- Research Disciplines
Rob has a long history translating scientific research into effective management advice and policy. He has a BSc in Zoology, an Honours degree (1st Class) in Entomology and a PhD in Fisheries from the University of Queensland.
He has worked as an entomologist, a fisheries scientist, a fisheries manager in the Torres Strait, as environment and regional manager for the Queensland government and as a seagrass scientist and research administrator.
Rob was the founding secretary of the World Seagrass Association and has a long history of promoting seagrass and coastal management research in the Indo-Pacific region.
- 1996 - Churchill Fellow
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
- Grech A, Wolter J, Coles R, McKenzie L, Rasheed M, Thomas C, Waycott M and Hanert E (2016) Spatial patterns of seagrass dispersaland settlement. Diversity and Distributions, 22 (11). pp. 1150-1162
- Sheaves M, Coles R, Dale P, Grech A, Pressey R and Waltham N (2016) Enhancing the value and validity of EIA: serious science to protect Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Conservation Letters, 9 (5). pp. 377-383
- Sheaves M, Coles R, Dale P, Grech A, Pressey R and Waltham N (2016) Enhancing the value and validity of EIA: serious science to protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Conservation Letters, 9 (5). pp. 377-383
- Tol S, Coles R and Congdon B (2016) Dugong dugon feeding in tropical Australian seagrass meadows: implications for conservation planning. PeerJ, 4.
- York P, Smith T, Coles R, McKenna S, Connolly R, Irving A, Jackson E, McMahon K, Runcie J, Sherman C, Sullivan B, Trevathan-Tackett S, Brodersen K, Carter A, Ewers C, Lavery P, Roelfsema C, Sinclair E, Strydom S, Tanner J, van Dijk K, Warry F, Waycott M and Whitehead S (in press) Identifying knowledge gaps in seagrass research and management: an Australian perspective . Marine Environmental Research,
- Coles R, Rasheed M, McKenzie L, Grech A, York P, Sheaves M, McKenna S and Bryant C (2015) The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area seagrasses: managing this iconic Australian ecosystem resource for the future. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science , 153. pp. A1-A12
- McKenna S, Jarvis J, Sankey T, Reason C, Coles R and Rasheed M (2015) Declines of seagrasses in a tropical harbour, North Queensland, Australia, are not the result of a single event. Journal of Biosciences, 40 (2). pp. 389-398
- Rasheed M, McKenna S, Carter A and Coles R (2014) Contrasting recovery of shallow and deep water seagrass communities following climate associated losses in tropical north Queensland, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 83. pp. 491-499
- Sheaves M, Brookes J, Coles R, Freckelton M, Groves P, Johnston R and Wingberg P (2014) Repair and revitalisation of Australia's tropical estuaries and coastal wetlands: opportunities and constraints for the reinstatement of lost function and productivity. Marine Policy, 47. pp. 23-38
- Short F, Coles R, Fortes M, Victor S, Salik M, Isnain I, Andrew J and Seno A (2014) Monitoring in the Western Pacific region shows evidence of seagrass decline in line with global trends. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 83 (2). pp. 408-416
- Grech A, Bos M, Brodie J, Coles R, Dale A, Gilbert R, Hamann M, Marsh H, Neil K, Pressey R, Rasheed M, Sheaves M and Smith A (2013) Guiding principles for the improved governance of port and shipping impacts in the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 75 (1). pp. 8-20
- Conference Papers
- Coles R, Grech A, Rasheed M and McKenzie L (2012) Evaluating risk to seagrasses in the Tropical Indo-Pacific Region. Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, QLD, Australia
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 38+ research outputs authored by Dr Robert Coles from 2007 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales - Research Grant
The role of seagrass dispersal by marine mega-herbivores, dugong (Dugong dugon) and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas).
- Indicative Funding
- $7,000 over 3 years
- This project will investigate the dispersal mechanisms of tropical seagrasses and determine which mechanisms are most effective for long distance dispersal. It will examine whether marine mega-herbivores (dugongs and green sea turtles) disperse seagrass seeds through their fecal matter and whether those seeds are viable. It will determine how long seagrass fragments, created by abiotic and biotic mechanisms, remain viable and establish new meadows. This information will be used to model which seagrass meadows are at greater risk of slow recovery after a large scale loss. This recovery model will have the potential to highlight which seagrass meadows rely solely on dispersal by marine mega-herbivores for recovery.
- Samantha Tol, Brad Congdon and Robert Coles (College of Science & Engineering and TropWATER)
- tropical seagrass; Dugong (Dugong dugon); Chelonia mydas; Seagrass Dispersal; Seagrass Seed; Seagrass Fruit
Department of the Environment - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)
Seagrass mapping synthesis - A resource for marine park and coastal management
- Indicative Funding
- $36,000 (administered by Reef and Rainforest Research Centre)
- Key to understanding the desired state of Queensland seagrasses is reliable data on seagrass distribution, abundance and species composition, and how this changes through time. Also valuable is the ability to reliably 'drill' down from large-scale (World Heritage Area) to small-scale estuaries and meadows. TropWATER provides a composite map of seagrass for the GBRWHA available through E-Atlas, GBRMPA and Pangaea. However this layer has not been updated since 2010 and is missing changes from important areas and extensive new data, and provides no meadow-specific information. This project will recompile existing GIS layers, update with 2010-2015 data, and provide meadow-specific information.
- Robert Coles, Michael Rasheed and Alexandra Carter in collaboration with Skye McKenna and Leath Muller (TropWATER and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
- Seagrass; Queensland; Management; Zoning; map; Great Barrier Reef
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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.
- Relative Importance of Different Seagrass Re-Establishment Strategies in Tropical Queensland (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
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- Tol, S. (2016) Biotic tropical seagrass seed dispersal by dugong and green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef. James Cook University
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