Personal profile


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 1997 2017

Atmospheric trace gases support primary production in Antarctic desert surface soil

Ji, M., Greening, C., Vanwonterghem, I., Carere, C. R., Bay, S. K., Steen, J. A., Montgomery, K., Lines, T., Beardall, J., Van Dorst, J., Snape, I., Stott, M. B., Hugenholtz, P. & Ferrari, B. C. 21 Dec 2017 In : Nature. 552, 7685, p. 400-403 4 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Carbon dioxide mitigation potential of seaweed aquaculture beds (SABs)

Sondak, C. F. A. , Ang, P. , Beardall, J. , Bellgrove, A. , Boo, S. M. , Gerung, G. S. , Hepburn, C. D. , Hong, D. D. , Hu, Z. , Kawai, H. , Largo, D. , Lee, J. A. , Lim, P-E. , Mayakun, J. , Nelson, W. A. , Oak, J. H. , Phang, S. M. , Sahoo, D. , Peerapornpis, Y. , Yang, Y. & 1 others Chung, I. K. Oct 2017 In : Journal of Applied Phycology. 29, 5, p. 2363-2373 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Consequences of altered temperature regimes for emerging freshwater invertebrates

Sardiña, P., Beardall, J., Beringer, J., Grace, M. & Thompson, R. M. 2017 In : Aquatic Sciences. 79, 2, p. 265-276 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle