Professor Pauline Ross

Professor Pauline Ross

Adjunct Professor,
Dean's Unit - School of Education

PROFESSOR,
Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health

Biography

Pauline Ross is a Professor of Biology and Education Strategy at the University of Western Sydney.  A graduate from James Cook University of North Queensland, she received a Diploma of Education and a PhD from the University of Sydney and  a UK Chevening scholarship from the British Council at the University of Liverpool, Isle of Man.  Pauline is known for infusing inquiry, creativity and research into the curriculum while simultaneously leading internationally recognised research on the impacts of climate change on marine organisms funded by the Australian Research Council.  Her research group has found that by exposing wild populations of oysters to acidic seawater they can be "climate proofed" and these results have been published in Global Change Biology.  If climate change stress can be beneficial for oysters, then there exists the possibility that many other marine organisms and ecosystems may also be able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.  She has received multiple national and international awards including an Australian Award for Excellence in University Teaching from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and a research fellowship from the International Council for Science.  For over 20 years Pauline has held a number of senior academic leadership positions in learning and teaching of STEM. Being both a researcher and educator, she understands the connections needed between secondary and tertiary education to grow STEM education in Australia.  She has extensive experience in science curriculum development in Australia and internationally and is currently a National Teaching Fellow with the Office for Learning and Teaching focussed on evaluating university academic teachers of STEM.

This information has been contributed by Professor Ross.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • MSc University of Sydney
  • GDipEd University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow (2015 - 2017)
  • Royal Zoological Society of NSW (2010)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Education
  • Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health

Contact

Email: pm.ross@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: 0419285386
Mobile: 0419285386
Location: J.1.08
Penrith (Kingswood)
Website:

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Publications

Books

  • Ross, P. and Jeffery, C. (2007), 'NSW Biology', : MacMillan 9781420208894.

Chapters in Books

  • Ross, P. (2016), 'Stories and narratives : using digital stories to learn science', Student-Generated Digital Media in Science Education: Learning, Explaining and Communicating Content, Routledge 9781138833821.
  • Burgin, S. and Ross, P. (2012), 'Study of climate change and field research in zoology : are they compatible with research student training programs?', Wildlife and Climate Change: Towards Robust Conservation Stratgies for Australian Fauna, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 9780980327250.
  • Ross, P., Parker, L. and O'Connor, W. (2012), 'The impact of ocean acidification on reproduction and early development of marine organisms', Wildlife and Climate Change: Towards Robust Conservation Stratgies for Australian Fauna, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 9780980327250.
  • Ross, P., Taylor, C., Hughes, C., Whitaker, N., Lutze Mann, L. and Tzioumis, V. (2010), 'Threshold concepts: challenging the way we think, teach and learn in Biology', Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning, Sense Publications 9789460612054.
  • Ross, P., Minchinton, T. and Ponder, W. (2009), 'The ecology of molluscs in Australian Saltmarshes', Australian Saltmarsh Ecology, CSIRO Publishing 9780643093713.
  • Howard, W., Havenhand, J., Parker, L., Raftos, D., Ross, P., Williamson, J. and Matear, R. (2009), 'A marine climate change impacts and adaptation report card for Australia 2009', Ocean Acidification, NCCARF Publication 05/09 9781921609039.
  • Hawkins, S., Allen, J., Ross, P. and Genner, M. (2002), 'Marine and coastal ecosystems', Handbook of ecological restoration: Volume 2, Restoration in practice, 0521791294.

