Ms Shirley Sorokin

Collection Manager Marine Invertebrates

Shirley joined the marine invertebrate group in October, 2018. She previously worked at SARDI Aquatic Sciences, Adelaide on benthic communities of the Great Australian Bight and South Australian gulfs. She has also worked in the area of marine biotechnology at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville and the Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development, Flinders University, Adelaide. For seven years she was the Promotions Officer of the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville.


Research Interests

Shirley is interested in the taxonomy and biogeography of marine sponges, especially from South Australia. She also has a strong interest in therapeutic compounds derived from marine invertebrates.

Awards and Achievements

Internship scholarship, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, Florida, “Microbial contamination and cell nutrition in sponge cell culture”.

Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Member, Australian Science Communicators
  • Treasurer, Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society


  • BSc (Biology) Flinders University, Adelaide
  • Graduate Certificate, Scientific and Technical Writing, James Cook University, Townsville


  1. Tanner, J.E., Althaus, F., Sorokin, S.J. and Williams, A. (2018) Benthic biogeographic patterns in the southern Australian deep sea: Do historical museum records accord with recent systematic, but spatially limited, survey data? Ecology and Evolution DOI:10.1002/ece3.4565.
  2. Macintosh, H. et al. …..Sorokin, S.J…. (2018) Invertebrate diversity in the deep Great Australian Bight (200-5000 m). Marine Biodiversity Records, 11(1). DOI:10.1186/s41200-018-0158-x.
  3. Williams, AAlthaus, F., Macintosh, H., Loo, M.G.K, Gowlett-Holmes, K., Tanner, J.E., Sorokin, S.J. and Green, M. (2018) Characterising the invertebrate megafaunal assemblages of a deep-sea (200-3000 m) frontier region for oil and gas exploration: the Great Australian Bight, Australia. Deep Sea Research Part II Topical Studies in Oceanography, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.07.015.
  4. Wiltshire, K., Tanner, J.E., Althaus, F., Sorokin, S.J. and Williams, A. (2018) Predicting environmental suitability for key benthic species in an ecologically and economically important deep-sea environment. Deep Sea Research Part II Topical Studies in Oceanography, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.06.011.
  5. Yang, Q., Franco, C.M.M., Sorokin, S.J. and Zhang, W. (2017). Development of a multilocus-based approach for sponge (phylum Porifera) identification: refinement and limitations. Scientific Reports, 7:41422.
  6. Conlan, K.E., Currie, D.R., Dittmann, S.R., Sorokin, S.J. and Hendrycks, E. (2015). Macrofaunal patterns in an around du Couedic and Bonney submarine canyons, South Australia. PLoS One, 10(11)(e0143921).
  7. Currie, D.R. and Sorokin, S.J (2014) Megabenthic biodiversity in two contrasting submarine canyons on Australia’s southern continental margin. Marine Biology Research, 10(2):97-110.
  8. Currie, D.R. and Sorokin, S.J (2009) Evaluating the effects of reserve closure on algae, invertebrate and fish assemblages at a temperate South Australian marine reserve. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 89(04) doi:10.1017/S002531540900012.
  9. Sorokin, S.J., Laperousaz, T. and Collings, G.J. (2008). Investigator group expedition 2006: Sponges (PORIFERA) Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 132(2) pp. 163-172.
  10. Sorokin, S.J., Fromont, J. and Currie, D. Demosponge Biodiversity in the Benthic Protection Zone of the Great Australian Bight. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 131(2):192-204.