Shelley’s research is wide ranging with a focus on understanding the effects of contaminants and pollutants on aquatic communities from source to sink. Accordingly her work is conducted across marine and freshwater ecosystems. She has a sound skill set in ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry and aquatic ecology.
Her PhD research focussed on using jellyfishes as bioindicators for marine pollution. This research developed new techniques for monitoring and assessing the effects of pollutants on an under-utilised and under-recognised group of marine organisms. Additional collaborative projects have been built off the back of this research indicating that jellyfish are particularly useful for detecting change in bioavailable pollutants at very small spatial and temporal scales. Other projects involve assessing the sensitivity of endosymbiotic jellyfish to photosystem II herbicides and their degradation products. She is also involved in commercial research monitoring the effects of industry on terrestrial and aquatic (both freshwater and marine) receiving environments.
Epstein HE, Templeman MA, Kingsford MJ (2016). Fine-scale detection of pollutants by a benthic marine jellyfish. Marine Pollution Bulletin
Templeman MA, Kingsford MJ (2015). Predicting aqueous copper and zinc accumulation in the upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea maremetens through the use of biokinetic models. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Edelman A, Gelding A, Konovalov E, McComiskie R, Penny A, Roberts N, Templeman S, Trewin D, Ziembicki M, Trewin B, Cortlet R, Hemingway J, Isaac J, Turton S (2014). State of the Tropics 2014 Report, James Cook University, Cairns
Templeman MA, Kingsford MJ (2012). Variation in soft tissue chemistry among scyphozoan and cubozoan jellyfishes from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Hydrobiologia
Templeman MA, Kingsford MJ (2010). Trace element accumulation in Cassiopea sp. (Scyphozoa) from urban marine environments in Australia. Marine Environmental Research
Humphrey C, Templeman S, Camilleri C, Klessa D (1997). Evaluation of rehabilitation options for Mount Lyell using whole-effluent toxicological tests on freshwater organisms, Supervising Scientist Report 122, Commonwealth of Australia, Barton, Australia