Ceridwen (Crid) Fraser
I have an undergraduate degree in conserving cultural materials, but my obsession with the ocean and the creatures that live in it refused to be squashed, so I did a second undergraduate degree in marine biology. My Honours year was spent researching marine ecology at the Australian Museum. I stayed on at the Museum for a year or so, working as a technical officer, then moved across the ditch in 2006 to study for my PhD in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand), graduating in 2009. During my PhD, I fell in love with New Zealand and its incredible marine environments, so I stayed in Dunedin for my first postdoctoral fellowship with the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution. I then took up a postdoc position in the Biological Control and Spatial Ecology group at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, where I worked for around a year before accepting an ongoing position in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, in 2012. In 2019, I was thrilled to take the opportunity to move my lab group - permanently - back to the University of Otago, New Zealand. I am now based in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago. I have one child and support a culture of work-family balance in academia.
Key awards and appointments:
2019: The International Biogeography Society's biennial award for significant, innovative contributions to biogeography by a mid-career researcher (MacArthur & Wilson Award)
2019: Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, New Zealand
2018: Elected as one of the two academic staff members on the ANU Council, which governs and provides strategic oversight for the university.
2018: Australian Academy of Science medal for distinguished early-career research in biology (Fenner Medal).
2017: ARC Future Fellowship
2014: ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA)
Laura Smith and Katie Moon, in the lab
Crid Fraser in Antarctica
Katie Moon (right) graduating with her PhD, 2018, personally congratulated by ANU Vice Chancellor and Nobel Laureate Prof Brian Schmidt
Marcel Velasquez, PhD student, 2020 -
Marcel is using southern bull kelp (Durvillaea) and giant kelp (Macrocystis) as model taxa to study dispersal and evolution / adaptation of macroalgae with climate change. His work will range from assessing impacts of southward range shifts on 'trailing edge' populations in Australia, to assessing which lineages of buoyant species are able to travel south to Antarctica, For more information, see https://marcelvelasquez2.wixsite.com/marcelvelasquez
William Pearman, PhD student, 2020 -
William's research aims to understand geographic and adaptive patterns in macroalgal (kelp) microbiomes (mostly bacteria). He's looking at whether microbiomes travel across oceans with drifting kelp, and how the microbiome influences kelp development. For more information see https://wpearman1996.github.io/
Pamela Olmedo Rojas, PhD student, 2018 -
Pamela is researching the evolution, diversity and dispersal capacity of Antarctic mosses. She started her PhD in late 2018, and is supported by a CONICYT scholarship from the Chilean Government. For more information see https://pamelaolmedorojas.wixsite.com/pame
Elahe Parvizi, PhD student, 2018 -
Eli is researching the impacts of past (thousands of years ago) earthquake uplift on marine intertidal communities in southern New Zealand (Otago). Her primary supervisor is Prof Jon Waters in the Department of Zoology.
Pamela Olmedo Rojas
PAST LAB MEMBERS
Dr Anna Simonsen
During her postdoc, Anna used genomic approaches to look for plant symbionts, including rhizobia, in Antarctica. Knowing whether plant symbionts are in - or can disperse to - Antarctica will help us to understand how easily invasive plant species might establish on the continent with warming climates. Anna is now a DECRA Fellow in the Borevitz lab at ANU.
Rachel helped with a range of projects including macroalgal DNA extractions at GBS, metabarcoding of Antarctic soils, and exon-capture analyses of Antarctic mosses.
Completed PhD student:
Katie Moon: Katie's PhD assessed whether terrestrial parasites could disperse with aquatically-dispersing hosts (in this case, ticks with penguins). Katie graduated in July 2018 after her PhD was accepted unconditionally. For more information on her project, see https://sites.google.com/site/katielouisemoon/home
Johnette Peters: Johnette used genomic approaches to trace the origins of intertidal kelp rafts reaching the earthquake-decimated coastal regions of North Canterbury, New Zealand.
Emma Pearce: Dendrochronological analysis of climate change impacts on Podocarpus lawrencei in the Australian Alps.
Callum Blake: Distribution of the phytomyxean gall-forming parasite Maullinia associated with southern bull kelp species (Durvillaea) in Chile and Australia.
Laura Smith: Identifying glacial refugia through meta-analysis of genetic diversity in Antarctic springtails
Xenia Weber: Identifying cryptic species in southern bull kelp in Australia. Xenia was awarded a University Medal.
Amy Macris: Genetic diversity in alpine tree frogs (Litoria verreauxii alpina) affected by chytrid fungus
Katie Moon: Evolutionary history and dispersal capacity of little blue penguin ticks
Independent Research Project students:
Alex Harrison: Pumice rafting as a transportation agent for marine life: relationships between clast volume / porosity and biomass / diversity
Laura Smith: Assessing marine worm dispersal potential among estuaries in NSW
Victor Wang: Reproductive and dispersal strategies underpin density dependent demographic processes
Wei (Cheng) Tan: Ectoparasite dispersal by an aquatic bird
Laura Wilson: Connectivity of tropical marine ecosystems in north-western Australasia.