My research focuses on the sources, cycling and fate of carbon nitrogen and phosphorus in aquatic environments, and in particular their role in eutrophication in coastal environments.
To understand how these elements move and cycle through the environment I combine a range of approaches including standard wet chemical methods, the eddy correlation technique, planar optodes, flumes, stable isotopes and modelling.
I am currently offering a PhD scholarship to study nitrogen cycling in permeable sediments. This project is linked to the research project ‘A new approach to the quantification of denitrification in permeable sediments using kinetic measurements and 2 dimensional modelling’
I am seeking an outstanding candidate with a first class honours degree (or equivalent) in either the science or engineering field. The ideal candidate would also have strong practical experience in the use of electronics, a sound background in mathematics and/or physics and experience or a strong interest in environmental science. The project is well supported by technical staff, access to excellent facilities and international academic expertise. Some overseas travel for training in the use of the device with collaborators in the US and/or Denmark will form part of the project.
A scholarship equivalent to an Australian Post Graduate Association scholarship will be offered to the successful applicant ($20 427 pa, tax free) as well as a top up scholarship ($5000 pa, tax free) for outstanding candidates.
Please send applications, including a transcript of academic results, a brief statement of your academic and work history (if relevant), and why you would like to undertake this project to: Perran.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cook, P. L. M., and D. P. Holland. In Press. Long term dynamics of nutrient loads and phytoplankton in a large temperate Australian lagoon system affected by recurring blooms of Nodularia spumigena. Biogeochemistry.
Faber, P. A., P. L. M. Cook, I. D. Mckelvie, and P. S. Ellis. 2011. Development of a gas diffusion probe for the rapid measurement of pCO2 in aquatic samples. Anal. Chim. Acta 691: 1-5.
Cook, P. L. M., D. P. Holland, and A. R. Longmore. 2010. Effect of a flood event on the dynamics of phytoplankton and biogeochemistry in a large temperate Australian lagoon. Limnology & Oceanography 55: 1123-1133.
Cook, P. L. M., K. T. Aldridge, S. Lamontagne, and J. D. Brookes. 2010. Retention of nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon in a large semi-arid riverine lake system. Biogeochemistry 99: 49-63.
Joye, S. B., D. De Beer, and P. L. M. Cook. 2009. Biogeochemical Dynamics of Coastal Tidal Flats, p. 345-374. In G. M. E. Perillo, E. Wolanski, D. R. Cahoon and M. M. Brinson [eds.], Coastal Wetlands: an Ecosystem Integrated Approach. Elsevier.
Cook, P. L. M., J. Van Oevelen, K. Soetaert, and J. J. Middelburg. 2009. Benthic carbon and nitrogen cycling on intertidal mudflats of a temperate Australian estuary IV. An Inverse analysis analysis and synthesis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 394: 35-48.
Bissett, A., J. P. Bowman, C. Burke, and P. L. M. Cook. 2009. Effects of organic perturbation on marine sediment betaproteobacterial ammonia oxidizers and on benthic nitrogen biogeochemistry. Marine Ecology Progress Series 392: 17-32.
Evrard, V., P. L. M. Cook, B. Veuger, M. Huettel, and J. J. Middelburg. 2008. Tracing incorporation and pathways of carbon and nitrogen in microbial communities of photic subtidal sands. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 53: 257-269.
Cardenas, M. B., P. L. M. Cook, H. S. Jiang, and P. Traykovski. 2008. Constraining denitrification in permeable wave-influenced marine sediment using linked hydrodynamic and biogeochemical modeling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 275: 127-137.
Meysman, F. J. R., O. S. Galaktionov, P. L. M. Cook, F. Janssen, M. Huettel, and J. J. Middelburg. 2007. Quantifying biologically and physically induced flow and tracer dynamics in permeable sediments. Biogeosciences 4: 627-646.
Huettel, M., P. L. M. Cook, F. Janssen, G. Lavik, and J. J. Middelburg. 2007. Transport and degradation of a dinoflagellate algal bloom in a permeable sandy sediment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 340: 139-153.
Cook, P. L. M., F. Wenzhöfer, R. N. Glud, F. Janssen, and M. Huettel. 2007. Benthic solute exchange and carbon mineralisation in two subtidal sandy sediments: Effect of flow. Limnology & Oceanography 52: 1943-1963
Cook, P. L. M., B. Veuger, S. Böer, and J. J. Middelburg. 2007. Effect of nutrient availability on carbon and nitrogen incorporation and flows through benthic algae and bacteria in near shore sandy sediment. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 49: 165-180.
Bissett, A., C. Burke, P. L. M. Cook, and J. P. Bowman. 2007. Bacterial community shifts in organically perturbed sediments. Environ. Microbiol. 9: 46-60.
Cook, P. L. M. and others 2006. Quantification of denitrification in permeable sediments: Insights from a two dimensional simulation analysis and experimental data. Limnology & Oceanography: Methods 4: 294-307.
Cook, P. L. M., and H. Røy. 2006. Advective relief of CO2 limitation in highly productive sandy sediments. Limnol. Oceanogr. 51: 1594-1601.
Wild, C. and others 2005. Benthic metabolism and degradation of natural particulate organic matter in carbonate and silicate reef sands of the northern Red Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series298: 69-78.
Cook, P. L. M., A. T. Revill, L. A. Clementson, and J. K. Volkman. 2004. Benthic carbon and nitrogen cycling on intertidal mudflats of a temperate Australian estuary III. Sources of organic matter. Marine Ecology Progress Series 280: 55-72.
Cook, P. L. M., A. T. Revill, E. C. V. Butler, and B. D. Eyre. 2004. Benthic carbon and nitrogen cycling on intertidal mudflats of a temperate Australian estuary II. Nitrogen cycling. Marine Ecology Progress Series 280: 39-54.
Cook, P. L. M., B. D. Eyre, R. Leeming, and E. C. V. Butler. 2004. Benthic fluxes of nitrogen in the tidal reaches of a turbid, high-nitrate sub-tropical river. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 59: 675-685.
Cook, P. L. M., E. C. V. Butler, and B. D. Eyre. 2004. Benthic carbon and nitrogen cycling on intertidal mudflats of a temperate Australian estuary I. Benthic metabolism. Marine Ecology Progress Series 280: 25-38.
Cook, P. L. M., P. D. Carpenter, and E. C. V. Butler. 2000. Speciation of Dissolved iodine in the waters of a humic-rich estuary. Marine Chemistry 69: 179-192.