My research interests are interdisciplinary and broadly focus on informing the management of Australia's natural and cultural environment through spatial information science and conservation planning. Most of my research is conducted in remote coastal and marine areas of northern Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, and Gulf of Carpentaria. 

The transfer of research to management action and policy is my highest priority, and I actively generate partnerships to deliver my research outputs directly to government and non-government agencies and Indigenous communities. I communicate my knowledge via research papers, reports and presentations, workshops with stakeholders, and briefings to agencies, such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Australian Department of Environment, and the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

My research has received funding from the Australian Research Council, Ian Potter Foundation, James Cook University, Macquarie University, NSW Adaptation Research Hub - Biodiversity Node, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, National Environmental Research Program Tropical Ecosystems Hub, Australian Marine Mammal Centre, Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility, and others.

  • Spatial predictions of coastal and marine features
  • Cumulative impact and risk assessments in geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Conservation planning and Indigenous Australia
  • 2013 to 2016 - Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University (Sydney)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Townsville)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2015 - Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Asem Duo Fellowship
  • 2012 - Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Churchill Fellowship
  • 2016 - International Society for Reef Studies
  • 2016 - Australian Coral Reef Society
  • 2010 - World Seagrass Association
  • 2008 - Society of Conservation Biology

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  • Using hydrodynamic models to understand the impacts and risks of plastic pollution (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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