Mariana is a Scientia Fellow in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science. She obtained her PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Sydney, 2009 and holds a MSc in Zoology from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Prior to the commencement of her academic career in UNSW in 2013, she worked as a private consultant, leading the data analyses of one of the biggest environmental projects in Australia (Gorgon Project, Chevron). 

 

Member of: Centre for Marine Science & Innovation (CMSI) and Evolution & Ecology Research Centre (E&ERC)

Research Activities

My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underpinning biodiversity and the functioning of marine ecosystems. In particular, I am interested in how anthropogenic stressors, such as contamination and urbanisation, affect the marine environment with the ultimate goal of developing evidence-based solutions for not only mitigating their impacts, but also restoring and rehabilitating marine ecosystems.

By taking a multidisciplinary, field-based approach and developing novel methodologies, my research has shifted paradigms regarding the true effects of contaminants on marine systems and has provided innovative solutions to the issue of rapid urbanisation and coastal development, significantly advancing knowledge and providing critical information for policy and management.

Publications

Journal articles
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Schaefer N; Mayer-Pinto M; Griffin KJ; Johnston EL; Glamore W; Dafforn KA, 2020, 'Predicting the impact of sea-level rise on intertidal rocky shores with remote sensing', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110203
2020
Vergés A; McCosker E; Mayer-Pinto M; Coleman MA; Wernberg T; Ainsworth T; Steinberg PD, 2019, 'Tropicalisation of temperate reefs: Implications for ecosystem functions and management actions', Functional Ecology, vol. 33, pp. 1000 - 1013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13310
2019
Schaefer N; Dafforn KA; Johnston EL; Mayer-Pinto M, 2019, 'Size, depth and position affect the diversity and structure of rock pool communities in an urban estuary (vol 70, pg 1034, 2018)', MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH, vol. 70, pp. 1045 - +, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF18074_CO
2019
Mayer-Pinto M; Dafforn KA; Johnston EL, 2019, 'A Decision Framework for Coastal Infrastructure to Optimize Biotic Resistance and Resilience in a Changing Climate', BioScience, vol. 69, pp. 833 - 843, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz092
2019
Ushiama S; Mayer-Pinto M; Bugnot AB; Johnston EL; Dafforn KA, 2019, 'Eco-engineering increases habitat availability and utilisation of seawalls by fish', Ecological Engineering, vol. 138, pp. 403 - 411, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2019.07.022
2019
Martinez AS; Mayer-Pinto M; Christofoletti RA, 2019, 'Functional responses of filter feeders increase with elevated metal contamination: Are these good or bad signs of environmental health?', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110571
2019
O'Brien AL; Dafforn KA; Chariton AA; Johnston EL; Mayer-Pinto M, 2019, 'After decades of stressor research in urban estuarine ecosystems the focus is still on single stressors: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 684, pp. 753 - 764, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.131
2019
Schaefer N; Dafforn KA; Johnston EL; Mayer-Pinto M, 2019, 'Size, depth and position affect the diversity and structure of rock pool communities in an urban estuary', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 70, pp. 1034 - 1044, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF18074
2019
Mayer-Pinto M; Cole VJ; Johnston EL; Bugnot A; Hurst H; Airoldi L; Glasby TM; Dafforn KA, 2018, 'Functional and structural responses to marine urbanisation', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa98a5
2018
Bugnot AB; Mayer-Pinto M; Johnston EL; Schaefer N; Dafforn KA, 2018, 'Learning from nature to enhance Blue engineering of marine infrastructure', Ecological Engineering, vol. 120, pp. 611 - 621, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.03.012
2018
Strain EMA; Olabarria C; Mayer-Pinto M; Cumbo V; Morris RL; Bugnot AB; Dafforn KA; Heery E; Firth LB; Brooks PR; Bishop MJ, 2018, 'Eco-engineering urban infrastructure for marine and coastal biodiversity: Which interventions have the greatest ecological benefit?', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 55, pp. 426 - 441, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12961
