My expertise includes oceanography, geomorphology, sedimentology, geophysics, remote sensing and GIS. However, my research is more specifically focused on mapping the seabed using sonar to understand geological processes, oceanography, and the distribution of benthic habitats in both deep and shallow water environments. 

The key tool used in my seabed mapping research is multibeam sonar, however, I also utilize range of other equipment such as sidescan, sediment grabs, sediment cores, underwater video/photography, oceanographic sensors, satellite imagery, and GIS to aid my seabed mapping activities. 

I have published research from Torres Strait, Gulf of Papua, North West Shelf, Gulf of Carpentaria and the Tasman Sea. 

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Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Annual Competitive Round

Improving mortality rate estimates for management of the Queensland saucer scallop fishery

Indicative Funding
$52,800 over 2 years (administered by QDAFF)
There is a strong need to improve the Queensland scallop stock assessment. This will be achieved by undertaking a fishery-independent survey of the stock and by deriving improved mortality rate estimates used in the quantitative stock modelling. Classifying the scallop fishing grounds into habitat categories which receive varying levels of fishing effort will improve the precision of fishing mortality estimates, as well as provide some understanding of possible impacts on the stock from the Gladstone harbour dredge spoil ground. This will be achieved by obtaining measures of bottom hardness and sediment composition, and relating them to scallop abundance.
Tony Courtney and James Daniell in collaboration with Matthew Campbell and George Leigh (QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and College of Science & Engineering)
Saucer Scallop; Sustainable Fisheries; Ylistrum balloti; Habitat; mortality rate; sonar

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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.

  • Establishing a Tectonic Framework for the Cretaceous break-up of Eastern Gondwana: Insights from Papua New Guinea and Offshore Geology of the Coral and Tasman Seas. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Shelf-edge Stratigraphy of the Central Great Barrier Reef (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Spatial modelling of saucer scallop distributions within the southeast Queensland scallop fishery. (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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