About

Alex is employed as a senior research officer with TropWATER. Her research focuses on 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 environmental and biological variation at broad spatial and/or temporal scales. Recent research projects include developing seagrass condition indicators for the Gladstone Harbour report card, working with Torres Strait rangers to monitor seagrass in the Dugong Sanctuary, GIS mapping projects in Torres Strait and on the Great Barrier Reef, and developing spatial tools for assessing habitats at risk from shipping accidents in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and Torres Strait.

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 model messy biological data
  • Spatial analysis of habitats at risk and biodiversity hotspots
  • Fisheries management and no-take marine reserves
  • Fish reproductive biology
  • Spatial and temporal trends in seagrass meadow condition
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.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation - Contract Research

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

Indicative Funding
$1,319,033 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

Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games - 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

Torres Strait Regional Authority - Contract Research

Torres Strait Seagrass Research

Indicative Funding
$189,632 over 3 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

Fitzroy Basin Association - Contract Research

Gladstone Healthy Harbours Seagrass Condition Report Card

Indicative Funding
$84,140 over 3 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

Department of the Environment and Energy - 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

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Seagrass mapping synthesis - A resource for marine park and coastal management

Indicative Funding
$36,000 (administered by Reef and Rainforest Research Centre)
Summary
Key to understanding the desired state of Queensland seagrasses is reliable data on seagrass distribution, abundance and species composition, and how this changes through time. Also valuable is the ability to reliably 'drill' down from large-scale (World Heritage Area) to small-scale estuaries and meadows. TropWATER provides a composite map of seagrass for the GBRWHA available through E-Atlas, GBRMPA and Pangaea. However this layer has not been updated since 2010 and is missing changes from important areas and extensive new data, and provides no meadow-specific information. This project will recompile existing GIS layers, update with 2010-2015 data, and provide meadow-specific information.
Investigators
Robert Coles, Michael Rasheed and Alexandra Carter in collaboration with Skye McKenna and Leath Muller (TropWATER and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
Keywords
Seagrass; Queensland; Management; Zoning; map; Great Barrier Reef

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

Fitzroy Basin Association - Contract Research

Gladstone Healthy Harbours Seagrass Condition Report Card

Indicative Funding
$30,841
Summary
Gladstone Healthy Harbours Partnership (GHHP) has undertaken to develop a report card system to track the health of important ecological assets within Gladstone Harbour. JCU TropWATER have been contracte4d specifically to develop a report card system to track the health of seagrasses in the Harbour. The aims of this project are to: 1. Develop thresholds and condition categories for the assessment of seagrass habitats against baseline conditions based on long term data collected by the Seagrass Ecology Group. 2. Write a report card and technical report.
Investigators
Alexandra Carter, Jessie Jarvis and Michael Rasheed (TropWATER and University of North Carolina)
Keywords
Seagrass; Gladstone Harour; Port Curtis; Report Card
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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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