Bryant Gagliardi

PhD CandidateGagliardiB
BioSciences 4
+613 8344 4331
+613 9035 8772
 
bgagliardi@student.unimelb.edu.au

Biography:

I completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biochemistry/Chemistry) in 2003 and an Honours Degree in Zoology with PEARG (then CESAR) in 2008. Through my Honours research I became interested in the effects of aquatic pollutants on macroinvertebrates; and how these effects can be used in diagnosing the health of aquatic ecosystems.

My PhD project is supervised by Prof Ary Hoffmann, Dr Vincent Pettigrove (CAPIM) and Dr Sara Long. This research involves exploring morphological, reproductive and population-level stress responses to pollution exposure in the aquatic midge Paratanytarsus grimmii. I aim to develop efficient laboratory methodologies for toxicity testing using this species, that will be of use in environmental monitoring and risk assessment programs. The project will also investigate the influence of water quality on reproductive strategies in P. grimmii, to assess the environmental adaptability of this parthenogenetic species.

Current Projects:

Responses of the chironomid Paratanytarsus grimmii to aquatic pollution

Publications:

Gagliardi, B., Long, S., Pettigrove, V., Hoffmann, A. (2015). The parthenogenetic cosmopolitan chironomid, Paratanytarsus grimmii, as a new standard test species for ecotoxicology: culturing methodology and sensitivity to aqueous pollutants. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, doi:10.1007/s00128-015-1578-5

Gagliardi, B., & Pettigrove, V. (2013). Removal of intensive agriculture from the landscape improves aquatic ecosystem health. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 176, 1-8.

Carew, M., Gagliardi, B., & Hoffmann, A. A. (2013). Mitochondrial DNA suggests a single maternal origin for the widespread triploid parthenogenetic pest species, Paratanytarsus grimmii, but microsatellite variation shows local endemism. Insect Science.

Gagliardi, B. 2012. Groundwater quality in the Woori Yallock catchment and its potential impacts on Eucalyptus camphora in the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, Victoria. Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management Technical Report #17. Report to Melbourne Water.

Conferences

“A laboratory toxicity test using the parthenogenetic, cosmopolitan chironomid Paratanytarsus grimmii” Gagliardi, B., Long, S., Pettigrove, V., Hoffmann, A., Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Asia/Pacific Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 14-17 September 2014.

“Removal of intensive agriculture from the landscape improves aquatic ecosystem health: The Ovens Valley Quits Tobacco” Gagliardi, B., & Pettigrove, V. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 1-3 October 2013.

“Australian locust plague [2010-2011]: monitoring aquatic ecosystems for pesticide impacts” Gagliardi, B., Long, S., Rose, G., Golding, L., Lieschke, J., Daw Quadros, T., Metzeling, L. & Pettigrove, V. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Congress, Berlin, Germany, 20-24 May 2012

Awards:

Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment 2014
SETAC AU Student Travel Award 2014

Links:

Twitter:@brysamgag

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