About

Michael has been conducting research on topical marine habitats focusing on seagrass ecology for over 26 years. He heads the Seagrass Ecology Lab based in JCU's Cairns campus. He has a BSc in Zoology & Ecology and an Honours degree from Flinders University and was awarded a PhD from JCU for research investigating recovery and succession in tropical seagrass communities. Michael's passion is finding science based solutions to apply in the management of marine habitats. He has built a team whose work focuses on coastal development and risk and has significantly impacted on the way seagrass and marine habitats are managed and protected. Results of his work not only lead to advances in the field of seagrass ecology, but have changed practices within coastal development, ports and shipping industries and improved the ability of regulators and managers to protect marine habitats.

Interests
Research
  • Restoration of Tropical Seagrasses
  • Ecosystem valuation of marine habitats
  • Monitoring and mapping of tropical marine habitats including coral, seagrass, mangroves and benthic communities
  • Dugong and Green Turtle interactions with tropical seagrasses
  • Investigations of seagrass resilience and reproduction
  • Blue Carbon value of tropical marine habitats
  • Seagrass assessment & monitoring in Queensland Ports– industry partnerships in high risk areas
  • Developing spatial tools to manage sensitive habitats at high risk from shipping in GBR and Torres Strait Shipping Lanes
  • Establishing the drivers of tropical seagrass change
  • Developing ecologically based triggers for the management of tropical seagrass communities
  • Community partnerships for seagrass research in the Torres Strait
  • Blue Carbon habitats in the tropics
  • Developing sub-lethal tools for assessing seagrass stress
Experience
  • 1994 to 2012 - Principal Scientist, Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (Northern Fisheries Centre, Cairns)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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Current Funding

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North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation - Contract Research

NQBP and JCU Research and Monitoring Partnership ? Seagrass and Coral Studies.

Indicative Funding
$2,391,178 over 5 years
Summary
This project conducts the long term annual monitoring of seagrasses and corals in Mackay, Hay Point Abbot Point/Bowen and Weipa. The work forms part of a research and monitoring partnership between JCU and NQBP to monitor and assess marine environmental health within ports as well as support related research and education opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students in seagrass and coral ecology and applied management in the ports industry.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed, Katie Chartrand and Skye McKenna in collaboration with Tony Ayling (TropWATER and Sea Research)
Keywords
Seagrass; Coral; Marine Monitoring; Environmental assessment; Risk Assessment

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Marine Parks

Mapping Marra Sea Country with a focus on benthic habitats of the Limmen Marine Park

Indicative Funding
$283,720 over 2 years
Summary
Understanding the distribution and composition of benthic habitats in the Limmen Marine Park is necessary to manage the park in accordance with the North Marine Parks Network Management Plan and support the aspirations of the Marra People. Our team will survey the marine benthic habitats within and adjacent to the marine park. Recommendations for the marine park?s co-management will be developed. Project outputs will be relevant to multiple users and made accessible by optimizing media streams, including a short film about the Limmen marine park from the perspective of the Marra people and sea rangers.
Investigators
Catherine Collier, Alexandra Carter, Rachel Groom, Robert Coles and Michael Rasheed in collaboration with Lloyd Shepherd and Paul Leeson (TropWATER and Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Keywords
Marine Parks; Co-management; Traditional Owners; Benthic habitats; Seagrass; Monitoring

Reef Catchments Limited - Contract Research

Seagrass monitoring for Inshore Marine South Zone for the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership

Indicative Funding
$76,015 over 3 years
Summary
Continuation of annual seagrass monitoring program and development and implementation of seagrass condition report card in the south zone of the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region.
Investigators
Alexandra Carter and Michael Rasheed (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Coastal habitat; Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac; Report Card

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - National Environmental Science Program 2 (NESP 2) - Marine and Coastal Hub (NESP MAC Hub)

Synthesizing Three Decades of Seagrass Spatial Data from Torres Strait and Gulf of Carpentaria

Indicative Funding
$41,837 over 1 year, in partnership with the Torres Strait Regional Authority ($10,000)
Summary
The Gulf of Carpentaria and Torres Strait have globally significant seagrass habitat that provide food for threatened dugong and turtle, and habitat for commercially important fish and prawns. Key to understanding, managing, mitigating risk, and monitoring seagrass in this remote region is reliable data on seagrass distribution and species composition and how these changes through time. Data on seagrass has been collected in these areas since the 1980s, but data location and storage from these efforts remains disparate, in many cases not publicly available, and in some cases has already been lost. Our study will compile, validate and synthesize historical seagrass spatial data to create a publicly available database accessible on eAtlas. This product will provide end-users with a valuable spatial resource to assist management and monitoring of seagrass in the region.
Investigators
Alexandra Carter, Skye McKenna, Robert Coles and Michael Rasheed (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Torres Strait; Dugong; gulf of carpentaria; Green Turtle; spatial data

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - National Environmental Science Program 2 (NESP 2) - Marine and Coastal Hub (NESP MAC Hub)

