Bob Pressey
Bob Pressey

Bob is a Distinguished Professor in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Bob’s research team focuses on spatial solutions to diverse resource management problems, involving the design of conservation areas and applications of a variety of conservation actions.

Vanessa Adams
Vanessa M. Adams

Vanessa is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation and Planning at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on modelling dynamic social-ecological systems to inform conservation decisions that improve ecosystems and the communities they support. This means her research is broadly aligned with three themes: ecological modelling (to understand dynamic ecosystems, socio-economic aspects of conservation (to understand the human dimensions of social-ecological systems), and conservation decision theory (to inform decision making).

Jon Brodie
Jon E. Brodie

Jon is a Professorial Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Jon is interested in the sources of pollutants in catchments, transport of pollutants to the marine environment, the dispersal of land-based pollutants in coastal and marine environments and the effects of terrestrial pollutants on marine ecosystems. He is involved in policy advice to Australian governments regarding management of water quality issues for the Great Barrier Reef.

Jorge Alvarez-Romero
Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero

Jorge is a Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Jorge is interested in improving spatial planning for natural resource use to achieve long-term sustainability and positive outcomes for people and their environment. His research aims to advance systematic conservation planning theory and practice through promoting and improving the integration of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine conservation planning initiatives.

Milena Kim
Milena Kim

Milena is a Research Fellow funded by NESP (Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub) at the University of Western Australia, and Adjunct Researcher at James Cook University. Her research interests include the cultural, social and political dimensions of natural resource management, environmental governance and institutions, and the evaluation of social and environmental initiatives. She has worked with Indigenous people in Brazil, Australia and Fiji.

Alana Grech
Alana Grech

Alana Grech is Assistant Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Her research uses spatial analysis to assess the impact of human activities on coastal and marine ecosystems, and conservation planning to inform and facilitate natural resource management. Alana works in collaboration with ecologists, oceanographers and managers to apply her research to seagrass ecosystems in remote areas of northern Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, and Gulf of Carpentaria.

Georgina Gurney
Georgina G. Gurney

Georgina is a Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Georgina’s research interests lie broadly in understanding the factors that influence opportunities for collaborative management of common-pool natural resources, and the multiple socioeconomic and environmental outcomes of such initiatives.

Rebecca Weeks
Rebecca Weeks

Rebecca is a Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Her research focuses on the effective design of locally managed marine area networks, including understanding the relative effectiveness of, and local preferences for, different management strategies; integrating reef fish movement ecology into conservation prioritisation; and resolving social-ecological scale mismatches to effectively scale up local management.

Fernanda Terra Stori
Fernanda Terra Stori

Fernanda is a Visiting Fellow from Brazil, where she works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and integrates the Laboratory of Management of Marine Ecosystems/Institute of Oceanography, University of Sao Paulo. In her current research, she is pursuing to integrate fishers’ knowledge with marine policies in order to build resilient social-ecological systems.

Danielle Asson-Batzel
Danielle Asson-Batzel

Danielle is a PhD candidate supervised by Bob Pressey, Sean Connolly, Tom Bridge, and Hugh Sweatman. Her thesis explores patterns in benthic and pelagic species assemblages on the Great Barrier Reef, to identify bioregions and investigate implications for spatial management.

Kaylan Carrlson
Kaylan Carrlson

Kaylan is an external PhD student, supervised by Jeremy VanDerWal and Bob Pressey. She works for Ducks Unlimited, an important NGO in the US. Her thesis will focus on conservation planning for wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region and will include analysis of filling and drying cycles, threat assessment, and return-on-investment analysis.

Jessica Cheok
Jessica Cheok

Jess Cheok is a PhD student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, supervised by Bob Pressey and Rebecca Weeks. Her thesis looks at the sensitivities of the systematic conservation planning framework to aspects of scale and resolution. She is also trying to understand ways in which we can better integrate across the different scales of planning, from regional-scale to local-scale, and examine the interactions that occur between these and how they can lead to successful conservation outcomes.

Jess Cramp
Jess Cramp

Jess is an external PhD student supervised by Bob Pressey, Colin Simpfendorfer, and Michelle Heupel. Her thesis will evaluating the effectiveness of large-scale marine reserves for conserving wide-ranging sharks, using a case study of the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary.

Jon Day
Jon Day

Jon was an Australian protected area planner and manager for 39 years; 28 years were in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park until his retirement in 2014. Jon is currently undertaking a post-career PhD titled ‘Planning and managing the Great Barrier Reef – lessons learned for the future planning of the Reef and implications for MPAs elsewhere’; this is being jointly supervised by Bob Pressey and Helene Marsh.

