Top gongs for reef sci­en­tists

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TWO James Cook Univer­sity sci­en­tists have been recog­nised at the an­nual Queens­land Young Tall Poppy Sci­ence Awards.

As­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the ARC Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Co­ral Reef Stud­ies Dr Alana Grech was awarded the top hon­our of Queens­land Young Tall Poppy Sci­en­tist of the Year.

Dr Ge­orgina Gur­ney, also from the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Co­ral Reef Stud­ies at James Cook Univer­sity, was recog­nised as a Young Tall Poppy Sci­ence Award win­ner.

Dr Grech re­searches geo­graphic in­for­ma­tion the use sys­tems of to pre­dict and map changes in coastal wildlife and habi­tats, fo­cus­ing on Great Bar­rier Reef sea­grass mead­ows.

“My mod­els al­low me to pre­dict lo­ca­tions where hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties, such as poor wa­ter qual­ity, coastal de­vel­op­ment and fish­ing, are po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, to help in­form en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy and prac­tice to pro­tect the reef,” she said.

En­vi­ron­men­tal so­cial sci­ence re­search fel­low Dr Gur­ney has re­searched the hu­man di­men­sions of en­vi­ron­men­tal gov­er­nance and man­age­ment, par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing co­ral reefs in the Asia- Pa­cific re­gion.

TALL POPPY: Dr Alana Grech won the high­est hon­our in the sci­ence awards.

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