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Ms Kayla Gilmore


Kayla Gilmore completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Marine Biology at the University of Adelaide in 2011, she then continued on in 2012 to complete her Honours degree. Her Honours research focussed on the potential for using the chemistry of fish ear bones (otoliths); which record environmental change similar to the rings of a tree, to trace environmental differences in freshwater systems. The research was based on Murray Cod, a key native freshwater species in Australia, and manipulated combinations of both temperature and the concentration of specific elements commonly found in otoliths. Kayla is now a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide studying the sub-lethal effects of hypoxic blackwater on fish health throughout the Murray River region. Her research will consider the physiological effects of low dissolved oxygen on key native species, and will also attempt to reconstruct past hypoxic events under both field and laboratory conditions using otolith chemistry.