Kátya's current research focuses on the identification of critical habitats used by coastal fishery species at the different stages of their life cycle. Her work is mostly based on biochemical techniques such as stable isotope and otolith microchemistry analyses, as well as on acoustic tracking. Read more.
Ellen's research interests cover viral infections in wildlife, especially aquatic reptiles and fish. She is involved in research on fibropapillomatosis of green sea turtles along the Australian east coast and health indicators of freshwater tortoises. Read more.
Zoe completed a BAppSc(Hons) in Environmental Management at JCU in 2004 and has been working since then for the Catchment to Reef Research Group on a range of projects related to land use management and river catchment runoff to the Great Barrier Reef. Zoe is currently undertaking a PhD through the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (JCU/CSIRO). This research aims to identify a fine-grained suspended sediment source within the Burdekin River catchment that poses the greatest risk to the receiving environment (Great Barrier Reef lagoon) using a combination of tracing techniques. Read more.
Ron calls North Queensland home. He completed a BSc (1996) and Honours in Marine Biology (1997) and a PhD in Estuarine Ecology in 2007, all at James Cook University. Ron is currently studying connectivity in the coastal landscape for marine fishes that use freshwater wetland nurseries. Ron’s broad research interests centre on process-based research into the functioning of coastal nurseries for nekton, with a focus on trophic ecology and connectivity. Read more.
Adam has broad research interests in spatial ecology, predator-prey interactions, food web ecology, species and habitat conservation, and the effects of tourism on animal behaviour and health. Much of his research relates to the ecology and conservation of chondrichthyans (sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras), teleosts (bony fish) and sea turtles. This includes studying the roles of predators in structuring ecosystems, with a focus on predator-prey relationships, and spatial ecology (i.e. migration, movement behaviour and habitat use). Other interests include assessing the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas for sharks, identifying essential fish habitats, and evaluating the effects of shark provisioning and recreational fishing. Presently, Adam is involved in a range of projects along the east coast of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique and South Africa. Read more.
Kathryn is a research scientist within the Catchment to Reef Research Group. Her primary research area at JCU is focused on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchment area.
Martha is a research scientist and the Lab Manager for the Estuary and Coastal Wetland Ecology Research Group. She assists with data collection, analysis, and report writing for many of the contracted jobs.
Jon originally spent some years as a lecturer in chemistry at Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) and at the University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji). For the last 30 years his interests have been in environmental research and consultancy and the management of marine and freshwater pollution. His primary area of research interest is now associated with water quality issues for the Great Barrier Reef, but he has also worked extensively overseas. Jon is also closely involved in policy advice to governments regarding management of water quality issues for the Great Barrier Reef. Read more.
Catherine completed a Bachelor of Marine Studies and gained an Honours degree in the field of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Her Honours research investigated catch composition and post release mortality in Queensland’s Coral Reef Fin Fish Fishery and designed and trialled methods for an observer program to monitor the fishery. Upon graduating, Catherine worked for the Queensland Government Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries for eight years across a range of projects. Catherine started her career in Brisbane, conducting ecological assessments for state fisheries resources before moving to Cairns in 2007 where she worked on the Fisheries Long Term Monitoring Project. Recently her focus has shifted to fisheries habitat resources, in particular tropical seagrasses. She has worked with the Seagrass Ecology Group for the past three years on various research and monitoring projects mainly focusing on tropical seagrasses at risk from anthropogenic activities associated with coastal development. Read more.
Kathy grew up in Detroit and received her BSc (cum laude) in Biochemistry from Michigan State University. She then went on to become the first woman PhD graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Her research interests include the biogeochemistry of lipid-soluble pollutants and biomarkers with particular reference to mechanisms of transport, transfer and transformation of hydrocarbons in the atmosphere and the marine ecosystem, ocean flux studies using organic contaminants as biomarker compounds to compute mass balances and to study transformation processes at the air/sea and sea/sediment interfaces and the use of organic biomarkers in estimating paleo sea surface temperatures. Read more.
Damien Burrows is the founding Director of TropWATER. Previously, he was Director of the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR). He is a Senior Research Scientist specialising in freshwater, estuarine and coastal aquatic ecosystems and catchment management and leads the Freshwater Ecology Theme. He is currently the Hub leader for the National Environment Science Programme Tropical Water Quality hub – a 6-year $32M research program focussing on improving water quality of the Great Barrier Reef and its catchments - and a member of the federal government Independent Expert Panel for the Great Barrier Reef. Read more.
Alex is originally from Sydney. She moved to Queensland in 1997 and spent the next 5 years working on boats and scuba diving from Cape Tribulation to the Caribbean. She completed a BSc in Marine Biology and Environmental Science (2007), a Graduate Diploma (2008), and is currently enrolled in a PhD, all at James Cook University. Her PhD is on the reproduction of coral trout. Alex’s research at TropWATER focusses on the ecology and conservation of tropical seagrass meadows and coral reefs. Read more.
Senior Research Scientist - Socio-economic Systems and Natural Resource Management
Phone: +61 7 423 21495
Taha completed her PhD in Economics in 2009 at the University of Newcastle during which time she developed substantial expertise in econometric techniques specifically shock-response modelling. Taha joined James Cook University in 2009 and continues to serve in discipline of Economics- School of Business as a senior lecturer while also active in research. With her background in applied economics, econometrics and modelling, Taha, has considerable skill at systematically modelling dynamic relationships between economic, environmental, and / or social variables. Read more.
Katie is from the U.S. Midwest and completed her BSc in Biology at St Louis University in 2003 before working on tropical marine habitats in both the Caribbean and Great Barrier Reef. She earned her MSc in Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2007 where she investigated the photophysiology of corals and tropical marine macrophytes across a modified watershed gradient. After working on a seagrass monitoring program in Florida Bay, Katie relocated to Cairns where she joined the Seagrass Group in 2008 (previously with Fisheries Queensland). Katie’s broad research interests include optics, photobiology, stress response of marine photosynthetic organisms and the broader ecological implications of changes to their condition. Read more.
Christophe is originally from Brittany, France, but has lived in the Western Pacific region for 10 years. Chris completed his MSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and his PhD at James Cook University in Townsville (Australia) in 2015. He has broad research interests in spatial ecology and conservation of marine mammals with a particular interest in dugong (Dugong dugon) ecology, conservation and management. During his PhD, Chris worked closely with resource managers and local communities in New Caledonia to inform the conservation and management of dugongs at several spatial and temporal scales. Chris has a strong experience in using a range of tools including aerial surveys, satellite tracking technologies and GIS to investigate the abundance, distribution, movement patterns, habitat use of dugongs and the activities that threaten them. Chris particularly enjoys managing and conducting scientific projects on marine mammals in remote areas in collaboration with local communities.
Rob has a long history translating scientific research into effective management advice and policy. He has a BSc in Zoology, an Honours degree (1st Class) in Entomology and a PhD in Fisheries from the University of Queensland. He has worked as an entomologist, a fisheries scientist, a fisheries manager in the Torres Strait, as environment and regional manager for the Queensland government and as a seagrass scientist and research administrator. Rob was the founding secretary of the World Seagrass Association and has a long history of promoting seagrass and coastal management research in the Indo Pacific region. Read more.
Catherine is broadly interested in coastal marine ecology, with a particular emphasis on seagrass eco-physiology and ecology. Her current work is focused on flood impacts to seagrasses. This research focus has been triggered by widespread loss of seagrass throughout Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef following record floods in 2011. She aims to further our understanding of tropical seagrass ecology and to contribute to the protection of seagrass meadows in regions where livelihoods are particularly dependant on vibrant coastal systems. Read more.
Geoffrey completed a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Aquaculture and Marine Science at Flinders University, South Australia, in 2010. He is currently undertaking his PhD through James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. The primary aim of his PhD is to examine the role that environmental hypoxia plays as a selective evolutionary pressure in tropical estuarine fish using established physiological and morphological measures. Geoffrey’s broad research interests include ecological physiology, environmental tolerance of fishes and community assemblage structure in freshwater and estuarine systems.
Caroline’s love of the reef led her to pursue environmental education and community engagement, to make a difference in the catchments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. She has worked in catchment management for over 10 years in the Herbert River Catchment of the Wet Tropics. She has been a Director of terrain NRM, a community, skill-based, natural resource management Board for the Wet Tropics region (2003-2009) and also a Director of the Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC) (2008-2011). Her primary area of research interest is now associated with catchments, coastal ecosystems and water quality issues for the Great Barrier Reef and effective community engagement regarding these issues. Read more.
Colin’s broad research focus is coastal restoration ecology, especially for enhanced productivity of our catchments – rivers – estuaries – wetlands – nearshore linked ecosystems. Increased productivity for both public and private benefits cannot be achieved without the participation of those that manage our natural resources – all of us. Colin is passionate about exploring smarter, more profitable and sustainable land use practices at all scales, working in partnership with farmers, foresters, fishers, conservationists, managers and policy makers to achieve more productive landscapes across Australia and its near neighbours. Read more.
