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Sarah Murfitt

PhD Candidate

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PhD Candidate, Deakin University, Australia, 2017 - current


Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours), First Class Honours, Deakin University, Australia, 2016

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology), Deakin University, Australia, 2013-2015

Research interests:

Sarah's research is focused on using technologies to gain a better understanding of our coastal environments and the drivers of key ecological processes. She has looked at applications of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), for rocky shore monitoring and for observing shorebird habitats. She will continue with this as part of her PhD research, specifically using UAV technology to assess changes in intertidal environments.

Sarah also is interested in marine and wildlife conservation and has worked on projects both locally and internationally, assisting community groups with scientific research on tropical marine systems, and wildlife such as sea turtles, and little penguins. 


Research Highlights:

Best Honours/Masters Presentation, Australasian Society of Phycology and Aquatic Botany conference, 2016

Bill Borthwick Scholarship, Victorian Environment Assessment Council, 2016

Christopher Oakley award, Deakin University, 2015



Murfitt SL, Allan B, Bellgrove A, Rattray A, Young M, Ierodiaconou D (2017) Applications of unmanned aerial vehicles in intertidal reef monitoring. Scientific Reports. 7:10259. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-10818-9

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