Journal Articles

  • Ross, P., Parker, L. and Byrne, M. (2016), 'Transgenerational responses of molluscs and echinoderms to changing ocean conditions', ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol 73, no 3 , pp 537 - 549.
  • Cole, V., Hutchings, P. and Ross, P. (2016), '[In Press] Predicting biodiversity changes due to loss of bioengineers from an intertidal landscape : a case study from Sydney Harbour', Australian Zoologist, .
  • Thompson, E., O'Connor, W., Parker, L., Ross, P. and Raftos, D. (2015), 'Differential proteomic responses of selectively bred and wild-type Sydney rock oyster populations exposed to elevated CO2', Molecular Ecology, vol 24, no 6 , pp 1248 - 1262.
  • Borysko, L. and Ross, P. (2014), 'Adult exposure to the synthetic hormone 17a-ethynylestradiol affects offspring of the gastropods Nassarius burchardi and Nassarius jonasii', Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol 103, no 1 , pp 91 - 100.
  • Scanes, E., Parker, L., O'Connor, W. and Ross, P. (2014), 'Mixed effects of elevated pCO2 on fertilisation, larval and juvenile development and adult responses in the mobile subtidal scallop Mimachlamys asperrima (Lamarck, 1819)', PLoS One, vol 9, no 4 .
  • Wright, J., Parker, L., O'Connor, W., Williams, M., Kube, P. and Ross, P. (2014), 'Populations of Pacific oysters Crassostrea gigas respond variably to elevated CO2 and predation by Morula marginalba', Biological Bulletin, vol 226, no 3 , pp 269 - 281.
  • Borysko, L. and Ross, P. (2014), 'Egg capsules and larval development of Nassarius burchardi (Philippi, 1849) and Nassarius jonasii Dunker, 1846 and comparisons with other Nassariidae (Caenogastropoda)', Molluscan Research, vol 34, no 4 , pp 213 - 221.
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W., Portner, H., Scanes, E. and Wright, J. (2013), 'Predicting the response of molluscs to the impact of ocean acidification', Biology, vol 2, no 2 , pp 651 - 692.
  • Gazeau, F., Parker, L., Comeau, S., Gattuso, J., O'Connor, W., Martin, S., Portner, H. and Ross, P. (2013), 'Impacts of ocean acidification on marine shelled molluscs', Marine Biology, vol 160, no 8 , pp 2207 - 2245.
  • Ross, P. and Adam, P. (2013), 'Climate change and intertidal wetlands', Biology, vol 2, no 1 , pp 445 - 480.
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., O'Connor, W., Borysko, L., Raftos, D. and Portner, H. (2012), 'Adult exposure influences offspring response to ocean acidification in oysters', Global Change Biology, vol 18, no 1 , pp 82 - 92.
  • Aitchison, C., Catterall, J., Ross, P. and Burgin, S. (2012), ''Tough love and tears' : learning doctoral writing in the sciences', Higher Education Research and Development, vol 31, no 4 , pp 435 - 447.
  • Ross, P., Burgin, S., Aitchison, C. and Catterall, J. (2011), 'Research writing in the sciences: liminal territory and high emotion', Journal of Learning Design, vol 4, no 3 , pp 14 - 27.
  • Parker, L., Ross, P. and O'Connor, W. (2011), 'Populations of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata, vary in response to ocean acidification', Marine Biology, vol 158, no 3 , pp 689 - 697.
  • Catterall, J., Ross, P., Aitchison, C. and Burgin, S. (2011), 'Pedagogical Approaches that Facilitate Writing in Postgraduate Research Candidature in Science and Technology', Journal of Univeristy Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 8, no 2 .
