- Hydrographic surveying
- Digital elevation modelling
- Geographic Information Systems
- 2009 to 2015 - Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
- 2009 - Hydrographic Surveyor, LADS Flight, Royal Australian Navy (Cairns, Australia)
- 2005 to 2008 - Postdoctorate/Research Officer, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
- 2001 to 2005 - PhD student, University of Tasmania (Hobart, Australia)
- 2002 to 2003 - Reef ecology/marine mammal lecturer, Society Expeditions (Pacific/Antarctica)
- Research Disciplines
Australia, as an island nation, is very dependent on its regional seas for tourism, maritime trade, petroleum and fisheries resources. Despite this importance, vast areas of the seafloor within Australia's marine jusisdiction remain unmapped, both on the shallow shelf and in the deep ocean.
My role as a marine geologist is to drive and influence the ocean mapping science required to unlock the secrets of Australia's underwater landscape. Ocean mapping science can help reveal the geological origin of the seafloor and explain the distribution of important seabed habitats and marine life.
My research goal is to understand the long-term geological and physical processes that have influenced key geomorphic features of the seabed, both in shallow shelf and offshore deeper waters, and to study the relationships between those seabed habitats and their associated marine life.
Research projects range from the study of submarine canyons, underwater landslides, submerged reefs, paleo-channels, algal bioherms, cold-water corals, mesophotic (twilight) coral ecosystems, seamounts, tsunami modelling and habitat mapping.
These projects use geographic information systems, multibeam and singlebeam echosounders, lidar, sidescan sonar, shallow seismic profilers, photogrammetry, underwater camera imagery, satellite imagery and sediment sampling instruments.
- 2014 - QSEA J. M. (Mac) Seriser Award for overall excellence in Project 3DGBR
- 2014 - QSEA Environment and Sustainability Award for Project 3DGBR
- 2007 - Australian Defence Medal
- 2001 to 2005 - Australian Postgraduate Award
- 2002 - Antarctica Service Medal, United States of America
- 2009 to 2012 - Queensland Smart Futures Fellowship
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
- Hinestrosa G, Webster JM and Beaman RJ (2016) Postglacial sediment deposition along a mixed carbonate-siliciclastic margin: new constraints from the drowned shelf-edge reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 446. pp. 168-185
- Webster JM, George NPJ, Beaman RJ, Hill J, Puga-Bernabéu Á, Hinestrosa G, Abbey EA and Daniell JJ (2016) Submarine landslides on the Great Barrier Reef shelf edge and upper slope: a mechanism for generating tsunamis on the north-east Australian coast? Marine Geology, 371. pp. 120-129
- Beaman RJ, Bridge TCL, Lüter C, Reitner J and Wörheide G (in press) Spatial patterns in the distribution of benthic assemblages across a large depth gradient in the Coral Sea, Australia. Marine Biodiversity,
- Hamylton SM, Hedley JD and Beaman RJ (2015) Derivation of high-resolution bathymetry from multispectral satellite imagery: a comparison of empirical and optimisation methods through geographical error analysis. Remote Sensing, 7 (12). pp. 16257-16273
- Hinestrosa G, Webster JM, Beaman RJ and Anderson LM (2014) Seismic stratigraphy and development of the shelf-edge reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Geology, 353. pp. 1-20
- Puga-Bernabéu Á, Webster JM, Beaman RJ, Reimer PR and Renema W (2014) Filling the gap: A 60 ky record of mixed carbonate-siliciclastic turbidite deposition from the Great Barrier Reef. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 50. pp. 40-50
- Harris PJ, Bridge TCL, Beaman RJ, Webster JM, Nichol SL and Brooke BP (2013) Submerged banks in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, greatly increase available coral reef habitat. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 70 (2). pp. 284-293
- Puga-Bernabéu A, Webster JM, Beaman RJ and Guilbaud V (2013) Variation in canyon morphology on the Great Barrier Reef margin, north-eastern Australia: the influence of slope and barrier reefs. Geomorphology, 191. pp. 35-50
- Puga-Bernabéu Á, Webster JM and Beaman RJ (2013) Potential collapse of the upper slope and tsunami generation on the Great Barrier Reef margin, north-eastern Australia. Natural Hazards, 66 (2). pp. 557-575
- Renema W, Beaman RJ and Webster JM (2013) Mixing of relict and modern tests of larger benthic foraminifera on the Great Barrier Reef shelf margin. Marine Micropaleontology, 101. pp. 68-75
- Book Chapters
- Ceccarelli DM, Mckinnon AD, Andrefouet S, Allain V, Young JW, Gledhill DC, Flynn A, Bax NJ, Beaman RJ, Borsa P, Brinkman RM, Bustamante H, Campbell R, Cappo M, Cravatte S, D'Agata S, Dichmont CM, Dunstan PK, Dupouy C, Edgar GJ, Farman R, Furnas MJ, Garrigue C, Hutton T, Kulbicki M, Letourneur Y, Lindsay DJ, Menkes C, Mouillot D, Parravicini V, Payri CE, Pelletier B, Richer de Forges B, Ridgway K, Rodier M, Samadi S, Schoeman D, Skewes T, Swearer S, Vigliola L, Wantiez L, Williams AN, Williams AJ and Richardson AJ (2013) The Coral Sea: physical environment, ecosystem status and biodiversity assets. In: Advances in Marine Biology. Advances in Marine Biology, 66. Elsevier, Amsterdam Netherlands, pp. 213-290
- Woolsey E, Byrne MB, Webster JM, Williams SB, Pizarro O, Thornborough K, Davies P, Beaman RJ and Bridge TCL (2013) Ophiopsila pantherina beds on subaqueous dunes off the Great Barrier Reef. In: Echinoderms in a Changing World. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 175-179
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 49+ research outputs authored by Dr Robin Beaman from 1994 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Geoscience Australia - Contract Research
Queensland Coastline Capture Project
- Indicative Funding
- $267,500 over 3 years
- The objectives are: (1) Using panchromatic and multi-band digital imagery acquired using both aircraft and satellites to provide interpretation and capture of reefs throughout the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Specifically, identifying and capturing those reefs that expose at lowest astronomical tide (LAT). (2) to identify and capture other reef structures that are apparent from the imagery that will contribute to the knowledge of the extent and structure of the GBR. The Project will provide valuable data across Government of the GBR that will increase the general knowledge of reef location and will provide valuable data across Government of the GBR that will increase the general knowledge of reef location and structure, as well as maximising Australia's control of the GBR and realising the full extend of offshore jurisdiction.
- Robin Beaman in collaboration with Mark Alcock and Peter Lennon (College of Science, Technology & Engineering, Geoscience Australia and Department of Natural Resources and Mines)
- Great Barrier Reef; Marine Management; Geomorphology; Law of the Sea
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