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.

  • Plant-Herbivore Interactions
  • Seagrass
  • Population biology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Marine biogeography
  • 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)
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  • 2016 to 2017 - James Cook University Early Career Researcher Rising Star Award
  • 2016 - Ian Potter Foundation Travel Award
  • 2014 to 2015 - The Isobel Bennett Marine Biology Fellowship at Lizard Island
  • 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

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 60+ research outputs authored by Dr Paul York from 2006 onwards.

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Advisian Pty Ltd - Advisian Pty Ltd

Hay Point Shiploader Upgrade: Benthic Habitat Assessments

Indicative Funding
$40,210 (administered by JCU)
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.
Skye McKenna, Michael Rasheed and Paul York (TropWATER)
Seagrass; Coastal Habitats; Benthic Habitats; Ports; Dredging; Hay Point

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 1 year (administered by Griffith University)
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.
Michael Rasheed and Paul York (TropWATER)
Fisheries; Food Webs; Fish; Stable Isotopes; Marine Habitats

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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.

  • The role of herbivores as ecosystem engineers in Great Barrier Reef seagrass meadows (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Relative importance of different seagrass re-establishment strategies in tropical Queensland, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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