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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


Dr Alecia Bellgrove is Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Ecology at Deakin University, and heads the DeakinSeaweed Research Group in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Centre For Integrative Ecology and affiliated with the NuSea.Lab.

Alecia completed a BSc (Hons) at Monash University in 1992, a PhD in marine ecology at Monash University in 1998 and a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education at Deakin University in 2007.  Alecia was a Research Fellow in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne in 1998-1999, a JSPS Foreign Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Japan from 1999-2001 and Foreign Research Fellow of the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2001.  In 2002, Alecia commenced a Lectureship in Marine Biology and Ecology at Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus and was promoted to Senior Lecturer  in 2011.

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Research interests

My research interests lie broadly within marine ecology, with a particular emphasis on:

  •     the roles of habitat-forming seaweeds in ecological systems
  •     life history dynamics of seaweeds
  •     impacts of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. sewage effluent, climate change) on habitat-forming seaweeds and the ecosystems they support
  •     the roles macroalgae may play in carbon sequestration and climate mitigation
  •     exploration of the unique and diverse temperate Australian marine flora for sustainable food, fibre and health benefits.

I encourage partnerships with industry and government agencies.


Centre for Integrative Ecology

Teaching interests

I am passionate about the marine environment, sustainably feeding the world and educating the next generation of science leaders and the general public to empower everyone to make the world we live in a better place for all.

My teaching practice is founded on the premise of student engagement in hands-on experiences and creating 'real-life' learning environments that promote both individual responsibility for the learning journey and development of skills to be effective members of teams.

Units taught

SLE265 Marine Botany (Unit Chair)

SLE266 International Marine Study Tour (Unit Chair)

SLE219 Marine Invertebrates (Warrnambool Co-ordinator)

SLE314 Research Project (Project supervision considered on request)

Knowledge areas


Marine Ecology

Seaweed Aquaculture

Marine Science Education

Professional activities

 2008 – 2012   President, Australasian Society of Phycology & Aquatic Botany (ASPAB)

2011 – 2017    Secretary, Asian Pacific Phycological Association (APPA)

Media appearances

Below is a subset of recent media appearances related to my research

Can Seaweed Save the World? – ABC Catalyst:

In this 1h documantary I join Professor Tim Flannery on the Mornington Peninsula towards the end of his journey to investigate how seaweed is helping to save the world – from growing the foods of the future, helping clean polluted water and even combating climate change.

Pip Magazine Permaculture Podcast #7

Guide to foraging edible Aussie seaweeds, Pip Magazine http://ttps://

Kaisou: Plants of the Sea – Great Ocean Quarterly

Seaweed goes from beach to forks – Warrnambool Standard

Research groups


Centre for Integrative Ecology



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Patterns and drivers of macroalgal 'blue carbon' transport and deposition in near-shore coastal environments

Erlania, A Bellgrove, P Macreadie, M Young, O Holland, Z Clark, D Ierodiaconou, R Carvalho, D Kennedy, A Miller

(2023), Vol. 890, pp. 164430-164430, Science of the Total Environment, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Adopting Ocean-Themed Picture Books to Promote Ocean Literacy in Primary Education

Cátia Freitas, Prue Francis, Alecia Bellgrove, Paul Venzo

(2023), pp. 1-16, Children's Literature in Education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

A new nursery approach enhances at-sea performance in the kelp Lessonia corrugata

Allyson Nardelli, Wouter Visch, Glenn Farrington, J Sanderson, Alecia Bellgrove, Jeffrey Wright, Catriona MacLeod, Catriona Hurd

(2023), pp. 1-13, Journal of Applied Phycology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Australian brown seaweeds as a source of essential dietary minerals

V Skrzypczyk, D Callahan, D Francis, A Bellgrove

(2023), pp. 1-13, Journal of Applied Phycology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Thermal performance curves identify seasonal and site‐specific variation in the development of Ecklonia radiata (Phaeophyceae) gametophytes and sporophytes

Jakop Schwoerbel, Wouter Visch, Jeffrey Wright, Alecia Bellgrove, J Sanderson, Catriona Hurd

(2023), pp. 1-19, Journal of Phycology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Nutritional composition and heavy metal profiling of Australian kelps cultured in proximity to salmon and mussel farms

