Mike van Keulen  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.
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    Dr Mike van Keulen
    BSc (Hons) PhD

    Senior Lecturer in Plant Sciences and Marine Biology

    Teaching area

     

    I teach in the School of Veterinary & Life Sciences, contributing to the Marine Science course. My major focus is on marine ecology and the biology and ecology of marine plants. Most of my teaching is at second and third year undergraduate level.

    Units taught- 
    Semester I:

    • BIO180 – Introduction to Marine Biology
    • BIO254 – Marine Botany
    • BIO384 – Marine and Estuarine Biology

    Winter Term:

    • BIO383 – Tropical Marine Biology

    Research areas

    My research focus is on marine ecology, with particular interests in seagrass ecology (including seagrass restoration) and coral reef ecology, the physiology of marine plants and corals and marine wildlife.

    Research Interests - 

    • Coral reef studies: I have several research projects at Ningaloo Reef, dealing with overall biodiversity, remote sensing and habitat mapping, seagrasses, benthic primary production, coral reproduction, coral reef metabolism and physiology, climate change impacts, interactions between corals, algae and grazers and manta ray biology and ecology. I am Director of Murdoch University’s Coral Bay Research Station;
    • Seagrass ecology: The distribution and community structure of local seagrass ecosystems; the role of physical factors in seagrass community structure; sediment dynamics in seagrass ecosystems; the role of seagrass epiphytes as indicators of eutrophication; the ecological and physiological functioning of tropical seagrass ecosystems;
    • Marine 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. Restoration of marine environments, including artificial reefs;
    • Physiology of algae and seagrasses: the role of water movement in photosynthesis and respiration of marine plants; the interaction of physical factors on seagrass and algal physiology, with a particular focus on global climate change and ocean acidification;
    • Marine wildlife: the distribution, ecology and behaviour of manta rays;
    • Biological hydrodynamics: the role of water motion in structuring marine communities; the effects of water motion on the physiology of marine plants; the effects of marine plant morphology on water flow around them; dye visualization studies of water flow over marine plants; the role of plant spacing on flow through seagrass meadows; water velocity profiles through seagrass communities; connectivity between marine ecosystems;
    • Improving communications between seagrass and mangrove researchers: List-owner of the international e-mail discussion lists: Seagrass_Forum and Mangrove;
    • Developing innovative teaching methods (see report from an assessment by the Teaching & Learning Centre of innovations in Plant Diversity – available electronically: http://wwwtlc1.murdoch.edu.au/eddesign/N265Eval.pdf).

    Current projects

    Project Manta WA – ecology and distribution of manta rays in Western Australia (including ARC Linkage project with the University of Queensland, Austral Fisheries/TG Kailis, Ningaloo Marine Interactions and Earthwatch)

    Ocean acidification in seagrass ecosystems - the physiological and ecological implications of ocean acidification on seagrasses, coral reefs and associated organisms (collaboration with Navid Moheimani and Jennifer Verduin at Murdoch; University of the Algarve, Portugal)

    Awards and grants

    2015 ARC Linkage grant: Distribution, connectivity and sustainability of species of national and international ecotourism value and conflicting international fishing pressure

    2014 FRDC R&D project: The application, needs, costs and benefits of Habitat Enhancement Structures in Western Australia and cost effective monitoring methods

    2006 CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Collaborative Cluster for Ningaloo Reef. 1. Biodiversity and Habitat Mapping

    2005 Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award

    2004 ARC Linkage grant: The stability of shallow coastal sediments with and without seagrasses

    Events and speaking engagements

    2006    Television interview – ABC Stateline programme, on research and development at Ningaloo Reef

    2003    Public lecture – NOAA, Beaufort Laboratory, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research “Climbing Mount Impossible: seagrass transplantation in Western Australia”

    2003    Radio interview – ABC regional radio, Geraldton, on the impact of dredging for the Geraldton Harbour Expansion on seagrasses in Champion Bay

    2001    Invited consultant/trainer: Seagrass transplantation and monitoring project, EuroSouth, Narooma, New South Wales

    2001    Invited speaker: Seagrass monitoring – information workshop for Shoalwater Islands Marine Park Seagrass Monitoring Community Group, Rockingham Regional Environment Centre, Western Australia

    2001    Invited speaker: Seagrass Restoration Workshop for the Adelaide Metropolitan Coast, Adelaide, South Australia

    2000     Invited speaker – Seagrass Forum. Fourth International Seagrass biology Workshop, Corsica, France

    2000    Radio interview – Radio Fremantle 107.9 FM, on seagrass rehabilitation work.

    2000    Stakeholder meeting/public interest group – Cockburn Cement community information meeting, Bibra Lake, on seagrass rehabilitation.