Dr Bithin Datta is one of the original researchers who had embraced the concept and exciting prospects of applying Systems Engineering approach to address the complex, large-scale, and often uncertain problem of managing water resources systems. Since his PhD completion in the area of Hydraulics and Systems Engineering (in Civil Engineering) from Purdue University, USA, Dr Datta has continuously devoted his time in teaching, research, and consultancy related to Water Resources Systems and its sustainable, economically efficient development. Read more
Jaclyn started her research career in California working at Scripps Institute of Oceanography investigating deep-sea hydrothermal vent communities. After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of California she moved to Australia to attend James Cook University, Townsville. Her post-graduate research concerned the effects of topographic complexity on the use of visual and chemical alarm cues in settlement-stage damselfish. Upon graduating she moved to Cairns and joined the Seagrass Ecology Group. Jaclyn's research focuses on tropical seagrasses at risk from human activities associated with coastal development. Read more.
Aaron is a north Queensland local, who completed a BSc in Zoology in 1995 and MAppSci in Natural Resource Management in 2004, both at James Cook University. He is in the final stages of a PhD, studying the dietary ecology and evolutionary history of the terapontid fish family. His professional work revolves around a range of environmental issues relating to ecology, water quality and ecosystem functioning of tropical streams and wetland areas. His particular research interests include water quality stressors of freshwater, estuarine and marine environments in north Queensland, including improvements in farming practices to mitigate off-site water quality impacts.
Jennifer is originally from Houston, Texas (USA). She finished a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University – College Station, during which she researched both wolf (Canis lupus baileyi; honors project) and cephalopod behavior. After working with NOAA Fisheries and National Marine Sanctuary offices (USA), she returned to school and completed her PhD in Animal Behavior at the University of California – Davis in 2008. Her research focuses on understanding the chemical ecology of marine organisms, especially in relation to mobile organisms’ aggregation behaviors and implementation of marine reserves, and water quality issues impacting reef ecosystems. Read more.
Rocky leads a team providing the research, development and implementation for cost-effective delivery of algal bioremediation of waste waters and carbon emissions from power generation, mining, mineral processing, aquaculture and agriculture. As part of this platform algal biomass is subsequently transformed to bio-products and biofuels to value-add to the bioremediation process. Read more.
Research Scientist - Socio-economic Systems and Natural Resource Management
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Amy is a lecturer in the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University. Her research interests relate broadly to the social-ecological dimensions of conservation and natural resource management, with an emphasis on coastal and marine environments. Specifically, they include exploring how rural, resource dependent communities respond to social and environmental change, and how this affects their ability to maintain sustainable use of natural resources. She emphasises applied, interdisciplinary approaches to research, and specialises in quantitative and qualitative ethnographic methods.
Jose is an ARC Research Fellow within the Aquaculture Genetics Research Group. His research focuses on the development and incorporation of genetic tools in selective breeding programs of tropical aquaculture species. During his PhD, Jose quantified the heritability of harvest growth traits in barramundi, tracked the fate of their genetic diversity from hatchery to harvest, and developed a method to rapidly identify superior broodfish based on their larval RNA/DNA ratios. He is particularly interested to develop a genetically improved barramundi strain for a sustainable and profitable Australian aquaculture industry. Read more.
Norm recently joined TropWATER as a Professorial Research Fellow. Prior to this, he has held research positions with the University of Queensland, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Queensland Fisheries Service, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Central America. He is a mangrove ecologist with a variety of current research projects including environmental/ecological assessment of mangrove and tidal saltmarsh ecosystems, human impacts on mangrove forest ecosystems, rehabilitation and planting of degraded mangrove habitat and empowering, and engaging local community volunteers in a science and community partnership program called MangroveWatch. Read more.
Principal Research Scientist - Socio-economic Systems and Natural Resource Management
Phone: + 61 7 4781 5717
Lynne is a Professor of Marketing at James Cook University. Prior to joining JCU, she was Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of the Bristol Social Marketing Centre at the University of the West of England. She holds a PhD from the University of Auckland in her native New Zealand. Her research interests centre on (1) Marketing communication effects and effectiveness, including groups who face literacy challenges (2) Impact of new, emerging and hybrid media forms and preferences for / use of formal and informal communications channels (3) Trans-disciplinary approaches to sustained behaviour change in social marketing / health promotion / environmental protection campaigns. Read more.
Ebb is primarily interested in the ecology of fishes and the conservation ecology of aquatic fauna. Through collaboration with others, he primarily studies rare and elusive species including: sicydiine gobies and the Freshwater moray in streams of the Australian Wet Tropics, temperate species including Bluenose cod, Macquarie perch and Two-spined blackfish in the Murray-Darling Basin and West Ozzie fishes especially Freshwater sawfish. Ebb’s current post doctoral fellowship is a joint appointment with TropWATER and CSIRO and is focussed on people and aquatic fauna and the prospects for harnessing the charisma of freshwater flagship species. Read more.
