Dr Alecia Bellgrove



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Warrnambool Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1998
Bachelor of Science, Monash University, 1992

Research interests

My research interests lie broadly within marine ecology with a particular emphasis on the role of habitat-forming seaweeds in ecological systems, their life history dynamics and the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. sewage effluent, climate change).  Recently we have also begun to explore the role macroalgae may play in carbon sequestration and to explore the unique and diverse temperate Australian marine flora for new, delicious and nutritious sea vegetables


Centre for Integrative Ecology

Units taught

SLE162 Marine & Coastal Environmental Interpretation (Unit Chair)

SLE255 Marine Biology (Unit Chair)

SLE337 Marine Biodiversity (Unit Chair)

SLE314 Research Project (Project supervision considered on request)

Research groups

Centre for Integrative Ecology http://cie-deakin.com/


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Aboriginal uses of seaweeds in temperate Australia: an archival assessment

R Thurstan, Z Brittain, D Jones, E Cameron, J Dearnaley, A Bellgrove

(2018), Vol. 30, pp. 1821-1832, Journal of applied phycology, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1


Seagrasses and macroalgae: importance, vulnerability and impacts

A Bellgrove, P Macreadie, J Jarvis, S Trevathan-Tackett

(2018), Vol. 1, pp. 729-770, Climate change impacts on fisheries and aquaculture a global analysis, Chichester, Eng., B1


Physical threats to macrophytes as ecosystem engineers

D Walker, A Bellgrove

(2017), pp. 259-272, Marine macrophytes as foundation species, Boca Raton, Fla., B1


Carbon dioxide mitigation potential of seaweed aquaculture beds (SABs)

C Sondak, P Ang, J Beardall, A Bellgrove, S Boo, G Gerung, C Hepburn, D Hong, Z Hu, H Kawai, D Largo, J Lee, P Lim, J Mayakun, W Nelson, J Oak, S Phang, D Sahoo, Y Peerapornpis, Y Yang, I Chung

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 2363-2373, Journal of applied phycology, Berlin, Germany, C1


New resource for population genetics studies on the Australasian intertidal brown alga, Hormosira banksii: isolation and characterization of 15 polymorphic microsatellite loci through next generation DNA sequencing

A Bellgrove, A van Rooyen, A Weeks, J Clark, M Doblin, A Miller

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 1721-1727, Journal of applied phycology, Berlin, Germany, C1


Disturbance alters ecosystem engineering by a canopy-forming alga

J Pocklington, S Jenkins, A Bellgrove, M Keough, T O'Hara, P Masterson-Algar, S Hawkins

(2017), pp. 1-12, Journal of the marine biological association of the United Kingdom, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Restoring rocky intertidal communities: lessons from a benthic macroalgal ecosystem engineer

A Bellgrove, P McKenzie, H Cameron, J Pocklington

(2017), Vol. 117, pp. 17-27, Marine pollution bulletin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Applications of unmanned aerial vehicles in intertidal reef monitoring

S Murfitt, B Allan, A Bellgrove, A Rattray, M Young, D Ierodiaconou

(2017), Vol. 7, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1


A life well lived: Joanna Jones (Kain) 1930-2017

A Bellgrove

(2017), pp. 1-5, Journal of applied phycology, Berlin, Germany, C1


Can macroalgae contribute to blue carbon? An Australian perspective

R Hill, A Bellgrove, P Macreadie, K Petrou, J Beardall, A Steven, P Ralph

(2015), Vol. 60, pp. 1689-1706, Limnology and oceanography, London, Eng., C1


Comparison of marine macrophytes for their contributions to blue carbon sequestration

S Trevathan-Tackett, J Kelleway, P Macreadie, J Beardall, P Ralph, A Bellgrove

(2015), Vol. 96, pp. 3043-3057, Ecology, London, Eng., C1


Effects of micro- and mesograzers on intertidal macroalgal recruitment

A Bellgrove, J Monk, G Quinn

(2014), Vol. 161, pp. 1-10, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1


Genetic connectivity between trans-oceanic populations of Capreolia implexa (Gelidiales, Rhodophyta) in cool temperate waters of Australasia and Chile

G Boo, A Mansilla, W Nelson, A Bellgrove, S Boo

(2014), Vol. 119, pp. 73-79, Aquatic Botany, C1


Turning up the heat

A Bellgrove

(2013), Vol. 49, pp. 627-629, Journal of phycology, London, England, C1


Remotely sensed hydroacoustics and observation data for predicting fish habitat suitability

J Monk, D Ierodiaconou, A Bellgrove, E Harvey, L Laurenson

(2011), Vol. 31, Continental shelf research, London, England, C1


Influence of intermittent estuary outflow on coastal sediments of adjacent sandy beaches

J McKenzie, G Quinn, T Matthews, J Barton, A Bellgrove

(2011), Vol. 92, pp. 59-69, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, London, U. K., C1


Habitat suitability for marine fishes using presence-only modelling and multibeam sonar

J Monk, D Ierodiaconou, V Versace, A Bellgrove, E Harvey, A Rattray, L Laurenson, G Quinn

(2010), Vol. 420, pp. 157-174, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1


Restoration of the habitat-forming fucoid alga Hormosira banksii at effluent-affected sites : competitive exclusion by coralline turfs

A Bellgrove, P McKenzie, J McKenzie, B Sfiligoj

(2010), Vol. 419, pp. 47-56, Marine ecology - progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1


Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy as a tool to identify macroalgal propagules

A Bellgrove, H Kihara, A Iwata, M Aoki, P Heraud

(2009), Vol. 45, pp. 560-570, Journal of phycology, New York, N. Y., C1


Dislodgment and attachment strength of the intertidal macroalga Hormosira banksii (Fucales, Phaeophyceae)

P McKenzie, A Bellgrove

(2009), Vol. 48, pp. 335-343, Phycologia, Lawrence, Kan., C1


An evaluation of Sea Search as a citizen science programme in Marine Protected Areas

R Koss, K Miller, G Wescott, A Bellgrove, A Boxshall, J McBurnie, A Bunce, P Gilmour, D Ierodiaconou

(2009), Vol. 15, pp. 116-127, Pacific conservation biology, Baulkham Hills, N.S.W., C1


Using community-based monitoring with GIS to create habitat maps for a marine protected area in Australia

J Monk, D Ierodiaconou, A Bellgrove, L Laurenson

(2008), Vol. 88, pp. 865-871, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Cambridge, England, C1


Variation in gametophyte dominance in populations of Chondrus verrucosus (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta)

A Bellgrove, M Aoki

(2008), Vol. 56, pp. 246-254, Phycological research, Carlton, Vic., C1


Dispersal of Hormosira banksii (phaeophyceae) via detached fragments : reproductive viability and longevity

P McKenzie, A Bellgrove

(2008), Vol. 44, pp. 1108-1115, Journal of phycology, New York, N.Y., C1


No outbreeding depression at a regional scale for a habitat-forming intertidal alga with limited dispersal

P McKenzie, A Bellgrove

(2006), Vol. 57, pp. 655-663, Marine & freshwater research, Collingwood, Vic., C1


Small-scale temporal variation in propagule supply of an intertidal red alga

A Bellgrove, M Aoki

(2006), Vol. 45, pp. 458-464, Phycologia, Odense, Denmark, C1


Drifting or walking? colonisation routes used by different instars and species of lotic, macroinvertebrate filter feeders

B Downes, A Bellgrove, J Street

(2005), Vol. 56, pp. 815-824, Marine and freshwater research, Collingwood, Vic., C1


An integrated study of the temporal and spatial variation in the supply of propagules, recruitment and assemblages of intertidal macroalgae on a wave-exposed rocky coast, Victoria, Australia

A Bellgrove, M Clayton, G Quinn

(2004), Vol. 310, pp. 207-225, Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Photosynthetic performance of transplanted ecotypes of Ecklonia cava (Laminariales, Phaeophyta)

Y Serisawa, Y Yokohama, Y Aruga, A Bellgrove

(2004), Vol. 16, pp. 227-235, Journal of applied phycology, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1


Growth and survival rates of large-type sporophytes of Ecklonia cava transplanted to a growth environment with small-type sporophytes

Y Serisawa, M Aoki, T Hirata, A Bellgrove, A Kurashima, Y Tsuchiya, T Sato, H Ueda, Y Yokohama

(2003), Vol. 15, pp. 311-318, Journal of applied phycology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


Effects of secondarily treated sewage effluent on intertidal macroalgal recruitment processes

A Bellgrove, M Clayton, G Quinn

(1997), Vol. 48, pp. 137-146, Marine and freshwater research, Clayton, Vic., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Assessing and mitigating environmental impacts of SWRO outfalls on key benthic marine organisms

A/Prof Julie Mondon, Dr Alecia Bellgrove

National Centre of Excellence in Desalination

  • 2014: $96,863
  • 2013: $182,218
  • 2012: $23,410

Other Public Sector Funding

Recovery of Hormosira banksii at Boags Rocks and surrounds following reduction of ammonium and freshwater influences

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

  • 2008: $1,100
  • 2007: $4,545

Identifying the relationship between benthic marine habitat and the distribution of Victorian coastal fishes: Implications for marine protected area management

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Prof Gerry Quinn, Dr Jacquomo Monk

  • 2008: $1,500

Victoria's future climate and the marine environment: vulnerabiltiy of rocky reefs

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

  • 2012: $15,000

Industry and Other Funding

Foraging ecology of blue whales, southern Australia

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Ms Margie Morrice

  • 2012: $25,800
  • 2011: $22,860

Would you like seaweed with that?

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Prof Giovanni Turchini, Prof Russell Keast, Dr Fernando Norambuena

  • 2013: $5,314

Sustainable nutrition solutions using Australian seaweeds: Developing seaweed production techniques for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Ms Erin Cumming, Dr Brett Ingram, Dr Craig Sanderson

  • 2017: $15,000
  • 2016: $15,000
  • 2015: $15,000


Principal Supervisor

Margaret Morrice

Thesis entitled: Fine-scale foraging habitat and behavioural responses of pygmy blue whales

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Maria Garcia Rojas

Thesis entitled: Influence of sea-ice structure on minke whale and other krill-predator distribution

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Jessica McKenzie

Thesis entitled: Coastal Responses to Estuarine Discharge from Intermittently Open System

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Prudence McKenzie

Thesis entitled: Potential for Long-distance Dispersal of Hormosira banksii

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Jacquomo Monk

Thesis entitled: Understanding Fish-habitat Associations using Video Observations and Sonar Imaging

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Daniel Grixti

Thesis entitled: Estimating and Improving the Survival of Caught and Released Fish

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences