PhD Candidate, Deakin University Melbourne, AUS, 2016-current
BSc (Hons, First Class) Environmental Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, AUS, 2015 – 2016
BSc Marine Biology (Dean’s Merit Award 2015), University of Technology Sydney, AUS, 2012 – 2015
Quinn’s research interests lie within the field of whole ecosystem ecology, nutrient impacts on food web community structure and biogeochemical cycling, specifically, carbon sequestration in seagrass, saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems (blue carbon ecosystems). He is currently working on projects that investigate opportunities for carbon offsetting within blue carbon ecosystems of the Corangamite Catchment region in Victoria. We aim to establish current blue carbon stocks, and identify possible mechanisms for the future management of these ecosystems that will aid in the mitigation of carbon re-mineralisation (CO2 released to the atmosphere) and climate change. Quinn is also involved in trophic cascade research. A large-scale loss of marine predators over recent decades has led to an immense change in oceanic food web structures, exerting flow on effects that are predicted to extend beyond that of faunal alterations, subsequently changing fundamental biogeochemical cycling processes (sedimentary carbon cycling). However, the empirical evidence for these flow on effects is only just coming to light, with research into trophic cascades effects on Australian seagrass carbon storage capacity still required.
- Awarded Deakin Industry PhD scholarship, 2016-2019, to investigate ‘Blue Carbon Offset Opportunities within the Corangamite Catchment’
- Honours Thesis submission 2015, University of Technology Sydney, ‘How Predator Induced Trophic Cascades Affect Aquatic Below-Ground Communities and Sedimentary Organic Carbon’
- Are the effects of adjacent habitat type on seagrass gastropod communities being masked by previous focus on habitat dyads?, 2015, Ollivier, QR, et al., Australian Journal of Zoology