    1999    Radio interview – ABC regional radio, Geraldton, on the Oakajee deep-water harbour proposal.

    1986    Public Lecture to the WA Coral Reef Association “Marine Oil Pollution”

    Professional and community service

    • Director: Coral Bay Research Station
    • Vice-President: World Seagrass Association
    • Scientific Committee member: Seagrass 2016, International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Wales
    • Scientific Committee member: Seagrass 2014, International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Sanya, China
    • Scientific Committee member: Seagrass 2012, International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Editorial Board, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia
    • Organising Committee member: AMSA2011, Fremantle, WA, July 2011
    • Workshop co-convener, International Seagrass Biology Workshop, Trang, Thailand, November 2010
    • Managing Editor, Pacific Conservation Biology
    • Scientific Advisory Board, Busselton Jetty Observatory
    • Organising Committee member: 2nd Leeuwin Current Symposium, Perth, WA, September 2007
    • Member of the Marine Policy Stakeholder Group (reporting to the State Government)
    • Member of the Marine Science Reserves Council of WA
    • Organising Committee member: ACRS2007, Fremantle, WA, October 2007
    • President: North West Research Association
    • List-owner of Seagrass Forum: international e-mail discussion list for seagrass research
    • List-owner of Mangrove: international e-mail discussion list for mangrove research
    • President: Australian Marine Sciences Association (WA Branch) 2004-2007
    • Judging panel, Western Australian Landcare Awards, 2003
    • Organising Committee member: AMSA2002, Fremantle, WA, July 2002
    • Peer reviewing for international journals: Journal of Applied Phycology, Mangroves and Salt Marshes, Cryptogamie Algologie, Ecosystem Health, Bulletin of Marine Science, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, Estuaries, Marine and Freshwater Research

     

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Sharon Yeo “Population biology of the sand dollar, Peronella lesueuri, in Cockburn Sound, southwest Australia” (completed 2015)

    Warren Chisholm “The stability of shallow coastal sediments with and without seagrasses” (completed 2013)

    Owen O’Shea “The ecology and biology of stingrays (Dasyatidae) at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia” (completed 2013)

    Mark Langdon “The ecology of the grazing urchin Echinometra mathaei at Ningaloo Marine Park” (completed 2012)

    Samantha Bridgwood “Seagrass landscapes along a wave gradient” (completed 2011)

    Janja Ceh “Microbial communities associated with coral reefs” (completed 2011)

    Lotte Horn “Pulse Amplitude Modulated (PAM) fluorometry and photosynthetic performance of seagrasses in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia: A comparison of photosynthetic performance in Posidonia sinuosa Cambridge et Kuo.” (completed 2008)

    Fiona Webster “Coral reef resilience: balancing production and herbivory” (completed 2008)

    Publications

    Chapters

    • Paling, E., van Katwijk, M., Fonseca, M., Van Keulen, M., (2009),Seagrass restoration,In: Coastal Wetlands: an integrated ecosystem approach, Elsevier, pages 687 to 714.
    • Koch, E., Ackerman, J., Verduin, J., Van Keulen, M., (2006),Fluid dynamics in seagrass ecology - from molecules to ecosystems,In: Seagrasses: Biology, Ecology and Conservation, Springer, pages 193 to 225.
    • Borowitzka, M., Lavery, P., Van Keulen, M., (2006),Epiphytes of Seagrass,In: Seagrasses: Biology, Ecology and Conservation, Springer, pages 441 to 461.

    Journals

    • Labbe, A., Le Souef, A., Dunlop, N., Calver, M., Shephard, J., Van Keulen, M., (2019), Pentosidine levels cannot be used to age a long-lived seabird, Emu: austral ornithology, 119, 2, pages 186 - 190.
    • Germanov, E., Bejder, L., Chabanne, D., Dharmadi, D., Hendrawan, I., Marshall, A., Van Keulen, M., Pierce, S., Loneragan, N., (2019), Contrasting habitat use and population dynamics of reef manta rays within the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area, Indonesia, Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 6 APR 2019, pages Article number 215 -.
    • Ruthrof, K., Breshears, D., Fontaine, J., Froend, R., Matusick, G., Kala, J., Miller, B., Mitchell, P., Wilson, S., Van Keulen, M., Enright, N., Law, D., Wernberg, T., Hardy, G., (2018), Subcontinental heat wave triggers terrestrial and marine, multi-taxa responses, Scientific Reports, 8, 13094, pages 1 - 9.
    • Van Keulen, M., Nordlund, L., Cullen-Unsworth, L., (2018), Towards recognition of seagrasses, and their sustainable management, Marine Pollution Bulletin: the international journal for marine environmental scientists, engineers, administrators, politicians and lawyers, 134, , pages 1 - 4.
    • Labbe, A., Dunlop, N., Calver, M., Shephard, J., Van Keulen, M., (2017), Restoration of native vegetation and re-introduction of Malva preissiana on Penguin Island preliminary findings, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 100, 1, pages 1 - 3.
    • Venables, S., McGregor, K., Brain, L., Van Keulen, M., (2016), Manta ray tourism management, precautionary strategies for a growing industry: a case study from the Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia., Pacific Conservation Biology: a journal dedicated to conservation and wildlife management in the Pacific region, 22, 4, pages 295 - 300.
    • Yeo, S., Keesing, J., Van Keulen, M., (2015), Reproductive biology of the sand dollar, Peronella lesueuri (L. Agassiz, 1841) (Echinoidea: Clypeasteroida: Laganidae), in south-western Australia, Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 59, 3, pages 141 - 154.
    • Webster, F., Babcock, R., Van Keulen, M., Loneragan, N., (2015), Macroalgae Inhibits Larval Settlement and Increases Recruit Mortality at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, PLoS One, 10, 4, pages -.
    • Celdran, D., Lloret, J., Verduin, J., Van Keulen, M., Marin, A., (2015), Linking seed photosynthesis and evolution of the Australian and Mediterranean seagrass genus Posidonia, PLoS One, 10, 6, pages 1 - 7.
    • Unsworth, R., Van Keulen, M., Coles, R., (2014), Seagrass meadows in a globally changing environment, Marine Pollution Bulletin: the international journal for marine environmental scientists, engineers, administrators, politicians and lawyers, 83, 2, pages 383 - 386.
    • Yeo, S., Keesing, J., Van Keulen, M., (2013), Seasonal and diel variation in movement rhythms of sand dollar, Peronella lesueuri (Valenciennes 1841), in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 160, 2, pages 277 - 284.
    • Verduin, J., Seidlitz, A., Van Keulen, M., Paling, E., (2013), Maximising establishment success of Amphibolis antarctica seedlings, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 449, , pages 57 - 60.
    • Ceh, J., Kilburn, M., Cliff, J., Raina, J., Van Keulen, M., Bourne, D., (2013), Nutrient cycling in early coral life stages: Pocilloporadamicornis larvae provide their algal symbiont(Symbiodinium) with nitrogen acquired from bacterialassociates, Ecology and Evolution, 3, 8, pages 2393 - 2400.
    • Thums, M., Van Keulen, M., Meekan, M., (2013), Dietary partitioning by five sympatric species of stingray (Dasyatidae) on coral reefs, Journal of Fish Biology, 82, 6, pages 1805 - 1820.
    • Ceh, J., Van Keulen, M., Bourne, D., (2013), Intergenerational Transfer of Specific Bacteria in Corals and Possible Implications for Offspring Fitness, Microbial Ecology, 65, 1, pages 227 - 231.
