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.

  • Hydrographic surveying
  • Digital elevation modelling
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • 2009 to 2013 - 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)
  • 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.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores a total of 42 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
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, with the help of Mark Alcock and Peter Lennon (Earth & Environmental Sciences, Geoscience Australia and Department of Natural Resources and Mines)
Great Barrier Reef; Marine Management; Geomorphology; Law of the Sea

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Contract Research

Validation and update of the Great Barrier Reef features GIS database

Indicative Funding
$44,713 over 2 years
The GBRMPA is the custodian for the GBR Features GIS database which underpins the various zones and their associated activities. Importantly, the database is a vital spatial tool for use by agencies involved with any potential oil spill events occurring within the GBR Marine Park. The database should provide accurate boundary shapes and geographic positions of these shallow-water features, which can then be used for risk assessment analysis. The project objectives are to validate the existing features database against any background datasets, such as modern satellite imagery and bathymetry datasets, when these boundaries are found to be in error, to redigitise their boundaries into the correct position.
Robin Beaman (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
Great Barrier Reef; Geomorphology; Management

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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.


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