Dr Mary Young

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Warrnambool Campus

Contact

mary.young@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 556 33383, 99020

Biography

Mary completed her Bachelor's degree in Marine and Coastal Ecology at California State University, Monterey Bay where she also worked as a lab manager for the Seafloor Mapping Lab. During her time at the Seafloor Mapping Lab, she participated in the California Seafloor Mapping Program which mapped the coastal waters of California out to 3 nautical miles. During this time, Mary gained vast knowledge in the acquisition and processing of multibeam, sidescan and interferometric data. Even with this new skillset, her interest remained in marine ecology and mapping the seafloor gave insight into the heterogeneous environment in the oceans and sparked her interest in the field of marine landscape ecology. By using landscape ecology techniques and the seafloor maps, she completed and published her undergraduate capstone project on explaining and predicting rockfish distribution across the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary in California, USA. During her year off between finishing her undergraduate degree and starting her graduate degree she also worked on and published a project with Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution looking at spawning location preference of California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens). She then went on to complete her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Raimondi-Carr Lab. The main goal of her Ph.D. research was to apply landscape ecology to answer broad scale questions in marine ecology. Combining oceanography, biogenic habitat and population connectivity, she looked at the distributions of temperate nearshore reef fishes, giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and the placement and evaluation of marine protected areas. At Deakin, Mary’s research will be focused on looking at broad scale patterns in marine systems with the incorporation of oceanographic processes, population characteristics, genetics, and seafloor habitat. Understanding these broad scale patterns in the oceans will help to understand the effects of climate change and help with marine spatial planning.

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Biography summary

2008 - 2014 - Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California at Santa Cruz

2008 - Researcher on NOAA's search for deepwater caves in Bermuda

2005 - 2014 - Processing Supervisor at Seafloor Mapping Lab at California State University at Monterey Bay

2002- 2007 -  B.S. in Marine and Coastal Ecology at California State University at Monterey Bay

Research interests

Marine Landscape Ecology

Marine Population Connectivity

Species Distributions

Effects of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystems

Marine Protected Area Management

Publications

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2018

Combining pixel and object based image analysis of ultra-high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter for habitat mapping in shallow marine waters

D Ierodiaconou, A Schimel, D Kennedy, J Monk, G Gaylard, M Young, M Diesing, A Rattray

(2018), Vol. 39, pp. 271-288, Marine geophysical research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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Multiscale and hierarchical classification for benthic habitat mapping

P Porskamp, A Rattray, M Young, D Ierodiaconou

(2018), Vol. 8, Geosciences, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal
2017

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

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Applying landscape ecology for the design and evaluation of marine protected area networks

M Young, L Wedding, M Carr

(2017), pp. 429-462, Seascape Ecology, Hoboken, N.J., B1

chapter

Combining underwater video methods improves effectiveness of demersal fish assemblage surveys across habitats

J Logan, M Young, E Harvey, A Schimel, D Ierodiaconou

(2017), Vol. 582, pp. 181-200, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany, C1

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2016

Environmental controls on spatial patterns in the long-term persistence of giant kelp in central California

M Young, K Cavanaugh, T Bell, P Raimondi, C Edwards, P Drake, L Erikson, C Storlazzi

(2016), Vol. 86, pp. 45-60, Ecological monographs, Hoboken, N.J., C1

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Accounting for habitat and seafloor structure characteristics on southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) assessment in a small marine reserve

M Young, D Ierodiaconou, M Edmunds, L Hulands, A Schimel

(2016), Vol. 163, pp. 1-13, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1

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2015

Assessment of habitat representation across a network of marine protected areas with implications for the spatial design of monitoring

M Young, M Carr

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-23, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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Application of species distribution models to explain and predict the distribution, abundance and assemblage structure of nearshore temperate reef fishes

M Young, M Carr

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 1428-1440, Diversity and Distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, Weinheim, Germany, C1

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Forests of the sea: Predictive habitat modelling to assess the abundance of canopy forming kelp forests on temperate reefs

M Young, D Ierodiaconou, T Womersley

(2015), Vol. 170, pp. 178-187, Remote sensing of environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Spatial abundance patterns and recruitment of a virus-affected commercial mollusc fishery

M Jalali, D Ierodiaconou, H Gorfine, F Christiansen, M Young

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 472-487, Fisheries management and ecology, Weinheim, Germany, C1

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Seascape drivers of Macrocystis pyrifera population genetic structure in the northeast Pacific

M Johansson, F Alberto, D Reed, P Raimondi, N Coelho, M Young, P Drake, C Edwards, K Cavanaugh, J Assis, L Ladah, T Bell, J Coyer, D Siegel, E Serrão

(2015), Vol. 24, pp. 4866-4885, Molecular ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2013

Distribution and abundance of rippled scour depressions along the California coast

A Davis, R Kvitek, C Mueller, M Young, C Storlazzi, E Phillips

(2013), Vol. 69, pp. 88-100, Continental shelf research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Patterns of interaction between habitat and oceanographic variable affecting the connectivitity and productivity of invertebrate fish

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young, Dr Craig Sherman

FRDC Grant - Research - Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

  • 2017: $35,000
  • 2016: $110,000
  • 2015: $50,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Benthic habitat characterisation of Western Port Bay

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Mr Sean Blake, Dr Alexandre Schimel, Dr Mary Young

  • 2015: $13,312

Marine biotope mapping for Victorian coastal waters.

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young, Dr Alex Rattray

  • 2018: $89,600

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report