C Biancacci, J Sanderson, B Evans, D Callahan, D Francis, V Skrzypczyk, E Cumming, A Bellgrove

(2022), Vol. 64, Algal Research, C1

journal article

Variation in biochemical composition of wild-harvested Macrocystis pyrifera (Ochrophyta) from sites proximal and distal to salmon farms in Tasmania, Australia

C Biancacci, J Sanderson, B Evans, D Callahan, D Francis, V Skrzypczyk, E Cumming, A Bellgrove

(2022), Vol. 65, pp. 1-9, Algal Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Knowing, acting and becoming: Australian students' curriculum-specific learning through a New Colombo Plan short-term mobility program to Japan

L Tran, H Phan, A Bellgrove

(2022), pp. 1-18, Educational Review, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Towards a 2025 National Ocean Literacy Strategy: Current Status and Future Needs in Primary Education

C Freitas, A Bellgrove, P Venzo, P Francis

(2022), Vol. 9, Frontiers in Marine Science, C1

journal article

Expert perceptions of seaweed farming for sustainable development

S Spillias, R Cottrell, R Kelly, K O'Brien, J Adams, A Bellgrove, B Kelly, C Kilpatrick, C Layton, C Macleod, S Roberts, D Stringer, E McDonald-Madden

(2022), Vol. 368, pp. 133052-133052, Journal of Cleaner Production, C1

journal article

Who engaged in the team-based assessment? Leveraging EdTech for a self and intra-team peer-assessment solution to free-riding

T Gunning, X Conlan, P Collins, A Bellgrove, K Antlej, A Cardilini, C Fraser

(2022), Vol. 19, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, C1

journal article

Optimisation of at-sea culture and harvest conditions for cultivated Macrocystis pyrifera: yield, biofouling and biochemical composition of cultured biomass

C Biancacci, W Visch, D Callahan, G Farrington, D Francis, P Lamb, A McVilly, A Nardelli, J Sanderson, J Schwoerbel, C Hurd, B Evans, C Macleod, A Bellgrove

(2022), Vol. 9, pp. 01-19, Frontiers in Marine Science, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Kelp nursery optimisation: density-dependent effects in early life-cycle stages of Ecklonia radiata (Laminariales)

Jakop Schwoerbel, Wouter Visch, Jeffrey Wright, Alecia Bellgrove, J Sanderson, Catriona MacLeod, Catriona Hurd

(2022), Vol. 65, Botanica Marina, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Flagellar motility during sperm chemotaxis and phototaxis in fucalean algae

N Kinoshita-Terauchi, A Bellgrove, K Shiba, K Inaba

(2021), Vol. 56, pp. 85-93, European Journal of Phycology, C1

journal article

'There's a much bigger world of science than just Australia': Australian students' development of disciplinary knowledge, transferable skills and attributes through a New Colombo Plan short-term mobility program to Japan

L Tran, H Phan, A Bellgrove

(2021), Vol. 43, pp. 888-905, International Journal of Science Education, C1

journal article

Reading over and under the waves: A study of ocean picture books for children

P Francis, P Venzo, A Bellgrove

(2021), Vol. 37, pp. 167-186, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, C1

journal article

Barriers to restoration: Pollution alters nurse effects for an ecosystem engineer

H Cameron, M Amor, A Bellgrove

(2021), Vol. 58, pp. 2783-2796, Journal of Applied Ecology, C1

journal article

Maintenance of complex life cycles via cryptic differences In the ecophysiology of haploid and diploid spores of an isomorphic red alga

Alecia Bellgrove, Fumio Nakaya, Yukihiko Serisawa, Kazuyo Matsuyama‐Serisawa, Yayoi Kagami, Paul Jones, Heikichi Suzuki, Shigeyuki Kawano, Masakazu Aoki

(2020), Vol. 56, pp. 159-169, Journal of Phycology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Attachment strength differs amongst life-history stages of an intertidal, isomorphic red alga

A Bellgrove, M Aoki

(2020), Vol. 68, pp. 144-151, Phycological research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Local thermal adaptation and limited gene flow constrain future climate responses of a marine ecosystem engineer

A Miller, M Coleman, J Clark, R Cook, Z Naga, M Doblin, A Hoffmann, C Sherman, A Bellgrove

