Dr Laura Parker

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

A11 - Old Geology Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr Laura Parker joins the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities under the ARC Discovery Indigenous Scheme.

I did my PhD and held my previous post-doctoral research positions at the University of Western Sydney where I studied and worked under the supervision of Professor Pauline Ross. I studied the impacts of ocean acidification on oysters, including impacts on the development of their early life-history stages, physiology of adults as well as the capacity for acclimation or adaptation over multiple generations.

During my first post-doctoral research position at the University of Western Sydney I held an ARC grant under the Discovery Indigenous Researcher Development Scheme.

Current research students

Project title Research student
To determine the impact of climate change on the energy reserves of oyster larvae and whether larvae from oysters of transgenerational exposure to elevated CO2 positively affects larval energetics Mitch GIBBS

Current projects

ARC Project summary:

My project will investigate the impact of environmental change on larval energetics of molluscs on the southeast (SE) coast of Australia. The SE coast of Australia is a climate hotspot characterised by rising ocean temperatures, fluctuations in salinity and we expect in the near future ocean acidification (OA). Mollusc larvae show extreme sensitivity to OA, but the impacts of other stressors remains unknown. It is predicted that OA will reduce the capacity of larvae to cope with temperature and salinity, particularly when food supply is low and in populations which have had no previous exposure to OA. Understanding the response of mollusc larvae to environmental change will support ecologically and economically significant mollusc populations over this century.

The project is funded under the ARC Discovery Indigenous Scheme and I received a Discovery Indigenous Award (DIA).

Selected grants

2017

  • The impact of climate change on larval energetics of molluscs on the southeast coast of Australia; Parker L; DVC Research/Bridging Support Fellowship.
  • Transgenerational Plasticity & Epigenetics - Ocean Change Adaptation; Byrne M, O'Connor W, Ross P, Parker L, Marsh A, Suter C; Environmental Trust (NSW)/Research Grant.

2014

  • The impact of climate change on larval energetics of molluscs on the southeast coast of Australia; Parker L, Coleman R, Ross P, Ross P, Virtue P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Indigenous (IN).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • O'Connor, W., Dove, M., Thompson, E., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2014). Breeding Sydney rock oysters and its effects on resilience. In Susanne Hermesch, Sonja Dominik (Eds.), Breeding focus 2014 - Improving Resilience, (pp. 73-86). Armidale: Univeristy of New England.
  • Ross, P., Parker, L., O'Connor, W. (2012). The impact of ocean acidification on reproduction and early development of molluscs and echinoderms. In D. Lunney and P. Hutchings (Eds.), Wildlife and Climate Change: Towards robust conservation strategies for Australian fauna, (pp. 31-51). Mosman, NSW: Royal Zoological Society of NSW.
  • Howard, W., Havenhand, J., Parker, L., Raftos, D., Ross, P., Williamson, J., Matear, R. (2009). Ocean acidification. In Elvira S. Poloczanska, Alisair J. Hobday and Anthony J. Richardson (Eds.), Marine climate change in Australia 2009 : impacts and adaptation responses, (pp. 92-96). Australia: CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship.

