Dr Jennifer Verduin
BSc (Oceanography) (Hons) Wales, MPhil Wales, PhD W.Aust.

Senior Lecturer in Oceanography

About me

I am an oceanographer with many years of experience in research on the role of high latitude oceans in decadal climate variability and thermo-haline circulation. More recently I have focused on the impact of physical processes on biological processes and ecosystem dynamics including the effects of coastal hydrodynamics on benthic vegetation, particles and structures; influence of epibenthic organisms on hydrodynamics based on their structural parameters (flume and tank studies), sediment/particle distribution, structuring of seagrass habitats, seagrass rehabilitation, Radar(Directional Wave Measurements) Sensing of surface currents, coastal oceanography and I have an interest in numerical modelling of coastal ocean processes.


Teaching area

My major focus in teaching is on oceanography contributing to the Marine Science degree. I also teach several lectures -marine- in the Introduction to Environmental Biology unit in the School Veterinary and Life sciences, Environmental and Conservation sciences.

Units taught-

Semester 1:

  • BIO103 Introduction to Environmental Biology
  • ENV324 Environmental Restoration

Semester 2:

  • ENV102 Foundations of the Environment
  • ENV244 Oceanography and Marine Pollution

Research areas

  • Oceanography of the coastal ocean: the role of water motion on marine ecosystems; the effects of water motion on benthic communities and vice versa; pollen and propagule release and movement within seagrass meadows and far field dispersion.
  • Sediment dynamics around and within seagrass ecosystems, effect of sedimentation on benthic structures
  • Seagrass ecology: The distribution and community structure of local seagrass ecosystems; the role of physical factors in seagrass community structure; role of seagrass as a coastal engineering species
  • Seagrass rehabilitation: Rehabilitation of seagrasses and processes influencing recruitment success of seedlings, both in Western Australia and elsewhere in Australia. Involved in large-scale and experimental transplantation of seagrasses on Success Bank and in Cockburn Sound, as part of the Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Plan;
  • Climate studies: the effect of the changing climate on the marine environment , stress behaviour of marine ecosystems

Current projects

Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Program

  • The program has seen successful transplantation of over 3 hectares of seagrass into Cockburn Sound; We are now in the fifth year of monitoring of one of the largest seagrass rehabilitation programs in Australia.

Awards and grants

Wave applications and analyses using high frequency X-band radar (2016-date); How near shore oceanographic conditions around islands affect bottom sediment dynamics and shapes seagrass landscapes.

Genetic connectivity through the dispersal of seedlings in the seagrass species Amphibolis antarctica.

Fremantle Ports: Assessment of hydrodynamic stresses and wave climate on survival of submerged seagrass stands.

Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Program (2005 – 2013) – Project management.

A collaborative programme involving Murdoch. ECU and UWA, the botanic gardens and parks management authority, and several leading environmental consultants. This comprehensive study covers many areas of research, planting and monitoring of seagrass. The Marine and Freshwater Research Laboratory (MAFRL) at Murdoch University is undertaking the seagrass revegetation as part of the Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Plan. We have successfully developed techniques to increase the success and survival of transplanted seagrasses in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia and have transplanted over three hectares of seagrass into the Sound.

Early Career Researchers Grant, 2007.

Research on wave attenuation by particular seagrass species dominant at the Western Australia coastline such as Posidonia australis and Amphibolis Antarctica. The emphasis will be on the question whether seagrass meadows can mitigate wave energy and hence influence the wave climate in the coastal zone. Should the wave climate in the swash zone be, among others, dependent on seaward seagrass meadows, their decline would have significant influence on coastal constructions, beach management and coastal protection? There is a growing awareness of the importance of seagrass stands at our coasts and to be able to use seagrass meadows as soft coastal protection would be innovative approach to coastal protection and complement our efforts on re-vegetating large areas of the Western Australia coastal zone.

