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
  • Restoration
  • 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
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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 2021 - IUCN Species Survival Commission - Seagrass Specialist Group
  • 2014 to 2021 - World Seagrass Association
  • 2005 to 2021 - Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • 2013 to 2017 - Royal zoological Society of New South Wales

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 69+ research outputs authored by Dr Paul York from 2006 onwards.

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Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Reef Trust Partnership

Mandubarra Healing Country Seagrass Program

Indicative Funding
$60,406 over 1 year (administered by Mandubarra Land and Sea Inc.)
JCU will co-design and implement a habitat mapping program with Mandubarra Land and Sea Rangers on their sea country at Kurrimine Beach/King Reef. JCU will provide training for Mandubarra Rangers on benthic habitat mapping techniques and seagrass identification at a series of workshops and will work with a Mandubarra Project officer to produce maps and a report, present findings and liaise with Mandubarra Rangers, Traditional Owners and the community on recommendations for future collaborations through a series of workshops.
Paul York and Michael Rasheed (TropWater)
Seagrass; Traditional Owner; Network; Ranger; Capacity Owner

Queensland Department of Environment and Science - Contract Research

Mapping of Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Straits seagrass meadows post floods in 2022

Indicative Funding
$320,912 over 1 year
This project will map seagrass meadows across Hervey Bay and collect data on intertidal seagrass habitats in Great Sandy Straits to provide post flood update on the state of seagrass meadows in the region.
Michael Rasheed and Paul York in collaboration with Christine Bryant, Paul Leeson and Lloyd Shepherd (TropWater)
Seagrass; Mapping; Floods

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation - Contract Research

Marine plant survey of the Half Tide Tug Harbour Hay Point

Indicative Funding
North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) have engaged the TropWATER to undertake a survey to determine the presence/absence of marine plants within the Half Tide Tug Harbour, located at the Port of Hay Point. Specifically, the survey requires assessment of marine plant distribution in the area proposed for expanded maintenance dredging, as well as a contemporary survey of marine plants in the area currently approved for dredging.
Paul York, Skye McKenna and Michael Rasheed in collaboration with Luke Hoffmann, Lloyd Shepherd and Paul Leeson (TropWater)
Seagrass; Monitoring; Algae; Port

Advisian Pty Ltd - Advisian Pty Ltd

Hay Point Shiploader Upgrade: Benthic Habitat Assessments

Indicative Funding
$24,238 (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

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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 return of fish nursery function in recovered and restored tropical seagrass meadows (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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