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. 

  • 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
  • 2009 - GBRMPA Science for Management Award
  • 2009 - PADI Project Aware Grant
  • 2008 - GBRMPA Science for Management Award

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

Current Funding

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North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation - Contract Research

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

Indicative Funding
$1,319,033 over 4 years
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.
Michael Rasheed, Skye McKenna, Tony Ayling and Alexandra Carter (TropWATER and Sea Research)
Seagrass; Monitoring; Risk Assessment; Coral; Research

Torres Strait Regional Authority - Contract Research

Torres Strait Seagrass Research

Indicative Funding
$189,632 over 3 years
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.
Alexandra Carter and Michael Rasheed (TropWATER)
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
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.
Alexandra Carter, Michael Rasheed and Catherine Bryant (TropWATER)
Seagrass; Gladstone Harbour; Port Curtis; Report Card

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  • 3 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
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