§  Marine Ecology and Oceanography: I am a multi-disciplinary scientist specialising in marine and aquatic ecosystems. My current research looks at the dynamic ecological processes, and the ecological services of marine and coastal habitats. Examining oceanic properties such as physical, chemical, and biological parameters and quantifying their relationship to climatic processes including El-Nino Southern Oscillation and Indian Ocean Dipole events, as well as regional synoptic influences and the impacts of urban/industrial and agricultural terrestrial acitivities on the GBR coastline. Previously I have developed algorithms for detecting marine sediment plumes and provide ‘toolkits’ for managers to monitor water quality from river outflow, conducted research in marine benthic ecology using remotely operated video and applied climate modelling techniques to quantify impacts of changing climate processes on coastal water quality. I am currently analysing spectral light wavelengths reaching benthic habitats (seagrasses, coral reefs) under changing metocean conditions and catchment pollutants..

  • Marine, coastal and wetland ecology. Ocean optics, blue carbon, benthic habitats.
  • 2021 to 2022 - Society for Underwater Technology - Digital Automation Scholarship
  • 2023 to 2024 - Australian Marine Science Association - 2023-24 National Council Office bearer

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Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - National Environmental Science Program 2 (NESP 2) - Marine and Coastal Hub (NESP MAC Hub)

NESP 3.4 Better management of catchment runoff to marine receiving environments in northern Australia.

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$95,011 over 1 year (administered by Reef and Rainforest Research Centre)
Runoff from catchments in northern Australia has the potential to carry large amounts of sediment and nutrients. These available nutrients are important in driving coastal and estuary productivity, including many commercially and recreationally targeted species. Water resource development in northern Australia could reduce the supply of freshwater flow to the coast, thereby limiting supply of nutrients. This research project will examine the potential risks water resource development presents to Gilbert (QLD), Daly (NT) and Ord (WA) marine and coastal areas. We will complete a literature review, undertake flood plume modelling and examine vegetation damage along these coastal areas.
Nathan Waltham, Mohammad Jahanbakht and Paula Cartwright (TropWater)
Marine ecosystems; Water resource development; Fisheries; Water quality; Estuaries; modelling

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  • Understanding the services provided by marine built infrastructure and designing them to maximise their utility in tropical seascapes (PhD , External Advisor)

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