Professor Catherine Ellen Lovelock

School of Biological Sciences,
The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072.
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  • Ph.D. 1992 James Cook University; B.Sc. (Agric.) hons. 1986 University of Western Australia.


Employment History:

  • 2004-cont. Teaching and Research Academic, Centre for Marine Studies/School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland
  • 1998-2004. Senior Research Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland, USA
  • 1994-1997. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Rep. Panama.
  • 1992-1994. Visiting Fellow, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

Research Interests

Effects of climate change on coastal plant communities;  Physiology and ecology of coastal plant communities, including mangroves and salt marshes;  Elemental stoichiometry of organisms and the relationship to the biology and ecology of marine organisms.

Recent competitive Funding (representative)

  • 2010   Australian Research Council- Super Science. Treading water: The vulnerability of Australia’s tropical islands to rapid sea level rise. Hoegh-Guldberg, O, Mumby P, Phinn S, Lovelock C, Woodroffe $557, 000.
  • 2009    Australian Research Council-Discovery. Salinity tolerance along an aridity gradient: linking physiological processes with morphological constraints on leaf function in mangroves. MC Ball, CE Lovelock, B Choat, L Sacks $313 000.
  • 2009  CSIRO Flagship Cluster.  South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ CARI), Biodiversity Project. Lovelock CE, Skilleter G, Schmidt S, Wilson K. $900 000

Community Service (representative)

  • Member, Great Barrier Reef Authority, Reef Advisory Committee for Coasts and Catchments
  • Member, International Blue Carbon Working Group, IUCN, IOC, Conservation International.

Recent Publications (representative)

  • Adame MF, Wright SF, Grinham A, Lobb K, Reymond CE, and CE Lovelock (2012) Terrestrial-marine connectivity: Patterns of terrestrial soil carbon deposition in coastal sediments determined by analysis of glomalin-related soil protein. Limnology and Oceanography
  • Lovelock CE, Feller IC, Ruess RW. 2011. CO2 efflux from cleared mangrove peat. PLOS One, 6(6): e21279. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021279
  • Lovelock CE, Bennion V, Grinham A, Cahoon DR. 2011. The role of surface and subsurface processes in keeping pace with sea-level rise in intertidal wetlands of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Ecosystems 14: 745-757
  • Mcleod E, Chmura GL, Bouillon S, Salm R, Bjork M, Duarte CM, Lovelock CE, Schlesinger WH, Silliman B. 2011. A Blueprint for Blue Carbon:  Towards an improved understanding of the role of vegetated coastal habitats in sequestering CO2. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 552–560
  • Traill LW, Perhans K, Lovelock CE, Prohaska A, Rhodes JR, Wilson KA. 2011. Managing for global change: wetland transitions under sea level rise and outcomes for threatened species Diversity and Distributions, 17: 1225–1233
  • Adame MF, Lovelock CE. 2011. Carbon and nutrient exchange of mangrove forests with the coastal ocean. Hydrobiology 663: 23-50.
  • Reef R, Feller IC, Lovelock CE. 2010. Nutrition of mangroves. Tree Physiology 30: 1148-1160.
  • Lovelock CE. 2008. Soil respiration in tropical and subtropical mangrove forests. Ecosystems 11: 342–354
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