Dr Melinda Waterman

I am an early career biotechnologist examining the secondary metabolites and protective mechanisms of moss species that live in temperate and Antarctic regions. I recently completed my PhD in the biology and chemistry of Antarctic moss species, with a focus on their natural protective mechanisms and how old living moss shoots from Antarctica can be. I am interested in the protective mechanisms employed by plants, in particular mosses, and how they cope in different stressful situations, e.g. UV radiation, water stress and high light. My research interests include but are not limited to climate change, plant ecophysiology, radiocarbon dating and natural products spanning across many disciplines within science.

Ph: 02 4221 5373
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Position: Research Associate / Associate Lecturer




Waterman, MJ, Nugraha, AS, Hendra, R, Ball, GE, Robinson, SA, & Keller PA (2017). Antarctic moss biflavonoids show high antioxidant and ultraviolet-screening activity. Journal of Natural Products. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.7b00085

Ashcroft, MB, Casanova-Katny, A, Mengersen, K, Rosenstiel, TN, Turnbull, JD, Wasley, J, Waterman, MJ, Zúñiga, GE & Robinson, SA (2016). Bayesian methods for comparing species physiological and ecological response curves. Ecological Informatics 34: 35-43.

Cirocco, RM, Waterman, MJ, Robinson, SA, Facelli, JM & Watling, JR (2015). Native hemiparasite and light effects on photoprotection and photodamage in a native host, Functional Plant Biology 42: 1168-1178.

Robinson, SA & Waterman, MJ (2014) Sunsafe bryophytes: photoprotection from excess and damaging solar radiation. In Photosynthesis of Bryophytes and Seedless Vascular Plants. Eds Hanson DT & Rice SK. Volume 37 in series Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, 113-130.

Matsubara, S, Förster, B, Waterman, MJ, Robinson, SA, Pogson, BJ, Gunning, B & Osmond, B (2012). From ecophysiology to phenomics: some implications of photoprotection and shade-sun acclimation in situ for dynamics of thylakoids in vitro. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences 367: 3503-3514.



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