Rosie Steinberg

PhD Candidate
Areas of Expertise

Coral, soft coral, octocoral, restoration, temperate

Underwater gardens on artificial substrates: a tool for conservation of biodiversity.

I’m researching the ecology of, threats to, and restoration of soft coral in temperate and subtropical NSW. Most recently I have been studying the effects on soft corals of the recent marine warming and bleaching event at Lord Howe Island, NSW in early 2019 by examining bleaching markers and holobiome changes. I am also studying the endangered temperate soft coral Dendronephthya australis in Botany Bay, NSW, where I am helping to inform future restoration efforts in Sydney Harbour. Overall, my research aims to increase in our understanding of this amazing yet understudied group of marine creatures.


Supervisors: Emma Johnston, Tracy Ainsworth and Dr Katherine Dafforn



Steinberg, R., van der Meer, M. H., Hobbs, J.P. A., Berumen, M., & van Herwerden, L. (2014). Characterization of 22 microsatellite loci for conservation genetic studies of an endemic anemonefish , Amphiprion latezonatus. Conservation Genetics Resources, (2012), 14–16.

Steinberg, R., van der Meer, M., Walker, E., Berumen, M. L., Hobbs, J.P. A., & van Herwerden, L. (2016). Genetic connectivity and self-replenishment of inshore and offshore populations of the endemic anemonefish, Amphiprion latezonatus. Coral Reefs, 35, 959–970.