Professor Richard Faulkner
Richard is an environmental engineer; his last 20 years have been spent working in sustainable irrigation, hydrology and water resources management in Australia. Prior to that he worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and UK for about 20 years, on both large and small schemes for irrigation and food security, water supply and sanitation. His PhD also involved human physiology as well as engineering, and included development of human powered pumps for resource poor farmers in Africa. One of these won an international award. He has always worked in multidisciplinary teams along with ecologists, geologists and other professionals (e.g. marine biologists). Read more.
Mark is originally from Adelaide in South Australia. He completed an BSc at the University of New England, Honours at Flinders University in South Australia and a PhD in 2002 from The University of Queensland. After working for several years for NGOs, and Government he commenced a research contract at JCU in 2005 and a lecturer position in 2010. Mark’s broad research interests are cross-disciplinary and include marine wildlife ecology, marine and freshwater turtle biology, marine wildlife management, conservation biology and the impacts of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems. Read more.
Julia’s research focuses broadly on wildlife behaviour and ecology. She is particularly interested in understanding how wild species and their habitats are affected by human activity and climatic variation. The challenges of investigating cryptic behaviour of wild species led Julia to adopt a wide range of research techniques including new telemetry methods and stable isotope analysis for ecological inference. Her current and recent activities include mentoring and co-supervising graduate students investigating spatial behaviour, diet, body condition, and genetic linkages of marine turtles in coastal foraging areas, collaborative work on using behavioural data to improve marine turtle abundance estimates derived from aerial surveys, and increasing scientific value in citizen-science monitoring of migratory birds.
Mal is also an Adjunct Professor in the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia; and is Consultant with PortMap Remote Ocean Sensing Pty Ltd based in Townsville. His PhD work in Auckland, New Zealand, was on radio-wave probing of the ionosphere, and that is reflected in his early ionospheric papers. He changed research fields to the scattering of HF radio waves from the ocean surface during the 1980s. Through the 1990s his research has broadened into oceanographic phenomena which can be studied by remote sensing, including HF radar and salinity mapping from airborne microwave radiometers. Throughout, there have been one-off papers where he has been involved in solving a problem in a cognate area like medical physics, and paleobiogeography. Occasionally, he has diverted into side-tracks like a burst of papers on the effect of bushfires on radio communications. His present project of the Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network (ACORN) is about the development of new processing methods and applications of HF radar data to address oceanography problems. He is currently promoting the use of high resolution VHF ocean radars, based on the PortMap high resolution radar. His consultancies are mainly in Coastal Oceanography and in particular in the use of HF Ocean Radar Data in coastal waters. Read more.
Roger completed a PhD in Aquaculture Genetics at JCU in 2014. His main research interests lie in the development and application of genomic and bioinformatics tools to answer research questions. He is currently involved in the development of several metabarcoding projects using environmental DNA (eDNA). Metabarcoding uses universal PCR primers to simultaneously identify species composition and biodiversity in various sources of eDNA, including water samples, stomach content of fishes, or faecal matter from lizards.
Neil joined TropWATER in 2013 and is currently based in Singapore. Since completing his PhD in Marine Ecology in Hong Kong in 2000, Neil has worked at a wide range of institutions including universities, government research laboratories and NGO’s, providing research and information to a variety of stakeholders. His research interests lie in the area of marine community ecology. His research is founded on fundamental ecological theories and concepts, producing results that have the potential to be applied in other fields such as conservation biology. His main, continuing, research objectives lie in the examination of interactions between species in intertidal and shallow coastal marine systems and how such relationships are influenced by environmental factors. Read more.
Jasmine is originally from Switzerland and moved to Townsville in 2002. She completed a BSc in Marine Science in 2004 and BSc (Hons) in paleoclimatology the following year, both at James Cook University (JCU). She received her PhD at JCU in 2011. Topics of her thesis include the physical and geochemical characteristics of the upper ocean of the Coral Sea. Jasmine has joined the Marine Geophysical Laboratory team in 2009 where she is currently focussing her research on the wave climate in the southern Great Barrier Reef. Her broad research interests include marine waves, upper ocean mixing, atmosphere-ocean interaction and groundwater quality. Read more.
Cassie completed a BSc in Plant Biology at the University of Wales, Bangor. She then moved on to Liverpool University where she completed a PhD in 1999. Her PhD research investigated the dynamics of invasive aquatic plants. She has particular research interests in the vegetation dynamics of riparian, floodplain and wetland ecosystems and has worked extensively on vegetation of dryland catchments of inland Australia and, more recently, subtropical rivers of south east Queensland. Read more.
