Allyson O’Brien’s research

I am a marine ecologist with an interest in soft sediment coastal environments that don’t often look (or smell) that nice but are very important for maintaining ecosystem functioning and services as well as habitat for lots of interesting animals.

I am currently working as a Research Fellow in the School of BioSciences with Professor Mick Keough and the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) at The University of Melbourne. My research ranges from ecotoxicology to coummunity ecology, molecular ecology and taxonomy. Most recently I have starting dabbling in metabarcoding and metabolomics. I am also interested in exploring how to value the ecosystem services that soft sediments provide so the impacts on this widespread and  important habitat can be properly assessed.

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