Laura Parker

Scientia Fellow

Dr Laura Parker is an Indigenous Scientia Fellow and ARC DAATSIA Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Laura is interested in understanding and overcoming the impacts of climate change and environmental stress on marine organisms. Her research focuses specifically on building resilience in marine molluscs to current (e.g. salinity, food availability) and future (e.g. ocean warming and acidification) stressors and understanding the underlying physiological, molecular and epigenetic mechanisms involved. Through her research, Laura aims to develop new capacities to 'future-proof' natural oyster populations and the Australian oyster industry, and contribute to the restoration of degraded oyster habitats that are of enormous importance to Indigenous Australians. Her research is currently supported by an ARC Discovery Indigenous grant titled “The basis of oyster resilience to global environmental change”. 

Grants

Selected grants

2019 – present. Parker LM, Ross PM, Elizur A, O’Connor WA and Pörtner H-O. The basis of oyster resilience to global environmental change. Discovery Indigenous Grant round 2019.

2017 – 2020. Byrne M, Ross PM, Parker LM, O’Connor WA. Transgenerational Plasticity & Epigenetics - Ocean Change Adaptation. Environmental Trust 2016 Environmental Research Program.

2014 – 2017. Parker LM, Coleman R, Ross PM and Virtue P. The impact of climate change on larval energetics of molluscs on the southeast coast of Australia. ARC Indigenous Discovery 2014 round.

2012 – 2015. Raftos DA, Haynes PA, Parker LM, O’Connor WA, Ross PM and Pörtner H-O. Adapting to climate change: Does enhanced metabolism provide heritable protection against ocean acidification and increasing temperature in oysters? ARC Discovery Grant 2012 round.

2010 – 2012. Parker LM, PM Ross, WA O’Connor, DA Raftos and H Pörtner. Climate change research: Can Sydney rock oysters adapt to chronic multigenerational exposure to ocean acidification and temperature? Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous Researchers Fellowship.

Awards

2018 Young Tall Poppy Science Award

Teaching

BIOS2031 Biology of Invertebrates (Guest Lecturer, 2019)

