Sarah’s research relates to marine parasitology and molecular evolution. Her PhD undertaken at the University of Adelaide has added an abundance of knowledge about the little known dicyemid faunal composition and ecology. She has formally described 10 new dicyemid species from Australian waters.
Dr Catalano’s research is geared towards ensuring fishing practises are sustainable and to avoid the extinction of local species.
“The main aim of my research is to manage and protect Australia’s terrestrial and marine biodiversity. I aim to achieve this using rigorous, thorough and comprehensive methods that are reproducible, ensuring conservation efforts and management plans are well informed to maintain our country’s biodiversity,” says Dr Catalano.