My research interests relate broadly to the social-ecological dimensions of environmental conservation and management, with an emphasis on coastal communities and small islands. In particular, I work to identify the social factors that influence positive livelihood outcomes from conservation and development in rural, resource dependent communities. Much of my work has focused on how tourism alters the relationship between humans and the natural environment (e.g. through shifting livelihoods, implementation of Marine Protected Areas, and influence on socio-cultural values and behaviour).

My work tends to be applied and locally or regionally specific, with an overarching objective to develop comparative methods and evaluation tools relevant to multiple scenarios. To date, I have conducted research in the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean and, more recently, in the Asia Pacific region. I specialise in quantitative and qualitative ethnographic methods and am working to develop ways to integrate social science and natural science data in spatial contexts, thus providing comprehensive scientific support to environmental decision-making.

  • AQ3015: Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 3; TSV)
  • AQ5015: Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV3020: Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation (Level 3; TSV)
  • EV5009: Foundations of Natural Resource Management (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5020: Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5209: Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5961: Ecosystem Dynamics - Ridge to Reef (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5901: Special Topic 1 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5902: Special Topic 2 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5903: Literature Review (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5909: Minor Project and Seminar (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5912: Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (1 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5913: Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (2 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Human dimensions of conservation
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Social impacts of tourism
  • 2013 to present - Lecturer, College of Marine and Environmental Sciences (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2012 - Lecturer, The School for Field Studies (Bocas del Toro, Panama)
  • 2009 to 2012 - Lead Researcher, Division of Strategic Issues and Applications for Society, Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (Spain)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (Balearic Islands, Spain)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Doctoral Research Assistant, Coastal Resources Centre, University of Rhode Island (USA)
  • 2001 to 2002 - Program Assistant, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO (Paris, France)
Research Disciplines

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 18+ research outputs authored by Dr Amy Diedrich from 2007 onwards.

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

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors - Global Partnership for Sharks & Rays (GPSR)

Maximising outcomes for shark and ray MPAs

Indicative Funding
This project will investigate the benefits of using marine protected areas (MPAs) for shark and ray conservation. It will combine work reviewing the current state of knowledge, synthesis or shark and ray movement data to better inform MPA design, identification of socioeconomic factors that affect MPA success, and spatial moelling to identify the areas where MPAs will be of greatest benefit. I will include partnerships with AIMS and Simon Fraser University.
Colin Simpfendorfer and Amy Diedrich in collaboration with Michelle Heupel and Nick K Dulvy (College of Science & Engineering, Australian Institute of Marine Science and Simon Fraser University)
Marine Protected Areas; movement ecology; Shark; Conservation Planning; ray; Spatial Planning

ACIAR - Research Grant

FIS/2013/015 Sustainable Management of Sport Fisheries for Communities in Papua New Guinea

Indicative Funding
$688,131 over 5 years
The project aims to conduct the ecological, fisheries, social, business and tourism research needed to develop a viable local-based sport fishery for Black Bass in Papua New Guinea that can provide alternative livelihoods for local people.
Marcus Sheaves, Jacob Wani, Ronnie Baker, Amy Diedrich and Murray Prideaux in collaboration with Adam Barnett, Dean Jerry, Alf Kuilboer, Gianna Moscardo, Anne Swinbourne, Leban Gisawa, Peter Vincent, Jason Yip, Riccard Reimann, Ian Middleton, Katya Abrantes and Adam Barnett (College of Science & Engineering, National Fisheries Authority, Papua New Guinea, College of Business, Law & Governance, College of Healthcare Sciences, Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, National Department of Health (PNG), Baia Sport Fishing and Ok Tedi Development Foundation)
Fish; Ecosystems; Sport Fishing; Estuary; Livelihoods; Food Security

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Multidisciplinary Insights into the Conservation and Biology of Sea Turtles in Mozambique. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Use and Abuse of marine Turtles: Assessing the Success of indigenous and First Nation Communities Based Conservation Programs. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Butterfly (nymphalidae) Diversity and Land Managment Practices Along the Coastline of Guyana and The Wet Tropics Bioregion of Queensland Australia. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Maximizing Potential Impact of Marine Protected Area (MPA) placement: An integrated Socio-economic Perspective (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The Interactions Between Ecological State and Fishing Practices of Coral Reefs South Buton, Indonesia (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Understanding barriers and opportunities for sustained benefits from inland pond aquaculture for Solomon Islands households (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • A holistic approach to shark fisheries science and management: The role of contempory indigenous knowledge (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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