About

Paul is a marine and estuarine ecologist who has worked extensively in benthic communities and particularly seagrass ecosystems. His research includes the study of seagrass food webs, invasive species, seagrasses genetics, resilience, reproductive and population biology. He has also worked on soft sediment faunal communities and rocky shore ecology in both Australia and South America.

Interests
Research
  • Plant-Herbivore Interactions
  • Seagrass
  • Population biology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Marine biogeography
Experience
  • 2012 to 2013 - Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University (Waurn Ponds, VIC, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2013 - Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne (Parkville, VIC Australia)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Research assistant, University of Technology Sydney (Broadway, NSW, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2013 - : Casual academic, Australian Catholic University (North Sydney, NSW, Australia)
  • 2009 - Marine Park Ranger, Batemans Marine Park NSW (Narooma, NSWAustralia)
  • 2004 to 2007 - Research assistant, University of Technology Sydney (Broadway, NSW, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2016 to 2017 - James Cook University Early Career Researcher Rising Star Award
  • 2016 - Ian Potter Foundation Travel Award
Fellowships
  • 2014 to 2015 - The Isobel Bennett Marine Biology Fellowship at Lizard Island
Memberships
  • 2014 to 2017 - IUCN Species Survival Commission - Seagrass Specialist Group
  • 2014 to 2017 - World Seagrass Association
  • 2013 to 2017 - Royal zoological Society of New South Wales
  • 2005 to 2017 - Australian Marine Sciences Association
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 48+ research outputs authored by Dr Paul York from 2006 onwards.

Current Funding

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QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Contract Research

The Value of Tidal Wetland Habitats in Sustaining Fisheries Production in Central Queensland

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 2 years (administered by Griffith University)
Summary
This project uses stable isotopes as a chemical tracer to measure incorporation of organic matter from different plants into fish prey and ultimately into fish. It will determine the relative importance of seagrass, mangrove, saltmarsh and micro algae on the soft sediments to fish and particularly those of recreational and commercial importance in central Queensland.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed and Paul York (TropWATER)
Keywords
Fisheries; Food Webs; Fish; Stable Isotopes; Marine Habitats

Gladstone Ports Corporation Ltd - Research Grant

Ecological valuation tools to protect seagrasses from coastal development

Indicative Funding
$450,000 over 3 years
Summary
Industry cash contribution fro ARC Linkage Grant application LP160100492. 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 lmeasures. 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 and Paul York (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Dugong; Trophic; turtle; Food Web; stable isotope

Gladstone Ports Corporation Ltd - Contract Research

Increase Understanding of Dugong Feeding Ecology and Habitat Usage on Intertidal Banks in Port Curtis, Including Rodds Bay

Indicative Funding
$110,332 over 3 years
Summary
Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited has contracted JCU TropWATER to use remote sensing techniques to monitor dugong feeding trails on intertidal seagrass meadows in Port Curtis and Rodds Bay to gain a better understanding of the behaviour and feeding ecology of these endangered species. The objectives are to: 1. Monitor seasonal changes in dugong feeding trail density, and location in key seagrass meadows. 2. Investigate the effects of time, site and meadow characteristics on the changes in dugong feeding behaviour. 3. Link dugong habitat use and feeding behaviour to established seagrass monitoring and dugong survey and tagging programs.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed, Paul York and Damien O'Grady in collaboration with Jessie Jarvis, Skye McKenna, Catherine Bryant and Jaclyn Davies (TropWATER)
Keywords
Dugong; Feeding Ecology; Seagrass; Remote Sensing

Ian Potter Foundation - Travel Grant

International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW12) Conference Travel Grant

Indicative Funding
$1,500
Summary
To attend and present a research paper at the International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW12) in Nant, Gwrtheyrn, Wales 16-21st October, 2016
Investigators
Paul York (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass; Fisheries; Climate Change Adaptation; Ecosystem Services

Griffith University - Contract Research

Marine Plant Habitat Survey and Monitoring Program (GCWA SRMP-002)

Indicative Funding
$80,900
Summary
The aim of this research is to map & monitor seagrass habitats in areas around the Gold Coast. The objectives include comparing results of previous monitoring and baseline surveys and assessing any changes in seagrass distribution and abundance in relation to natural events or human induced activities.
Investigators
Michael Rasheed, Paul York and Skye McKenna (TropWATER)
Keywords
Seagrass Habitats; Environmental Monitoring; Marine monitoring; Dredging; Gold Coast Waterways; Ports
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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
  • Herbivores  as  ecosystem  engineers  in  tropical  seagrass  meadows:  Grazing  impacts  on  meadow  structure  and  ecosystem service delivery. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Relative Importance of Different Seagrass Re-Establishment Strategies in Tropical Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
Data

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  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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