About

My research interests relate broadly to the humn dimensions of environmental conservation and management, with an emphasis on small-scale fishing communities in the tropics. In particular, I work to identify the social factors that influence positive livelihood outcomes from conservation, development, and natural resource management. 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). More recently, my research has focused on the role of social capital in influencing sustainable livelihood outcomes in small-scale fishing communities in Asia and the Pacific. 

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 in the Asia Pacific region. I use a combination of quantitative and qualitative ethnographic methods and am working to develop ways to integrate social and ecological science data in spatial contexts, thus providing comprehensive scientific support to environmental decision-making.

Teaching
  • 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)
  • SC5009: Professional Placement (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5900: Special Topic (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)
Interests
Research
  • Human dimensions of conservation and natural resource management
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Marine ecotourism
  • Sustainable aquaculture
Experience
  • 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
Publications

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Current Funding

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Reef Guardian Grants

A holistic approach to shark and ray species management: the role of contemporary Indigenous knowledge.

Indicative Funding
$2,000
Summary
Using a case study approach, this is a collaborative project with a Saltwater Traditional Owner group (Yuku Baja Muliku) that will describe the use and cultural values that they have for sharks and rays, and explore how, or what, Indigenous knowledge of these species could be recognised or used in science and management. The project also looks at how managers and scientists currently use Indigenous knowledge in their disciplines and hopes to identify the barriers and opportunities that may lead to a more holistic, inclusive and comprehensive management approach that acknowledges both knowledge systems (both western and Indigenous).
Investigators
Karin Gerhardt and Amy Diedrich (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Indigenous Knowledge; Traditional Owners; Sharks; Rays

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

Maximising outcomes for shark and ray MPAs

Indicative Funding
$740,629 over 2 years
Summary
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 modelling to identify the areas where MPAs will be of greatest benefit. I will include partnerships with AIMS and Simon Fraser University.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
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
Summary
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.
Investigators
Marcus Sheaves, Jacob Wani, Ronnie Baker, Adam Barnett, Amy Diedrich, Murray Prideaux and Katya Abrantes in collaboration with Dean Jerry, Alf Kuilboer, Gianna Moscardo, Anne Swinbourne, Leban Gisawa, Peter Vincent, Jason Yip, Riccard Reimann and Ian Middleton (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)
Keywords
Fish; Ecosystems; Sport Fishing; Estuary; Livelihoods; Food Security
Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

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.

Current
  • Effects of land use on butterfly (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) abundance and diversity in the tropical coastal regions of Guyana and Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A holistic approach to shark fisheries science and management: The role of contempory indigenous knowledge (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Understanding the social dynamics of tilapia pond aquaculture in a rural developing pacific islands context (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Conservation Targeting and Prioritization in the Prairie Pothole Region (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Maximising Potential Impact of Marine Protected Area Placement: An Integrated Socioeconomic Perspective. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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  • 142.227, The Science Place (Townsville campus)
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