Relationships between seabed complexity and the distribution of key biota

Supervisor team may include:

Dr Neville Barrett

This project uses a comprehensive set of imagery derived from IMOS AUV deployments in Tasmanian shelf waters to examine the spatial distribution of characteristic reef associated species (e.g. particular sponges) and their relationship with significant habitat features. The work will allow future predictions of the distribution of key species based on mapped seabed geomorphology.

A range of similar projects are also available for this image analysis, including description of the spatial distribution of benthic invertebrates and algae within the Flinders Commonwealth Marine Reserve, physical drivers of benthic invertebrate structural height and complexity on deep reefs, the changing distribution of Centrostephanus barrens in eastern Tasmanian waters.

Suitable for February or July start date.

Contact Dr Neville Barrett ( for more details.

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
October 7, 2019