Journals

  • Parker, L., O�Connor, W., Byrne, M., Coleman, R., Virtue, P., Dove, M., Gibbs, M., Spohr, L., Scanes, E., Ross, P. (2017). Adult exposure to ocean acidification is maladaptive for larvae of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata in the presence of multiple stressors. Biology Letters, 13(2), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Scanes, E., Parker, L., O�Connor, W., Stapp, L., Ross, P. (2017). Intertidal oysters reach their physiological limit in a future high-CO2 world. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 765-774. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Scanes, E., O'Connor, W., Coleman, R., Byrne, M., Portner, H., Ross, P. (2017). Ocean acidification narrows the acute thermal and salinity tolerance of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 122(1-2), 263-271. [More Information]
  • Cole, V., Parker, L., O'Connor, S., O'Connor, W., Scanes, E., Byrne, M., Ross, P. (2016). Effects of multiple climate change stressors: ocean acidification interacts with warming, hyposalinity, and low food supply on the larvae of the brooding flat oyster Ostrea angasi. Marine Biology, 163(5), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Scanes, E., Johnston, E., Cole, V., O'Connor, W., Parker, L., Ross, P. (2016). Quantifying abundance and distribution of native and invasive oysters in an urbanised estuary. Aquatic Invasions, 11(4), 425-436. [More Information]
  • Goncalves, P., Anderson, K., Thompson, E., Melwani, A., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2016). Rapid transcriptional acclimation following transgenerational exposure of oysters to ocean acidification. Molecular Ecology, 25(19), 4836-4849. [More Information]
  • Ross, P., Parker, L., Byrne, M. (2016). Transgenerational responses of molluscs and echinoderms to changing ocean conditions. ICES Journal of Marine Science: journal du conseil, 73(3), 537-549. [More Information]
  • Thompson, E., O'Connor, W., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2015). Differential proteomic responses of selectively bred and wild-type Sydney rock oyster populations exposed to elevated CO₂. Molecular Ecology, 24(6), 1248-1262. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Raftos, D., Portner, H., Ross, P. (2015). Persistence of positive carryover effects in the oyster, Saccostrea glomerata, following transgenerational exposure to ocean acidification. PloS One, 10(7), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Scanes, E., Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Ross, P. (2014). Mixed Effects of Elevated pCO2 on Fertilisation, Larval and Juvenile Development and Adult Responses in the Mobile Subtidal Scallop Mimachlamys asperrima (Lamarck, 1819). PloS One, 9(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Wright, J., Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Williams, M., Kube, P., Ross, P. (2014). Populations of Pacific Oysters Crassostrea gigas Respond Variably to Elevated CO2 and Predation by Morula marginalba. Biological Bulletin, 226(3), 269-281.
  • Gazeau, F., Parker, L., Comeau, S., Gattuso, J., O'Connor, W., Martin, S., Portner, H., Ross, P. (2013). Impacts of ocean acidification on marine shelled molluscs. Marine Biology, 160(8), 2207-2245. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W., Portner, H., Scanes, E., Wright, J. (2013). Predicting the Response of Molluscs to the Impact of Ocean Acidification. Biology, 2(2), 651-692. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W., Borysko, L., Raftos, D., Portner, H. (2012). Adult exposure influences offspring response to ocean acidification in oysters. Global Change Biology, 18(1), 82-92. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W. (2011). Populations of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata, vary in response to ocean acidification. Marine Biology, 158(3), 689-697. [More Information]
  • Ross, P., Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Bailey, E. (2011). The Impact of Ocean Acidification on Reproduction, Early Development and Settlement of Marine Organisms. Water, 3, 1005-1030. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E., O'Connor, W. (2011). The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2. Australian Zoologist, 35(4), 1011-1023. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E., O'Connor, W. (2011). The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2. Australian Zoologist, 35(4), 1011-1023. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W. (2010). Comparing the effect of elevated pCO2 and temperature on the fertilization and early development of two species of oysters. Marine Biology, 157(11), 2435-2452. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W. (2009). The effect of ocean acidification and temperature on the fertilization and embryonic development of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata (Gould 1850). Global Change Biology, 15, 2123-2136. [More Information]

2017

  • Parker, L., O�Connor, W., Byrne, M., Coleman, R., Virtue, P., Dove, M., Gibbs, M., Spohr, L., Scanes, E., Ross, P. (2017). Adult exposure to ocean acidification is maladaptive for larvae of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata in the presence of multiple stressors. Biology Letters, 13(2), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Scanes, E., Parker, L., O�Connor, W., Stapp, L., Ross, P. (2017). Intertidal oysters reach their physiological limit in a future high-CO2 world. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 765-774. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Scanes, E., O'Connor, W., Coleman, R., Byrne, M., Portner, H., Ross, P. (2017). Ocean acidification narrows the acute thermal and salinity tolerance of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 122(1-2), 263-271. [More Information]