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E. and OConnor, W. (2011), 'The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2', Australian Zoologist, vol 35, no 4 , pp 1011 - 1023.
  • Ross, P., Parker, L., O'Connor, W. and Bailey, E. (2011), 'The impact of ocean acidification on reproduction, early development and settlement of marine organisms', Water, vol 3 , pp 1005 - 1030.
  • Ross, P. and Gill, B. (2010), 'Past and present challenges to enquiry learning in tertiary science education', Journal of Learning Design, vol 3, no 3 , pp 45 - 57.
  • Parker, L., Ross, P. and O'Connor, W. (2010), 'Comparing the effect of elevated pCO2 and temperature on the fertilization and early development of two species of oysters', Marine Biology, vol 157, no 11 , pp 2435 - 2452.
  • Ross, P., Taylor, C., Hughes, C., Whitaker, N., Lutz-Mann, L., Koford, M. and Tzioumis, V. (2010), 'Threshold concepts in learnign biology and evolution', International Journal of Biology, vol 47 , pp 47 - 54.
  • Parker, L., Ross, P. and O'Connor, W. (2009), 'The effect of ocean acidification and temperature on the fertilization and embryonic development of the Sydney rock oyster Saccostrea glomerata (Gould 1850)', Global Change Biology, vol 15, no 9 , pp 2123 - 2136.
  • Ross, P., Tronson, D. and Ritchie, R. (2008), 'Increasing conceptual understanding of Glycolysis and the Krebs cycle using role-play', The American Biology Teacher, vol 70, no 3 , pp 163 - 169.
  • Jelbart, J., Ross, P. and Connolly, R. (2007), 'Fish assemblgaes in seagrass beds are influenced by the proximity of mangrove forests', Marine Biology, vol 150, no 5 , pp 993 - 1002.
  • Jelbart, J., Ross, P. and Connolly, R. (2007), 'Patterns of Small Fish distributions in Seagrass beds in a temperate Australian estuary', Journal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol 87, no 5 , pp 1297 - 1307.
  • Ross, P., Tronson, D. and Ritchie, R. (2006), 'Modelling Photosynthesis to Increase Conceptual Understanding', Journal of Biological Education, vol 40, no 2 , pp 84 - 88.
  • Ross, P. (2006), 'Macrofaunal loss and microhabitat destruction: The impact of trampling in a temperate mangrove forest, NSW Australia', Wetlands Ecology and Management, vol 14 , pp 167 - 184.
  • Jelbart, J., Ross, P. and Connolly, R. (2006), 'Edge effects and patch size in seagrass landscapes: an experimental test using fish', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 319 , pp 93 - 102.
  • Ross, P. and Tronson, D. (2004), 'Modelling effective teaching and learning strategies with our teaching teams in first-year university', Australian Journal of Education in Chemistry, vol 63 , pp 11 - 15.
  • Ross, P. and Tronson, D. (2004), 'Towards conceptual understanding bringing research findings into the lecture theatre in tertiary science teaching', Proceedings of scholarly inquiry into science teaching and learning symposium Uniserve Science, , pp 52 - 57.
  • Ross, P., Burrows, M., Hawkins, S., Southward, A. and Ryan, K. (2003), 'A Key for the identification of the nauplii of common barnacles of the British Isles, with emphasis on Chthamalus', Journal of Crustacean Biology, vol 23 , pp 328 - 340.
  • Claus, S., Ross, P. and Richardson, B. (2003), 'Ecological genetics of the barnacle Hexaminius foliorum within mangrove forests near Sydney, Australia', Marine Biology, vol 143 , pp 883 - 888.
  • Ross, P. (2001), 'Larval supply, settlement and survival of barnacles in a temperate mangrove forest', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 215 , pp 237 - 249.

