A Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit for the Marshall Islands


Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority

Scope: The project focuses on tailored a Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit and associated resources for the Marshall Islands context. The Toolkit will be delivered with comprehensive training for government and communities, and resources to establish monitoring and awareness in local villages.

Vanuatu RESCCUE (restoration of ecosystem services and climate change adaptation)


Pacific Community, funded by AFD and FFEM; Consortium Partners - OceansWatch, Live and Learn Vanuatu, Landcare Research, Development Services

Scope: The Vanuatu RESCCUE project worked to increase the resilience of ecosystems and communities in north Efate to global changes. RESCCUE supported adaptation to climate change through integrated coastal management, developing a Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit and Guide for Tabu Areas.

Biodiversity and fisheries-based livelihoods in New Ireland, PNG

2016 - 2018

Partners - Wildlife Conservation Society funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Scope: Support improved marine managed area zoning in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea to enhance food security from fisheries and biodiversity conservation

Solomon Islands community-based climate change adaption


USAID Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) funded; Partners - Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership (SICCP); WorldFish 

Scope: Integrate climate change science into government and community-based planning and adaptation to minimise exposure and reduce vulnerability in Western Province coastal communities, Solomon Islands.


Reef & Rainforest Research Centre & InLoc Group; funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Scope: Deliver community-based sustainable resource management using an innovative ranger platform that can drive local actions for water and food security, health promotion, environmental sustainability, enhanced livelihoods, and healthy ecosystems. 

Characterising the connectivity between marine values in the northeast Australian seascape and the Pacific region

2016 - 2017

James Cook University, Australian Institute of Marine Science, CSIRO, University of Queensland; Funded by the Australian National Environmental Science Programme

Scope: Lead the mapping of values in the northeast Australian seascape and adjacent Pacific waters, and characterise the processes and attributes that influence these values and their connectivity at a regional scale. The project will deliver a resource that can inform cross-jurisdictional planning and management.

FishAdapt Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries & Aquaculture

2016 - 2017

Fisheries and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific

Scope: Member of the Conference Scientific Committee, and Convenor of the Proceedings Sub-Committee in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Coral reefs and pollution: science-to-policy brief


Coral Reef Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Scope:  Science synthesis to develop a policy brief to inform international investment in coral reef activities to address pollution, and support decision-making.

Pacific Islands ocean acidification vulnerability assessment


Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Scope: Assess the vulnerability of 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories to ocean acidification to inform a regional programme to strengthen resilience of Pacific communities.

Port Phillip Bay water quality management


Melbourne Water

Review the Port Phillip Bay nitrogen management model.

Water Quality Improvements Plans for GBR Catchments

2013 - Current

Terrain NRM, NQ Dry Tropics, Fitzroy Basin Association

Scope:  Overall coordination of the development and update of the Wet Tropics and Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plans to identify water quality issues and management options for meeting regional water quality targets. 


Led the preparation of several supporting scientific studies for the Cape York, Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions to inform the plan development, including current status and values of coastal and marine assets, development of ecologically relevant pollutant load reduction targets, and assessment of the relative risk of degraded water quality on Great Barrier Reef ecosystems.

Sustainable agriculture and fisheries in Wallis and Futuna


Wallis and Futuna Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Scope:  Member of expert symposium to provide input on fisheries and climate change to inform the development of a national Sustainability Plan in the French Pacific Territory of Wallis and Futuna.

Independent Expert Witness


Environmental Defenders Office & Mackay Conservation Group

Independent water quality expert for the potential judicial review of EPBC Act approval of Abbot Point capital dredging project.

Integrating climate change into marine environmental assessment policies


Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Scope:  Identify key climate change issues for marine protected area impact assessments and incorporate into assessment policies, guidelines and procedures.

Torres Strait climate change initiatives


Torres Strait Regional Authority

Scope:  Development of a five-year Torres Strait Climate Change Strategy (2014-2018) that includes a community adaptation and resilience plan; as well as the Torres Strait Response Strategy, a complementary management initiative with direct actions to address reef impacts such as coral bleaching, extreme flooding, disease and pest events.

9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation


Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

Scope:  Co-convene a special session on Pathways to Community Resilience for Conservation and Sustainable Resource Management in the Pacific.

Mainstreaming climate change into aquatic agricultural systems in the Asia-Pacific region



Scope:  A review of climate change impacts on aquatic agricultural systems in select countries to identify ways to integrate adaptation.

Climate change adaptation in the Pacific region


Secretariat of the Pacific Community & Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations

Scope:  Partner with managers and communities to provide expertise on climate change vulnerability to identify adaptations and policies at targeted Pacific country workshops.

Climate change impacts on fisheries resources of northern Australia


Fisheries Research & Development Corporation and Commonwealth Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency

Identification of potential impacts of climate change on northern Australian fisheries and adaptation for management.

Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait research coordination


Reef & Rainforest Research Centre Ltd.

Scope:  Manage and facilitate the design, conduct and delivery of GBR water quality and Torres Strait research on behalf of the Australian Government's Reef Rescue Program and the National Environmental Research Program.

Monitoring climate change impacts on Pacific coastal fisheries


Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Scope:  Facilitate survey design, identification of monitoring indicators, and site selection.

Great Barrier Reef resilience


Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Scope:  Inform resilience-based management of the Great Barrier Reef through mapping of coral reef resilience in the Keppel Bay region.

Coral reef health and impact survey training


Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Scope:  Develop a training package (curriculum) for ranger and community monitoring of coral reef health and impact surveys.

Vulnerability of Pacific habitats, fisheries and aquaculture to climate change


Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Scope:  An international initiative led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to assess the vulnerability of tropical Pacific habitats, fisheries and aquaculture to climate change.  Delivery of in-country workhsops in New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna to identify climate change adaptation for communities reliant on fisheries and aquaculture for livelihoods and food security.

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Supporting Caribbean coral reef management (CARICOM)


AusAID and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Scope:  Partnership with coral reef managers to facilitate knowledge exchange and build capacity to address climate change.

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Europe & Middle East

JPI Oceans Pilot Actions Program


JPI Oceans with contributing countries Belgium (lead), Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom

Scope:  Joint scientific intercalibration exercise for the EU Water Framework Directive coastal and transitional waters in the north-east Atlantic.

Development and status of phytoplankton tools for ecological assessment of coastal and transitional waters, United Kingdom


UK Water Framework Directive

Scope:  Preparation and submission of Phytoplankton and Nutrient practitioner’s report detailing the Water Framework Directive tools for the UK.

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