Doctor Sebastian Holmes

Doctor Sebastian Holmes

Lecturer in Biological Sciences,
Life Sciences



  • Phd University Of Sunderland (UK)
  • BSc(Hons) University of Wales (Bangor)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Life Sciences


Phone: (02) 4570 1703
Location: K12.G.59

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Journal Articles

  • Nimbs, M., Davis, T., Holmes, S., Hill, L., Wehmeyer, S., Prior, A. and Williamson, J. (2023), 'The taming of Smeagol? : a new population and an assessment of the known population of the critically endangered pulmonate gastropod Smeagol hilaris (Heterobranchia, Otinidae)', Diversity, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Byrne, M., Gall, M., Campbell, H., Lamare, M. and Holmes, S. (2022), 'Staying in place and moving in space : contrasting larval thermal sensitivity explains distributional changes of sympatric sea urchin species to habitat warming', Global Change Biology, vol 28, no 9 , pp 3040 - 3053.
  • Gall, M., Holmes, S., Campbell, H. and Byrne, M. (2021), 'Effects of marine heatwave conditions across the metamorphic transition to the juvenile sea urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma)', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol 163 .
  • Harianto, J., Nguyen, H., Holmes, S. and Byrne, M. (2018), 'The effect of warming on mortality, metabolic rate, heat-shock protein response and gonad growth in thermally acclimated sea urchins (Heliocidaris erythrogramma)', Marine Biology, vol 165, no 6 .
  • Gall, M., Rymer, P., Edgar, G., Byrne, M. and Holmes, S. (2014), 'Characterisation of thirteen polymorphic microsatellite markers for the red sea urchin Heliocidaris tuberculata (Lamarck, 1816) developed using a 454-sequencing approach', Conservation Genetic Resources, vol 6, no 3 , pp 237 - 239.
  • Cummings, D., Lee, R., Nodder, S., Simpson, S. and Holmes, S. (2013), 'Trophic status and condition of Hyalinoecia longibranchiata from two regions of contrasting oceanic productivity', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 477 , pp 147 - 159.
  • Gall, M., Holmes, S., Dafforn, K. and Johnston, E. (2013), 'Differential tolerance to copper, but no evidence of population-level genetic differences in a widely-dispersing native barnacle', Ecotoxicology, vol 22, no 5 , pp 929 - 937.
  • Henschke, N., Bowden, D., Everett, J., Holmes, S., Kloser, R., Lee, R. and Suthers, I. (2013), 'Salp-falls in the Tasman Sea : a major food input to deep-sea benthos', Marine Ecology: Progress Series, vol 491 , pp 165 - 175.
  • Halcroft, M., Haigh, A., Holmes, S. and Spooner-Hart, R. (2013), 'The thermal environment of nests of the Australian stingless bee, Austroplebeia australis', Insectes Sociaux, vol 60, no 4 , pp 497 - 506.
  • Cummings, D., Buhl, J., Lee, R., Simpson, S. and Holmes, S. (2012), 'Estimating niche width using stable isotopes in the face of habitat variability : a modelling case study in the marine environment', PLoS One, vol 7, no 8 .
  • Seebacher, F., Holmes, S., Roosen, N., Nouvian, M., Wilson, R. and Ward, A. (2012), 'Capacity for thermal acclimation differs between populations and phylogenetic lineages within a species', Functional Ecology, vol 26, no 6 , pp 1418 - 1428.
  • Holmes, S., Duncan, P. and Schanbel, K. (2011), 'Shell wiping in Calliostoma alertae Marshall, 1995 (Calliostomatidae; Trochoidea)', Molluscan Research, vol 31, no 2 , pp 133 - 135.
  • Cummings, D., Lee, R., Simpson, S., Booth, D., Pile, A. and Holmes, S. (2011), 'Resource partitioning amongst co-occurring decapods on wellheads from Australia's North-West shelf : an analysis of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol 409, no 1-2 , pp 186 - 193.
  • Grant, A., Trompf, K., Seung, D., Nivison-Smith, L., Bowcock, H., Kresse, H. and Holmes, S. (2010), 'Sub-cellular damage by copper in the cnidarian Zoanthus robustus', Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C, vol 152, no 3 , pp 256 - 262.
  • Weber, A. and Holmes, S. (2010), 'The role of water chemistry in starfish (Asterias rubens) colouration', VANN (Norsk Vannforening: Norwegian), vol 4 , pp 459 - 462.
  • Holmes, S. and Duncan, P. (2007), 'Shell wiping in Calliostoma granulatum', Journal of Conchology, vol 39, no 3 , pp 358 - 358.
  • Holmes, S. and Miller, N. (2006), 'The hypoxic tolerance of the protobranch bivalve Nucula sulcata Bronn', Journal of Shellfish Research, vol 25, no 3 , pp 865 - 868.
  • Holmes, S. and Miller, N. (2006), 'Aspects of the population genetics and ecology of the bivalve Corbula gibba', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 315 , pp 129 - 140.
  • Holmes, S., Walker, G. and Van Der Meer, J. (2005), 'Barnacles, limpets and periwinkles: the effect of direct and indirect interactions on cyprid settlement and success', Journal of Sea Research, vol 53, no 3 , pp 181 - 204.
  • Holmes, S. (2005), 'The effect of Patella vulgata pedal mucus on the settlement and development or propagation of Skeletonema costatum and Fucus spiralis', Journal of Molluscan Studies, vol 71, no 1 , pp 53 - 57.
  • Holmes, S., Dekker, R. and Williams, I. (2004), 'Population dynamics and genetic differentiation in the bivalve mollusc Abra tenuis: aplanic dispersal', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 268 , pp 131 - 140.
  • Williams, I., van der Meer, J., Dekker, R. and Holmes, S. (2004), 'Exploring interactions among intertidal macrobenthos of the Dutch Wadden Sea using population dynamic models', Journal of Sea Research, vol 25 , pp 307 - 319.
  • Holmes, S., Witbaard, R. and Van Der Meer, G. (2003), 'Phenotypic and genotypic population differentiation in the bivalve mollusc Arctica islandica (L.): results from RAPD analysis', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 254 , pp 163 - 176.
  • Holmes, S. (2002), 'The effect of pedal mucus on barnacle cyprid settlement: a source for indirect interactions in the rocky intertidal?', Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Journal, vol 82 , pp 1 - 13.
  • Holmes, S., Cherrill, A. and Davies, M. (2002), 'The surface characteristics of pedal mucus: a potential aid to the settlement of marine organisms?', Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Journal, vol 82 , pp 131 - 139.
  • Holmes, S., Miller, N. and Miller, A. (2002), 'The respiration and hypoxic/anoxic tolerance of two co-habiting nut-shells: Nucula nitidosa (Winkworth) and Nucula nucleus (L.)', Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Journal, vol 82 , pp 311 - 324.
  • Holmes, S., Sturgess, C., Cherrill, A. and Davies, M. (2001), 'Shell wiping in Calliostoma zizyphinum (L.): the use of pedal mucus as a provendering agent and its contribution to the daily energetic requirements of C. zizyphinum', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 212 , pp 171 - 181.

Previous Projects

Title: The ecology and occurrence of the River Snail, Notopala sublineata sublineata, in New South Wales: a survey of the Darling River system and the viability of the habitats provided by it
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
Western Researchers: Sebastian Holmes
Years: 2012-06-01 - 2013-06-30
ID: P00020742

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