Nicole Foster

Nicole Foster

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


My research centres around conserving and better managing coastal vegetated environments which includes Mangroves Saltmarsh and Seagrass’. These vegetated environments are highly underrated systems that provide vital ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, habitat provision, nutrient cycling and stabilisation of coastlines. My work applies novel DNA technologies to the environmental DNA buried in sediment cores of coastal plant communities . This is then applied to assess how these communities have changed through time. In doing so I can better predict the fate of these vegetated communities into the future and inform conservation and management strategies.

I have a love for science and discovery and am highly interested in the natural world but the marine/coastal environment is where my heart lies. I love diving and exploring the ocean or just walking along the beach. I wanted to do research that would conserve this unique environment to allow other people to enjoy it for years to come and I believe my project is a step toward achieving this.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2017 Research assistant University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD candidate
    2016 - 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    2013 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  • 2020 Named participant in the 70th Lindau Nobel laureate meeting
  • 2019 Recipient of Max Day Environmental Science Award 
  • 2019 Awarded access to ANSTO capabilities and facilities
  • 2018 Named participant in receipt of Herman Slade Foundation Grant 
  • 2018 Recipient of Biology Society of South Australia Field Research Grant 
  • 2017 Recipient of Hansjorg Eichler scientific research grant 
  • 2015 New Columbo Plan Scholarship to attend international study tour in South East Asia:  Water, Tropical ecology and Animal trafficking.
  • 2015 Summer scholarship awarded by University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences working on developing a new method to monitor seagrass habitats along the South Australian coast.
  • 2019 Demonstrator Research Methods in Ecology, Marine Biology and Wildlife conservation practicals 
  • 2018 Demonstrator Level 2 Biology Practicals (Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics), Research Methods in Ecology, Marine Biology and Wildlife conservation practicals and Botany II

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