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I am a coastal ecologist with over 15 years of experience researching temperate ecosystems of Australia and the USA. My team's research addresses how these ecosystems operate and respond to change. Our research has investigated a wide range of environmental problems, including shellfish disease, coastal erosion, nutrient enrichment, invasive species, and marine urban sprawl. Our present research has a particular focus on the development and evaluation of engineering interventions that create habitat and conserve native biodiversity in degraded seascapes. I presently co-lead (with Dr Laura Airoldi, University of Bologna, Italy) the green engineering working group of the World Harbour Project (http://www.worldharbourproject.org/workgroups/green-engineering/) which involves over 14 global partners, from industry and academia, distributed across North and South America, Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa. The group is addressing sustainable solutions for the design of seawalls and urbanised shorelines, using a combination of materials science, design and ecology. I am working closely with the NSW oyster industry to assess how the industry’s selective breeding programs may be harnessed for the purposes of rehabilitating Australia’s lost shellfish reefs, of which <1% remain. I am also assessing how mesh produced using starch waste from potatoes may be used as a substrate for oyster reef rehabilitation. Oysters are critically important in fisheries production, maintenance of clean water and shoreline stablisation and the successful restoration of Australia’s oyster reefs has the potential to greatly enhance the ecological and economic value of our coasts.

Recent research awards and honours 

  • 2017 Jim Piper Award for Research Leadership
  • 2013 Finalist (1 of 3), Eureka National Science Awards, Emerging Research Leader
  • 2012 Brian Robinson Fellowship from the Banksia Environmental Foundation
  • 2011 NSW Young Tall Poppy Award for contributions to research and public outreach
  • 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year in the category Environment, Water and Climate Change Sciences

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Research Outputs

Assessing variation in assemblages of large marine fauna off ocean beaches using drones

Kelaher, B. P., Colefax, A. P., Tagliafico, A., Bishop, M. J., Giles, A. & Butcher, P. A., 2020, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 71, 1, p. 68-77 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 12 Citations (Scopus)

    Backshore nourishment of a beach degraded by off-road vehicles: ecological impacts and benefits

    Cooke, B. C., Morton, J. K., Baldry, A. & Bishop, M. J., 1 Jul 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 724, 10 p., 138115.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Designing bio-shelters: improving water quality and biodiversity in the bays precinct through dynamic data-driven approaches

    Zavoleas, Y., Hank Haeusler, M., Dunn, K., Bishop, M., Dafforn, K., Schaefer, N., Sedano, F. & Daniel Yu, K., 2020, In : Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture. 2020, 5, p. 521-532 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 23 Downloads (Pure)

    Exploring the potential for marine aquaculture to contribute to ecosystem services

    Gentry, R. R., Alleway, H. K., Bishop, M. J., Gillies, C. L., Waters, T. & Jones, R., May 2020, In : Reviews in Aquaculture. 12, 2, p. 499-512 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Integrating outcomes of IUCN red list of ecosystems assessments for connected coastal wetlands

    Sievers, M., Pearson, R. M., Turschwell, M. P., Bishop, M. J., Bland, L., Brown, C. J., Tulloch, V. J. D., Haig, J. A., Olds, A. D., Maxwell, P. S. & Connolly, R. M., Sep 2020, In : Ecological Indicators. 116, 13 p., 106489.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    2017 BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration for National (non-economic) Benefit

    Lesley Hughes (Recipient), Michelle Leishman (Recipient), Leigh Staas (Recipient), Rachael Gallagher (Recipient), Nola Hancock (Recipient), Linda Beaumont (Recipient), Victoria Graham (Recipient), Timothy J. Ralph (Recipient), Hsing-Chung Chang (Recipient), Kerrie Tomkins (Recipient), Emilie-Jane Ens (Recipient) & Melanie Bishop (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Honorary award

    Faculty of Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Research

    Michelle Leishman (Recipient), Lesley Hughes (Recipient), Tori Graham (Recipient), Linda Beaumont (Recipient), Melanie Bishop (Recipient), Rachael Gallagher (Recipient), Nola Hancock (Recipient), Kerrie Tomkins (Recipient), Hsing-Chung Chang (Recipient), Emilie-Jane Ens (Recipient), Leigh Staas (Recipient) & Tim Ralph (Recipient), 24 Nov 2017



    Macquarie University Academic Staff Award for Excellence in Research, Highly Commended

    Lesley Hughes (Recipient), Michelle Leishman (Recipient), Linda Beaumont (Recipient), Melanie Bishop (Recipient), Rachael Gallagher (Recipient), Nola Hancock (Recipient), Kerrie Tomkins (Recipient), Hsing-Chung Chang (Recipient), Emilie-Jane Ens (Recipient), Tim Ralph (Recipient) & Tori Graham (Recipient), 1 Nov 2017