I am a physical oceanographer and biophysical modeller with a background in Science of the Marine environment. My research focuses on understanding the physical and biological processes influencing marine population connectivity and persistence. I have gained significant experience in conducting observational and modelling research on coastal and shelf dynamics, coupled with biophysical model integrating complex early life behaviour.

  • Oceanography: circulation in the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea
  • Biophysical modelling of coral marine organisms
  • Quantitative ecology
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Crown-of-Thorns Control Innovation Program (CCIP)

COTS Information Infrastructure

Indicative Funding
$36,000 over 3 years
This project will create an Information Infrastructure to underpin the sharing and distribution of field, derived, and modelled data between CCIP researchers and the COTS Control Program. It will create a digital delivery mechanism to enable efficient, reliable sharing of data including metadata to guarantee provenance. This system will be designed to integrate with broader infrastructures being developed through RRAP and RIMREP.
Cameron Fletcher and Severine Choukroun (Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Acanthaster Planci; Information infratsructure; Biology, Ecology and Modelling

Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Crown-of-Thorns Control Innovation Program (CCIP)

Applying ensemble modelling of particle tracker to provide a probabilistic approach to COTS dispersal.

Indicative Funding
$238,201 over 2 years
COTS outbreaks spread on the GBR through dispersal of larvae on ocean currents. Understanding, measuring and predicting how larvae are dispersed is vital to both modelling COTS outbreaks on the GBR, and controlling those outbreaks effectively. Despite its central importance, modelling COTS larva dispersal remains challenging due to the scarcity of knowledge on their biology and behaviour and the complex water circulation. This project will apply an ensemble model approach, incorporating a range of validated hydrodynamic and bio-physical assumptions, to create a probabilistic approach to COTS dispersal, permitting the evaluation and minimisation of uncertainties inherent to the complex system.
Severine Choukroun and Michael Bode (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Queensland University of Technology)
Ensemble modelling; Environment protection; Control of pest in marine environment

Department of the Environment and Energy - Director of National Parks - Contract Research

Coral Sea - Coral Reef Health Multi Year Project

Indicative Funding
$45,455 over 2 years
The principal output of this project will be providing spatial and temporal analyses of hydrodynamic patterns in the Coral Sea Marine Park (CSMP) to facilitate planning and establishment and/or revisions of existing management plans. This project will inform patterns of connectivity and circulation flow across the broader CSMP, and between CSMP and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park using existing modelling platforms.
Morgan Pratchett, Hugo Harrison and Severine Choukroun (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Coral Reefs; Hydrodynamic Modeling; Coral Sea Marine Park; Connectivity

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.

  • Informing the Recovery and Restoration of Tropical Seagrasses using a Biophysical modelling approach (PhD , External Advisor)
  • Drivers of Biodiversity on Coral Reefs - the role of Antipatharians Supporting Species Richness and Abundance on Shallow and Mesophotic Reefs (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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