Sophie received a Master in Biological Oceanography in 2003 (Universite Pierre & Marie Curie - Paris VI, France) and a PhD in Marine Biology in 2006 (University of Plymouth, UK). She did 2 years of post-doctoral work at Flinders University working on the ecology of the Coorong wetlands, focusing on the impact of drought conditions on microbial and plankton communities and on the adaptation of plankton to salinity fluctuations. She took on a Lecturer position at Flinders University in 2008 and was since promoted to Senior Lecturer (2013) and to Associate Professor (2016). She was the deputy node leader of SA-IMOS (South Australian Node of IMOS (Integrated Marine Observing System)) for 2009-2015, leading the biological program of SA-IMOS.
Her current research focuses on biofouling issues within desalination systems. She also works on the dynamic of plankton communities in various ecosystems. In particular, her work includes different aspects of the effect of environmental change (i.e. drought, acidification, eutrophication) on plankton biology and ecology, with a special focus on diatoms and copepods.
ACSR-YSEP Fellowship 2015
ACSR-YSEP Fellowship 2014
Visiting Research Fellowship (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology) 2007
FR3CE Visiting Scholar Fellowship (Flinders University) 2006-2007
Selected Recent Major Grants
Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Award ALNGRA15036 Leterme, Impact of acidification on the uptake of trace metals by diatoms. $13,406 (2014)
AINSE Research Award ALNGRA14027 Leterme & Popelka-Filcoff, Impact of drought conditions on the uptake of trace metals by diatoms. $18,934 (2013)
BP funded GAB Science Plan - Project Proposal 2.1. Van Ruth et al., Spatial and temporal variability in the shelf microbial and plankton communities in the Great Australian Bight. $506,096 (2013-2017)
Integrated Marine Observing System - Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (IMOS – CRIS) Middleton et al., Australian National Mooring Network (ANMN)–SAIMOS Mooring sub-facility, Shelf and slope moorings, field surveys and associated analyses to produce data streams. $276,000 (2013)
Member of research clusters within the School:
Supervision of Honours, Master and postgraduate research students
My current research focuses on the dynamic of plankton communities in various ecosystems such as coastal waters, continental shelf, upwelling zones and estuaries (Coorong).
My work includes different aspects of the effect of environmental changes on plankton biology and ecology, with a special focus on diatoms and copepods.
I also work on the environmental impacts of desalination plants as well as on biofouling issues within desalination systems, focusing on bacteria, picoplankton and phytoplankton.
: Zooplankton, wetlands, climate change
; Biofouling, desalination, metagenomics
; Phytoplankton, diatoms, wetlands, climate change
: Wetlands, biostatistics
; Algae, diatoms, metagenomics
; Algae, zooplankton
; Harmful algae, dinoflagellates
; Algae, diatoms, biofuel
: Algae, Aquaculture
; cyanobacteria, oceanography
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