Dr Steph Gardner
Adjunct Associate Lecturer

Dr Steph Gardner

BSc BBus, BSc (Hons), PhD (UTS)

Science
School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Current research projects include characterising microbes, such as bacteria, in temperate and tropical reef organisms including fish guts, turf algae and corals to identify changes that are likely to occur under a changing climate. Steph's background in physiology and biochemistry involved looking at a sulphur compound naturally produced by corals, to understand how they can use this to protect themselves against coral bleaching under stressors including thermal stress and hyposaline conditions. 

Centre for Marine Science and Innovation (CMSI)

Evolution & Ecology Research Centre

Phone
+61 2 9065 3811
Location
Level 4 East Biological Sciences North (E26) UNSW, Kensington 2052
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Fujise L; Suggett DJ; Stat M; Kahlke T; Bunce M; Gardner SG; Goyen S; Woodcock S; Ralph PJ; Seymour JR; Siboni N; Nitschke MR, 2021, 'Unlocking the phylogenetic diversity, primary habitats, and abundances of free-living Symbiodiniaceae on a coral reef', Molecular Ecology, vol. 30, pp. 343 - 360, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.15719
    Journal articles | 2020
    Camp EF; Suggett DJ; Pogoreutz C; Nitschke MR; Houlbreque F; Hume BCC; Gardner SG; Zampighi M; Rodolfo-Metalpa R; Voolstra CR, 2020, 'Corals exhibit distinct patterns of microbial reorganisation to thrive in an extreme inshore environment', Coral Reefs, vol. 39, pp. 701 - 716, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-019-01889-3
    Journal articles | 2019
    Gardner SG; Camp EF; Smith DJ; Kahlke T; Osman EO; Gendron G; Hume BCC; Pogoreutz C; Voolstra CR; Suggett DJ, 2019, 'Coral microbiome diversity reflects mass coral bleaching susceptibility during the 2016 El Niño heat wave', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 9, pp. 938 - 956, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4662
    Journal articles | 2019
    Leggat WP; Camp EF; Suggett DJ; Heron SF; Fordyce AJ; Gardner S; Deakin L; Turner M; Beeching LJ; Kuzhiumparambil U; Eakin CM; Ainsworth TD, 2019, 'Rapid Coral Decay Is Associated with Marine Heatwave Mortality Events on Reefs', Current Biology, vol. 29, pp. 2723 - 2730.e4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.06.077
    Journal articles | 2018
    Nitschke MR; Gardner SG; Goyen S; Fujise L; Camp EF; Ralph PJ; Suggett DJ, 2018, 'Utility of photochemical traits as diagnostics of thermal tolerance amongst great barrier reef corals', Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00045
    Journal articles | 2017
    Camp EF; Nitschke MR; Rodolfo-Metalpa R; Houlbreque F; Gardner SG; Smith DJ; Zampighi M; Suggett DJ, 2017, 'Reef-building corals thrive within hot-acidified and deoxygenated waters', Scientific Reports, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-02383-y
    Journal articles | 2017
    Gardner SG; Raina JB; Nitschke MR; Nielsen DA; Stat M; Motti CA; Ralph PJ; Petrou K, 2017, 'A multi-trait systems approach reveals a response cascade to bleaching in corals', BMC biology, vol. 15, pp. 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12915-017-0459-2
    Journal articles | 2017
    Gardner SG; Raina JB; Ralph PJ; Petrou K, 2017, 'Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and dimethylated sulphur compounds in coral explants under acute thermal stress', Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 220, pp. 1787 - 1791, http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.153049
    Journal articles | 2016
    Gardner SG; Nielsen DA; Laczka O; Shimmon R; Beltran VH; Ralph PJ; Petrou K, 2016, 'Dimethylsulfoniopropionate, superoxide dismutase and glutathione as stress response indicators in three corals under short-term hyposalinity stress', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 283, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.2418
    Journal articles | 2015
    Gardner SG; Nielsen DA; Petrou K; Larkum AWD; Ralph PJ, 2015, 'Characterisation of coral explants: a model organism for cnidarian–dinoflagellate studies', Coral Reefs, vol. 34, pp. 133 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-014-1240-4