Dean Jerry is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Head of the Aquaculture Discipline at James Cook University. He has worked with aquaculture species for 15 years and the genetics of aquatic organisms for 20. Before coming to James Cook University he undertook his PhD at Southern Cross University on a project that used mitochondrial DNA and allozyme markers to understand the population genetics of an important recreational and conservation species of interest, that of the Australian Bass Macquaria novemaculeata. Following this he worked with CSIRO Livestock Industries on the designand conduct of a selective breeding program for the freshwater crayfish Cherax destructor. He joined James Cook University in 2003 and since then has built an internationally recognised research group with a major focus on the development of genetic tools and knowledge to inform selective breeding programs for aquaculture species. Read more.
Karen graduated in 2005 with a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Queensland. Her focus was on mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. Using her remote sensing expertise for a variety of applications, she has since worked as a Geomatic Engineering Officer in the Australian Army, developed models for spatially explicit mapping of recreation opportunities across New Zealand’s conservation estate, and developed techniques for integrating remote sensing into all phases of the disaster management cycle. Karen’s primary area of interest is in creating, applying and automating remote sensing tools for environmental monitoring and management problems. Read more.
Professor Jud Kenworthy
Dr Kenworthy has recently joined the Freshwater Ecology theme at TropWATER. He is a Research Biologist, recently retired after 33 years working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, N.C. Dr Kenworthy has spent most of his career focused on applied research designed to address issues related to the conservation and protection of marine resources. His research addresses seagrass ecology and restoration, disturbance ecology, endangered species protection, optical water quality modelling, and designing and implementing environmental assessments and resource mapping and monitoring programs. Dr Kenworthy’s work has assisted Federal, State, and International Agencies, as well as NGOs, in developing and implementing conservation and restoration programs for seagrasses, manatees and green sea turtles here in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Prior to retiring from NOAA, Dr Kenworthy was a scientific working group leader for NOAA’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and continues this work as a NOAA sub-contractor.
John grew up in Ottawa (Canada) far from any tropical coast. His interest in mangrove forests began with his graduate work in Guyana and he has since devoted the majority of his research time exploring various remotely sensed imaging techniques for mapping and monitoring them. John has worked extensively on mangrove forests of Mexico, Guinea and Nigeria and is currently working with TropWATER’s Mangrove Research Hub on mangrove forests of the southern hemisphere. Additionally, he has been examining the application of new remote sensing tools, including UAS, for precision agriculture.
Agnes’s research focuses on the use of cutting-edge and traditional molecular approaches for the conservation and protection of Australia’s unique aquatic fauna. She currently works with environmental DNA (DNA) to address a broad range of biosecurity and ecological conservation applications. In particular, Agnes is developing innovative eDNA methods for detecting pest species (e.g. tilapia) and species of conservation concern (sawfish) across Australia.
A Townsville original, Stephen completed a BSc (Hons) and PhD in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University in 2000 and 2005, respectively. Stephen is a geochemist that focuses primarily on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchment area and lagoon including evaluating the sources, transport and risks of various pollutants in freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems. Read more.
Han is a lecturer in the College of Science, Technology & Engineering. She has broad research interests including the hydrological response behaviour of tropical catchments (both forest and urban catchments). Han is originally from Singapore where she received her BA and MA from the National University of Singapore. She completed a PhD in 2007 at the University of Cambridge.
Wenxian is originally from China. He completed a BSc in Physics at Hubei Normal University in 1984 and a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Yunnan Normal University in 1988. After working at Yunnan Normal University in the field of solar thermal energy for several years he completed a PhD in Fluid Mechanics at the University of Sydney in 2000. His PhD research investigated the transient behaviour of weak fountain flows and unsteady natural convection flows. Wenxian's broad research interests include transient fountain flows, flow dynamics in water bodies, unsteady natural convection, boundary layers, ventilation, solar collectors, solar thermal energy, computational fluid dynamics, direct numerical simulation, large-eddy simulation, turbulence. Read more.
Jock Mackenzie is Coordinator-Director and co-founder of MangroveWatch, based at TropWATER, James Cook University, Townsville. Jock is currently completing his PhD on mangrove health assessment and has spent the past 10 years working in the field of mangrove ecology, examining the issues that impact these important habitats in Australia, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Solomon Islands. He’s passionate about working with local people to help protect their important mangrove resource. Jock’s broad research interests include mangrove ecosystem health assessment, saltmarsh ecology, tidal wetlands and blue carbon and tidal wetland ecosystem services. Read more.
Professor Helene Marsh is a conservation biologist with some 30 years experience in research into species conservation, management and policy with particular reference to tropical marine and terrestrial wildlife of conservation concern. The policy outcomes of her research include significant contributions to the science base of dugong conservation in Australia and internationally. Her research also provided the conceptual basis for the ‘Back on Track’ Program conducted by the Queensland government. Helene is committed to informing interdisciplinary solutions to conservation problems and has collaborated widely with colleagues in other disciplines. Read more.
