Dr Mary Young



Research Fellow


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Warrnambool Campus


+61 3 556 33383, 99020


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


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Estimating blue carbon sequestration under coastal management scenarios

M Moritsch, M Young, P Carnell, P Macreadie, C Lovelock, E Nicholson, P Raimondi, L Wedding, D Ierodiaconou

(2021), Vol. 777, pp. 1-12, Science of the total environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Mangrove and Saltmarsh Distribution Mapping and Land Cover Change Assessment for South-Eastern Australia from 1991 to 2015

Alejandro Navarro, Mary Young, Peter Macreadie, Emily Nicholson, Daniel Ierodiaconou

(2021), Vol. 13, pp. 1-22, Remote Sensing, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Current and future carbon stocks in coastal wetlands within the Great Barrier Reef catchments

M Duarte de Paula Costa, C Lovelock, N Waltham, M Young, M Adame, C Bryant, D Butler, D Green, M Rasheed, C Salinas, O Serrano, P York, A Whitt, P Macreadie

(2021), pp. 1-15, Global Change Biology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Seascape ecology: identifying research priorities for an emerging ocean sustainability science

S Pittman, K Yates, P Bouchet, D Alvarez-Berastegui, S Andrefouet, S Bell, C Berkstrom, C Bostrom, C Brown, R Connolly, R Devillers, D Eggleston, B Gilby, M Gullstrom, B Halpern, M Hidalgo, D Holstein, K Hovel, F Huettmann, E Jackson, W James, J Kellner, C Kot, V Lecours, C Lepczyk, I Nagelkerken, J Nelson, A Olds, R Santos, K Scales, D Schneider, H Schilling, C Simenstad, I Suthers, E Treml, L Wedding, P Yates, M Young

(2021), Vol. 663, pp. 1-29, Marine ecology progress series, [Halstenbek, Germany], C1

journal article

Factors determining seagrass blue carbon across bioregions and geomorphologies

Inés Mazarrasa, Paul Lavery, Carlos Duarte, Anna Lafratta, Catherine Lovelock, Peter Macreadie, Jimena Samper‐Villarreal, Cristian Salinas, Christian Sanders, Stacey Trevathan‐Tackett, Mary Young, Andy Steven, Oscar Serrano

(2021), Vol. 35, pp. 1-17, Global biogeochemical cycles, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Quantifying welfare gains of coastal and estuarine ecosystem rehabilitation for recreational fisheries

B Huang, Mary Young, Paul Carnell, Simon Conron, D Ierodiaconou, Peter Macreadie, E Nicholson

(2020), Vol. 710, pp. 1-11, Science of the total environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

A High-Resolution Global Map of Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) Forests and Intertidal Green Algae (Ulvophyceae) with Sentinel-2 Imagery

Alejandra Mora-Soto, Mauricio Palacios, Erasmo Macaya, Iván Gómez, Pirjo Huovinen, Alejandro Pérez-Matus, Mary Young, Neil Golding, Martin Toro, Mohammad Yaqub, Marc Macias-Fauria

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 1-20, Remote Sensing, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to estimate above-ground-biomass of mangrove ecosystems

A Navarro, M Young, B Allan, P Carnell, P Macreadie, D Ierodiaconou

(2020), Vol. 242, pp. 1-13, Remote sensing of environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Using species distribution models to assess the long-term impacts of changing oceanographic conditions on abalone density in south east Australia

M Young, E Treml, J Beher, M Fredle, H Gorfine, A Miller, S Swearer, D Ierodiaconou

(2020), Vol. 43, pp. 1052-1064, Ecography, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Drivers and modelling of blue carbon stock variability in sediments of southeastern Australia

C Ewers Lewis, M Young, D Ierodiaconou, J Baldock, B Hawke, J Sanderman, P Carnell, P Macreadie

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 2041-2059, Biogeosciences, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, C1

journal article

Accounting for spatial scale and temporal variation in fish-habitat analyses using baited remote underwater video stations (BRUVS)

Samuel Wines, Mary Young, Richard Zavalas, Jordan Logan, Paul Tinkler, Daniel Ierodiaconou

(2020), Vol. 640, pp. 171-187, Marine ecology progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1

journal article

Local and regional scale habitat heterogeneity contribute to genetic adaptation in a commercially important marine mollusc (Haliotis rubra) from southeastern Australia

Adam Miller, Ary Hoffmann, Mun Tan, Mary Young, Collin Ahrens, Michael Cocomazzo, Alex Rattray, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Eric Treml, Craig Sherman

(2019), Vol. 28, pp. 3053-3072, Molecular ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Mapping Ocean Wealth Australia: the value of coastal wetlands to people and nature

Paul Carnell, Simon Reeves, Emily Nicholson, Peter Macreadie, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Mary Young, Jaya Kelvin, Holger Janes, Alejandro Navarro, James Fitzsimons, Chris Gillies

(2019), Carlton, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

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

journal article

Multiscale and hierarchical classification for benthic habitat mapping

P Porskamp, A Rattray, M Young, D Ierodiaconou

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

journal article

Modelling current and future abundances of benthic invertebrates using bathymetric LiDAR and oceanographic variables

A Jalali, M Young, Z Huang, H Gorfine, D Ierodiaconou

(2018), Vol. 27, pp. 587-601, Fisheries oceanography, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Optimal soil carbon sampling designs to achieve cost-effectiveness: a case study in blue carbon ecosystems

Mary Young, Peter Macreadie, Clare Duncan, Paul Carnell, Emily Nicholson, Oscar Serrano, Carlos Duarte, Glenn Shiell, Jeff Baldock, Daniel Ierodiaconou

(2018), Vol. 14, Biology letters, London, Eng., C1

journal article

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

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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 article

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

journal article

Multivariate bathymetry-derived generalized linear model accurately predicts rockfish distribution on Cordell Bank, California, USA

M Young, P Iampietro, R Kvitek, C Garza

(2010), Vol. 415, pp. 247-261, Marine ecology progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1-1

journal article

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, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller

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

An updated monitoring program for Cape Howe Marine National Park.

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Mr Paul Tinkler, Mr Sam Wines, Dr Paul Carnell, Dr Mary Young

  • 2021: $48,780
  • 2019: $45,000

Optimal Management of Overabundant Sea Urchins in Victoria.

Dr Paul Carnell, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Eric Treml, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller, Dr Mary Young, Prof Peter Macreadie

  • 2021: $160,000
  • 2020: $97,500
  • 2019: $70,000

Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program Science Communications.

Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou

  • 2021: $32,053
  • 2020: $32,053

Statewide Assessment of Victorian MPAs using Existing Data.

Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou

  • 2021: $9,000
  • 2020: $36,000

An updated monitoring program for Discovery Bay Marine National Park

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young, Dr Sasha Whitmarsh, Mr Scott Gray, Mr Paul Tinkler, Mr Peter Porskamp

  • 2021: $30,000

Industry and Other Funding


A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young

  • 2021: $10,000


No completed student supervisions to report