My primary area of research is the application of geospatial technologies (e.g., Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing) to the study of Earth’s environment and natural processes. I am particularly interested in coral reef processes and geomorphology. 

I first developed an interest in coral reef geomorphology (how reef features form and evolve) during my undergraduate degree at James Cook University where my honours research examined the impacts of harbour infrastructure on reef islands. I later completed a Masters in Geospatial Technologies in Europe with a particular focus on spatial data interoperability. After a few years working as a spatial analyst in the environmental consultancy industry I decided to return to coral reef research and completed a PhD at The University of Sydney. I enjoy multidisciplinary research and the opportunity to combine field work with a variety of geospatial technologies to better understand the world and our part in it.

  • EV1005: Environmental Processes and Global Change (Level 1; TSV)
  • EV2502: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3502: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Level 3; TSV)
  • EV3506: Remote Sensing (Level 3; CNS)
  • EV5502: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5505: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5963: Ridge to Reef Tools (Level 5; TSV)
  • Coral reef geomorphology
  • Spatial science
  • Fore reef hydrodynamics
  • Reef evolution
  • 2013 to 2016 - Teaching Associate, The University of Sydney (Sydney)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Spatial Analyst, GHD (Sydney)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Research Assistant, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Science for Management Award
  • 2008 - James Cook University Medal
  • 2013 to 2016 - University of Sydney Merit Award
  • 2016 - Councilor Australian Coral Reef Society

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

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 13+ research outputs authored by Dr Stephanie Duce from 2009 onwards.

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Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme - Projects

Applying new technologies to enhance biosecurity and cattle quality

Indicative Funding
$1,084,500 over 3 years (administered by Branir Pty Ltd & Trustee for Booloomani Unit Trust)
The vast natural environment of Northern Australia feeds the cattle industry; however, biosecurity threats have negatively impacted this. Conventional management of such threats such as weeds are not suited to such broad, harsh landscapes. The project will use an Internet of Things network with low-cost environmental sensors, drone mapping and big data analytics to develop and test data-driven, strategic pest management programs - ultimately improving both cattle industry and natural assets.
Ian Atkinson, Wei Xiang, Ron White, Stephanie Duce, Mohan Jacob and Karen Joyce (Research Infrastructure and College of Science & Engineering)
Biosecurity; Cattle; Drones; Weeds; Technology; Internet Of Things

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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.

  • Maximising Potential Impact of Marine Protected Area Placement: An Integrated Socioeconomic Perspective. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Beyond the Reef: The Influence of Seascape Structure on Fish Communities and Ecological Processes on Coral Reefs (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Legislative implications for broad vegetation groups and endangered species influenced by climate change. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Identification of Potential Links Between Fibropapilloma Prevalence in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) and Heavy metal Contamination Along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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