Dr Putu Liza Kusuma Mustika (Icha) obtained her PhD from James Cook University in Australia in December 2011 and was awarded the title in April 2012. Her PhD was on the sustainability of dolphin watching tourism in Bali, Indonesia.  From July 2011 to December 2012 she worked with Conservation International Indonesia in Bali. Ever since, she has been doing her own works with her colleagues on sustainable tourism, cetacean watching tourism, marine mammal by-catch, marine mammal protected areas and the management of stranded marine mammals. Her collaborators are mostly based in Indonesia, Asia and Australia, as well as United Kingdom and the United States.

Icha is active in assisting the Indonesian government in fostering the management of marine mammals, particularly whales and dolphins, in the Archipelago. She is currently the database coordinator for the whale stranding initiative in Indonesia, as well as leading a marine mammal-focused NGO in Indonesia (‘CETASI’ – Cetacean Sirenian Indonesia).

Since 2015, Icha has been involved in the delivery of at least 20 subjects at JCU. To date, she has (co)authored 23 journal articles (all ERA-listed, 18 of them Q1) and one book chapter. She was the lead author in 13 of these publications. Six of her journal articles were published in A* or A journals on the Australian Business Deans Council 2019 list. Since finishing her PhD, she has (co)raised more than AUD 1.4 million in competitive research funding, including from the World Bank. She has completed the supervision of one honours student, one masters student and one PhD student. She currently co-supervises a PhD student at JCU. 






  • PL5002: Policy Analysis and Management (Level 5; TSV)
  • Sustainable tourism
  • wildlife tourism
  • marine mammal population
  • marine mammal protected area
  • marine megafauna conservation
  • Sustainable development policies
  • nature based tourism
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  • Marine Turtle Conservation in Southeast Asia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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