Len has over 20 years experience as a research scientist on seagrass ecology, assessment and fisheries habitats. This includes experience within Australia and overseas in seagrass research, resource mapping/ assessment and biodiversity. He has provided information on seagrass communities that has been vital in management of seagrass resources of the Great Barrier Reef and also at the state, national and international levels. He has also advised on fisheries and coastal resource-use issues for managers, fishing organisations, conservation and community groups. Len is the Principal Researcher and Program Leader of Seagrass-Watch, a non-profit seagrass research organisation that conducts research is 17 countries. Len is also the Secretary of the World Seagrass Association.
Ian comes from New Zealand. He has a BSc and MSc from the University of Auckland. Ian's recently submitted PhD (JCU) tackled climate change impacts on coral reef fish populations from eco-physiological to macro-ecological scales. Previously, he examined the ecological and social ramifications of fishing and closed area management, and marine ecosystem restoration. He has a passion for science communication and is TropWATER's Communications Manager.
Jane is a born Queenslander. She completed her MSc (1990) and PhD (2003) both at James Cook University. Her PhD research investigated the sediment and nutrient dynamics in coastal intertidal seagrass habitat of North Eastern Tropical Australia. Jane’s broad research interests encompass all aspects of seagrass habitat; taxonomy, plant nutrient requirements, population genetics, plant-animals interactions, and educating and training citizen scientists to monitor this marine resource. Read more.
Niels took the long road to JCU Cairns starting with a PhD in Petrology at the University of Copenhagen, then working for Big Oil in the North Sea, driving an Electron Microprobe in Sydney, mapping Antarctic mountains, and years of studying mud, water and biota for environmental monitoring all over Northern Australia. At JCU his task is to develop new instruments for field-based analysis of stable isotopes (H, C, O) in water, soil and other environmental samples. These world-first gadgets will help provide new insights into weighty questions about global water and carbon cycling. Read more.
Paul is originally from Adelaide, South Australia. He completed a BAgSc(Hons) in 1986 at the University of Adelaide. After working in Australia and Europe for several years he completed a PhD in Soil Science in 1997, also at the University of Adelaide. His research revolves mostly around the cycling of water, carbon and nutrients in tropical agricultural systems. Read more.
Dominique's research interests are in the sources and fate of pollutants, the management of known and emerging contaminants of concern and the impact of anthropogenic activity on the distribution and remobilisation of contaminants within the environment. Her research broadly focuses on the water quality issues within the Great Barrier Reef catchment area and lagoon, the impact of land use on water quality within the Herbert catchment, the monitoring of and the risk associated with pesticides and nutrients in surface water runoff. Read more.
Michael is a leading expert in green (solar) photochemistry, microflow photochemistry and photocatalysis. He received his Diploma from the University of Münster in 1995 and his PhD from the University of Cologne in 1999. He was a researcher at the Inoue Photochirogenesis project in Osaka (1999-2001) and at Bayer CropScience K.K. Japan in Yuki (2001-2004). From 2004-2008 he held a position as a lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at Dublin City University, Ireland. In February 2009 he joined James Cook University in Australia as an Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry. His research activities include synthetic organic photochemistry, solar photochemistry, the development of new photochemical synthesis tools and photochemical water treatment. Read more.
Richard came to JCU’s department of Zoology in the 1970’s after completing his PhD in stream ecology in the UK. He was Head of the Schools of Zoology, Tropical Biology, and subsequently Marine and Tropical Biology for 14 years. He is now an Emeritus Professor, still active with research projects and postgraduate supervision in the field of stream and wetland ecology.
Caroline is originally from the south-western coast of France. She completed a MSc in Environment, Littoral and Marine Oceanography in 2006 and a PhD in oceanography with a specialty in remote sensing in 2009, both at the University of Bordeaux (France). Caroline's broad research interests include the optical oceanography and remote sensing in estuarine and coastal systems, the monitoring of the spatial and temporal variability of aquatic ecosystems through in-situ/satellite approaches and the translation of remote sensing data into relevant information for management. Read more.
Senior Research Scientist - Socio-economic Systems and Natural Resource Management
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Mike has been conducting research on tropical marine habitats focusing on seagrass ecology for over 20 years. He has a BSC in Zoology & Ecology and an Honours degree from Flinders University and was awarded a PhD from JCU for research investigating recovery and succession in tropical seagrass communities. Mike is passionate about finding science based solutions to apply in the management of marine habitats. He has built a team whose work focuses on coastal development and risk and has significantly impacted on the way seagrass and fish habitats are managed and protected. Results of his work not only lead to advances in the field of seagrass ecology, but have changed practices within coastal development, ports and shipping industries and improved the ability of regulators and managers to protect marine habitats. Read more.
