Rebecca grew up in the UK, and completed a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Sheffield before moving to Australia to undertake her PhD at James Cook University. After completing her doctorate, Rebecca worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji Country program, before returning to JCU as a research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies' Conservation Planning group. 

Rebecca's research explores how conservation planning concepts and tools can be applied to develop marine protected area networks in regions with community-based management. A central theme of her work is the importance of spatial scale in conservation planning; in particular the need to reconcile regional-sale planning with local-scale implementation in order to develop ecologically functional MPA networks that are supported by local resource users. Her current research is focussed on the Coral Triangle and Western Pacific region. 

  • MB5310: Marine Reserves as Fisheries Management Tools (Level 5; TSV)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Society (Fiji)
Research Disciplines

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 34+ research outputs authored by Dr Rebecca Weeks from 2009 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

The Nature Conservancy - US - Contract Research

Fisheries Management Planning for Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia

Indicative Funding
This research project aims to understand how proactive (focused on protecting areas that will be threatened in future) and reactive (focused on ameliorating immediate threats) approaches to conservation can be operationalised within the context of coral reef fisheries management. This requires developing novel approaches to modelling the potential impact of protecting different locations, under different assumptions about the spatial distribution of present and future fishing effect. The project will provide recommendations to improve the design of Chuuk's Protected Area Network, which will be communicated to local stakeholders through collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Chuuk Conservation Society.
Rebecca Weeks and Edmond Sacre (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Marine Protected Areas; Fisheries Management; Conservation Planning; Conservation; Seascape; Micronesia

Wildlife Conservation Society - Contract Research

Improving the Effectiveness of Inshore Fisheries Management Systems in Fiji

Indicative Funding
As stewards of their natural environment, communities need knowledge of the latest science and to be equipped with a range of management tools to help them make better decisions about their fisheries. This project will synthesise scientific information on the effectiveness of fisheries management strategies that are employed within locally managed marine areas, and develop approaches to facilitate learning of this by community-level decision-makers. Research will improve understanding of the factors that influence local preferences for different fisheries management strategies, which can be used to improve the design of management interventions and associated outreach activities.
Rebecca Weeks and Stacy Jupiter (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Wildlife Conservation Society-Fiji)
Fisheries Management; Fiji; Marine Protected Areas; Community-based Management; Periodically Harvested Closures

The Nature Conservancy - US - Contract Research

Protected area network planning for Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

Indicative Funding
The project will provide recommendations to improve the design of the Protected Area Network for Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) based on best-available science. Recommendations will focus on achieving local objectives to improve the status of natural resources that underpin Yapese food security and culture, but will also address targets for biodiversity conservation set by the Micronesia challenge Expected outcomes from the project include a novel contribution to the literature on the application of seascape analysis to conservation planning, and recommendations to inform protected area design and implementation by Yapese communities.
Rebecca Weeks (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Marine Protected Areas; Fisheries Management; Conservation Planning; Conservation; Seascape; Micronesia

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

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.

  • Assessing the potential for recreational fishing to contribute to conservation of coastal marine species and habitats (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Maximising Potential Impact of Marine Protected Area Placement: An Integrated Socioeconomic Perspective. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

These are the most recent metadata records associated with this researcher. To see a detailed description of all dataset records, visit the JCU Research Data Catalogue.


The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.

  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

Connect with me
Share my profile
Share my profile:

  • 32.123, Sir George Fisher Research Building (Townsville campus)
Advisory Accreditation
Primary Advisor
Find me on…
Icon for ResearchGate profile Icon for Twitter profile page Icon for Publons reviewer profile Icon for Impactstory profile Icon for Scopus Author page

Similar to me

  1. Dr Andrew Chin
    College of Science & Engineering
  2. Prof Colin Simpfendorfer
    College of Science & Engineering
  3. Dr Jorge Alvarez-Romero
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  4. Prof Bob Pressey
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  5. Dr Georgina Gurney
    ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies