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Dr Mary Young

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer, Coastal and Marine Science

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 33097

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

No publications found

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, A/Prof Adam Miller

FRDC Grant - Research - Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

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

Guiding research and best practice standards for the sustainable development of Offshore Renewables and other emerging marine industries in Australia

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young, Prof Marcel Klaassen

National Environmetal Science Program 2

  • 2023: $100,117

Other Public Sector Funding

Benthic habitat characterisation of Western Port Bay

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

Port of Hastings Development Authority

  • 2015: $13,312

Marine biotope mapping for Victorian coastal waters.

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

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 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

Parks Victoria Grant - Research CAT2-2-1

  • 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, A/Prof Adam Miller, Dr Mary Young, Prof Peter Macreadie

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2021: $222,500
  • 2020: $97,500
  • 2019: $70,000

Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program Science Communications.

Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2021: $32,053
  • 2020: $32,053

Statewide Assessment of Victorian MPAs using Existing Data.

Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou

Parks Victoria Grant - Research CAT2-2-1

  • 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, Dr Peter Porskamp

Parks Victoria

  • 2023: $59,670
  • 2022: $31,058
  • 2021: $30,000

Statewide Coastal Digital Elevation Model Update for 2021

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2021: $10,000

Spatial maps and temporal analyses of Victoria's subtidal marine biodiversity

Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Peter Porskamp

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2021: $25,000

Apollo Marine Park habitat mapping, biodiversity assessment, and capacity building in Indigenous marine country management

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young, Dr Adam Cardilini

DAWE Our Marine Parks Round 3

  • 2023: $50,000
  • 2022: $248,844

Giant Spider Crab ecological and socio-economic assessment in the marine water of Port Phillip Bay.

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Paul Carnell, Dr Justin Rizzari, Prof John Arnould, Dr Helen Scarborough, Prof Peter Macreadie, Dr Mary Young, Dr Sasha Whitmarsh

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2023: $61,000
  • 2022: $447,467

Baited Remote Underwater Video Survey of Port Phillip Head MNP

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

Parks Victoria Grant - Research CAT2-4

  • 2023: $10,000
  • 2022: $59,670

Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program. Port Phillip Bay Beach Renourishment Program - Benthic characterisation 2022-23.

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2022: $350,000

Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program Open Coast 2022-2023.

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2023: $60,000
  • 2022: $240,000

Mapping the current and future impacts of climate change stressors and urchin abundance on macroalgae in Victoria's marine protected area network.

Dr Mary Young

Parks Victoria

  • 2023: $20,834
  • 2022: $15,000

Kelping the Bay: future proofing the Golden Kelp

Dr Prue Francis, A/Prof Adam Miller, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Paul Carnell, Dr Jacqui Pocklington, Dr Mary Young, Miss Jasmine Bursic

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

  • 2023: $90,721

Filling data and knowledge gaps to support strategic marine planning.

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2023: $210,000

Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program: Wave buoys and seabed mapping program.

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning

  • 2023: $270,000

Understanding the effectiveness of protection for fish, invertebrate and algal diversity after twenty years of Victorian marine national parks and sanctuaries. RPP2324 P02

Dr Mary Young, Dr Oli Dalby

Parks Victoria

  • 2024: $32,500

Assessing the distribution, health and potential for restoration of estuarine seagrass meadows in the Glenelg Hopkins Region.

Dr Mary Young, Dr Oli Dalby, A/Prof Craig Sherman, A/Prof Adam Miller, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou

GHCMA Grant - Research - Glenelg - Hopkins Catchment Management Authority

  • 2024: $45,000

Signs of Healthy Parks integrated marine monitoring program for Pt Addis Marine National Park RPP 2324 P05

Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Sasha Whitmarsh

Parks Victoria

  • 2024: $50,000

Industry and Other Funding

ARDC GMRT-AusSeabed

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young

Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) co-investment

  • 2021: $25,728

STUDENT APPLICATION Environmental drivers of Little Penguins annual cycles across spatial ranges

Dr Patricia Corbett, Miss Lilian Maher, Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Julie Mondon

BirdLife Australia Research Awards - 75 149 124 774

  • 2024: $1,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2023

Oliver Dalby

Thesis entitled: Incorporating Spatial Ecology into Seagrass Restoration to Improve Success

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

Nicolas Pucino

Thesis entitled: Multi-scale optical remote sensing of coastal morphodynamics

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

2021

Alejandro Humberto Navarro Otero

Thesis entitled: Remote sensing of coastal wetlands in southeastern Australia

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

Peter Hendricus Johannes Porskamp

Thesis entitled: Benthic Habitat Mapping of Nearshore Temperate Environments through Remote Sensing

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