About

Catherine’s career has had a strong focus on the sustainable management of tropical marine resources. She graduated from the University of Queensland (2005) with First Class Honours for her research on Fisheries Dependent Assessments of Bycatch and Catch Composition in the Queensland Coral Reef Fin Fish Fishery and worked for the Queensland Government on the assessment and monitoring of state fisheries resources and the design and implementation of research and monitoring programs for the management of tropical marine habitats, particularly seagrasses.   

In her current role as a Research Officer in TropWATER's Seagrass Ecology Group, Catherine manages a variety of research and monitoring programs mostly associated with heavily publicised coastal development projects. In collaboration with government, industry and research partners, she has contributed significantly to the development of applied science based solutions for the management of dredge related impacts on seagrass.

Her recent project experience includes the development of seagrass health indicators for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Report Card; investigations of seed bank dynamics for the Gladstone Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Program; development of light thresholds and sub-lethal indicators to manage impacts to seagrass during dredging; and a broad suite of marine habitat monitoring and assessment programs tied to coastal development. She is also working on a range of projects to determine the carbon sequestration and storage capacities of tropical seagrass ecosystems. 

Interests
Research
  • Developing stress indicators and thresholds to manage impacts of coastal development on tropical seagrasses;
  • Establishing the carbon sequestration and storage capacities of tropical seagrass ecosystems;
  • Developing seagrass health indicators and identifying appropriate scales of monitoring to inform sustainable management;
  • Investigating seagrass seed bank dynamics and the implications for resilience against future disturbance;
  • Teasing apart anthropogenic vs climate related drivers of declines in seagrass abundance and distribution.
Experience
  • 2013 to present - Research Officer, Seagrass Ecology Group, Centre for Tropical Water and Ecosystem Research (TropWATER), James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Fisheries Biologist, Marine Ecology Group, Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Fisheries Biologist, Fisheries Long Term Monitoring and Assessment, Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2006 to 2007 - Red List Officer - Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (Newbury, UK)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Fisheries Resource Officer, Fisheries Assessment and Sustainability Reporting, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 2005 - Research Assistant, Univeristy of Queensland, Fish Form and Function Laboratory (Brisbane, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2007 - Recipient of the DPI&F Peter Finglas Bursary for Professional Development
  • 2005 - Awarded First Class Honours for research thesis - "Fisheries dependent assessment of by-catch and catch composition in the Queensland Coral Reef Fin Fish Fishery"
  • 2004 - Dean's commendation for high achievement
  • 2003 - Dean's commendation for high achievement
Memberships
  • 2016 - World Seagrass Association
  • 2016 - Australian Marine Science Association
  • 2012 to 2014 - Dredge Technical Review Panel and Science Subcommittee (Gladstone Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project)
Publications

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Current Funding

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QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund

Bryant Maternity Funding for Research Assistant

Indicative Funding
$16,800
Summary
Maternity funding to employ a research assistant to assist senior researcher whilst on maternity leave to maintain research progress.
Investigators
Catherine Bryant and Michael Rasheed (TropWATER)
Keywords
seagrass research

Fitzroy Basin Association - Contract Research

Gladstone Healthy Harbours Seagrass Condition Report Card

Indicative Funding
$54,912 over 2 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

Gladstone Ports Corporation Ltd - Contract Research

Monitoring Seagrass Seed Bank Density and Viability Within Port Curtis

Indicative Funding
$204,124 over 3 years
Summary
Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited (GPCL) has contracted JCU TropWATER to formally collate the existing information on Port Curtis seed banks and integrate assessments of viability into the current monitoring program. The objectives of this study are to: 1. Monitor changes in the density of Z. muelleri seed banks during the pre-dredging, dredging and post-dredging phases of the WBDDP. 2. Monitor changes in the proportion of viable Z. muelleri seeds in the seed bank before and after the growing season during the post-dredging phase of the WBDPP.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed, Catherine Bryant and Jessie Jarvis (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Seed bank; Viability; Gladstone Harbour
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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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