Monika Bryce

Research Scientist (Octocorallia)

Aquatic Zoology

MSc., Graduate Certificate in Education, PhD.


(08) 9212 3816


  • soft coral taxonomy, systematics and biogeography
  • soft coral biodiversity and conservation
  • documentation of the tropical Octocorallia fauna of the Australian West and East Coasts
  • description of new species and genera


Management, development, facilitation of research, and profiling of the Octocorallia (soft corals) collection.

Services (to other bodies):

Species identifications, logistics and marine invertebrate biodiversity surveys.


Marine Life of the Kimberley Region -

Exhibitions and Public Programs

Provide identifications and information on all aspects of marine invertebrates to the public, students, government departments and researchers. Communication to the general public through open days, educational talks at schools, television and WAM web-content/videos.

Selected Publications

Richards Z, Kirkendale L, Moore G, Hosie A, Huisman J, Bryce M, Marsh L, Bryce C, Hara A, Wilson N, Morrison M, Gomez O, Ritchie J, Whisson C, Allen M, Betterridge L, Wood C, Morrison H, Salotti M, Hansen G, Slack-Smith S & Fromont J (2016). Marine biodiversity in temperate Western Australia: multi-taxon surveys of Minden and Roe Reefs. Diversity, 8, 0000; doi:10.3390.

Kirkendale L, Slack-Smith S,  Fromont J, Teufel D, Short P, Richards Z, Hosie A, Bryce M, Read S, Gomez O (2015). Results of the first international citizen science project in WA: Port Headland community reef survey March-April 2014. The Western Australian Naturalist Vol.30 (2): 102-119.

Bryce M, Poliseno A, Alderslade P. & Vargas S. (2015). Digitate and capitate soft corals (Coelenterata: Octocorallia: Alcyoniidae) from Western Australia with reports on new species and new Australian geographical records. Zootaxa, 3963 (2): DOI:10.11646/Zootaxa.3963.2.2:160-200.

Schuster A., Erpenbeck D; Pisera A., Hooper JNA, Bryce M, Fromont J & Woerheide G (2015). Deceptive desmas: molecular phylogenetics suggests a new classification and uncovers convergent evolution of desma-bearing 'lithistid' demosponges. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0116038: 1-36.

Bryce M, Bryce C, Hosie A & Jones D. (2015). Woodside Deep Sea ­ Phase 1. UR 810, pp. 194.

Spaere P, Bryce M, Fromont J, Hara A., Hosie A., Kirkendale L, Marsh L, Moore G, Morrison S, , Richards Z, Whisson C, O¹Hara T, O¹Loughlin M, Naughton K, Bearham D, McLaaughlin J, Keesing J, Snedden Z, Strzelecki J, Huisman J, Liu D (2014). (Edt. John Keesing): Biodiversity Assessment, Chapter 3. In: Marine biodiversity and ecosystem function in the King George River Region of north-western Australia. CSIRO, pp.57.

John Keesing, Bryce M, Fromont J, Hara A., Hosie A. Huisman J, Kirkendale L, Marsh L, Moore G, Morrison S, Naughton K, O¹Hara T, O;Loughlin M, Richards Z, Snedden Z, Whisson C (2014). Biodiversity assessment of King George River ­ CSIRO, pp.32.

Bryce M, Poliseno A. (2014). Two new records of octocorals (Anthozoa, Octocorallia) from north-west Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 29: 159-168.

Bryce M, Sampey A. (2014).  Kimberley Marine Biota.  Historical Data: Soft corals and sea fans (Octocorallia). Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 84: 101-110.

Richards Z, Bryce M & Bryce C (2013). New records of atypical coral Reef habitat in the Kimberley, Australia. Jounal of Marine Biology. Vol. 2013.

Poliseno A, Bryce M, Vargas S & Wörheide G (2013). Lobophytum, Sarcophyton: Molecular identification of two widespread alcyoniids genera (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) from Western Australian shallow-water. 106th Annual meeting of the German Zoological Society, 2013, Munich, Germany; abstract submitted.

Ekins M, Erpenbeck D, Hall K, Bryce M & Hooper J.N.A. (2013). Low Genetic Structure of Lithistid sponge species between deep sea mounts off New Caledonia. International Sponge Conference (ISC), 2013, Perth, Australia; abstract submitted.

Schlacher TA, Williams A, Althaus F , Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA. (2009). High-resolution seabed imagery as a tool for biodiversity conservation planning on continental margins. Marine Ecology Vol 31: 200 - 221.

Althaus F, Williams A, Schlacher TA, Kloser RJ, Green MA, Barker BA, Bax NJ, Brodl P, Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA. (2009). Impacts of bottom trawling on deep-coral ecosystems of seamounts are long-lasting. Marine Ecology Progress Series.Vol. 397: 279-294.

Vacelet J, Kelly M & Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA, (2009) Two new species of Chondrocladia (Demospongiae: Cladorhizidae) with a new spicule type from the deep south Pacific, and a discussion of the genus Meliiderma.  Zootaxa 2073: 57-68.

Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA, Simon JW, Johnson JW, Schlacher TA, Hooper J.N.A, Ekins M, Banks I & Sutcliffe PR (2009). Biological Monitoring of the Ex-HMAS Brisbane artificial reef. Phase II – Habitat values. Final report (2009) prepared on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pp. 105.

Hooper JNA, Sutcliffe P. & Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA. (2008). New species of Raspailiidae (Porifera: Demospongiae: Poecilosclerida) from south east Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. ISSN 0079-8835; Nature 54 (1).

Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA (2008). Report on Tasmanian Seamounts – Porifera. Report to Australia’s National Oceans office.

Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA Hooper JNA. & Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA. (2007). Porifera of New Caledonia. Remarks on the checklist of shallow water species, in: Richer de Forges B. (Eds.) Compendium of marine species of New Caledonia, Doc Sci Tech. 117, seconde edition, IRD Noumea, pp. 113-117.

Schlacher-Hoenlinger MA, Pisera A & Hooper JNA (2004) Deep-sea “Lithistid” assemblages from the Norfolk Ridge (New Caledonia), with descriptions of seven new species and a new genus (Porifera: Demospongia). Zoosystema 27 (4), 2005.

Conference Presentations

Bryce M, Poliseno A, Wörheide G & Vargas S (2015). Nidaliidae (Cnidaria: Octocorallia) of the Kimberley region, Western Australia: diversity, distribution and molecular systematics. Society of Australian systematic biologists (SASB), Invertebrate Biodiversity and Conservation Conference, 2015, Perth.

Bryce M, Bryce C, Fromont J, Hosie A, Huisman J, Hutchings P, Kirkendale L, Moore G & Richards Z (2015). Kimberley marine biodiversity: museum collections and new opportunities. Society of Australian systematic biologists (SASB), Invertebrate Biodiversity and Conservation Conference, 2015, Perth.

Fromont J, Moore G, Kirkendale L, Hosie A, Bryce C, Richards Z, Bryce M, Wilson N (2014). Species diversity in the sea: the marine fauna of Western Australia. Royal Society Marine Biodiversity Conference 2014, Perth.

Bryce M, Bryce C, Poliseno A, , Vargas S & Wörheide G (2013) Soft Coral life of the Kimberley bioregion, Western Australia: Diversity, Distribution, and molecular systematics. Systematics without borders Conference, 2013, Sydney. Richards Z & Bryce M, (2013) Hard and soft corals of the Kimberley: Past, present, and future. Systematics without border Conference, 2013, Sydney.