2018
Marzinelli EM; Qiu Z; Dafforn KA; Johnston EL; Steinberg PD; Mayer-Pinto M, 2018, 'Coastal urbanisation affects microbial communities on a dominant marine holobiont', npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41522-017-0044-z
2018
Mayer-Pinto M; Dafforn KA; Bugnot AB; Glasby TM; Johnston EL, 2018, 'Artificial structures alter kelp functioning across an urbanised estuary', Marine Environmental Research, vol. 139, pp. 136 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.05.004
2018
Heery EC; Dafforn KA; Smith JA; Ushiama S; Mayer-Pinto M, 2018, 'Not all artificial structures are created equal: Pilings linked to greater ecological and environmental change in sediment communities than seawalls', Marine Environmental Research, vol. 142, pp. 286 - 294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.08.012
2018
Bishop MJ; Mayer-Pinto M; Airoldi L; Firth LB; Morris RL; Loke LHL; Hawkins SJ; Naylor LA; Coleman RA; Chee SY; Dafforn KA, 2017, 'Effects of ocean sprawl on ecological connectivity: impacts and solutions', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol. 492, pp. 7 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.021
2017
Heery EC; Bishop MJ; Critchley LP; Bugnot AB; Airoldi L; Mayer-Pinto M; Sheehan EV; Coleman RA; Loke LHL; Johnston EL; Komyakova V; Morris RL; Strain EMA; Naylor LA; Dafforn KA, 2017, 'Identifying the consequences of ocean sprawl for sedimentary habitats', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol. 492, pp. 31 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.020
2017
Mayer-Pinto M, 2017, 'Impacts of bleach on bryozoans: A framework to distinguish direct and indirect effects using chemical and physical manipulations', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 599-600, pp. 58 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.201
2017
Mayer-Pinto M; Johnston EL; Bugnot AB; Glasby TM; Airoldi L; Mitchell A; Dafforn KA, 2017, 'Building ‘blue’: An eco-engineering framework for foreshore developments', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 189, pp. 109 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.12.039
2017
Bolton D; Mayer-Pinto M; Clark GF; Dafforn KA; Brassil WA; Becker A; Johnston EL, 2017, 'Coastal urban lighting has ecological consequences for multiple trophic levels under the sea', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 576, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.037
2017
Browne MA; Brooks PR; Clough R; Fisher AS; Mayer Pinto M; Crowe TP, 2016, 'Simulating regimes of chemical disturbance and testing impacts in the ecosystem using a novel programmable dosing system', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 7, pp. 609 - 618, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12521
2016
Van Den Brink PJ; Choung CB; Landis W; Mayer-Pinto M; Pettigrove V; Scanes P; Smith R; Stauber J, 2016, 'New approaches to the ecological risk assessment of multiple stressors', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 67, pp. 429 - 439, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15111
2016
Mayer-Pinto M; Matias MG; Coleman RA, 2016, 'The interplay between habitat structure and chemical contaminants on biotic responses of benthic organisms', PeerJ, vol. 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1985
2016
Mayer-Pinto M; Underwood AJ; Marzinelli EM, 2015, 'The matrix influences direct and indirect effects of an anthropogenic disturbance on marine organisms', Environmental Research, vol. 136, pp. 15 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2014.10.006
2015
Johnston EL; Hedge LH; Mayer-Pinto M, 2015, 'The urgent global need to understand port and harbour ecosystems', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 66, pp. i - ii, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MFv66n12_ED
2015
Mayer-Pinto M; Ignacio BL, 2015, 'Effects of chemical disturbances on intertidal benthic assemblages', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 506-507, pp. 10 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.095
2015
Dafforn KA; Glasby TM; Airoldi L; Rivero NK; Mayer Pinto M; Johnston EL, 2015, 'Clarification on the applicability of systematic reviews. Reply.', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 13, pp. 129 - 130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/15.WB.004
2015