(2020), Vol. 13, pp. 918-934, Evolutionary Applications, England, C1

journal article

Growth and survivorship of Phyllospora comosa (Phaeophyceae, Fucales) on different mariculture seeding twines in a hatchery setting

E Cumming, T Matthews, J Sanderson, B Ingram, A Bellgrove

(2020), Vol. 523, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

Stewards of Swan Bay: Curriculum diversity in place-based environmental science education

Julianne Lynch, Nicole Sadler, Prudence Francis, Ty Matthews, Julie Mondon, Alecia Bellgrove

(2020), pp. 1-10, AERA 2020 : The power and possibilities for the public good: When researchers and organizational stakeholders collaborate : Proceedings of the 2020 American Educational Research Association Meeting, Online from San Francisco, California, E1


Is Australian seaweed worth eating? Nutritional and sensorial properties of wild-harvested Australian versus commercially available seaweeds

V Skrzypczyk, K Hermon, F Norambuena, G Turchini, R Keast, A Bellgrove

(2019), Vol. 31, pp. 709-724, Journal of applied phycology, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Optimal spawning conditions of Phyllospora comosa (Phaeophyceae, Fucales) for mariculture

E Cumming, T Matthews, C Sanderson, B Ingram, A Bellgrove

(2019), Vol. 31, pp. 3041-3050, Journal of applied phycology, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The influence of canopy cover on the ecological function of a key autogenic ecosystem engineer

J Pocklington, M Keough, T O'Hara, A Bellgrove

(2019), Vol. 11, Diversity, C1

journal article

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

book chapter

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

(2018), Vol. 98, pp. 687-698, Journal of the marine biological association of the United Kingdom, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

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

journal article

Individual specialization in a migratory grazer reflects long-term diet selectivity on a foraging ground: implications for isotope-based tracking

J Thomson, E Whitman, M Garcia-Rojas, A Bellgrove, M Ekins, G Hays, M Heithaus

(2018), Vol. 188, pp. 429-439, Oecologia, Germany, C1

journal article

BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene

M Dornelas, L Antão, F Moyes, A Bates, A Magurran, D Adam, A Akhmetzhanova, W Appeltans, J Arcos, H Arnold, N Ayyappan, G Badihi, A Baird, M Barbosa, T Barreto, C Bässler, A Bellgrove, J Belmaker, L Benedetti-Cecchi, B Bett, A Bjorkman, M Błażewicz, S Blowes, C Bloch, T Bonebrake, S Boyd, M Bradford, A Brooks, J Brown, H Bruelheide, P Budy, F Carvalho, E Castañeda-Moya, C Chen, J Chamblee, T Chase, L Siegwart Collier, S Collinge, R Condit, E Cooper, J Cornelissen, U Cotano, S Kyle Crow, G Damasceno, C Davies, R Davis, F Day, S Degraer, T Doherty, T Dunn, G Durigan, J Duffy, D Edelist, G Edgar, R Elahi, S Elmendorf, A Enemar, S Ernest, R Escribano, M Estiarte, B Evans, T Fan, F Turini Farah, L Loureiro Fernandes, F Farneda, A Fidelis, R Fitt, A Fosaa, G Daher Correa Franco, G Frank, W Fraser, H García, R Cazzolla Gatti, O Givan, E Gorgone-Barbosa, W Gould, C Gries, G Grossman, J Gutierréz, S Hale, M Harmon, J Harte, G Haskins, D Henshaw, L Hermanutz, P Hidalgo, P Higuchi, A Hoey, G Van Hoey, A Hofgaard, K Holeck, R Hollister, R Holmes, M Hoogenboom, C Hsieh, S Hubbell, F Huettmann, C Huffard, A Hurlbert, N Macedo Ivanauskas

(2018), Vol. 27, pp. 760-786, Global Ecology and Biogeography, England, C1

journal article

Physical threats to macrophytes as ecosystem engineers

Diana Walker, A Bellgrove

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

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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, England, C1

journal article

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

A Bellgrove

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 2707-2711, Journal of applied phycology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Turning up the heat

