Research Interests

  • Seasonal river ecology
  • Environmental metagenomics
  • Impacts of mining on aquatic ecosystems
  • Aquatic ecology in developing countries
  • Stable isotope ecology
  • Riparian function and assessment

 

 

Collie River

Collie River (Western Australia)

 

Metagenomic analysis

The microbial ecology of rivers in Ghana

Professional Societies

Book Sections

  • McCullough, C., and Blanchette, M. L. (2014). Effects of anthropogenic acidification on aquatic ecosystems. In Boulton, A.J., Brock, M.A., Robson, B.J., Ryder, D.S., Chambers, J.M. & Davis, J.A. Chapter 3: “Chemical processes in standing waters.” Australian Freshwater Ecology (Second Edition). Wiley & Sons: New York 392pp. ISBN: 978-1-118-56823-1.

 

Collie Pit Lakes

Collie Pit Lakes (Western Australia)

Papers

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  • Blanchette, M. L., A. M. Davis, T. D. Jardine, and R. G. Pearson. (2014). Omnivory and opportunism characterize food webs in a large dry-tropics river system. Freshwater Science 33(1):142-158.link
  • Blanchette, M. L., and R. G. Pearson. (2013). Dynamics of habitats and macroinvertebrate assemblages in rivers of the Australian dry tropics. Freshwater Biology. 58(4):742-757. link
  • Davis, A. M., M. L. Blanchette, B. J. Pusey, T. D. Jardine, and R. G. Pearson. (2012). Gut-content and stable-isotope analyses provide complementary understanding of ontogenetic dietary shifts and trophic relationships among fishes in a tropical river. Freshwater Biology. 57(10):2156-2172.link
  • Blanchette, M. L., and R.G. Pearson. (2012). Macroinvertebrate assemblages in rivers of the Australian dry tropics are highly variable. Freshwater Science. 31(3):865-881. link
 

Other Publications

  • Blanchette, M.L. (2013) Boom and Bust in tropical rivers – when and why? Cohesion: a magazine showcasing research in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science at Edith Cowan University. November 2013. link  
  • Blanchette, M. L., and R. G. Pearson. (2010). Invertebrate assemblages in dry tropical rivers challenges current monitoring programs. James Cook University School of Marine and Tropical Biology research conference. Townsville, Queensland.  
  • Blanchette, M. L., and R. G. Pearson. 2010. Ecological dynamics of rivers in the dry tropics. Annual conference of the Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF), Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts. Cairns, Queensland.

Prizes

2012. Phil Carne Prize (nominee).

Australian Entomological Society’s prize for excellence in entomological research by postgraduates.

2001. Miriam Jackson Biological Sciences Award. (Prize winner).

Award for excellence by an undergraduate in biology. University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, USA.

Theses

  • 2008-2013. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland. The ecology of rivers in the Australian dry tropics. link
  • 2003-2005. Master of Science by Research (M.Sc.) School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland. Environmental toxicology of heavy metal pollution in marine and estuarine microalgae. link
  • 1998-2002. Bachelor of Science with honours research (B.Sc. – Hons. I) University of New Hampshire, USA. Evolutionary biology and ecology, magna cum laude. Honour’s research: The physiological effects of microalgal biotoxins on different populations of Daphnia pulex (Cladocera).
 

Mel, Mark and Mumin watching the smelting of gold in Ghana