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Project 1.1 'Monitoring status and trends of coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef'
Project 2.2. 'Mangrove and freshwater habitat status of Torres Strait islands'
Project 2.3 'Monitoring the health of Torres Strait coral reefs'

Professor Russ is a Professor in the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at JCU. His research interests on the Great Barrier Reef include studies of the biology and fisheries of reef fish of commercial and recreational fishing value (mostly serranids, lutjanids and lethrinids). Specific areas of research include age and growth, reproduction, mortality, movements, fish traps as sampling devices, catch per unit effort and stock assessment.

Dr. Williamson is a postdoctoral fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at JCU. His research interests include larval dispersal of exploited reef fish, genetic connectivity of populations and potential export effects of marine protected areas (MPA’s) within the GBR marine park. David has worked on Australian and international research and monitoring projects for organizations including the GBRMPA, the French Institute for Research and Development and the US based Smithsonian Institute.

Dr. Burrows has been Director of TropWATER for five years. He specialises in freshwater, estuarine and coastal aquatic ecosystems and catchment management and has 22 years research experience in the tropics. Most of his professional life has been spent studying freshwater and estuarine ecosystems with particular emphasis on applied aspects of their management in relation to development pressures. This has involved extensive work with industry, community and government from grassroots to policy level.

Dr. Simpfendorfer is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at JCU. He has had more than 25 years experience researching sharks, and has published extensively in the scientific literature on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation. His expertise on sharks has been recognized by his appointment as the Co-Chair of the IUCN’s Shark Specialist Group and as the Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s Shark Resource Assessment Group.

Dr. Collier is a Postdoctoral Fellow and seagrass ecophysiologist at JCU. She has a background in ecophysiology and marine conservation with work on morphology, physiology, growth and meadow characteristics of seagrasses, and their vulnerability to climate change. Between 2007 and 2010 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility, supported by the Commonwealth Environmental Research Program (CERF).

Dr. Congdon is Reader in Ecology at JCU (Cairns). As a research academic and field ecologist, he has had more than 30 years experience of applying ecological and evolutionary theory to the management and conservation of animal and plant species. He has a special interest in seabird conservation and has worked extensively with seabirds both in Australia and overseas. His current research is focused on understanding how changing ocean conditions impact seabird breeding success throughout the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea ecosystems.

Professor Helene Marsh is Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and the Dean of Graduate Research Studies at James Cook University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and Co-Leader of the Species of Conservation Concern program of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Tropical Ecosystems Hub.

Dr. Hamann is a Principal Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in James Cook University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He is also a member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and serves as a Regional Vice Co-Chair for the Australasia region. He also has an active role in developing marine turtle conservation programs in Viet Nam and Malaysia.


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