COLE, Victoria

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Research interests

  • Invertebrate fisheries, biology and ecology
  • Restoration ecology
  • Climate change biology and ecology


Victoria Cole is based at Port Stephens Fisheries Institute as the scientist on the Oyster Reef Restoration Project which is an action of the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy. Her main project is the monitoring and research of detecting an ecological change on biodiversity due to large-scale oyster reef restoration in Port Stephens.

She has over 15 years of experience in marine ecology, and prior to her role at Fisheries she worked in research and teaching in academia, including four years in South Africa. Her research is focused on determining the impacts on marine resources under anthropogenic stress (ocean warming and acidification, pollution, urbanisation, and harvesting).


  • PhD - University of Sydney (2007)
  • BSc (Adv) (Hons) - University of Sydney (2003)

Current projects

  • MEMS Oyster Reef Restoration Research and Monitoring
  • Bait Security - Ensuring sustainable and productive NSW invertebrate bait resources
  • Use of environmental DNA to detect changes in fish assemblages associated with oyster reef restoration (collaboration with University of Newcastle)
  • Determining the suitability of the leaf oyster, Isognomon ephippium, for shellfish reef restoration (collaboration with Southern Cross University)
  • Developing a framework for effective oyster reef restoration (ARC Linkage partner organisation, administering organisation University of New South Wales)
  • Building with Nature: Using Potato Waste to Restore NSW Oyster Reefs (Environmental Trust Grant with Macquarie University)

Recent publications

Please refer to Victoria Cole’s Google Scholar page

Contact details


Phone: +61 2 4916 3850