My research is on coral reef ecosystems and fisheries, which is also integrated with my teaching and research student's work.  I have overseen the Postgraduate Coursework programs in Science, particularly in Marine Biology and Fisheries Science & Management.  You can review these exciting and career changing courses here.

Research Interests:

My current and emerging research explores the drivers of coral reef and coastal ecosystem function so as to improve livelihood and food security outcomes in the Asia-Pacific. I am particularly focused on coastal and island based fishery dynamics in Indonesia and the wider Coral Triangle region.

I have substantive background in coral reef fish ecology and behaviour. I maintain my research interests in this field through several research student projects. The central theme of this research is the relationship between fish and their reefal habitats.  These relationships drive fish community responses to continued habitat degradation but also to reef restoration efforts. I am interested in exploring the patterns and processes that direct community and individual responses, and how fish assemblages in degraded ecosystems can be restored, at least in part. This has direct implications for the livelihoods of people on island and coastal communities in the Coral Triangle region.

Making a difference:

I am directly involved with leading capacity building programs for managers and researchers in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle. This focuses on a science for management approach whereby I assist researchers target their work towards the applications and outcomes necessary for attaining sustainable resource management, food security and improved livelihoods. Simultaneously I assist managers and policy makers connect to the scientific community so that policy development and its implementation can take an evidence based approach. 


To date, I have been successful in attracting $300k in external funding for capacity building and research programs. The most recent of these is the 2017/18 Australian Government sponsored Australia Awards Fellowship for Indonesian marine science academics. 

I am also part of the JCU-Griffith-CDU consortium that led the 2017 Australia Professional Development Program for Indonesia's Australia Award Alumni. This program was valued at over $400k.  


I am seeking Masters and PhD research students in fields of fisheries biology, coral reef ecology, ecosystem restoration and fisheries management. These projects would specifically focus on using biological and /or ecological methods to investigate and improve reef and coastal fisheries in Indonesia. Field, Lab and desktop projects are available. You will need to be adaptable, resilient and have excellent self-management skills.

  • LB5200: Career Planning (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB5000: Advances in Marine Biology (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB5014: Managing Tropical Fisheries (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB5610: Fishing Gear and Technologies (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC3901: Special Topic 1 (Level 3; TSV)
  • SC3902: Special Topic 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • SC5009: Postgraduate Internship (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5200: Career Planning (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5912: Research Project (Part 1 of 2) (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5913: Research Project (Part 2 of 2) (Level 5; TSV)
  • Environmental management
  • Teaching and Capacity Building
  • Science for Management approaches
  • CTI-CFF Coral Triangle Intiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security
  • Indonesia - Society, Environment, History, Education, Science and Management, Language
  • Coral Reef Fish
  • Habitat specialization
  • Social behavior of animals
  • Animal movement ecology
  • habitat loss
  • coral reef
  • Fisheries
  • Indonesia
  • Marine Biology
  • Science communication
  • Experimental ecology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Coral Reef Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Fisheries
  • 2009 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2011 - PhD, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1996 to 2000 - Bachelor of Science, Biology, The University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1996 to 2000 - Bachelor of Arts, Indonesian Studies, The University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2005 - Australian Coral Reef Society Current Member
  • 2011 to 2014 - Treasurer and Council member, Australian Coral Reef Society

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Dr Naomi Gardiner from 2005 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Save Our Seas Foundation - Grant

Conserving riverine elasmobranchs in Borneo, focusing on threatened river sharks (Glyphis sp.)

Indicative Funding
$128,652 over 3 years
By 2050 the capital of Indonesia will be relocated to East Kalimantan, Borneo, increasing human population density and pressures on Borneo?s river environments through small-scale fishing and commercial developments. In March 2020, we obtained evidence of what is likely an undescribed Glyphis species persisting in southern Borneo. Additionally, there are four poorly known endangered ray species in freshwaters of Borneo?s rivers. In collaboration with Hasanuddin University, this projects aims to survey major river systems in East, North, and West Kalimantan to locate and taxonomically describe the southern Borneo Glyphis species, and fill knowledge gaps on the distribution and status of Borneo?s freshwater rays.
Andrew Chin, Naomi Gardiner and Michael Grant in collaboration with Benaya Simeon, William White and Jamaludin Jompa (College of Science & Engineering, Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesia Program, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and Hasanuddin University)
River sharks; Conservation; Riverine; Fisheries; Borneo; Livelihoods; Glyphis sp., Carcharhinidae

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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.

  • Metabolic and locomotive performance strategies in the epaulette shark in response to ocean warming that may underpin acclimatisation and adaptation mechanisms (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Dwarf Minke Whale Morphometrics, Growth Rates and Long-term Behaviour Responses to Human Interactions in the Great Barrier Reef. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Life history strategies of barramundi (Lates calcarifer) in heavily modified Floodplains (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Reducing impacts on Threatened, Endangered and Protected speicies in the Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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