CV - Kathryn Newton
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
North Ryde, NSW, 2091.
Phone: (02) 9850 8205
BSc (Honours)(Biodiversity & Conservation) (Macquarie University / JCU) (2003)
Occupational Air Diver AS2815.1 (2005)
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (2004) / PADI Open Water Diver (1996)
Class C Manual Drivers License
NSW General Boat License
DAN Oxygen Provider / Emergency Oxygen Administration Course
First Aid Certificate
Newton K. (2006). Ascidian biodiversity in sheltered and exposed rocky reefs of the Port
Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park, and connectivity of ascidian populations on
Australia’s south eastern coastline. Report for NSW DPI and NSW Marine Parks
Newton K., Peters R., Raftos D. (2004). Phenoloxidase and QX Disease resistance in
Sydney Rock Oysters (Saccostrea glometata). Developmental and Comparative
Immunology 28: 565-569.
Research Experience & Skills:
2005-06: Ascidian biodiversity and population connectivity in marine parks of NSW (PhD
project with Assoc. Professor David Raftos, Macquarie University, and Dr Bob Creese,
Marine invertebrate collection using SCUBA
Quadrat surveys methods in rocky subtidal habitats
DNA extraction & microsattelite development and analysis
2004: Trout surveys in southern NSW
Casual employment with NSW DPI/Fisheries.
Trout field surveys using electrofishing and netting techniques in southern NSW
2003-04: Navigational behaviour of desert ants in Australia’s Northern Territory
3 month research assistant position with Dept. Psychology, Macquarie University
Design and implementation of field experiments to test the effects of distance and
landmarks on ant navigation
Tagging and tracking desert ants
2003: Ecology research assistant & tutor
6 month position with Professor Mark Westoby, Macquarie University
Field identification and collection of native Australian plant species
Class tutor and coordinator for 3rd year ‘Ecology & Evolution’ course
2003: Dietary competition between Macquarie Perch & introduced freshwater fish species
in rivers of NSW (Honours project with Assoc. Professor Jim Kohen, Macquarie
University & Dr Dean Gilligan, NSW DPI).
Backpack and boat electrofishing. Fyke and gill net use
Fish anesthetisation and gut content removal
Identification of freshwater macroinvertebrates from stomach contents
2002: QX disease resistance in Sydney Rock Oysters (Honours project with Assoc.
Professor David Raftos, Macquarie University).
Immunological study involving the use of 2D gel electrophoresis and protein assay
1999-2001: Radio tracking of Fairy Penguins in Sydney Harbour
Volunteer radio tracking of penguins in Sydney Harbour for UNSW PhD student