Dafforn KA; Glasby TM; Airoldi L; Rivero NK; Mayer-Pinto M; Johnston EL, 2015, 'Marine urbanization: An ecological framework for designing multifunctional artificial structures', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 13, pp. 82 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/140050
2015
Dafforn KA; Mayer-Pinto M; Morris RL; Waltham NJ, 2015, 'Application of management tools to integrate ecological principles with the design of marine infrastructure', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 158, pp. 61 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.05.001
2015
Mayer-Pinto M; Johnston EL; Hutchings PA; Marzinelli EM; Ahyong ST; Birch G; Booth DJ; Creese RG; Doblin MA; Figueira W; Gribben PE; Pritchard T; Roughan M; Steinberg PD; Hedge LH, 2015, 'Sydney Harbour: A review of anthropogenic impacts on the biodiversity and ecosystem function of one of the world's largest natural harbours', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 66, pp. 1088 - 1105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15157
2015
Johnston EL; Mayer-Pinto M; Hutchings PA; Marzinelli EM; Ahyong ST; Birch G; Booth DJ; Creese RG; Doblin MA; Figueira W; Gribben PE; Pritchard T; Roughan M; Steinberg PD; Hedge LH, 2015, 'Sydney Harbour: What we do and do not know about a highly diverse estuary', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 66, pp. 1073 - 1087, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15159
2015
Johnston EL; Mayer-Pinto M; Crowe TP, 2015, 'Chemical contaminant effects on marine ecosystem functioning', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 52, pp. 140 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12355
2015
Tan ELY; Mayer-Pinto M; Johnston EL; Dafforn KA, 2015, 'Differences in intertidal microbial assemblages on urban structures and natural rocky reef', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2015.01276
2015
Marzinelli EM; Burrows M; Jackson AC; Mayer-Pinto M, 2012, 'Positive and negative effects of habitat-forming algae on survival, growth and intra-specific competition of limpets', PLoS ONE, vol. 7, pp. e51601, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0051601
2012
Mayer-Pinto M; Ignacio BL; Széchy MTM; Viana MS; Curbelo-Fernandez MP; Lavrado HP; Junqueira AOR; Vilanova E; Silva SHG, 2012, 'How Much Is Too Little to Detect Impacts? A Case Study of a Nuclear Power Plant', PLoS ONE, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0047871
2012
Mayer-Pinto M; Coleman RA; Underwood AJ; Tolhurst TJ, 2011, 'Effects of zinc on microalgal biofilms in intertidal and subtidal habitats.', Biofouling, vol. 27, pp. 721 - 727, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08927014.2011.600448
2011
Mayer-Pinto M; Underwood AJ; Tolhurst T; Coleman RA, 2010, 'Effects of metals on aquatic assemblages: What do we really know?', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol. 391, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2010.06.013
2010
Vilanova EP; Mayer Pinto M; Curbelo-Fernandez MP; Silva SHG, 2004, 'The impact of a nuclear power plant discharge on the sponge community of a tropical bay (SE Brazil)', Bollettino dei musei e degli istituti biologici dell'Universita di Genova, vol. 68, pp. 647 - 654
2004
Mayer-Pinto M; Junqueira AOR, 2003, 'Effects of organic pollution on the initial development of fouling communities in a tropical bay, Brazil', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 46, pp. 1495 - 1503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0025-326X(03)00249-2
2003
Conference Papers
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Van den Brink PJ; Bracewell SA; Bush A; Chariton A; Choung CB; Compson ZG; Dafforn KA; Korbel K; Lapen DR; Mayer-Pinto M; Monk WA; O'Brien AL; Rideout NK; Schäfer RB; Sumon KA; Verdonschot RCM; Baird DJ, 2019, 'Towards a general framework for the assessment of interactive effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems: Results from the Making Aquatic Ecosystems Great Again (MAEGA) workshop', in Science of the Total Environment, pp. 722 - 726, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.455
2019
Book Chapters
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Johnston EL; Mayer-Pinto M, 2015, 'Pollution: Effects of chemical contaminants and debris', in Marine Ecosystems: Human Impacts on Biodiversity, Functioning and Services, Cambridge University Press, pp. 244 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139794763.009
2015