Lecturer in Biological Oceanography
School of Biological Sciences
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 adaptation of diatoms to salinity fluctuations as well as the impact of drought conditions on plankton communities. She became Lecturer in 2008 and was the deputy node leader of SAIMOS (South Australian Node of IMOS (Integrated Marine Observing System)) for 2009-2015, leading biological surveys.
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.
Major Grants (2009- )
Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Award ALNGRA15036 (2014) Leterme, Impact of acidification on the uptake of trace metals by diatoms. AUS$13,406
AINSE Research Award ALNGRA14027 (2013) Leterme & Popelka-Filcoff, Impact of drought conditions on the uptake of trace metals by diatoms. AUS$18,934
BP funded GAB Science Plan - Project Proposal 2.1. (2013) Van Ruth et al., Spatial and temporal variability in the shelf microbial and plankton communities in the Great Australian Bight. AUS$506,096
Integrated Marine Observing System - Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (IMOS – CRIS) (2013) 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. 2014.AUS$276,000
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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