Aria Lee
PhD candidate
Field of Research: 
Marine ecology, anthropogenic impacts
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 3447
Level 4 East
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Exotic species in sessile invertebrate communities on coastal anthropogenic structures

My research centres on invasive species inhabiting coastal areas with a high density of anthropogenic structures. In particular, I focus on sessile invertebrate communities from Gulf St Vincent, South Australia, using experimental and descriptive methods. My main species of interests are invasive asicidians such as Ciona intestinalis, and invasive polychaete worms such as the European fanworm , Sabella spallanzanii. I have also discovered the presence of Branchiomma and Parasabella polychaetes in Gulf St Vincent, previously unknown to the area, and I am conducting molecular analyses to delineate species and determine the origins of these worms.

Supervisors: Professor Emma Johnston and Dr Katherine Dafforn