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 children 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
CURRENT LAB MEMBERS
Dr Grant Duffy, Research Fellow, 2022 -
Grant is using environmental modelling to understand where, how and when marine species from more northern coasts might establish in Antarctica, under warming scenarios. His work contributes to Marsden project MFP-20-UOO-173 (How vulnerable are Antarctic coasts to colonisation?).
Dr Clare Adams, ARF / postdoc, 2021 -
Clare works one day a week as an Assistant Research Fellow for Antarctic Science Platform research, carrying out GBS SNP analyses to understand patterns of diversity and connectivity for marine benthic species in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica. From 2022, she is also working four days a week with phylogenomic data from the earthquake Marsden project.
Frances Perry, Masters student 2022
Frances' research aims to test how kelp-associated invertebrates, such as isopods and amphipods, cope with cooler temperatures. The goal is to assess whether some New Zealand / sub-Antarctic species might one day survive in Antarctic nearshore environments.
Jessica Moffitt, PhD student, 2021 -
Jessica is using heated plates to assess the response of benthic communities to warming, across shallow water sites in Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. Jessica's primary supervisor is Miles Lamare.
Anusha Beer, PhD student, 2021 -
Anusha's research is examining freshwater (lake) communities on Rēkohu (the Chatham Islands), looking at questions related to community assembly and biogeography. Anusha's primary supervisor is Travis Ingram.
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 using eDNA from soils to research the factors driving some biogeography patterns in Antarctica. https://pamelaolmedorojas.wixsite.com/pame
Frances Perry, Xiaoyue Liu and William Pearman, collecting samples in New Zealand.
PAST LAB MEMBERS
Postdocs and Research Fellows:
Dr Felix Vaux (2019 - 2021)
Felix worked on the Marsden project assessing the intraspecific biodiversity impacts of earthquakes on intertidal macroalgae - specifically, whether major earthquake disturbances (uplift and landslides) created opportunities for new lineages to establish in the absence of density-blocking effects.
Dr Anna Simonsen (2018)
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 Rathjen (2018)
Rachel helped with a range of projects including macroalgal DNA extractions at GBS, metabarcoding of Antarctic soils, and exon-capture analyses of Antarctic mosses.
Dr Amanda Padovan (2017)
Amanda assisted with or led lab work on various projects including marine invertebrate population genomic work.
Completed PhD students:
Dr 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
Dr Elahe Parvizi: Eli researched the impacts of past (thousands of years ago) earthquake uplift on marine intertidal communities in southern New Zealand (Otago). Her primary supervisor was Prof Jon Waters.
Xiaoyue (Pluto) Liu: Pluto compiled data from previous genetic studies of terrestrial species in Antarctica, and carried out phylogeographic analyses to look for broad-scale diversity patterns.
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
Minor Research Project students:
Frances Perry: Frances' 4th year research project was a pilot study into how to carry out physiological research on kelp-associated invertebrates.
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.