PhD (Sydney), BSc(Hons) JCU
Senior Lecturer, Griffith School of Environment, Australia Rivers Institute
- Ecology of pelagic ecosystems, in particular, the role of gelatinous zooplankton in the trophodynamics and nutrient cycling of coastal waters
- Ecology of marine invertebrates
- Use of marine protected areas to conserve marine invertebrates
Current Teaching Areas
- 3704ENV Marine Invertebrates
- 3803ENV Marine Biology
- 1601ENV Biological Systems
- 1007ENV Introduction to Marine Science
Jellyfish Blooms. Pitt KA, Lucas CH (eds) Springer. In press.
- Klein SG, Pitt KA, Rathjen K, Seymour JE. (in press) Irukandji jellyfish polyps exhibit tolerance to interacting climate change stressors. Global Change Biology
- Pitt KA, Duarte CM, Lucas CH, Sutherland KR, Condon RH, Mianzan H, Purcell JE, Robinson KL, Uye S-I. (2013) Jellyfish body plans provide allometric advantages beyond low carbon content. PLoS One 8(8):e72683.
- Condon RH, Duarte CM, Pitt KA, Robinson K, Lucas CH, Sutherland KR, Mianzan HW, Bogeberg M, Purcell JE, Decker MB, Uye S, Madin LP, Brodeur RD, Haddock SHD, Malej A, Parry GD, Eriksen E, Quiñones J, Acha M, Harvey, M, Graham WM (2013). Recurrent jellyfish blooms are a consequence of global oscillations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110:1000-1005.
- Duarte CM, Pitt KA, Lucas C, Purcell J, Uye S, Robinson K, Brotz L, Decker M, Sutherland KR, Malej A, Madin L, Mianzan H, Gili JM, Fuentes V, Atienza D, Pages F, Breitburg D, Malek JC, Graham WM, Condon R. (2013) Is global ocean sprawl a cause of jellyfish blooms? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11:91-97.
- Olds AD, Albert S, Maxwell PS, Pitt KA, Connolly RM (2013). Connectivity promotes the functioning of marine reserves across the western Pacific. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22:1040-1049.
Olds AD, Pitt KA, Maxwell PS, Connolly RM (2012). Synergistic effects of reserves and connectivity on ecological resilience. Journal of Applied Ecology 49:1195-1203. British Ecological Society 2012 Southwood Prize for best paper by a young author in J. Appl. Ecology awarded to A. Olds.
- Olds AD, Connolly RM, Pitt KA, Maxwell PS. (2012) Connectivity between mangroves and reefs can mediate the performance of marine reserves. Conservation Letters 5:56-63.
- Lucas CH, Pitt KA, Purcell JE, Lebrato M, Condon RH. (2011) What’s in a jellyfish? Proximate and elemental composition and biometric relationships for use in biogeochemical studies. Ecology 92(8):1704
- Pitt KA, Connolly RM, Maxwell P (2009). Redistribution of sewage nitrogen in estuarine food webs following sewage treatment upgrades. Marine Pollution Bulletin 58:573-580.
- West EJ, Pitt KA, Welsh DT, Koop K, Rissik D. (2009) Top-down and bottom-up influences of jellyfish on primary production and planktonic assemblages. Limnology and Oceanography 54(6):2058-2071.
- Pitt KA, Kingsford MJ, Rissik D, Koop K (2007). Jellyfish modify the response of planktonic assemblages to nutrient pulses. Marine Ecology Progress Series 351:1-13. Feature article.
Current Supervised Projects:
- Christopher Beattie - Patterns of movement by mud crabs in marine reserves.
- Joanna Browne - Gelatinous plankton and their symbionts in Eastern Australia.
- Ariella Chelsky Budarf - Ecological and biogeochemical consequences of decomposing jellyfish blooms.
- Paul Maxwell - Modelling the influence of Marine Protected Areas on ecosystem resilience.
- Jean Davis - Trophic connectivity among tropical coastal habitats and implications for MPA design.
- Shannon Klein - Understanding the drivers behind the recent problematic jellyfish blooms in coastal waters.
- Barbara Joensen - Drivers of jellyfish population dynamics in Moreton Bay