    • Ceh, J., Raina, J., Soo, R., Van Keulen, M., Bourne, D., (2012), Coral-bacterial communities before and after a coral mass spawning event on Ningaloo Reef, PLoS One, 7, 5, pages 1 - 7.
    • Verduin, J., Paling, E., Van Keulen, M., Rivers, L., (2012), Recovery of Donor Meadows of Posidonia sinuosa and Posidonia australis Contributes to Sustainable Seagrass Transplantation, International Journal of Ecology, , , pages -.
    • O'Shea, O., Thums, M., Van Keulen, M., Meekan, M., (2012), Bioturbation by stingrays at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, Marine & Freshwater Research: advances in the aquatic sciences, 63, 3, pages 189 - 197.
    • Langdon, M., Paling, E., Van Keulen, M., (2011), THE DEVELOPMENT OF URCHIN BARRENS IN SEAGRASS MEADOWS AT LUSCOMBE BAY WESTERN AUSTRALIA FROM 1985 TO 2004, Pacific Conservation Biology: a journal dedicated to conservation and wildlife management in the Pacific region, 17, 1, pages 48 - 53.
    • Ceh, J., Van Keulen, M., Bourne, D., (2011), Coral-associated bacterial communities on Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 75, 1, pages 134 - 144.
    • Paling, E., Van Keulen, M., (2009), Photosynthetic recovery of transplanted Posidonia sinuosa, Western Australia, Aquatic Botany, 90, 2, pages 149 - 156.
    • Paling, E., Van Keulen, M., Tunbridge, D., (2007), Seagrass Transplanting in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia: A Comparison of Manual Transplantation Methodology Using Posidonia sinuosa Cambridge et Kuo, Restoration Ecology, 15, 2, pages 240 - 249.
    • Van Keulen, M., Borowitzka, M., (2003), Dynamics of sediments along an exposure gradient in a monospecific seagrass meadow in Shoalwater Bay, Western Australia, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 57, 4, pages 587 - 592.
    • Van Keulen, M., Borowitzka, M., (2003), Seasonal variability in sediment distribution along an exposure gradient in a seagrass meadow in Shoalwater bay, Western Australia, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 57, 4, pages 587 - 592.
    • Van Keulen, M., Paling, E., Walker, C., (2003), Effect of planting unit size and sediment stabilization on seagrass transplants in Western Australia., Restoration Ecology, 11, , pages 50 - 55.
    • Paling, E., Van Keulen, M., Wheeler, K., Phillips, J., Dyhrberg, R., (2003), Influence of spacing on mechanically transplanted seagrass survival in a high wave energy regime., Restoration Ecology, 11, , pages 56 - 61.
    • Van Keulen, M., (2002), Comparison of water velocity profiles through morphologically dissimilar seagrasses measured with a simple and inexpensive current meter, Bulletin of Marine Science, 71, 3, pages 1257 - 1267.
    • Paling, E., Van Keulen, M., Wheeler, K., Phillips, J., Dyhrberg, R., (2001), Mechanical seagrass transplantation in Western Australia, Ecological Engineering, 16, , pages 331 - 339.
    • Paling, E., Van Keulen, M., Wheeler, K., Phillips, J., Dyhrberg, R., Lord, D., (2001), Improving mechanical seagrass transplantation, Ecological Engineering, 18, , pages 107 - 113.
    • Paling, E., Van Keulen, M., Wheeler, K., Walker, C., (2000), Effects of depth on manual transplantation of the seagrass Amphibolis griffithii (J.M.Black) den Hartog on Success Bank, Western Australia, Pacific Conservation Biology: a journal dedicated to conservation and wildlife management in the Pacific region, 5, , pages 314 - 320.

    Conference

    • Baudains, C., Van Keulen, M., Phillips, R., (2002),Learning Botany: Evaluation of a Web-supported Unit on Plant Diversity,In: 19th - 25th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conferences (HERDSA) (1996-2002).
    • Phillips, R., Baudains, C., Van Keulen, M., (2002),An Evaluation Of Student Learning In A Web-Supported Unit On Plant Diversity,In: 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education(ASCILITE) (2002).
    • Van Keulen, M., Borowitzka, M., (2000),Comparison of water velocity profiles through morphologically dissimilar seagrasses,In: Biologia Marina Mediterranea.