A Bellgrove

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

EPAV Grant - Research - Environmental Protection Agency Victoria

  • 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

MVic Scholarship - 1854 Student - Museum Victoria

  • 2008: $1,500

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

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

GHCMA Grant - Research - Glenelg - Hopkins Catchment Management Authority

  • 2012: $15,000

Inspiring Young Marine Science Experts - Stewards of Swan Bay

Ms Nicole Sadler, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, A/Prof Julianne Lynch, Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Prue Francis, A/Prof Julie Mondon

DELWP Port Phillip Bay Fund

  • 2019: $13,356
  • 2018: $18,115

Contributions of seaweed to carbon sequestration

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Mrs Erlania Erlania, Prof Peter Macreadie, A/Prof David Francis

VEAC Grant - Bill Borthwick Scholarship

  • 2019: $2,500

Learning from Communities: Indigenous uses of seaweeds in Australasia

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Ms Zoe Ellen Brittain, Dr Prue Francis, Prof David Jones

Parks Victoria Grant - Research CAT2-1-2

  • 2022: $5,000
  • 2021: $5,000
  • 2020: $5,000

Understanding the defensive chemistry of Australian fucoid seaweeds for environmental management and sustainable commercial potential

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Ms Flora Lam Kim

Parks Victoria Grant - Research CAT2-4

  • 2023: $5,000

STUDENT APPLPICATION -Empowering Wathaurong Women?s Seaweed Knowledge

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Ms Zoe Ellen Brittain, Dr Prue Francis

DEECA - Coastcare Victoria Community Grants - 90 719 052 204

  • 2023: $9,700

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op & Deakin University: Building Capacity for Engagement in Seaweed Management on Country

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Dr Prue Francis, Ms Zoe Ellen Brittain

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action Port Philip Bay Fund 90 719 052 204

  • 2023: $49,000

Industry and Other Funding

Foraging ecology of blue whales, southern Australia

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Ms Margie Morrice

Blue Whale Study Inc

  • 2012: $25,800
  • 2011: $22,860

Would you like seaweed with that?

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

Research My World Pozible

  • 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 Craig Sanderson, Dr Brett Ingram

Victorian Shellfish Hatchery Pty Ltd

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

DemoDairy Foundation Gift - Seaweed and the dairy, meat and livestock industry

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

DemoDAIRY Foundation

  • 2020: $7,000
  • 2019: $14,000

Contributions of seaweed to carbon sequestration

Mrs Erlania Erlania, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, A/Prof David Francis, Prof Peter Macreadie

ESA - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - 20 571 098 795

  • 2021: $7,500
  • 2019: $6,375

Nutritional composition of cultured kelps and influences of sample preservation.

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Miss Vanessa Skrzypczyk, A/Prof Damien Callahan, A/Prof David Francis

Tassal Operations Pty Ltd

  • 2019: $11,000

DeakinSeaEd: marine education resources for children

Dr Prue Francis, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Dr Paul Venzo

Gwen & Edna Jones Foundation, The Ray & Joyce Uebergang Foundation

  • 2019: $10,000

Student application - Raising awareness of the Australia's Great Southern Reef in primary schools using children's literature through a professional development program for teachers.

Dr Prue Francis, Miss Catia Jose Abreu De Freitas, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Dr Paul Venzo

PADI Foundation Research Grants

  • 2021: $4,015

Developing a new Seaweed Aquaculture Industry in Gippsland.

Dr Paul Carnell, Dr Prue Francis, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Prof Peter Macreadie, Dr Cecilia Biancacci, Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett

Food & Fibre Gippsland Inc

  • 2022: $80,050
  • 2021: $40,000

Future proofing Australian agriculture with seaweed supplementation

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, A/Prof David Francis, A/Prof Damien Callahan, Mr Thiruchenduran Somasundaram

Heytesbury District Landcare Network

  • 2022: $25,000

Other Funding Sources

CRC-P Seaweed solutions for sustainable aquaculture.

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Projects Program, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

  • 2023: $149,445
  • 2022: $10,286
  • 2020: $50,654
  • 2019: $89,615


Principal Supervisor

Erlania Erlania

Thesis entitled: Contributions of Seaweed to Carbon Sequestration

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


Erin Cumming

Thesis entitled: Developing seaweed production techniques for Phyllospora comosa

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


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

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

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