Top gongs for reef scientists
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.