Publications

Journal articles
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Hurd CL; Beardall J; Comeau S; Cornwall CE; Havenhand JN; Munday PL; Parker LM; Raven JA; McGraw CM, 2020, 'Ocean acidification as a multiple driver: How interactions between changing seawater carbonate parameters affect marine life', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 71, pp. 263 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF19267
2020
Pereira RRC; Scanes E; Parker LM; Byrne M; Cole VJ; Ross PM, 2019, 'Restoring the flat oyster Ostrea angasi in the face of a changing climate', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 625, pp. 27 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps13047
2019
Wright JM; Parker LM; O’Connor WA; Scanes E; Ross PM, 2018, 'Ocean acidification affects both the predator and prey to alter interactions between the oyster Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg, 1793) and the whelk Tenguella marginalba (Blainville, 1832)', Marine Biology, vol. 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-018-3302-6
2018
Wright JM; O’Connor WA; Parker LM; Ross PM, 2018, 'Predation by the endemic whelk Tenguella marginalba (Blainville, 1832) on the invasive Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg, 1793)', Molluscan Research, vol. 38, pp. 130 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13235818.2017.1420397
2018
Byrne M; Ross PM; Dworjanyn SA; Parker L, 2018, 'Larval ecology in the face of changing climate—impacts of ocean warming and ocean acidification', in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae, pp. 251 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198786962.003.0017
2018
Scanes E; Parker LM; O'Connor WA; Gibbs MC; Ross PM, 2018, 'Copper and ocean acidification interact to lower maternal investment, but have little effect on adult physiology of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata', Aquatic Toxicology, vol. 203, pp. 51 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2018.07.020
2018
Stapp LS; Parker LM; O'Connor WA; Bock C; Ross PM; Pörtner HO; Lannig G, 2018, 'Sensitivity to ocean acidification differs between populations of the Sydney rock oyster: Role of filtration and ion-regulatory capacities', Marine Environmental Research, vol. 135, pp. 103 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.12.017
2018
Parker LM; O’Connor WA; Byrne M; Dove M; Coleman RA; Pörtner HO; Scanes E; Virtue P; Gibbs M; Ross PM, 2018, 'Ocean acidification but not warming alters sex determination in the Sydney rock oyster, saccostrea glomerata', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2869
2018
Parker LM; Scanes E; O'Connor WA; Coleman RA; Byrne M; Pörtner HO; Ross PM, 2017, 'Ocean acidification narrows the acute thermal and salinity tolerance of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 122, pp. 263 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.06.052
2017
Parker LM; O’Connor WA; Byrne M; Coleman RA; Virtue P; Dove M; Gibbs M; Spohr L; Scanes E; Ross PM, 2017, 'Adult exposure to ocean acidification is maladaptive for larvae of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata in the presence of multiple stressors', Biology Letters, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2016.0798
2017
Scanes E; Parker LM; O'Connor WA; Stapp LS; Ross PM, 2017, 'Intertidal oysters reach their physiological limit in a future high-CO2 world', Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 220, pp. 765 - 774, http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.151365
2017
Goncalves P; Jones DB; Thompson EL; Parker LM; Ross PM; Raftos DA, 2017, 'Transcriptomic profiling of adaptive responses to ocean acidification', Molecular Ecology, vol. 26, pp. 5974 - 5988, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.14333
2017
Thompson EL; Parker L; Amaral V; Bishop MJ; O'Connor WA; Raftos DA, 2016, 'Wild populations of Sydney rock oysters differ in their proteomic responses to elevated carbon dioxide', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 67, pp. 1964 - 1972, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15320
2016
Cole VJ; Parker LM; O’Connor SJ; O’Connor WA; Scanes E; Byrne M; Ross PM, 2016, 'Effects of multiple climate change stressors: ocean acidification interacts with warming, hyposalinity, and low food supply on the larvae of the brooding flat oyster Ostrea angasi', Marine Biology, vol. 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-016-2880-4
2016
Ross PM; Parker L; Byrne M, 2016, 'Transgenerational responses of molluscs and echinoderms to changing ocean conditions', ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 73, pp. 537 - 549, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsv254
2016
Goncalves P; Anderson K; Thompson EL; Melwani A; Parker LM; Ross PM; Raftos DA, 2016, 'Rapid transcriptional acclimation following transgenerational exposure of oysters to ocean acidification', Molecular ecology, vol. 25, pp. 4836 - 4849, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13808
2016
Scanes E; Johnston EL; Cole VJ; O’Connor WA; Parker LM; Ross PM, 2016, 'Quantifying abundance and distribution of native and invasive oysters in an urbanised estuary', Aquatic Invasions, vol. 11, pp. 425 - 436, http://dx.doi.org/10.3391/ai.2016.11.4.07
2016
Thompson EL; O'Connor W; Parker L; Ross P; Raftos DA, 2015, 'Differential proteomic responses of selectively bred and wild-type Sydney rock oyster populations exposed to elevated CO2', Molecular Ecology, vol. 24, pp. 1248 - 1262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13111
2015
Parker LM; O'Connor WA; Raftos DA; Pörtner HO; Ross PM, 2015, 'Persistence of positive carryover effects in the oyster, Saccostrea glomerata, following transgenerational exposure to ocean acidification', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0132276
2015
Parker L, 2015, 'The Southern Ocean and South Pacific Region (FAO 81, 87, 88, 58, 48)', in Bridging the gap between ocean acidification impacts and economic valuation Regional impacts of ocean acidification on fisheries and aquaculture, IUCN
2015
O'Connor W; Dove M; Thompson E; Parker L; Ross P; Raftos D, 2014, 'Breeding Sydney rock oysters and its effects on resilience.', in Hermesch S; Dominik S (ed.), Breeding Focus 2014 - Improving Resilience
2014
Scanes E; Parker LM; O'Connor WA; Ross PM, 2014, 'Mixed effects of elevated pCO2 on fertilisation, larval and juvenile development and adult responses in the mobile subtidal scallop Mimachlamys asperrima (Lamarck, 1819)', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0093649
2014
Wright JM; Parker LM; O'Connor WA; Williams M; Kube P; Ross PM, 2014, 'Populations of pacific oysters crassostrea gigas respond variably to elevated CO2 and predation by Morula marginalba', Biological Bulletin, vol. 226, pp. 269 - 281, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/BBLv226n3p269
2014
Gazeau F; Parker LM; Comeau S; Gattuso JP; O'Connor WA; Martin S; Pörtner HO; Ross PM, 2013, 'Impacts of ocean acidification on marine shelled molluscs', Marine Biology, vol. 160, pp. 2207 - 2245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-013-2219-3
2013
Parker LM; Ross PM; O'Connor WA; Pörtner HO; Scanes E; Wright JM, 2013, 'Predicting the response of molluscs to the impact of ocean acidification', Biology, vol. 2, pp. 651 - 692, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/biology2020651
2013
Parker LM; Ross PM; O'Connor WA; Borysko L; Raftos DA; Pörtner HO, 2012, 'Adult exposure influences offspring response to ocean acidification in oysters', Global Change Biology, vol. 18, pp. 82 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02520.x
2012
Ross PM; Parker L; O'Connor WA; Bailey EA, 2011, 'The impact of ocean acidification on reproduction, early development and settlement of marine organisms', Water (Switzerland), vol. 3, pp. 1005 - 1030, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/w3041005
2011
Parker LM; Ross PM; Raftos D; Thompson ET; O'Connor WA, 2011, 'The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2', Australian Zoologist, vol. 35, pp. 1011 - 1023, http://dx.doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2011.056
2011
Parker LM; Ross PM; O'Connor WA, 2011, 'Populations of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata, vary in response to ocean acidification', Marine Biology, vol. 158, pp. 689 - 697, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-010-1592-4
2011
Parker LM; Ross PM; O'Connor WA, 2010, 'Comparing the effect of elevated pCO2 and temperature on the fertilization and early development of two species of oysters', Marine Biology, vol. 157, pp. 2435 - 2452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-010-1508-3
2010
Parker LM; Ross PM; O'Connor WA, 2009, 'The effect of ocean acidification and temperature on the fertilization and embryonic development of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata (Gould 1850)', Global Change Biology, vol. 15, pp. 2123 - 2136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01895.x
2009