Events and speaking engagements

Verduin, J. J. (2013). Seagrass rehabilitation in Western Australia; Lessons learnt. Seagrass restoration workshop.7-8 March 2012. SARDI Aquatic Sciences, Adelaide

van Keulen, M., Verduin, J. J.,  Rivers, L.  and Paling, E. I (2012). Recovery of donor meadows and sustainable seagrass transplantation. International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 25-30th November, 2012.

van Katwijk, Marieke M, Anitra Thorhaug, Nuria Marbà, Chris Pickerell, I Althuizen, E Balestri, G Bernard, ML Cambridge, A Cunha, CM Duarte, C Durance, C Gadoullet, W Giesen, Q Han, S Hosokawa, G Kendrick, W Kiswara, T Komatsu, C Lardicci, KS Lee, A Meinesz, M Nakaoka, RJ Orth, EI Paling, A Ransijn, J.J. Verduin. 2012. Revegetation of seagrass beds worldwide. A review of actions and possible keys to success. International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 25-30th November, 2012.

Verduin, J. (2012) How Seagrasses are being restored in Australia – What we have learned. 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Tampa, Florida, 20-25th October 2012. Invited speaker.

Verduin, J.J., Dapson, I and van Keulen, M. (2012). Assessing ecosystem recovery in transplanted Posidonia australis, Western Australia.  Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop, Essaouira, Morocco,

Verduin, J.J., E. Paling and M van Keulen (2010). Seagrass rehabilitation: Requisites to successful, long-term, mitigation outcomes. World Seagrass Conference, Phuket, Thailand, 21-25 November 2010.

Verduin, J.J. (2010). Restoration of coastal ecosystems in south-eastern Asia. Workshop organiser. 9th International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Trang, Thailand, 27-30 November 2010.

Verduin, J.J. (2009). Seagrass rehabilition and shoot density dependent sediment movement in Western Australia. Biogeomorphology Platform 8 Symposium, January 2009. Invited speaker, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 8th January 2009,

Verduin, J.J., Paling, E. I., van Keulen, M. (2008). Rhizome growth and root development in Posidonia australis and Posidonia sinuosa transplants in Western Australia. International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Bamfield, Vancouver Island, Canada, 31 August-6 September 2008

Verduin, J.J., Paling, E. I., van Keulen, M. (2007). Effects of flow on existing and transplanted seagrasses. Experimental assessment of the role of marine biodiversity on energy dissipation workshop at CEME in Yerseke, the Netherlands, 22-26 January 2007. Invited Speaker

Verduin, J. J. , M. van Keulen , E. I. Paling and W. Chisholm (2006). The Effect of Shoot Density on Flow and Sediment Stabilisation within Seagrass Meadows. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2006 Vienna, Austria, 2 – 7 April 2006.

Verduin, J.J. (2003). EDIOS European Directory of the Initial Ocean Observing System. EDIOS conference. Hamburg, Germany, 2004. Program leader and organizer.

Verduin, J.J. (2004). The European Directory of Initial Ocean-observing Systems (EDIOS); EUROCEAN, Galway, Ireland, 13May, 2004

Verduin, J.J. (2003). EDIOS European Directory of the Initial Ocean Observing System. EDIOS workshop. Bergen, April 2003. Program leader and organizer.

Verduin, J.J. (2002). Biological and physical interactions in seagrass meadows (Coastal areas), Centre for Water Research, UWA; part of a teaching coarse in applied aquatic ecology; March 2002.

Verduin, J.J. (2002). Hydrodynamics and pollination in seagrass habitats off the coast of Western Australia – field observations and modelling. Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany.

Verduin, J.J., Backhaus, J.O. and Walker, D. I. (2000). Estimates of pollen dispersal and capture within submerged seagrass meadows. 4th International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Corsica, France, October 2000.

Verduin, J.J. (1999). Inter-annual variability and deep water formation in the Central Greenland Sea; Perth, Western Australia, March 1999

Verduin, J.J. (1999). Long term temperature and salinity trends in the Central Greenland Sea; CSIRO, Hobart, Tasmania, March 1999

Verduin, J.J. (1998). Three-dimensional modelling of flow-vegetation interaction in coastal seas. Invited speaker, ISPRA, Italy, December 1998

Verduin, J.J. (1998). Evaluation of interdisciplinary projects and process analyses. Invited speaker. Department of Environmental System Research, University of Osnabrück, September 1998.