The role of Dugong and Turtle Grazing in Torres Strait Seagrass Declines

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 1 year, in partnership with the Torres Strait Regional Authority ($34,000)
Summary
Declines in seagrass meadows in the Torres Strait Western Cluster were recorded in 2019 and 2020. These meadows are culturally important and represent significant foraging grounds for green turtles and dugongs. This project will use a short-term field study to investigate the role of megaherbivore grazing in two key locations where seagrass declines have been most dramatic. This project has been co-developed with the TSRA, Sea Rangers and Goemulgaw PBC in response to community concerns about seagrass declines and the implications for the totemic megaherbivores they support. The results will inform Traditional Owner led dugong and turtle management plans.
Investigators
Abigail Scott and Michael Rasheed (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Torres Strait; Dugong; Green Turtle; Grazing; megaherbivore

Gladstone Ports Corporation Ltd - Tender

Port of Bundaberg Spoil Ground Studies

Indicative Funding
$115,284 over 2 years
Summary
Seagrass and Benthic habitat assessments of the Bundaberg spoil ground areas.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed and Tim Smith in collaboration with Lloyd Shepherd and Skye McKenna (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Marine Habitat; Bundaberg; Environmental Management; Benthic Survey

Ports North - Contract Research

Ports North Seagrass Monitoring Program

Indicative Funding
$1,324,030 over 6 years
Summary
The aim of this research is to monitor seagrass habitats in areas around Mourilyan, Karumba, Cairns and Thursday Island. The objectives include comparing results of previous monitoring and base line surveys and assessing any changes in seagrass distribution and abundance in relation to natural events or human induced activities, and establishing the capacity for recovery of key seagrass meadow types. Relationships between seagrass and environmental parameters, and the drivers of seagrass change will also be investigated.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed and Skye McKenna (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Monitoring & Management; Dugong; Fish Habitats; Great Barrier Reef; Torres Strait

Torres Strait Regional Authority - Contract Research

Seagrass Monitoring of Dugong Sanctuary in Torres Strait and Baseline survey/mapping of Torres Strait Eastern Cluster.

Indicative Funding
$278,698 over 1 year
Summary
Seagrass Monitoring of the Dugong Sanctuary and Torres Strait?s western cluster subtidal seagrass, and baseline survey and mapping of Torres Strait?s Eastern Cluster intertidal seagrass.
Investigators
Alexandra Carter and Michael Rasheed in collaboration with Lloyd Shepherd (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Marine habitat; Torres Strait; Dugong; Turtle; Reef

Reef Restoration Foundation Limited - Reef Restoration Foundation Limited - Contract Research

Scientific oversight and planning advice for Reef Restoration Foundation activities

Indicative Funding
$52,099 over 2 years
Summary
Advice regarding future design and scope for coral restoration techniques and program growth, including setting out strategic planning for key program objectives through joint RRF/JCU meetings through April 2020. Advice on consolidation of existing data and statistical design to answer key research questions.
Investigators
Katie Chartrand, Alexandra Carter and Michael Rasheed in collaboration with Hannah Kish (TropWATER)
Keywords
Acropora spp.; Restoration; Research; Coral; Coral nurseries; Tourism

Torres Strait Regional Authority - Contract Research

Torres Strait Seagrass Research

Indicative Funding
$554,055 over 5 years
Summary
This seagrass research program continues collaborations with TSRA LSLMU Rangers in the Dugong Sanctuary, and will conduct seagrass baseline surveys at Dungeness Reef. The baseline assessment will form the foundation for ongoing monitoring, and provide essential information to the TSRA, Australian and Queensland Governments for dugong and turtle management plans, complimenting dugong and turtle research studies in the region and building skills and capacity of Traditional Owners and Rangers.
Investigators
Alexandra Carter and Michael Rasheed (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Turtle; Mapping; Dugong; Torres Strait

Fitzroy Basin Association - Contract Research

Gladstone Healthy Harbours Seagrass Condition Report Card

Indicative Funding
$126,103 over 5 years
Summary
Gladstone Healthy Harbours Partnership (GHHP) produces an annual report card on the condition of Gladstone Harbour. JCU TropWATER have been contracted to produce the seagrass component of the report card.
Investigators
Alexandra Carter, Michael Rasheed and Catherine Bryant (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Gladstone Harbour; Port Curtis; Report Card

Advisian Pty Ltd - Advisian Pty Ltd

Hay Point Shiploader Upgrade: Benthic Habitat Assessments

Indicative Funding
$24,238 (administered by JCU)
Summary
Develop and implement a benthic habitat assessment program for Advisian to report on the benthic habitats in a specific area of the port to assist with berth upgrades.
Investigators
Skye McKenna, Michael Rasheed and Paul York (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Coastal Habitats; Benthic Habitats; Ports; Dredging; Hay Point
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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
  • “World heritage seagrass habitats” A thematic group framework to inform the climate vulnerability index. ;; (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Understanding Recovery Processes of Tropical Seagrasses of the Great Barrier Reef (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Factors driving Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle) interactions with seagrass meadows within coastal foraging habitats (Masters , Primary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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