Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
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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Date Position Institution name 2015 - 2017 Research assistant University of Adelaide
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)
Year Citation 2020 Foster, N., Gillanders, B., Jones, A., Young, J., & Waycott, M. (2020). A muddy time capsule: Using sediment environmental DNA for the long-term monitoring of coastal vegetated ecosystems. Marine and Freshwater Research.
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.
DOI Scopus4 WoS4
2018 Connell, S., Doubleday, Z., Foster, N., Hamlyn, S., Harley, C., Helmuth, B., . . . Russell, B. (2018). The duality of ocean acidification as a resource and a stressor. Ecology, 99(5), 1005-1010.
DOI Scopus19 WoS19 Europe PMC2
2017 Foster, N., Fotheringham, D., Brock, D., & Waycott, M. (2017). A resourceful and adaptable method to obtain data on the status of seagrass meadows. Aquatic Botany, 141, 17-21.
2017 Connell, S., Doubleday, Z., Hamlyn, S., Foster, N., Harley, C., Helmuth, B., . . . Russell, B. (2017). How ocean acidification can benefit calcifiers. Current Biology, 27(3), 95-96.
DOI Scopus37 WoS32 Europe PMC9
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2019 Tanner, J., Bailleul, F., Bryars, S., Doubell, M., Foster, N., Gaylard, S., . . . Ward, T. (2019). Potential social, economic and ecological indicators for integrated ecosystem assessment of Spencer Gulf (19/32). Adelaide, South Australia. 2019 Jones, A. R., Foster, N., Waycott, M., & Gillanders, B. (2019). Coastal carbon opportunities: summary report on changes in the distribution of mangrove and saltmarsh across South Australia (1987–2015) (19/24). Adelaide, South Australia. 2019 Foster, N., Waycott, M., Gillanders, B., & Jones, A. R. (2019). Coastal Carbon Opportunities: Technical report on changes in the distribution of mangrove and saltmarsh across South Australia (1987–2015) (19/23). Adelaide, South Australia.
- 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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