Professor FALKENBERG Laura Jane


(Office): Rm 107A, Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory, CUHK

People FL



(Office): 3943 7254

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PhD, The University of Adelaide
2008 Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, The University of Adelaide
2007 Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science, The University of Adelaide


  • Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate, University College London
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate and Teaching Assistant, The University of Adelaide

Research Interests

  • Global change biology – particularly ocean acidification and warming
  • Marine ecosystem dynamics, shifts, and resistance/resilience
  • Herbivore-autotroph ecophysiology, behaviour, and interactions
  • Socio-economic consequences of environmental change

Representative Publications

  1. Falkenberg LJ, Wrange AL, Kinnby A, Havenhand JN, Lockyer A, Styan CA (2017) Low sensitivity of reproductive life-stages in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) to abamectin. Chemosphere, 182: 665-671.
  2. Connell SD, Fernandes M, Burnell OW, Doubleday ZA, Griffin KJ, Irving AD, Leung JYS, Owen S, Russell BD, Falkenberg LJ (2017) Testing for thresholds of ecosystem collapse in seagrass meadows. Conservation Biology, 31: 1196-1201.
  3. Falkenberg LJ, Tubb A (2017) Economic consequences of ocean acidification: publication patterns and directions for future research. Ambio, 46: 543-553.
  4. Falkenberg LJ, Havenhand JN, Styan CA (2016) Sperm accumulated against surface: a novel alternative bioassay for environmental monitoring. Marine Environmental Research 114: 51-57.
  5. Falkenberg LJ, Russell BD, Connell SD (2016) Design and performance evaluation of a mesocosm facility and techniques to simulate ocean acidification and warming. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 14: 278-291.
  6. Falkenberg LJ, Connell SD, Russell BD (2013) Disrupting the effects of synergies between stressors: improved water quality dampens the effects of future CO2 on a marine habitat. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 51-58.
  7. Falkenberg LJ, Russell BD, Connell SD (2013) Contrasting resource limitations of marine primary producers: implications for competitive interactions under enriched CO2 and nutrient regimes. Oecologia 172: 575-583.
  8. Falkenberg LJ, Russell BD, Connell SD (2013) Future herbivory: the indirect effects of enriched CO2 may rival its direct effects. Marine Ecology Progress Series 492: 85-95.
  9. Falkenberg LJ, Russell BD, Connell SD (2012) Stability of strong species interactions resist the synergistic effects of local and global pollution in kelp forests. PLoS ONE 7: e33841.
  10. Russell BD, Thompson JI, Falkenberg LJ, Connell SD (2009) Synergistic effects of climate change and local stressors: CO2 and nutrient driven change in subtidal rocky habitats. Global Change Biology 15: 2153-2162.


  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Finalist in the South Australian Science Excellence Awards for PhD Research Excellence – Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Australian Water Association HJN Hodgson Medal Finalist


Professional Activities

  • Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow at Limnology and Oceanography Letters, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
  • Review editor at Frontiers in Marine Science
  • Mentor in the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program, The New York Academy of Sciences