2016

  • Cole, V., Parker, L., O'Connor, S., O'Connor, W., Scanes, E., Byrne, M., Ross, P. (2016). Effects of multiple climate change stressors: ocean acidification interacts with warming, hyposalinity, and low food supply on the larvae of the brooding flat oyster Ostrea angasi. Marine Biology, 163(5), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Scanes, E., Johnston, E., Cole, V., O'Connor, W., Parker, L., Ross, P. (2016). Quantifying abundance and distribution of native and invasive oysters in an urbanised estuary. Aquatic Invasions, 11(4), 425-436. [More Information]
  • Goncalves, P., Anderson, K., Thompson, E., Melwani, A., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2016). Rapid transcriptional acclimation following transgenerational exposure of oysters to ocean acidification. Molecular Ecology, 25(19), 4836-4849. [More Information]
  • Ross, P., Parker, L., Byrne, M. (2016). Transgenerational responses of molluscs and echinoderms to changing ocean conditions. ICES Journal of Marine Science: journal du conseil, 73(3), 537-549. [More Information]

2015

  • Thompson, E., O'Connor, W., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2015). Differential proteomic responses of selectively bred and wild-type Sydney rock oyster populations exposed to elevated CO₂. Molecular Ecology, 24(6), 1248-1262. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Raftos, D., Portner, H., Ross, P. (2015). Persistence of positive carryover effects in the oyster, Saccostrea glomerata, following transgenerational exposure to ocean acidification. PloS One, 10(7), 1-19. [More Information]

2014

  • O'Connor, W., Dove, M., Thompson, E., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2014). Breeding Sydney rock oysters and its effects on resilience. In Susanne Hermesch, Sonja Dominik (Eds.), Breeding focus 2014 - Improving Resilience, (pp. 73-86). Armidale: Univeristy of New England.
  • Scanes, E., Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Ross, P. (2014). Mixed Effects of Elevated pCO2 on Fertilisation, Larval and Juvenile Development and Adult Responses in the Mobile Subtidal Scallop Mimachlamys asperrima (Lamarck, 1819). PloS One, 9(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Wright, J., Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Williams, M., Kube, P., Ross, P. (2014). Populations of Pacific Oysters Crassostrea gigas Respond Variably to Elevated CO2 and Predation by Morula marginalba. Biological Bulletin, 226(3), 269-281.

2013

  • Gazeau, F., Parker, L., Comeau, S., Gattuso, J., O'Connor, W., Martin, S., Portner, H., Ross, P. (2013). Impacts of ocean acidification on marine shelled molluscs. Marine Biology, 160(8), 2207-2245. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W., Portner, H., Scanes, E., Wright, J. (2013). Predicting the Response of Molluscs to the Impact of Ocean Acidification. Biology, 2(2), 651-692. [More Information]

2012

  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W., Borysko, L., Raftos, D., Portner, H. (2012). Adult exposure influences offspring response to ocean acidification in oysters. Global Change Biology, 18(1), 82-92. [More Information]
  • Ross, P., Parker, L., O'Connor, W. (2012). The impact of ocean acidification on reproduction and early development of molluscs and echinoderms. In D. Lunney and P. Hutchings (Eds.), Wildlife and Climate Change: Towards robust conservation strategies for Australian fauna, (pp. 31-51). Mosman, NSW: Royal Zoological Society of NSW.

2011

  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W. (2011). Populations of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata, vary in response to ocean acidification. Marine Biology, 158(3), 689-697. [More Information]
  • Ross, P., Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Bailey, E. (2011). The Impact of Ocean Acidification on Reproduction, Early Development and Settlement of Marine Organisms. Water, 3, 1005-1030. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E., O'Connor, W. (2011). The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2. Australian Zoologist, 35(4), 1011-1023. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E., O'Connor, W. (2011). The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2. Australian Zoologist, 35(4), 1011-1023. [More Information]

2010

  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W. (2010). Comparing the effect of elevated pCO2 and temperature on the fertilization and early development of two species of oysters. Marine Biology, 157(11), 2435-2452. [More Information]

2009

  • Howard, W., Havenhand, J., Parker, L., Raftos, D., Ross, P., Williamson, J., Matear, R. (2009). Ocean acidification. In Elvira S. Poloczanska, Alisair J. Hobday and Anthony J. Richardson (Eds.), Marine climate change in Australia 2009 : impacts and adaptation responses, (pp. 92-96). Australia: CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship.
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W. (2009). The effect of ocean acidification and temperature on the fertilization and embryonic development of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata (Gould 1850). Global Change Biology, 15, 2123-2136. [More Information]

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