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Biography

Dr Katherine Dafforn is an environmental scientist recognised for her contributions to understanding and managing urban impacts in marine systems. She completed her PhD in 2010 and was formerly the Co-Director of the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology Lab at the University of New South Wales. She joined Macquarie University in 2018 and is the current Deputy Director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.

Katherine has developed sensitive monitoring tools that can be applied over large spatial scales and in a range of systems to measure aquatic health. She has also been engaged in the ecological design of marine foreshores and her experimental work has contributed to several urban renewal projects. The findings have provided policy tools for building foreshore infrastructure more sustainably.

Katherine is also enthusiastic about science communication. She has published in media outlets such as The Conversation and is an avid tweeter. She recently received a Young Tall Poppy Science Award for science excellence and community engagement.

External positions

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, The University of New South Wales

3 Apr 20183 Apr 2021

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Projects 2014 2021

Ecological engineering of marine infrastructure

Dafforn, K., Mayer-Pinto, M., Bishop, M., Vozzo, M. & Bugnot, A. B.

1/07/1930/06/20

Project: Other

Environmental Trust NSW: Scaling up green seawall designs

Bishop, M., Strain, E. M. A., Dafforn, K., Lennon, D. P., Goad, A. & Steinberg, P.

1/03/1831/01/21

Project: Research

Research Outputs 2008 2019

After decades of stressor research in urban estuarine ecosystems the focus is still on single stressors: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis

O'Brien, A. L., Dafforn, K. A., Chariton, A. A., Johnston, E. L. & Mayer-Pinto, M., 13 Feb 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 684, p. 753-764 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

urban ecosystem
estuarine ecosystem
Aquatic ecosystems
Poisons
meta-analysis

Contrasting distributions of bacteriophages and eukaryotic viruses from contaminated coastal sediments

Lachnit, T., Dafforn, K. A., Johnston, E. L. & Steinberg, P., Jun 2019, In : Environmental microbiology. 21, 6, p. 1929-1941 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

coastal sediment
bacteriophage
bacteriophages
Bacteriophages
virus

Fine-scale effects of boat moorings on soft sediment communities masked in large-scale comparisons

Macolino, A. C., Dafforn, K. A., Hedge, L. H., Poore, A. G. B. & Johnston, E. L., 12 Mar 2019, In : Frontiers in Marine Science. 6, p. 1-10 10 p., 101.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Mooring
scale effect
Boats
boats
infrastructure

Size, depth and position affect the diversity and structure of rock pool communities in an urban estuary

Schaefer, N., Dafforn, K. A., Johnston, E. L. & Mayer-Pinto, M., 2019, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 70, 7, p. 1034-1044 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

rock pool
estuaries
rocks
estuary
harbors (waterways)

The application of bioturbators for aquatic bioremediation: review and meta-analysis

Gonzalez, S. V., Johnston, E., Gribben, P. E. & Dafforn, K., Jul 2019, In : Environmental Pollution. 250, p. 426-436 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Environmental Biodegradation
Bioremediation
Ecosystem
Meta-Analysis
Sediments

Activities 2013 2018

  • 4 Editorial work
  • 1 Membership of board
  • 1 Membership of committee
  • 1 Membership of council

Frontiers in Marine Science (Journal)

Katherine Dafforn (Editor)
1 Feb 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Australian Marine Science Association New South Wales (AMSA NSW) (External organisation)

Katherine Dafforn (Chair)
20 Nov 2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

PLoS ONE (Journal)

Katherine Dafforn (Editor)
3 Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Management of Biological Invasions (Journal)

Katherine Dafforn (Editor)
27 Sep 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Science and Technology Australia (External organisation)

Katherine Dafforn (Chair)
23 Nov 2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of board