Research Team

Glenn Farrington

Technical Officer

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I am the technical officer responsible for the field operations of the project.

I have a master obtained from the Auckland University of Technology, with a thesis that focused on the biomass and distribution of New Zealand surf clams. I have more than 4 years of experience in the aquaculture field, having previously worked in New Zealand as an Aquaculture scientist, focusing on mussels and seaweeds. I am an expert diver and boat driver.

The management and interpersonal skills learned through my working life and the knowledge and practical experience gained through my education, has made me an experienced, flexible and skilfull scientist with a keen interest in environmental sciences and aquaculture. 

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Dr Cecilia Biancacci

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Deakin University

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Post Doc Research Fellow currently investigating the potential of seaweed cultivation in Tasmania, together with salmon and mussels, with a focus on cultivation and biochemical analyses of the final product.My main interest centers around aquaculture of different organisms and species, with a focus on seaweed and the potential commercial applications of the final products. More than 7 years of experience in the aquaculture field, including microalgae, invertebrates, and macroalgae, with the main focus being the optimization of cultivation methodologies and evaluation of the production of commercially interesting products.  
 

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Dr Wouter Visch

Research Assistant

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Research Assistant within the project, primarily involved in activities around the lab, but when needed I am a pair of extra hands in the field as well.

My primary research interest is how do we produce food for an ever-growing population in a sustainable way. My work is focussed on a more sustainable aquaculture sector in Tasmania by integrating various species.

I am specialized in the cultivation of seaweed (i.e. Kelp), in a variety of topics, from environmental interactions, site selection, and domestication.

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Dr Maree Fudge

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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I am a social researcher and Research Fellow at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies. Maree is researching the optimal governance and management arrangements for progressing a sustainable IMTA industry in Tasmania and Australia. My research is focused on integrated marine governance and decision-making, public policy, the political and institutional dimensions of marine social-ecological systems, and changing processes of democratic legitimacy and political participation in marine governance. Before joining the University of Tasmania, I was a consultant and director of my co-owned Tasmanian consulting company RDS Partners P/L focusing on social research and evaluation for executive teams, institutional and organisational development, community and stakeholder engagement and community development. I have undertook my doctoral studies at the University of Tasmania where she examined the civil participation and democratic process in marine governance using marine social-ecological systems in Tasmania, Australia and New Brunswick, Canada as comparative case studies..

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Tormey Reimer

PhD Student

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PhD candidate at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. My PhD is using ecological modelling to evaluate the environmental impacts of seaweed in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. I will first be using a coupled hydrodynamic-biogeochemical model to investigate the effect of drag on water movement and nutrient remediation, which will inform site selection and remediation strategies. I will then be choosing one or two other key impacts of seaweed aquaculture to investigate with appropriate modelling approaches, with the goal of producing novel results and providing realistic recommendations. The final chapter of my thesis will evaluate the effects of salmon and seaweed aquaculture on marine ecosystem function in Tasmania. I have completed my Bachelor's degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Ecology and Evolution. For my Master of Science in Zoology I conducted field research in Norway on otolith deformities in farmed salmon, and used a mechanistic model to show that these deformities could reduce otolith functionality and have implications for salmon welfare and conservation. My general research interests include aquaculture, environmental sustainability, and natural resource management

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Jakop Schwoerbel

PhD Student

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Ph.D. student focusing on the optimization of seaweed hatchery production.

My main research interests are seaweed aquaculture, IMTA, and the influence of abiotic factors on early life history stages of kelp.

I have obtained my BSc and MSc in Marine Biology and I have experience in indoor seaweed cultivation

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Lynnlee Chikudza

PhD Student

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Ph.D. student under the Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture CRC-P, working on the Social sustainability of Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture.

My main research interest is in aquaculture certification. My work is focused on how the community and other different stakeholders perceive IMTA production.

I have experience in all levels of Tilapia Production & Management (Administration, Biosecurity, Hatchery, Lake operations, Nutrition and Fish processing)

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Allyson Eduardo Nardelli

PhD Student

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My Ph.D. research focuses on the seaweed cultivation and optimization of at sea, using seaweed as a solution for sustainable aquaculture.

My main interest is applying aquaculture as a means to minimizes impacts on the environment and increase its efficiency in the use of resources.

I have been working with research on aquaculture of animals and algae for the past 10 years.

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