- 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)
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.
- 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.
- Journal Articles
- 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, Online. 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, pp. 68-75
- Bridge TCL, Beaman RJ, Done TJ and Webster JM (2012) Predicting the location and spatial extent of submerged coral reef habitat in the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area, Australia. PLoS ONE, 7 (10). pp. 1-11
- Forsyth AJ, Nott J, Bateman MD and Beaman RJ (2012) Juxtaposed beach ridges and foredunes within a ridge plain - Wonga Beach, northeast Australia. Marine Geology, 307-310. pp. 111-116
- Lindsay DJ, Yoshida H, Uemura T, Yamamoto H, Ishibashi S, Nishikawa J, Reimer JD, Beaman RJ, Fitzpatrick R, Fujikura K and Maruyama T (2012) The untethered remotely operated vehicle PICASSO-1 and its deployment from chartered dive vessels for deep sea surveys off Okinawa, Japan, and Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, Australia. Marine Technology Society Journal, 46 (2). pp. 20-32
- Webster JM, Beaman RJ, Puga-Bernabéu Á, Ludman D, Renema W, Wust RAJ, George NPJ, Reimer PR, Jacobsen G and Moss P (2012) Late Pleistocene history of turbidite sedimentation in a submarine canyon off the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 331-332. pp. 75-89
- Book Chapters
- 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
- Beaman RJ, Bridge TCL, Done TJ, Webster JM, Williams SB and Pizarro O (2012) Habitats and benthos at Hydrographers Passage, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. In: Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic habitats. Elsevier, London, England, pp. 425-434
- Post AL, O'Brien PE, Beaman RJ, Riddle MJ, De Santis L and Rintoul SR (2012) Distribution of hydrocorals along the George V Slope, East Antarctica. In: Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic habitats. Elsevier, London, England, pp. 717-726
ResearchOnline@JCU stores a total of 42 research outputs authored by Dr Robin Beaman from 1994 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding is shown by funding source and project.
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
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.
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.
- The Submarine Geology of the Maui-Nui Complex Hawaii (2010, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Habitats and Sessile Benthic Megafaunal Communities in the Mesophotic Zone of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Australia. (2012, PhD, Associate Advisor)
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
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- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)