The Deakin Marine Mapping Lab is  looking for driven  students and researchers to join our team. So if you have a research idea  feel free to send your research interests accompanied by your resume, transcripts, and any other documents that could support your application. For more details contact Daniel at iero@deakin.edu.au

Summary of current opportunities below.

Volunteers & Interns

Students are always welcome to join us in the laboratory and the field. Please contact iero@deakin.edu.au if you want to learn more about available opportunities. Depending of your skills and interest, you might help in drone surveys or GIS work in the lab. It is a great opportunity to get upskilled and meet our  marine and coastal scientists!

PhD Projects

Contact us for opportunities!

Project: The influence of submarine headlands on upwelling and bentho-pelagic productivity in the Bonney Coast upwelling system 

We seek a highly motivated and independent PhD candidate to investigate the influence of submarine headlands on upwelling, bentho-pelagic productivity, and sedimentology in the Bonney Coast upwelling system. This project will build upon existing hydrodynamic data from the new IMOS mooring and CTD surveys by collecting complimentary benthic and pelagic biogeochemical data, and examining community productivity, trophic linkages, and food web dynamics. Outputs from the project will assist in the calibration and validation of hydrodynamic, biogeochemical and ecosystem models for the Bonney Coast, which will promote knowledge-based sustainable management of marine resources and assist industry to optimise harvest strategies and maximise profitability. In addition, new insights into the influence of the above processes on seafloor sediment composition will improve interpretation of the sedimentary rock record.


Fieldwork will be undertaken on routine mooring servicing voyages. Sediment and water samples will be processed and analysed to investigate variations in:

o Nutrient concentrations (NOx, NH4, PO4, Si)

o Microbes (Abundance of viruses, bacteria, picophytoplankton)

o Pigments (size fractionated >/<5µm, HPLC)

o Phytoplankton (standard taxonomic methods)

o Zooplankton (standard taxonomic methods)

o Suspended solids (PIM/POM/TSS)

o Carbonates (TCO2, TAlk)

o documentation of calcareous benthos (samples and seafloor imagery) at specific sites as related to

upwelling and downwelling



Honours Projects

Project: Marine Habitat Mapping

The research undertaken by the Deakin marine mapping group focuses primarily on understanding the relationships between abiotic and biotic processes in the marine environment, and their impact on the patterns of distribution and abundance of sessile and mobile marine organisms. To undertake this research, the group has the latest advances in marine exploration tools at their disposal, including; remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), high definition baited stereo cameras (stereo BRUVs), underwater positioning (USBL), multibeam sonar, and a dedicated 9 metre research platform for open coast scientific research. These tools, together with rapid advances in marine remote sensing data, are enabling the group to close this knowledge gap and provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of the mechanisms by which spatial patterns influence key ecological processes. We are happy to discuss the supervision of students who are interested in the following research areas:


• quantitative spatial ecology (including fish-habitat associations)

• physical surrogacy

• seafloor habitat mapping

• seascape connectivity

• ecosystem based fisheries assessment

• remote sensing (including change detection and classification methods)

• marine national park assessment

Start date: February or July


Project: Coastal Ecology Drones

Aerial imagery is ideal for the assessment of coastal landscape change. Using traditional satellite sensors and manned aerial systems, however, can be challenging due to issues related to cloud cover, mobilization expenses and resolution. Rapid advances in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology now allows for costeffective collection of aerial imagery and topography at centimetre resolution suitable for assessing change in coastal ecosystems. We are happy to discuss the supervision of students who are interested in the utility of UAV-based photogrammetry and digital surface models in the following research areas:

• storm-driven sediment dynamics on sandy beaches

• coastal habitat dynamics (rocky shores, kelp, seagrass, mangroves and saltmarsh)

• animal census

• predator/ prey interactions

• coastal geomorphology

Start date: February or July

For more information please contact Daniel Ierodiaconou at iero@deakin.edu.au