About

Jack Koci is an earth and environmental scientist with a particular interest in tropical catchment geomorphology and water quality. He has experience working across university, Government and industry and currently conducts research and teaching within the School of Earth and Environmental Science at James Cook Unviersity. 

Jack's current research primarily focusses on improving understanding of the causes, processes, impacts and management of soil erosion in tropical landscapes. Jack also uses novel drone-based remote sensing techniques to map, monitor and model tropical landscapes. 

Prior to joining James Cook University, Jack worked as a Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has also worked with Seqwater and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). 

Teaching
  • EA2007: Soil Properties and Processes for Management (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EA3207: Soil Properties and Processes (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EA5017: Soil Properties and Processes (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3401: Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3454: Natural Hazards (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5401: Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5454: Natural Hazards (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Mapping, monitoring and modelling of soil erosion processes in tropical landscapes.
  • Quantification of landscape recovery and water quality improvement following land management change.
  • Drone-based remote sensing of landscapes.
Teaching
  • Natural Hazards
  • Soil Science
  • Hydrology
Experience
  • 2019 to 2020 - Research Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast)
  • 2019 to 2020 - Scientific Sampler, Seqwater (Sunshine Coast)
  • 2016 to 2019 - PhD Candidate, University of the Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Research Officer, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (Canberra)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Research Officer, James Cook University (Cairns)
Honours
Awards
  • 2020 - University of the Sunshine Coast Chancellor Medal
  • 2018 - Emerging Higher Degree by Research Talent Award
  • 2013 - James Cook University Medal
  • 2011 - James Cook University Academic Medal (Bachelor Coursework)
Other
  • 2016 to 2019 - Australian Government Postgraduate Award
  • 2016 to 2019 - CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2016 to 2019 - Meat and Livestock Australia Postgraduate Scholarship
Publications

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Current Funding

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CSIRO - Contract Research

Effectiveness of gully remediation in catchments draining to the Great Barrier Reef

Indicative Funding
$43,089 over 1 year
Summary
Gully erosion is a globally significant land degradation problem and major contributor to poor water quality in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) World Heritage Area. Gully rehabilitation can stabilise erosion and reduce downstream sediment yields, but the globally observed responses to rehabilitation are variable. This project will evaluate sediment yield and vegetation responses to several gully rehabilitation measures implemented in the Burdekin River catchment. The project will provide valuable new knowledge and understanding of the effectiveness of gully rehabilitation in savannah rangeland landscapes tributary to the GBR, and elsewhere in the world.
Investigators
Jack Koci in collaboration with Rebecca Bartley and Scott Wilkinson (College of Science & Engineering and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Keywords
Gully remediation; Savanna rangeland; Land Management; Runoff; Water quality; Great Barrier Reef
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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.

Current
  • Saltmarsh Connectivity in Tropical Seascapes: An Eco-hydrological Perspective (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Geospatial optimisation of interventions to improve water quality in the Russell-Mulgrave River catchment (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • From Coral Communities to Fringing Reefs: Developing a Novel Predictive Model for Fringing Reef Growth, Conservation and Restoration (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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