Kerrie Fraser
Kerrie Fraser

Kerrie is a PhD student supervised by Prof. John Pandolfi at the University of Queensland, and Prof. Bob Pressey at James Cook University. Her thesis will assess the efficacy of marine policy in the management of marine protected areas; evaluate the efficacy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park rezoning in achieving its stated intent; and evaluate whether marine protected areas are adequately representing protected species.

Stephanie Hernandez
Stephanie Hernandez

Steph is a PhD student supervised by Bob Pressey, Vanessa Adams and Jeremy VanDerWal. Her thesis is funded by the Queensland Government and broadly seeks to investigate incorporating theories of impact evaluation into strategic terrestrial protected area acquisition to maximise conservation initiatives.

Jeremy Horowitz
Jeremy Horowitz

Jeremy Horowitz is a PhD candidate supervised by Tom Bridge, Bob Pressey, and Julian Caley. His research uses black corals as a model system to investigate how drivers of speciation change in both vertical and horizontal dimensions, and the implications for conservation of these less considered, deep habitats.

Meira Mizrahi
Meira Mizrahi

Meira is an external PhD student supervised by Amy Diedrich, Bob Pressey and Rebecca Weeks. Her thesis focuses on assessing the biophysical and social impact of marine protected areas.

Edmond Sacre
Edmond Sacre

Ed is a Phd student supervised by Bob Pressey and Rebecca Weeks. Ed’s thesis focuses on determining the best ways to design marine protected area (MPA) networks to mitigate threats to marine biodiversity. He will then use this information to assess how well existing MPA networks conserve marine biodiversity on the coral reefs of Micronesia, and to identify areas that should be protected in the future.

Patrick Smallhorn-West
Patrick Smallhorn-West

Patrick is a PhD student supervised by Bob Pressey, Geoff Jones, Tom Bridge and Georgina Gurney. His thesis examines the efficacy of community-based marine management in the Kingdom of Tonga and the overall health status of their coral reefs.

Raísa Vieira
Raísa Vieira

Raísa is doing a PhD in Ecology and Evolution at the Ecology Department, Universidade Federal de Goiás, co-supervised by Bob Pressey. She was awarded with an Australia Award – Endeavour Research Fellowship to do part of her PhD at James Cook University, Australia. Her research regards the efficiency of Brazilian public policies in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Alumni

  • Glenn Almany was Assistant Professor at the French National Centre for Scientific Research.
  • Adrian Arias develops and manages Oceans 5 projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Amélie A. Augé is a researcher with New Zealand Department of Conservation.
  • Natalie Ban is an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria.
  • Stephen Ban is a Spatial Analysis Manager at Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society of British Columbia.
  • Tom Brewer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network.
  • Jana Brotánková
  • Adriana Chacón
  • Ian Craigie is the Principle of Craigie Financial Planning.
  • Debora De Freitas is a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security.
  • Rodolphe Devillers is a Research Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • Mariana Fuentes is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University.
  • Tatjana Good is a yoga instructor at the The Yoga and Fitness Studio.
  • Steve Hall is a GIS Analyst at North East Water.
  • Mélanie A. Hamel is a research consultant for CNRS CRIOBE, and an adjunct research fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
  • Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley is a Research Fellow at Laboratoire Evolution et Diversité Biologique at Université Paul Sabatier.
  • Christina Hicks is a Lecturer at Lancaster University.
  • Vera Horigue is a research Fellow at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute.
  • Johnathan Kool is a Researcher at Geoscience Australia.
  • Rafael Magris works at Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade.
  • Madeleine Mckinnon is the Director of Measurement and Impact at Vulcan Inc.
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  • Mirjam Maughan is a Natural Resource Management Officer at Department of Natural Resources and Mines (Queensland).
  • Morena Mills is a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London.
  • Ben Reid is an Urban Planner at AECOM.
  • April Reside is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.
  • Anderson Cassio Sevilha works at Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária.
  • Casper Van De Geer is a Manager at Local Ocean Trust.
  • Piero Visconti is a  a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at University College London.
  • Pete Waldie is a Researcher with The Nature Conservancy.
  • Melissa Walsh is a Researcher & Consultant with Marine Conservation Finance Consulting.
  • Heather Welch is a Research Associate at University of California, Santa Cruz and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Amelia Wenger is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.