About

Alex is employed as a senior research officer with TropWATER. Her research interests are the ecology and conservation of coastal environments, in particular tropical seagrass meadows and coral reefs, and fisheries management.

Alex's current research focuses on understanding and assessing habitat variation at large scales in space and time. Recent projects include:

1. Developing and implementing seagrass condition report cards for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership, Torres Strait, regional NRM groups, and Queensland ports. 

2. Working with Torres Strait Rangers to expand seagrass monitoring throughout Torres Strait.

3. Large-scale GIS mapping projects for the GBR World Heritage Area and Torres Strait.

4. Defining seagrass desired state for the GBR.

5. Boosting coral abundance on the GBR through coral restoration using innovative Symbiodinium co-culture and mass larval supply on reefs

Alex completed her PhD on spatial variation in reproductive biology for common coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus), and the role of marine reserves as a potential fisheries management tool for this species on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Interests
Research
  • Statistical approaches to deal with messy biological data
  • Spatial analysis and mapping
  • Fisheries management and no-take marine reserves
  • Fish reproductive biology
  • Habitat condition assessments
  • Coral reef restoration
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2009 - GBRMPA Science for Management Award
  • 2009 - PADI Project Aware Grant
  • 2008 - GBRMPA Science for Management Award
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 59+ research outputs authored by Dr Alexandra Carter from 2007 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

ABRS - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Deriving ecologically relevant targets to meet desired ecosystem condition for the Great Barrier Reef: a case study for seagrass meadows in the Burdekin region

Indicative Funding
$172,691 over 2 years
Summary
This project will derive ecologically relevant targets (ERTs) for water quality and sediment loads for the Burdekin basin and provide the ecological targets required to revise ERTs across the GBR by: 1) defining seagrass desired state targets for the GBR: 2) calculating water quality guidelines (light); and 3) calculating ERTs for te3rrestrially sourced sediment loads, using Cleveland Bay as a case study. Historical and new data collections will be compiled and used to derive ERTs via statistical models and eReefs (RECOM), and the seagrass sub-model in eReefs will be used to test ERTs.
Investigators
Catherine Collier and Alexandra Carter in collaboration with Megan Saunders, Matthew Adams, Kate O'Brien, Vikki Lambert, Mark Baird, Graham Brodie, Michael Rasheed, Len McKenzie, Robert Coles, Katherine Martin and Alana Grech (TropWATER, The University of Queensland, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, College of Science & Engineering, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Seagrass; ecological targets; Sediment; Turbidity

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation - Contract Research

NQBP & JCU Research & Monitoring Partnership - Seagrass and Coral Studies

Indicative Funding
$1,335,011 over 4 years
Summary
This project conducts long term assessments of seagrass and coral in the Ports of Mackay, Hay Point, Weipa and Abbot Point. The work forms part of a research and monitoring partnership between JCU and NQBP to monitor and assess marine environmental health within ports as well as support related research and education opportunities.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed, Skye McKenna, Tony Ayling and Alexandra Carter (TropWATER and Sea Research)
Keywords
Seagrass; Monitoring; Risk Assessment; Coral; Research

Torres Strait Regional Authority - Contract Research

Torres Strait Seagrass Research

Indicative Funding
$415,555 over 5 years
Summary
This seagrass research program continues collaborations with TSRA LSLMU Rangers in the Dugong Sanctuary, and will conduct seagrass baseline surveys at Dungeness Reef. The baseline assessment will form the foundation for ongoing monitoring, and provide essential information to the TSRA, Australian and Queensland Governments for dugong and turtle management plans, complimenting dugong and turtle research studies in the region and building skills and capacity of Traditional Owners and Rangers.
Investigators
Alexandra Carter and Michael Rasheed (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Turtle; Mapping; Dugong; Torres Strait

Department of Environment and Science - Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research

Boosting coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef - Scaling up coral restoration using innovative Symbiodinium co-culture and mass larval supply on reefs

Indicative Funding
$71,000 over 2 years (administered by Southern Cross University)
Summary
This project will supply millions of coral larvae and significantly increase the settlement and recruitment success of juvenile corals. This will rapidly replenish damaged GBR coral sites, restoring ecological functions and resilience of coral communities. Our concept will significantly increase the supply of high quality larvae of foundation corals and provide the world?s first mass production of larvae containing Symbiodinium microalgae, which will increase larval energy and settlement success and survival of newly settled corals. Innovations include coral larval restoration at larger scales (hundreds of square metres) than previous studies and pioneering front-line diagnostics to confer thermal tolerance in coral recruits. Our team includes world-leading researchers with decades of relevant experience collaborating directly with tourism and other Queensland businesses to provide cost-effective outcomes that can be commercially scaled to restore large reef areas in future.
Investigators
Katie Chartrand, Robert Coles and Alexandra Carter (TropWATER)
Keywords
Symbiodinium spp.; Coral larvae; Coral spawning; restoration; Coral reef; Great Barrier Reef

Fitzroy Basin Association - Contract Research

Gladstone Healthy Harbours Seagrass Condition Report Card

Indicative Funding
$113,326 over 4 years
Summary
Gladstone Healthy Harbours Partnership (GHHP) produces an annual report card on the condition of Gladstone Harbour. JCU TropWATER have been contracted to produce the seagrass component of the report card.
Investigators
Alexandra Carter, Michael Rasheed and Catherine Bryant (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Gladstone Harbour; Port Curtis; Report Card

ABRS - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Assessment of key dugong and turtle seagrass resources in the northern Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$99,696 over 2 years (administered by Reef and Rainforest Research Centre)
Summary
This project fills a critical information gap for dugong and turtle habitat management in the Torres Strait. It describes seagrasses in a recently identified data deficient region in northern Torres Strait that contains large dugong and turtle populations and is the subject of a proposed extension of the existing Dugong Sanctuary. The baseline assessments will form the foundation for ongoing monitoring, and provide essential information to the TSRA, Australian and Queensland governments for dugong and turtle management plans, complimenting dugong and turtle research studies in the region and building skills and capacity of Traditional Owners and Rangers.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed and Alexandra Carter in collaboration with Tristan Simpson, Helene Marsh, Skye McKenna and Jaclyn Davies (TropWATER, Torres Strait Regional Authority and College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Seagrass; Dugong; Turtle; Torres Strait; Mapping

Torres Strait Regional Authority - Contract Research

Torres Strait Seagrass and Dugong Sanctuary Research

Indicative Funding
$220,500 over 3 years
Summary
This project will examine the impacts of climate change on seagrasses in the Torres Strait and examine the drivers of seagrass change. The project will also work in collaboration with the Torres Strait rangers to assess changes in seagrasses in the Torres Strait dugong sanctuary and provide relevant scientific information to inform dugong and turtle management plans for the Torres Strait.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed and Alexandra Carter in collaboration with Mark Leith, Skye McKenna, Paul Leeson and Jessie Jarvis (TropWATER)
Keywords
Torres Strait; Seagrass; Impacts of Climate; Dugong
Collaboration

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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