Verduin, J.J. (1998). Importance of Plant-flow interactions regarding particle transport in seagrasses with special reference to Amphibolis antarctica. Invited speaker Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (BAH), Sylt. 8-13 August 1998.

Professional and community service

Chair Scientific Committee Australian Marine Sciences Association Conference 2019

Review Editor for Marine Ecosystem Ecology, Frontiers in Marine Science since 2018

Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Committee on Capacity Building. Providing direction for SCOR’s capacity-building activities such as participation of scientists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in SCOR activities (e.g., guidelines for WG proposals), the POGO-SCOR Fellowship Program, travel grants (e.g., guidelines for grants), and provision of reports to libraries in developing countries.

Steering Committee Member World Seagrass Association: https://wsa.seagrassonline.org/committee/


Doctoral and masters supervisions

Jo Buckee: “Intertidal coral responses to sea level variability at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands”

Penny Beere: “The utility of barnacle growth on fabric in forensic investigations in a marine environment”

Warren Chisholm: ”The stability of shallow coastal sediments with and without seagrasses”  (finalised)



Book Chapters:

McMahon K., Sinclair, E.A., van Dijk K-J, Hernawan U, Verduin J & Waycott M. (2018). Genetic connectivity in tropical and temperate Australian seagrass species. In: Larkum A., Kendrick G., Ralph P. (eds) Seagrasses of Australia. Springer, Cham, pp 155-194. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71354-0_6

Koch, E.W., J. Ackerman, J. Verduin, and M van Keulen (2006). Fluid Dynamics in Seagrass Ecology: from Molecules to Ecosystems. In: Larkum, A.W.D.; Orth, R.J. and Duarte, C. M., (eds.). Seagrasses:Biology, Ecology and Conservation, Springer Verlag. 193-225.

Koch, E. W., and Verduin, J. J. (2001). Part II: Seagrass Research Methods. Chapter 17.Measurements of physical parameters in seagrass habitats. In: Global Seagrass Research Methods.Science editors: Short, F. T. and Coles, R. G.; Technical editor: Short, C. A. Elsevier Science, 482 p

Refereed Journal articles

Eltanahy, E., Salim, S., Vadiveloo, A., Verduin, J.J., Pais, B., Moheimani, N. (2018). Comparison between Jet and Paddlewheel Mixing for the Cultivation of Micro-algae in Anaerobic Digestate Piggery Effluent (ADPE). Algal Research (35) 274-282. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2018.08.025.

Fawcett, D., Verduin, J.J., Shah, M., Sharma, S. B. and Poinern, G. E. J. (2017). A Review of Current Research into the Biogenic Synthesis of Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles via Marine Algae and Seagrasses. Journal of Nanoscience. Volume 2017, Article ID 8013850, 15 pp. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8013850

Verduin, J. J. 2016. Seagrass rehabilitation and restoration, Cockburn Sound, WA.https://site.emrprojectsummaries.org/2016/03/14/seagrass-rehabilitation-and-restoration-cockburnsound-wa/

Celdran, D., Lloret, J. Verduin, J. van Keulen, M and Marin, A. (2015). Linking seed photosynthesis and evolution of the Australian and Mediterranean seagrass genus Posidonia. PLoSOne 0(6):e0130015, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130015

Van Katwijk, Marieke M., Thorhaug, A., Marba, N., Orth, R. J., Duarte, C.M., Kendrick, G. A., Althuizen, I. H. J., Balestri, E., Bernard, G., Cambridge, M. L., Cunha, A., Kiswara, W., Komatsu, T., Lardicci, C., Lee, K-S., Meinesz, A., Nakaoka, M., O’Brien, K. R., Paling, E. I., Pickerell, C., Ransijn, A. M. A., Verduin, J.J. (2016). Global analysis of seagrass restoration: the importance of large–scale planting. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12562. 53(2) 567-578

McMahon, K., Ruiz-Montoya, L., Kendrick, G. A., Krauss, S. L., Waycott, M., Verduin, J.J., Lowe, R., Statton, J., Brown, E., Duarte, C. (2014). The Movement ecology of seagrasses. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 2014/1/22, 281/1795,2 0140878

