I am a seagrass and coastal ecosystems ecologist. My research facilitates the protection, conservation, biological diversity, rehabilitation, management and sustainable development of seagrass resources. I am particularly interested in the status and condition of seagrass resources across a range of scales (from local to global), understanding the role of disturbance, determining thresholds of concern and investigating resilience of seagrass ecosystems. I am also interested in the relationship between seagrass and associated fauna, the impacts of declining water quality and climate change.

  • 1998 to 2012 - Principal Scientist, QLD DAFF (Cairns)
  • 1992 to 1998 - Biologist, QLD DPI&F (Cairns)
  • 1990 to 1992 - Technical Officer, QLD DPI&F (Cairns)
  • 1986 to 1989 - Research Assistant, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Contract Research

Spatial and temporal trends in the health and resilience of Great Barrier Reef inshore seagrass meadows in relation to water quality

Indicative Funding
$6,584,649 over 11 years
The aim of this research is to monitor the abundance and species composition of seagrass, and identify areas of seagrass that have been significantly impacted by flood plumes in areas important to major dugong populations in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Len McKenzie in collaboration with Naomi Smith, R Yoshida, Catherine Collier and Lucas Langlois (TropWATER)
Seagrass habitats; Environmental Monitoring; Marine monitoring; Dugong populations; Great Barrier Reef

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