Dr Claire Streten

Research Program Director
Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries
Contact number
(08) 8920 9216
+61 8 8920 9216
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I was awarded my PhD in 2005 by Charles Darwin University. My thesis was entitled "Australian strawberry diseases", the study used molecular biology techniques to understand the organisms associated with strawberry diseases in Queensland. In 2007, my research focus shifted from plant pathology to molecular microbial ecology. Since changing fields, my research has investigated the relationship between microbial communities and metal concentrations in sediment and the water column.

PhD in Molecular Biology, Charles Darwin University, Darwin.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) 1st class, Charles Darwin University

My main research interest is to understand the relationship between bacterial populations and environmental conditions (such as metals concentrations) and to use the outcomes from these studies to develop microbial assessment tools that may be incorporated into routine monitoring programs.

Research areas

Sediments, DNA, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Biology


Cornall A, Rose A, Streten C, McGuinness K, Parry D, Gibb K (2016) Molecular screening of microbial communities for candidate indicators of multiple metal impacts in marine sediments from northern Australia. Environ Toxicol Chem 35(2):468-484.

Trenfield MA, van Dam JW, Harford AJ, Parry D, Streten C, Gibb K, van Dam RA (2016) A chronic toxicity test for the tropical marine snail Nassarius dorsatus to assess the toxicity of copper, aluminium, gallium, and molybdenum. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 35(7):1788-1795.

van Dam JW, Trenfield MA, Harries SJ, Streten C, Harford AJ, Parry D, & van Dam RA (2016) A novel bioassay using the barnacle Amphibalanus amphitrite to evaluate chronic effects of aluminium, gallium and molybdenum in tropical marine receiving environments. Marine Pollution Bulletin 112(1):427-435.

Mumtaz S, Streten C, Parry DL, McGuinness KA, Lu P, Gibb KS (2015) Land application of mine water causes minimal uranium loss offsite in the wet dry tropics: Ranger uranium mine, Northern Territory, Australia. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Accepted 2015.

Cornall AM, Rose A, Streten C, McGuiness K, Parry D, Gibb K (2015) Molecular screening of microbial communities for candidate indicators of multiple metal impacts in marine sediments from Northern Australia. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Accepted 2015.

Nelson TM, Streten C, Gibb KS, Chariton AA (2015) Saltwater intrusion shapes the response of bacterial communities upon rehydration. Science of the Total Environment 502:143-148.

Mumtaz S, Streten-Joyce C, Parry DL, McGuinness KA, Lu P, Gibb KS (2013) Fungi outcompete bacteria under increased uranium concentration in culture media. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 120:39-44

Cornall A, Beyer S, Rose A, Streten-Joyce C, McGuinness K, Parry D, Gibb K (2011) HCL-extractable metal profiles correlate with bacterial population shifts in metal-impacted anoxic coastal sediment from the wet/dry tropics. Geomicrobiology Journal 30(1):48-60

Streten-Joyce C, Manning J, Gibb KS, Neilan BA, Parry DL (2013) The chemical composition and bacteria communities in acid and metalliferous drainage from the wet-dry tropics are dependent on season. Science of the Total Environment 443: 65-79