I have been undertaking research in the areas of tropical and temperate marine ecosystems since 1990.  I specialise in the environmental monitoring of water quality and eutrophication and the provision of regulatory advice on eutrophication. My work has involved management of national and international research programs relating to the fate and consequences of human activity and pollutants on freshwater, coastal and offshore marine waters, establishing links between the freshwater zone and marine systems, and coastal zone management.

I have extensive experience in coastal, marine and catchment habitats, including rivers, wetlands, estuaries, coral reefs and pelagic environments, with specialist skills in: assessing eutrophication risk and vulnerability, policy analysis and advice, water quality and benthic monitoring, impact assessment, catchment management, planning and approvals and facilitation of scientific and community workshops.

I have also worked in environmental consultancy, both overseas and in Australia, focusing on reserach management and European water directives. See www.c2o.net.au


  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Eutrophication, water quality, phytoplankton, remote sensing, Great Barrier Reef, Water Framework Directive,
  • 2008 to present - Environmental Consultancy, C2O environmental consultancy (Australia)
  • 2007 to 2014 - Principal Senior Reseracher, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2001 to 2007 - Senior Researcher, CEFAS (Lowestoft, UK)
  • 1996 to 2001 - Project manager, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Townsville, Australia)
  • 1989 to 1996 - Researcher, Australian Institute of Marine Science (Townsville, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2001 - Land and Water International Fellowship

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Department of Environment and Science - Accelerate Partnerships

Towards Solving COTS on the GBR Through Integrated Pest Management

Indicative Funding
$60,000 over 2 years (administered by AIMS)
The project will use an innovative pest-management approach that centres around (1) new advanced models of CoTS outbreaks on the GBR and how they are driven by processes on land and in the sea, (2) effective knowledge transfer from cutting-edge science to strategic management and improved industry practices and (3) continued capacity-building in Cots management and effective stakeholder engagement.
Ken Anthony, Aaron MacNeil, Hugh Sweatman, Ainsley Archer, Peter Mumby, Eve McDonald-Madden, Karlo Hock, Michelle Devlin, Jessica Hoey and Roger Beeden in collaboration with Eduardo Da Silva, Caroline Petus and Dieter Tracey (Australian Institute of Marine Science, The University of Queensland, TropWATER and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
Mapping; Water Quality; Vulnerability

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  • Exploitation of ESA's Sentinel-1A and 3A missions for cross synergies of advanced coastal monitoring (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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