Jaclyn works as a Research Officer with TropWATER. She gained a BSc in Biology: Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution from the University of California, following which she undertook post-graduate studies in Marine Biology at JCU investigating the effects of topographic complexity on risk assessment in settlement-stage reef fish. 

Her current research focuses on the ecology of tropical marine habitats, specifically seagrass meadows and coral reefs potentially at risk from coastal development. In this role she manages and contributes to several state-wide research, monitoring and assessment programs. She has also worked on nutrient availability in coral reefs, deep-sea hydrothermal vent community dynamics, and connectivity of reef fish populations.

  • Seagrass assessment & monitoring in Queensland Ports- industry partnerships in high risk areas
  • Establishing the drivers of tropical seagrass change
  • Seagrass productivity and resilience
  • Utilising spatial tools for assessing habitats at risk
  • Community engagement through guest lectures
  • 2012 to 2013 - Fisheries Biologist, Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (Northern Fisheries Centre, Cairns)
  • 2008 - Research Assistant, Hawaii Institue of Marine Biology (Hawaii, USA)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 36+ research outputs authored by Mrs Jaclyn Wells from 2012 onwards.


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