About

Australia, as an island nation, is very dependent on its surrounding 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 ocean mapping science to unlock the secrets of Australia's underwater landscape. Ocean mapping science can help reveal the geological characterisation of the seafloor, and the distribution of living resources and seabed habitats.My research goal is to understand the relationships between the physical environment and the distribution of marine life on the seafloor, including the geological and oceanographic processes that have influenced the shape of the seabed.Research projects range from the study of submarine canyons, underwater landslides, submerged reefs, palaeo-channels, dune systems, cold-water corals, mesophotic (twilight) coral ecosystems, impacts of trawling, tsunami modelling and habitat mapping.These projects use geographic information systems (GIS), multibeam and singlebeam echosounders, sidescan sonar, shallow seismic profilers, underwater video and still imagery, satellite imagery, sediment and water sampling instruments.

Interests
Professional
  • Hydrographic surveying
Research
  • Digital elevation modelling
Teaching
  • Geographic Information Systems
Experience
  • 2009 to 2014 - 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)
Honours
Awards
  • 2007 - Australian Defence Medal
  • 2001 to 2005 - Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2002 - Antarctica Service Medal, United States of America
Fellowships
  • 2009 to 2012 - Queensland Smart Futures Fellowship
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores a total of 45 research outputs authored by Dr Robin Beaman from 1994 onwards.

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Geoscience Australia - Contract Research

Queensland Coastline Capture Project

Indicative Funding
$200,000 over 2 years
Summary
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.
Investigators
Robin Beaman, with the help of Mark Alcock and Peter Lennon (Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, Geoscience Australia and Department of Natural Resources and Mines)
Keywords
Great Barrier Reef; Marine Management; Geomorphology; Law of the Sea
Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor as long as there is also a Level 1 Advisor on the Panel.

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