Here is a summary of some of the projects we have worked on over the past 40 years.

  Above:  Dense thicket of staghorn  Acropora  coral near Mackay.    Top Banner:  Bulk carriers waiting to load coal at Hay Point beneath wet season thunderstorms.

Above: Dense thicket of staghorn Acropora coral near Mackay. 

Top Banner: Bulk carriers waiting to load coal at Hay Point beneath wet season thunderstorms.

Major Projects

  • Responsibility for planning and implementing survey work for New Zealand's first marine reserve at Goat Island, Leigh, including sub-tidal habitat maps, baseline biological surveys of fishes and other organisms and zoning plans. 1976-1979.
  • Surveys of fishes and corals for zoning requirements on over 200 reefs in the Far-North, Cairns, Central, Capricorn and Capricornia Sections of the GBR Marine Park. 1980-1986.
  • Biological survey of Coral Sea National Nature Reserves for satellite ground-truthing. 1984.
  • Development of survey methodologies for corals and other encrusting organisms, invertebrates (including crown-of-thorns sea stars and giant clams) and reef fishes. 1975-1995.
  • Development of broad-scale sampling plans to analyse regional and temporal patterns of abundance in commercially exploited species of reef fish. 1980-1995.
  • Fish and coral surveys of Ningaloo Reef National Park in Western Australia. 1987.
  • Marine resource surveys of the major islands in Vanuatu. 1988.
  • Monitoring of fish and coral populations before, during and after a temporary replenishment closure of Bramble Reef in the GBR Marine Park. 1991-1998.
  • Coral and fish surveys on fringing reefs in the Cairns Section of the GBR Marine Park. 1984-2017.
  • Surveys of marine communities in the Cape Flattery Silica Mine Port Area, including reefs, benthic biota, shore biota and seagrass meadows. 1996.
  • Surveys of fringing reef value and fish populations in the Shoalwater Bay area. 1997-2000.
  • Responsible for organising and implementing underwater visual fish counts for the ten-year CRC Effects of Line Fishing Program on 24 reefs in the GBR Marine Park: 1995-2005.
  • Assessment of marine communities in the vicinity of a proposed treated effluent outfall in Darwin Harbour. 2006-2008.
  • Comparison of different coral survey methods on fringing reefs around Magnetic Island. 1998.
  • Monitoring programs to determine the effects of tourist destination pontoons on coral and fish communities on Norman, Arlington, Moore, Hardy and Lady Musgrave Reefs. 1987-2005.
  • Baseline surveys of coral and fish communities in Port Moresby Harbour, PNG. 1982.
  • Long-term survey of Cape Tribulation fringing reefs in Far-North Queensland to detect effects of sediment run-off from road construction. 1984-2005.
  • Surveys at Thetford, Arlington, Hook, Hastings, Knuckle and Hardy Reefs for proposed major tourist projects. 1985-2005.
  • Surveys of marine habitats, including rock reefs and seagrass meadows, for evaluation of oil-spill sensitivity, Spencer Gulf, South Australia. 1984.
  • Development of Environmental Monitoring Program requirements for the Port Hinchenbrook Development, Oyster Point, Cardwell. 2003.
  • Monitoring of impacts on fringing reefs from Townsville Port channel dredging and Nelly Harbour dredging, Magnetic Island. 1987-1998.
  • Long-term monitoring of a variety of GBR fringing reefs to look at possible human impacts. 1985-2017.
  • Monitoring of the effects of capital and maintenance dredging on fringing reefs in the vicinity of the Port of Hay Point coal terminals and Port of Mackay. 2004-2013.
  • Ambient monitoring of fringing reef abundance, diversity and health in the vicinity of the Port of Hay Point and Port of Abbott Point. 2014-2018.
  • Monitoring the effect of dredging on Darwin Harbour fringing reef communities. 2006-2007.
  • Monitoring of seagrass meadows in the vicinity of the Port of Airlie marina development. 2008-2010.
  • Monitoring of coral reef and other benthic communities in the vicinity of port developments on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia.
  • Assessment of reef communities and fish biomass on Timor-Leste fringing reefs. 2008-2018.

 

  Above : A variety of coral species on a fringing coral reef at Keswick Island, offshore from Mackay.

Above: A variety of coral species on a fringing coral reef at Keswick Island, offshore from Mackay.