Ms Dorothea Bender-Champ

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 334 63063


Research Interests

  • Past and current research
    My research is focused on the ecophysiology of coral reef primary producers as well as interactions between organisms, such as coral-algal competition. During my PhD candidature, I studied coral reef macroalgae and turf algae under future conditions (ocean acidification and warming) as well as eutrophication. As part of the team working on the ARC Laureate project, I am studying metabolic processes (i.e. productivity and calcification) of different coral reef communities along a transect from Heron Island lagoon to the reef slope. Along this transect, water velocity, depth, light, temperature and other physicochemical parameters are expected to change, affecting reef metabolic rates. Furthermore, our team will assess how these communities and their metabolism will be affected by future conditions.


  • Doctorate of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bender, D., Diaz-Pulido, G. and Dove, S. (2013). Effect of past and future Co2 emission scenarios and eutrophication on the common coral reef alga chnoospora implexa. In: M. Dennis Hanisak, James A. Nienow and Akshinthala K. S. K. Prasad, Abstracts of Papers to be Presented at the 10th International Phycological Congress. 10th International Phycological Congress, Orlando, Florida, United States, (9-9). 4-10 August 2013.

  • Diaz-Pulido, Guillermo, Anthony, Kenneth R. N., Bender, Dorothea, Doropoulos, Chris, Gouezo, Marine, Herrero-Gimeno, Macarena and Reyes-Nivia, Catalina (2011). Variability in the effects of ocean acidification on coral reef macroalgae. In: Special Issue: Fifth European Phycological Congress. European Phycological Congress (5th, 2011), Rhodes, Greece, (48-49). 4-9 September 2011. doi:10.1080/09670262.2011.613190

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