur Kamal-Azlan, (PhD), The University of Adelaide, 2020
- Ms Vinuri Silva, (PhD), The University of Adelaide, 2020
- Ms Lucinda Duxbury (MSc), The University of Adelaide, 2020
- Ms Siobhan Evans (BSc), Principles & Practice of Research III Research Project, The University of Adelaide, 2020
- Mr Tyler Dornan (BSc), Principles & Practice of Research III Research Project, The University of Adelaide, 2019
- Mr Riley Hodgson (BSc), Principles & Practice of Research III Research Project, The University of Adelaide, 2018
- Ms Kelly-Anne Lawler (MSc), co-supervisor, Macquarie University, 2017
- Ms Peta Vine (MSc), co-supervisor, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2017.
- Ms Vikki Goad (BSc), co-supervisor, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, August-November 2015.
- Ms Sheena Su (MSc), co-supervisor, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, September-October 2013.
- Mr Matthew Toole (MSc), Student research project, cross institutional Masters programme “Marine Science and Management” (University of Technology/Macquarie University), Sydney Institute of Marine Science, NSW, Australia, September-October 2012.
- Ms Kirstin Cetinich (BSc): Student research project, Macquarie University and Sydney Institute of Marine Science, NSW, Australia, September-October 2012.
- Ms Ruth Jacobs (BSc): Student research project within the German-Australian exchange program “DAAD RISE worldwide”, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, NSW, Australia, July-September 2012.
- Mr Oliver Kersten (BSc): Student research project within the worldwide exchange program “Global Experiences”, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, NSW, Australia, June-August 2012
- “Evolution and Biodiversity” (BIOL114), “The Thread of Life” (BIOL115), “Biology in Practise” (BIOL116), “Marine Biology and Ecosystems” (BIOL121), “Ecology” (BIOL227), Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2012-2015 (demonstrations, tutoring, marking).
- “Zoology: Phylogeny and Morphology”, University of Osnabrück, Germany, Jul. 2008.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor Emerging Cyanobacteria Issue and Novel Control Options Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nur Diyana Kamal Azlan 2020 Co-Supervisor Reconstructing the Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironment of Kangaroo Island during the Holocene Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Lucinda Cameron Duxbury 2020 Co-Supervisor Effects of microplastics on marine organisms Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Vinuri Silva
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Testing reliability of ancient Antarctic Krill DNA from the seafloor for historical ecosystem modelling The University of Adelaide Principles and Practise in Research III Other Part Time Siobhan Evans 2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor How Diatoms Influence Ancient DNA Preservation in Antarctic Sediments The University of Adelaide Principles and Practice of Research III Other Part Time Tyler Dornan 2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Data exploration of ancient phytoplankton from deep seafloor sediments The University of Adelaide Principles and Practice of Research III Other Part Time Riley Hodgson
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Vice-Chair Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC) Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC) Australia 2019 - ongoing Member Australia New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC) Science Committee Australia New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Consortium (ANZIC) Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Australasia Limited (WOMEESA) Australia 2019 - ongoing Member International Society of Diatom Research (ISDR) United Kingdom 2011 - ongoing Member Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Australia
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2019 - ongoing Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) WISE (Women in Science Entrepreneurship) School or college Australia
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