Winner of the Dr Paris Goodsell Grant in Aid announced
17 November 2013
This year, there are two winners for the Dr Paris Goodsell Marine Ecology Grant in Aid - Ana Bugnot and Clarissa Fraser.
Ana's research is focused on the invasive isopod Cirolana harfordi. "Cirolana harfordi is found in great abundances in oyster-beds in Australia" says Ana. In her work, Ana looked at the effects of this species on the habitat they have invaded. "I have also evaluated the characteristics of the invaded habitat." Ana believes her study will contribute to the understanding C. harfordi invasion and is therefore crucial for the design of management strategies.
"I am going to use the prize to attend the leading conference in my discipline area, the International Temperate Reefs Symposium, where I will present the results of my research," said Ana. "The Paris Goodsell prize enables me to meet and work with leading researchers; for which I am very grateful." Clarissa is also planning on using her Grant in Aid to attend this conference.
Clarissa says of her research, "The aim of my PhD is to examine the processes which determine patterns of orientation in the intertidal limpet Cellana tramoserica." Yes, apparently limpets like to point a certain way.
Clarissa studies how habitat properties, intraspecific and interspecific interactions, and environmental factors can change limpet orientation. "Patterns of orientation of intertidal animals are relatively understudied," explained Clarissa. "But it was thought that small-scale behaviours, such as orientation, had the potential to ameliorate desiccation." That is, limpets may point a certain way to stop drying out. "I found no link between orientation and desiccation stress," she said. "These results add to the growing knowledge that responses to desiccation and thermal stress may be less important than early researchers supposed."
Both Clarissa and Ana are part of the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities (EICC). This grant, worth $1100 per student, is announced to coincide with the late Dr Goodsell's birthday. It was set up in 2011 in recognition of Dr Goodsell's contribution to ecological research in marine ecology. EICC director Ross Coleman said, "Paris had a passion for marine ecology and this prize records the achievements of our talented young marine ecologists."