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Biographical entry Byrne, Maria


Marine zoologist


Maria Byrne is a marine zoologist internationally recognised for her discoveries in how animal body plans evolve. Her studies on larval ecologies of marine invertebrates, particularly echinoderms, resulted in the identification of new species and showed these animals to be highly responsive to environmental change. Byrne's is widely acknowledged as a leader in global change biology from her documentation of the impacts of ocean acidification and warming in marine invertebrates. With Timothy O'Hara she published the definitive work Australian echinoderms: biology, ecology and evolution (2017). Byrne is Professor in the School of Medical Sciences Bosch Institute at the University of Sydney. In 2019 she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.



2005 -
Career position - Australasian Editor, Biological bulletin
2006 -
Career position - Professor of Developmental and Marine Biology Anatomy and Histology, School of Medical Sciences Bosch Institute, University of Sydney
Award - Silver Jubilee Award, Australian Marine Sciences Association
2019 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

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