Conference Papers

  • Ross, P. (2008), 'Future directions in representing learning in biology', UniServe, Sydney.
  • Ross, P. and Tronson, D. (2007), 'Intervening to Create Conceptual Change', Proceedings of Science Teaching and Learning Symposium including Threshold Concepts, University of Sydney.
  • Ross, P., Siengenthaler, S. and Tronson, D. (2006), 'Assessment for Learning and Motivation', UniServe Science Symposium Proceedings Assessment in Science teaching and learning, University of Sydney.
  • Ross, P. and Tronson, D. (2005), 'Providing quality feedback - Where to from here', Blended Learnin in Science Teacing and Learning Symposium, Sydney.
  • Yerman, M. and Ross, P. (2004), 'Landscape issues for the macrofauna in temperate urban mangrove forests', Urban Wildlife: more than meets the eye, Taronga Park Zoo.
  • Jelbart, J. and Ross, P. (2003), 'What features matter when designing protected areas for fish in beds of seagrass: A review', APAC Congress, Cairns.

Research

Current Projects

Title: The impact of climate change on larval energetics of molluscs on the southeast coast of Australia [via USYD]
Years: 2014-09-30 - 2017-09-29
ID: P00021888
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)

Previous Projects

Title: Current and future threats to the biodiversity of Sydney Harbour - shifting studies of climate change from the laboratory into the harbour
Years: 2013-12-09 - 2014-12-09
ID: P00021830
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: The cost of living in a high-C02 world: Does food availibility limit the capacity of molluscs to acclimate to ocean acidification?
Years: 2012-11-15 - 2015-01-17
ID: P00021263
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Succession, self-design and ecosystem function: establishment of the Hawkesbury Water Reuse Scheme wetlands
Years: 2004-08-19 - 2005-09-12
ID: P0010770
Western Researchers: Sandy Booth and Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Australian Wetlands Pty Ltd
Title: The effect of urbanisation on the distribution, abundance and accumulation of heavy metals in the Mussel (Xenosstrobus secures)
Years: 2000-05-01 - 2001-05-31
ID: P0013832
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross and Sonia Claus
Funding:
  • The Linnean Society of New South Wales
Title: The abundance and assemblage of macrofauna in a fragmented estuarine habitat
Years: 1999-08-02 - 2000-06-30
ID: P0013208
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross and Michelle Yerman
Funding:
  • Royal Zoological Society of NSW
Title: Landscape ecology in the marine environment: will the size and structure of seagrass beds influence fish abundance and diversity
Years: 2000-06-01 - 2001-05-31
ID: P0013210
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Royal Zoological Society of NSW
Title: The genetics of mangrove barnacles: to divide and separate?
Years: 1999-01-01 - 1999-12-31
ID: P0011208
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: The impact of bridges on estuarine habitats
Years: 2002-05-11 - 2011-08-30
ID: P0010740
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Roads and Traffic Authority
Title: The health of temperate saltmarsh in the Gosford LGA
Years: 2003-01-30 - 2004-02-28
ID: P0010766
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Gosford City Council
Title: The impact of vegetation in the ecological function of road bridges
Years: 2004-09-23 - 2005-09-30
ID: P0014403
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross and Charles Morris
Funding:
  • Roads and Traffic Authority
Title: Investigating the abundance and diversity of fish and invertabrates in the seagrass habitat of Lake Macquarie
Years: 2002-07-01 - 2003-01-31
ID: P0012210
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
Title: The biodiversity of saltmarshes around Lake Macquarie
Years: 2002-01-02 - 2003-01-31
ID: P0012212
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
Title: Examination of the loss of seagrass in areas of Gosford City including Correa Bay and Patonga Creek
Years: 2002-06-02 - 2003-09-30
ID: P0012214
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Gosford City Council
Title: Does urbanisation impact on Saltmarsh Ecology?
Years: 2003-03-01 - 2004-12-31
ID: P0011896
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Department of Land and Water Conservation
Title: The Effect of Salinity and Temperature on the Development of Crab and Gastropod Larvae
Years: 2005-06-01 - 2006-08-31
ID: P0014785
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Department Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources NSW
Title: The Rehabilitation of Saltmarsh at Patonga Creek
Years: 2007-06-08 - 2011-12-31
ID: P0015508
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Gosford City Council
Title: Crossing thresholds in secondary school biology
Years: 2009-08-13 - 2011-04-30
ID: P00017132
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross, Roy Tasker and Betty Gill
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Title: Adapting to climate change: does enhanced metabolism provide heritable protection against ocean acidification and increasing temperature in oysters? [via Macquarie Uni]
Years: 2012-03-19 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00020704
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Climate change research: Can Sydney rock oysters adapt to chronic multigenerational exposure to ocean acidification and temperature?
Years: 2010-07-31 - 2012-11-30
ID: P00017088
Western Researchers: Laura Parker and Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Predicting the response of ecologically and economically significant oysters to climate change
Years: 2011-05-24 - 2012-05-01
ID: P00020096
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross and Laura Parker
Funding:
  • Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (non ACRG)
Title: Are oceanic scallop and abalone mollusc species less resilient to ocean acidification?
Years: 2012-04-18 - 2013-02-28
ID: P00020920
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross
Funding:
  • Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (non ACRG)

Supervision

Professor Ross is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Macroinvertebrate Assemblages - Nutrition of Fish in Degraded Saltmarshes within an Estuarine Mosaic
Field of Research:
Title: Biodiversity Loss Due to the Removal of Wetlands in Peri-Urban Environments
Field of Research:
Title: Effects of Multiple Stressors on Oysters in Sydney Harbour
Field of Research:
Title: The Impact of Ocean Acidification and Predation on the Ecologically and Economically Significant Mollusc, the Pacific Oyster Crassotrea Gigas
Field of Research:
Title: Evaluation of the Use of Molecular-level Animations in Secondary School Chemistry Teaching in Thailand
Field of Research:
Title: The Impact of Ocean Acidification and Predation on the Ecologically and Economically Significant Mollusc, the Pacific Oyster Crassotrea Gigas
Field of Research:
Title: The Impact of Climate Change on Larval Energetics of Molluscs on the Southeast Coast of Australia
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: Degradation of Saltmarshes and the Effects on Estuarine Fish
Field of Research: ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION; MARINE SCIENCE
Thesis: Degradation of Saltmarshes and the Effects on Estuarine Fish
Title: The Loss of Biodiversity Due to the Removal of Farm Dams in Peri-Urban Western Sydney
Field of Research: OTHER AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND RELATED STUDIES; ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION; ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED
Thesis: The Loss of Biodiversity Due to the Removal of Farm Dams in Peri-Urban Western Sydney
Title: Evaluation of the Molecular Level Visualisation Approach for Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Thailand
Field of Research: CHEMICAL SCIENCES NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED; EDUCATION; OTHER NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Thesis: Evaluation of the Molecular Level Visualisation Approach for Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Thailand

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