Verduin, J.J., Seidlitz, A., van Keulen, M and Paling, E.I. (2013). Maximising establishment success in Amphibolis seedlings. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 449 (2013) 57–60

Sinclair, E., A., Verduin, J.J., Kraus, S.L., Hardinge, J. Anthony, J. and Kendrick, G. A. (2013). A genetic assessment of a successful seagrass meadow (Posidonia australis) restoration trial. Ecological Management and Restoration. Vol 14 No 1: 68-71

Verduin, J.J., Paling, E.I., van Keulen, M and Rivers, L.E. (2012). Recovery of Donor Meadows of Posidonia sinuosa and Posidonia australis Contributes to Sustainable Seagrass Transplantation. International Journal of Ecology. Volume 2012, Article ID 837317, 5 pages doi:10.1155/2012/837317

Kendrick, G.A., Waycott, M., Carruthers, T., Cambridge, M., Hovey, R., Krauss, S., Lavery, P., Les, D., Lowe, R., Mascaró i Vidal, O., Ooi Lea Sim, J., Orth, R.J., Rivers, D. 1, Ruiz-Montoya, L., Sinclair, E.A., Statton, J., Van Dijk, K., Verduin, J. (2012). The central role of dispersal in the maintenance and persistence of seagrass populations. Bioscience January 2012/ Vol. 62 No 1. 56-65.

Backhaus, J. O. and Verduin, J.J. (2008). Simulating the Interaction of Seagrasses with their ambient Flow. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 80(4):563-572

Verduin, J. J. and Fischer, J. (2003). EDIOS: European Directory of the Initial Ocean Observing System. In: Building the European capacity in Operational Oceanography. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on EuroGOOS 3-6 December 2002, Athens, Greece. pp. 265-271

Verduin, J.J. (2004). European Directory of the Initial Ocean-Observing Systems (EDIOS). Metadata base compilation. https://www.seadatanet.org/Metadata/EDIOS-Observing-systems

Fahrbach, E., Rohardt, G., Schauer, U., Meincke, J., Østerhus, S., and Verduin, J. J. (2003). Direct measurements of heat and mass transports through Fram Strait. ICES Marine Science Symposia, 219: 378-381.

Verduin, J. J., Backhaus, J. O., Walker, D. I. (2002). Estimates of pollen dispersal and capture within Amphibolis antarctica (labill.) Sonder and Aschers. ex Aschers. meadows. Bulletin of Marine Science: Vol. 71, No. 3, pp. 1269–1277.

Fahrbach, E., Meincke, J., Østerhus, S., Rohardt, G., Schauer, U., Tverberg, V. and Verduin, J. J. (2001). Direct measurements of volume transports through Fram Strait. Polar Research, 20 (2), 217-224

Schauer, U., Schütt, E., Verduin, J. J., Wisotzky, A. (2000). Shelf-slope interactions in the western and eastern Greenland Sea. In: Reports on Polar Research, Schauer, U. (ed.), 250/2000, p 27-29

Simonsen, K., Budeus, G., Lygre, K. Quadfasel, D., Rey, F., Ronski, S. and Verduin, J.J. (1999). Hydrographic development in the Greenland Sea Gyre during the ESOP-2 period; Part 1: The history of hydrographic parameter distribution. Scientific Report. (Ed. E. Jansen). University of Bergen, Norway

Verduin, J.J. and Quadfasel, D. R. (1999). Long term temperature and salinity trends in the central Greenland Sea. European Sub-polar Ocean Programme II. Final Scientific report (Ed. E. Jansen). University of Bergen, Norway, 30pp

Verduin, J.J. (1996). In situ submarine pollination in Amphibolis antarctica (Labill.) Sonder et Aschers. ex Aschers. and its relation to hydrodynamics, in: Seagrass biology. John Kuo, Ronald C. Phillips, Diana I. Walker and Hugh Kirkman (Eds.), Faculty of Science, Perth, Western Australia, pp 123-128.

Verduin, J.J., Walker, D.I. and Kuo, J. (1996). In situ submarine pollination in the seagrass Amphibolis antarctica. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 133: 307-309.