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Dr Laura Falkenberg
Torrens Building
220 Victoria Square
  • Research Associate
  • UCL Australia
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Laura Falkenberg is a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the School of Energy and Resources, UCL Australia. In her role at UCL Laura is developing a new technique to identify the effects of environmental impacts on marine species using measures of gamete motility, the outcomes of which will have implications for forecasts of population dynamics and ecosystem composition. Prior to joining UCL Laura was a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Adelaide where she conducted research that considered the potential role of altered conditions as drivers of shifts in kelp ecosystems. Laura completed her PhD in Marine Ecology at the University of Adelaide and holds an undergraduate degree in Arts (Geography and Environmental Studies) and Science (Ecology/Marine Biology) with Honours in Marine Biology.

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Dr Laura Falkenberg is a marine ecologist whose research interests focus on identifying the potential impact(s) of environmental change on individual organisms and how these effects may modify ecosystem processes and function. Laura is not only interested in understanding the potential consequences of human activities, but also what management approaches can be utilised to ensure the future of marine ecosystems.


Currently, Laura is primarily working to develop and optimise a new technique to enable rapid identification of the effects of human-driven environmental change on marine species using measures of gamete motility, an area of significance given the critical nature of this potentially sensitive life history stage to population dynamics and ecosystem structure.


Another area of specific interest is identifying the potential effects of combined global (climate change) and local change (species removal, nutrient pollution, addition of effluent) on key marine species. Given the potentially interactive nature of changes at these contrasting scales, Laura is particularly interested in identifying if management at local scales could mitigate the effects of global change. 

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