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Current NESP activities
Rachel is currently leading the development, promotion, and revision of the Field Manuals for Marine Sampling, as part of the NESP D2 project. Using a highly collaborative approach, she formed several working groups each led by an expert in a particular marine sampling gear type. These working groups then developed flexible but practical protocols to ensure standardisation of methods during data collection and processing. This means that data from individual surveys can contribute to national datasets, as they will be comparable in time and space with other data. These SOPs will be used in upcoming surveys to marine parks undertaken as part of the NESP D3 project.
Rachel is currently employed at Geoscience Australia as the senior benthic ecologist. She is broadly interested in the relationships between marine invertebrates and environmental stressors, particularly those associated with early life stages. Recently, she has undertaken research on the potential effects of seismic impacts on marine invertebrates, as well as characterising invertebrate biodiveristy in northern Australian marine parks.
Rachel in a national councillor and Branch President for the Australian Marine Science Association. She also sits on the council of the Malacological Society of Australasia.
Rachel obtained her Bachelors in biology and English from Alma College (Michigan, US) and went on to complete her PhD at the University of Wollongong. She also held a postdoctoral position at Stony Brook University (New York, US) in the Department of Ecology and Evolution.
Over 40 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, as well as numerous reports and popular science articles. The following is a representative list of publications:
Carroll A, Przeslawski R, Bruce B, Gunning M-E, Duncan A. 2017. A critical review of the potential impacts of marine seismic surveys on fish and invertebrates. Marine Pollution Bulletin 114:9-24.
Przeslawski R, Byrne M, Mellin C. 2015. A review and meta-analysis of the effects of multiple abiotic stressors on marine embryos and larvae. Global Change Biology. 21:2122-40.
Przeslawski R, Alvarez B, Kool J, Bridge T, Caley MJ, Nichol S. 2015. Implications of sponge biodiversity patterns for the management of a marine reserve in Northern Australia. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0141813
Przeslawski R, Williams A, Ward T, Sorokin S, Currie D, Althaus F. 2011. Utility of a spatial habitat classification system as a surrogate of marine benthic community structure for the Australian margin. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 68: 1954-1962.
Przeslawski R, Ahyong S, Byrne M, Worheide G, Hutchings P. 2008. Beyond coral and fish: the effects of climate change on non-coral benthic invertebrates of tropical reefs. Global Change Biology 14: 2773-2795.
Hundreds of the distinctive, dark-striped sharks were massed on the sandy seafloor among low rocky...
Fish Hook Bay at Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia. Fish communities found here during the 2011 marine heatwave were equivalent to those normally found 250 kilometres farther north. They had moved south with their climate niche. Image: Rick Stuart-Smith
Young scientists Lainey James and Margot Delaporte have completed their first trip aboard the Australian Maritime College Research Vessel Bluefin.
They spent a week surveying seabed life off eastern Tasmania with a team from the UTAS Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the University of Sydney Australian Centre for Field Robotics.
The team revisited deep reef systems in the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR), as well as inshore reefs near Wineglass Bay and ‘...
Deep ocean divers acting as citizen scientists have taken the first close-up look at stunning marine life on a deep granite reef in the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve off Bicheno, eastern Tasmania. Their footage shows an explosion of colourful sponges, gorgonian fans and other corals, clouds of butterfly perch, and large, tree-forming black corals that may be new to science. Researchers with the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Marine Biodiversity Hub mapped the...
Part of National Science Week, the exhibition is funded by a University of Tasmania Cross Disciplinary Incentive Grant, with support from the Marine Biodiversity Hub. It features works by artists Jan Hogan and Annalise Rees from the Tasmanian College of the Arts, and Hub spatial analyst Vanessa Lucieer whose work...
‘I was really excited to see how my data could be visualised,’ Emma says. ‘The concept of routinely making data available for the public to explore was very appealing, and I hope more and more researchers will start to recognise the benefits of open data. I always like being involved in...
Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.
After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).
The NESP is a six-...
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, 11 March 2015
NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub scientists have been evaluating the benefits of no-take protection (ie no fishing) on deep reef systems of Tasmania’s wild southwest coast. Working from the Australian Maritime College's flagship vessel Bluefin, they have just returned from Maatsuyker Island off southern Tasmania. The team of scientists and support staff relied on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to...
Wednesday 10 December 2014
The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...
A shoulder of continental shelf east of Tasmania’s Cape Barren Island marks the edge of Flinders Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR), a southern spoke of Australia’s three-million-square-kilometre CMR Network.
Iconic seabirds – albatrosses and petrels – snatch fish and squid along this marine reserve proclaimed in June 2007, that stretches some 600 kilometres towards New Zealand.
Below the surface, seafloor habitats of all description cover depths from 40–3000 metres: from...