Professor Peter Ridd is a physical oceanographer and founding member of the Marine Geophysics Laboratory in the late eighties. Peter is also the head of the Department of Physics at JCU. His current research projects focus around coastal hydrodynamics, sediment re-suspension, transport and turbidity contributions within the Great Barrier Reef. He is also heavily involved with development of instrumentation for both marine and terrestrial applications. Read more.
Tonia is a north Queensland local who completed a BSc in Zoology in 2005 at James Cook University in Cairns. Tonia began working with TropWATER in 2012 and her research focusses on the ecology and conservation of coastal marine habitats, in particular tropical seagrass meadows. Tonia has worked with the Seagrass Ecology Group for the past ten years, previously employed with the Queensland Government and has extensive experience monitoring and researching seagrass habitats at risk along the Queensland coast.
Jason is originally from Calgary, Alberta in Canada. He completed his Bsc in Zoology in 2005 and an Honours in Environmental Science in 2006, both at James Cook University. After subsequently working as a Research assistant/worker at the ACTFR (now TropWATER) for several years since 2007, he commenced a PhD in 2011 through this same centre also at JCU. His PhD research investigates the long term movement and diving ecology/behaviour of bimodally respiring freshwater turtles in unregulated seasonal rivers in north/central Queensland. Jason’s broad research interests include the ecophysiology and biogeography of freshwater fish and turtles as well as the monitoring and management of introduced invasive freshwater species such as tilapia, climbing perch and feral pigs.
Theme Leader - Coastal and Estuarine Processes
Principal Investigator - Estuary and Coastal Wetland Ecology Laboratory
Marcus is a long time North Queensland resident. He completed his University education at James Cook University, with a PhD in Marine Biology completed in 1995. He is currently a Professor in the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University. Marcus heads an active Estuary and Tidal Wetlands research group, and has published widely in the fields of estuary and wetlands ecosystem ecology, fish assemblages, nursery grounds and ecosystem supporting processes, and climate change. Current major research projects include impacts of oil palm on aquatic ecosystems, adaptation of estuaries to climate change, the role of mangroves as fish habitats in Pacific Islands, and livelihood benefits and fisheries ecology of an indigenous black bass sport fishery in Papua New Guinea. Read more.
Taka’s research interests broadly cover animal behaviour and its interaction with the environment. Taka is originally from Japan and completed his BSc in Agriculture at Meiji University (2002). After four years of travelling across the world, he became involved in research and conservation of marine turtles at Sea Turtle Association of Japan. He has completed a Masters in Science at the University of Tokyo (2012), and a PhD at James Cook University (2016). Taka is specialised in research using satellite telemetry and stable isotope techniques. He is now a post-doctoral research fellow at James Cook University and investigates various topics in spatial ecology and conservation of sea turtles.
Scott's broad research interests are in coastal (reef, beaches, estuaries) and fluvial geomorphology, especially the Quaternary evolution of these environments and their palaeoenvironmental histories. Recent research includes reef and coral response to environmental change (especially sea-level and climate), environmental histories reconstructed from reef and coral evidence, the geomorphology and management of north Queensland coastal streams, morphodynamics of meso and macrotidal beaches and estuaries, and the deposition and environmental significance of boulder deposits on the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Susan grew up in Germany and completed her Diploma in Marine Biology at the University of Rostock in 2005. After some travelling, Susan migrated to Australia and completed her PhD at James Cook University in 2010, working on population demographics of dwarf minke whales that are interacting with vessels and swimmers in the Great Barrier Reef. Her current research includes a continuation of this work, as well as studying dugong populations along the Australian coast. Read more.
With a background in Physics and Biogeography (as well as Economics), Thomas’ research in the coastal zone covers a wide range of subjects, ranging from coastal hydrology (in particular Submarine Groundwater Discharge) to seafloor geomorphology & benthic ecology (benthic habitats & animal-habitat interaction). His work is divided between academic research, research-for-management and scientific consulting. Read more.
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Natalie Stoeckl is an economist with a keen interest in environmental and distributional issues associated with economic growth. She holds a BEc from the Australian National University (ANU), a MEc from JCU and a PhD from ANU. Prior to taking on the position of Tropical Leader, she led the economics program at JCU, worked as a researcher at the CSIRO and, before then, worked in the economics department at the University of Canberra. She has extensive experience with a variety of non-market valuation techniques and a track record of collaborative cross-disciplinary research using models that combine economic, environmental and social variables to explore interactions between socio-economic and ecological systems. Read more.
My research on these issues integrates quantitative methods with experiments and observations, and my approaches to these issues span different spatial and temporal scales. I have carried out extensive research on these issues at many institutions in Australia, China and New Zealand. Read more.
