John Beardall

Emeritus Prof

1975 …2020
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John works in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University as a Professor

John is an algal ecophysiologist and his primary research is on the impacts of global change on the algae that form the basis of most freshwater and marine food chains. He studies the effects of ocean acidification on primary productivity of algae and is also involved in studies of factors driving the growth and toxicity of cyanobacteria that cause problem blooms in inland waterways.

John's lab also has interests in more applied aspects of algal biology, such as using algae for bioremediation of heavy-metal-contaminated water, and growing algae for biofuels and other useful products.


  • Algae
  • Photosynthesis
  • CO2 Sequestration
  • Climate Change

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Projects 2000 2020

Research Output 1975 2019

Bacterial fermentation and respiration processes are uncoupled in anoxic permeable sediments

Kessler, A. J., Chen, Y-J., Waite, D. W., Hutchinson, T. F., Koh, S., Popa, M. E., Beardall, J., Hugenholtz, P., Cook, P. & Greening, C. A., 31 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Nature Microbiology. 10 p.

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Open Access

A comparison of photoautotrophic, heterotrophic, and mixotrophic growth for biomass production by the green alga Scenedesmus sp. (Chlorophyceae)

Kamalanathan, M., Chaisutyakorn, P., Gleadow, R. & Beardall, J., 15 Mar 2018, In : Phycologia. 57, 3, p. 309-317 9 p.

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Algal biophotovoltaic (BPV) device for generation of bioelectricity using Synechococcus elongatus (Cyanophyta)

Ng, F. L., Phang, S. M., Periasamy, V., Beardall, J., Yunus, K. & Fisher, A. C., 30 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Applied Phycology. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Carbon acquisition characteristics of six microalgal species isolated from a subtropical reservoir: potential implications for species succession

Lines, T. & Beardall, J., 1 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Phycology. 54, 5, p. 599-607 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review