About
Teaching
  • EV3201: Coastal and Marine Management and Conservation (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5502: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5505: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5701: Coastal and Marine Management and Conservation (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • MB3204: Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles (Level 3; TSV)
  • MB5204: Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC3008: Professional Placement (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5900: Special Topic (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5901: Special Topic 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5902: Special Topic 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5903: Literature Review (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5909: Minor Project and Seminar (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Marine wildlife biology and management
  • Plastic pollution impacts & solutions
  • Protected area management
Experience
  • 2010 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2011 - JCU Supervisor of the year award
  • 2009 - JCU Early Career Excellence in Research Award
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 116+ research outputs authored by Prof Mark Hamann from 2002 onwards.

Current Funding

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Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - The Assessment of Marine Turtle Stocks at Great Risk from Climate Change

Marine turtles and climate change

Indicative Funding
$51,818
Summary
Climate change is a recognised threat impacting Australian marine turtle populations. It is most evident on nesting beaches through the influence of rising temperatures and sea levels. The Australian Government recognises the threat and lists it as one of the highest-level risks in the Recovery Plan for Marine Turtles in Australia. In response the Australian Government?s Department Agriculture Water and Environment developed an Approach to Market for provision of a synthesis and review of all information necessary to enable understanding of the risk and vulnerability of nesting turtles from each stock to climate change and to support adaptation planning. In response we propose the delivery of a systematic review of biophysical information and climate model outputs for all stocks of marine turtles in Australia. We are confident of successful delivery of the project based on our collective globally recognised reputation as experts in marine turtle biology and conservation and employment of a research assistant for the duration of the project. Our response details how we will deliver the project, potential risks and suggestions for the workshop, and the experience of our team.
Investigators
Mark Hamann, Scott Smithers, Nicola Mitchell, Richard Reina, Graeme Hays and Colin Limpus (College of Science & Engineering, The University of Western Australia, Monash University, Deakin University and QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection)
Keywords
Marine Turtle; Climate Change; Synthesis; Australia; Coastal; Marine

United States Fish & Wildlife Service - Contract Research

Hawksbill turtles of the Ocean and Pacific Oceans

Indicative Funding
$10,000 over 1 year
Summary
Review of Literature on the populations of hawksbills in the Indian Ocean (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest) and Pacific Oceans (East, North Central, South Central, Southwest, West Central, West Pacific/South East Asia) RMUs (2013-2020).
Investigators
Mark Hamann (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Turtles; Hawksbill; Review; Literature; Pacific Ocean; Indian Ocean

Eco Logical Australia Pty Ltd - Research Grant

Green turtle satellite tracking data analysis and reporting

Indicative Funding
$60,000 over 2 years
Summary
The project aims to understand (2) the patterns of habitat use and home range of foraging green turtles in Port Curtis? (2) How green turtles use habitats located within and immediately adjacent to port infrastructure in the western and southern sections of the Port, such as jetties and navigation channels? And (3) What are the patterns of movement and foraging behaviour of green turtles that shift between inside and outside the Inner Port habitats (i.e. from Pelican Banks to offshore of Curtis Is)?
Investigators
Mark Hamann, Emily Webster and Stephanie Duce in collaboration with Colin Limpus and Takahiro Shimada (College of Science & Engineering, QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Keywords
Turtle; Tracking; Gladstone; Behaviour

Eco Logical Australia Pty Ltd - Research Grant

Green turtle satellite tracking data analysis and reporting

Indicative Funding
$60,000 over 2 years
Summary
The project aims to understand (1) The patterns of habitat use and home range of foraging green turtles in Port Curtis (2) How green turtles use habitats located within and immediately adjacent to port infrastructure in the western and southern sections of the Port, such as jetties and navigation channels (3) What are the patterns of movement and foraging behaviour of green turtles that shift between inside and outside the Inner Port habitats (ie from Pelican Banks to offshore of Curtis Is)?
Investigators
Mark Hamann, Emily Webster and Stephanie Duce in collaboration with Colin Limpus and Takahiro Shimada (College of Science & Engineering, QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Keywords
Turtle; Behaviour; Tracking; Gladstone

Eco Logical Australia Pty Ltd - Research Grant

Increase understanding of flatback turtle habitat use - using satellite telemetry

Indicative Funding
$98,000 over 3 years
Summary
In the Australian Government's Reef 2050 plan there are several key knowledge gaps mentioned for flatback turtles. Our research project aims to build upon, and add value to, existing datasets to complete these gaps in knowledge. We aim to (1) examine habitat use of flatback turtles breeding in the Broadsound region of Queensland (2) Assess inter-nesting habitat use of flatback turtles for multiple breeding sites in GBRWHA (3) Determine parrterns of migratory and foraging behaviour of flatback turtles. Our research outputs will be provided to Australian and State Government staff and industry bodies to improve management of threats to flatback turtles.
Investigators
Mark Hamann and Takahiro Shimada in collaboration with Colin Limpus (College of Science & Engineering, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water and the Environment)
Keywords
Marine Turtle; Conservation; Habitat Use; Management; Flatback Turtle; Tracking

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects

Ecological valuation tools to protect seagrass during coastal development

Indicative Funding
$490,000 over 4 years, in partnership with the Gladstone Ports Corporation Ltd ($450,000)
Summary
Seagrasses provide ecosystem services (fisheries, nutrient cycling, primary productivity) worth trillions of dollars, but this capacity is threatened by coastal development. In Australia, port developments are considered a major threat to seagrass ecosystems, but resource managers lack accurate information about their potential impacts and mitigation measures. Focussing on differences between shallow and deep seagrasses within the Great Barrier Reef, this project seeks to develop a world-first spatial valuation tool that will allow resource managers and policy makers to minimise impact of port development on seagrass ecosystems, thereby ensuring that Australia?s seagrasses continue to provide ecosystem services essential to our well-being.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed, Rod Connolly, Mark Hamann, Peter Macreadie, Helene Marsh and Marcus Sheaves in collaboration with Megan Ellis (TropWATER, Griffith University, College of Science & Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney and Gladstone Ports Corporation)
Keywords
Seagrass; Coastal Development; tropic fate; Ecosystem Services; ports

Qld Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy - Research Grant

Satellite tracking of marine turtles from Raine island

Indicative Funding
$131,252 over 2 years
Summary
This project will investigate the temporal and spatial distribution of habitat use and behaviour for adult female green turtles that breed at Raine Island and will provide valuable information to the Raine Island Recovery Project to impelemnt management actions at Raine Island.
Investigators
Mark Hamann and Takahiro Shimada in collaboration with Colin Limpus (College of Science & Engineering and QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection)
Keywords
Turtle; Conservation; Tracking; Reef; Raine Island
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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
  • Re-thinking the assessment and monitoring of large-scale coastal developments for improved marine megafauna outcomes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Unregulated Rivers and the Ecology of Bimodally Respiring Turtles in North Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Factors driving Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle) interactions with seagrass meadows within coastal foraging habitats (Masters , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Important Marine Turtle Areasin Southeast Asia: What critetria should be included, where are they and what are their threats? (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Investigating the long term Viability and Resilience of the Northern Great Barrier Reef Green Turtle Population based on Hatchling Production and Hatchling Sex Ratio (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Exploring Fine-Scale Habitat use by Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) in Port Curtis with Satellite Telemetry (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Effects of Plastic Pollution on Green Sea Turtles in Uruguayan Waters (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Ecological fate of microplastics in a tropical marine environment (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Status, trends and habitat use of sea turtles in NSW. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Movement and Habitat Assessment of Natator Depressus and Lepidochelys Olivacea in the Gulf of Carpentaria. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
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