Guangzhi received a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1999. Prior to joining James Cook University, he was employed as a research fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK), and lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast (UK) and Monash University. Read more.
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Dr Sun obtained his masters and bachelor degrees in China. During his masters, he won an Australia-China Council Competitive Project Grant, which enabled him to conduct a study of Australia-China bilateral trade at the Australian National University in 2003. Subsequently he received a scholarship support to do his PhD study at the Australian National University from 2004 to 2008. His PhD dissertation examined the technology and export spillover effect of foreign direct investment on domestic industries and firms in China, with the findings, summarised in one sentence, as "Yes, there are spillovers from FDI, but the magnitude depends on firm characteristics". In July 2008, Dr Sun accepted a lecturer position at JCU. Read more.
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Anne is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts, Society and Education. Anne is a psychologist by training with particular expertise in the assessment and analysis of behavioural change. Her research interests include best practice in health information provision, population level health promotion, and the mental and physical health of Australia’s indigenous people.
Shelley’s broader research interests lie in better understanding the impacts of pollutants and contaminants in tropical aquatic ecosystems, as well as developing more suitable ecological monitoring tools to measure and mitigate pollutant impacts. Growing up on cattle properties in Central Australia seems an unlikely basis for an aquatic scientist; however, this experience also provided Shelley with some early insights into the interactions and impacts between humans and the environment. Since leaving school she has completed a range of undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications across Australia, mostly while performing a number of scientific roles in northern Australia, Indonesia and Antarctica. Her studies culminated in a PhD at James Cook University in 2012, investigating the bioindicator potential of jellyfishes to metal pollution.
Colette completed a BSc in Environmental Science in 1994 and MSc in Aquatic Ecotoxicology in 2001, both at the University of Technology, Sydney. After working at SKM for several years she completed a PhD in 2008 at Monash University. Her PhD research investigated the application of Bayesian Belief Networks as a decision support tool for managing the impacts of river water quality to seagrass in the Herbert River catchment. She then worked for four years with CSIRO as a socio-ecological systems modeller for various tropical conservation issues. Colette’s broad research interests include modelling stressor interaction, risk assessment and integration. Read more.
Ariella completed her practice-led PhD in Creative Writing in 2012. Her PhD investigated the dialogue between fiction writing and oral history practice in Australia. The novel emerging from the PhD, titled Hidden Objects, was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards 2012, in the Unpublished Manuscript Category. Ariella is currently chair of the editorial board of the Oral History Association of Australia Journal and co-edits LiNQ. Read more.
Jim has over 40 years experience in hydrological research with particular expertise in hydro-ecological interactions, sediment and nutrient transport during floods, rainforest hydrology and vegetation water use. Read more.
Nathan has a deep interest in coastal landscape ecology and urbanisation, which has developed growing up on the Gold Coast in southeast Queensland, Australia. He completed a BSc in Marine Biology/Aquaculture in 1997 at Southern Cross University (Lismore) and post graduate studies in environmental management at Griffith University in 2001. Nathan has worked in local government (Gold Coast City Council) for 13 years. His PhD research investigated the habitat, role and value of artificial urban waterways (residential canal estates), which are an obvious and major feature of the worlds’ estuaries. Nathan’s research interests include ecosystem responses (freshwater, marine and estuarine) to urbanisation and landscape change, ecosystem health assessment, fish ecology, water quality, and modelling optimal mitigation responses to protect and enhance waterways and catchments. Read more.
Jane Waterhouse is originally from Perth in Western Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Murdoch University in 1994 and Masters of Applied Science in Protected Area Management at James Cook University in 2000. Jane has 16 years experience working in the Great Barrier Reef on water quality science, catchment management and science coordination. She has specialist expertise in understanding interactions across landscapes, such as catchment-to-reef relationships. Read more.
James is a physical oceanographer who directly oversees the research and consulting work of the Marine Geophysics Laboratory. James holds a Ph.D. in physics from JCU and a M.Phys. with astrophysics from the University of Leicester. James’ current research focuses on inshore sediment transport and turbidity, particularly sediment re-suspension versus terrestrial input into the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon.
Eric models the oceanography, fine sediment dynamics and ecosystem health of estuaries and coastal waters, the effect of climate change and human impacts from land-use on coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, and the ecohydrology of semi-arid tropical savannah ecosystems. Read more.
Paul is originally from Sydney, NSW. He completed a BSc in Environmental Biology, his honours in 2004 and his PhD in 2011 at the University of Technology Sydney. Paul work for a short time as a researcher at UTS before moving to Victoria to take up a post-doctoral fellowship with Deakin University and the University of Melbourne working on seagrass resilience in Port Phillip Bay. He moved to Cairns to work with TropWATER in April 2013. Read more.