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The Seagrass-Watch Team

 

 

The Seagrass-Watch team are a dedicated group of scientists, technicians and assistants. The team conducts monitoring, interprets data, provides feedback on the program's results and produces scientific documents/papers.

The Seagrass-Watch team has extensive experience in seagrass research, resource mapping/assessment and biodiversity within Australia and overseas, in coastal management assessments including fisheries habitat assessments, working and training a wide range of indigenous communities throughout Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Austraila and internationally and in mangrove and saltmarsh taxonomy


Seagrass-Watch HQ is the core of the program. The role of Seagrass-Watch HQ is to develop scientifically rigorous protocols/strategies for seagrass resource assessment, manages/validates data,  provide and develop training, coordinate communities and scientists, facilitate the establishment of networks and to continue the development and expansion of the program. Seagrass-Watch HQ also ensures the QAQC protocols for the program are followed and that the program is producing data of high quality, ensuring time and resources are not wasted.

 

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  Program Leader:
   

Len McKenzie (Principal Researcher)

Len is Principal Researcher and Seagrass-Watch Director. He is also the program leader of the Inshore Seagrass component of the Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Programme and leader of a series of projects involving the assessment of condition, trend and risk in coastal seagrass habitats.

Len has over 20 years experience as a research scientist on seagrass ecology, assessment and fisheries habitats. This includes experience within Australia and overseas in seagrass research, resource mapping/ assessment and biodiversity. He has provided information on seagrass communities that has been vital in management of seagrass resources of the Great Barrier Reef and also at the state, national and international levels.

He has also advised on fisheries and coastal resource-use issues for managers, fishing organisations, conservation and community groups. Len is also the Secretary of the World Seagrass Association.


Current Projects

  • Seagrass-Watch
  • Status and mapping of seagrass resources in Queensland
  • Assessment of primary and secondary productivity of tropical seagrass ecosystems
  • Investigations on the macrofauna associated with seagrass meadows
  • Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan – Marine Monitoring Program: inshore seagrass
  • Seagrass data collection and management for Indigenous groups
 
   
  Scientists:
   

Louise Johns (Senior Scientist)

Louise is a Senior Fisheries Scientist and has over 15 years experience in coastal management assessments including fisheries habitat assessments in relation to development approvals. She also has worked with a wide range of indigenous communities throughout Queensland in relation to fisheries habitat and management issues, including being the Fisheries Queensland representative on a number of Indigenous Protected Area Steering committees in North Queensland.

Louise also has expertise in mangrove and saltmarsh taxonomy and has undertaken a number of wetland habitat assessments on Cape York Peninsula. She has also published the Field guide to common saltmarsh plants of Queensland.

Her key responsibility with Seagrass-Watch is to provide training and support to indigenous groups interested in getting involved with Seagrass-Watch primarily on Cape York Peninsula, the Gulf and further south.

Current projects:

  • Seagrass-Watch
  • Marine Monitoring Program: Cape York intertidal seagrass
  • Seagrass data collection and management for Indigenous groups
   

Dr Richard Unsworth (Research Officer, Swansea University)

Richard leads the seagrass ecosystem research group at Swansea University (www.seagrass.org.uk).

Richard has more than fourteen years’ experience of research in marine systems and conducts collaborative interdisciplinary research in Europe, Australia, Indonesia and the Caribbean.

He is particularly interested in the consequences of environmental changes on seagrass ecosystem functioning and the implications of this for society. Specific focus is on the implications of seagrass management for global food security.

Richard is also involved with setting up a UK based seagrass conservation NGO linked to Seagrass-Watch called Project Seagrass with students at Swansea University (www.project-seagrass.co.uk).

   
  Science Assistance:
   

Naomi Smith (Researcher )

Naomi graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marine Biology and Zoology, from James Cook University in 2003.

Naomi is a Researcher, working on the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan project. The main task for this project is to collect and prepare the seagrass and sediment samples for further nutrient analysis.

Naomi has also participated and co-ordinated in numerous Seagrass-Watch activities including public displays and community monitoring days. Naomi is confident in tropical seagrass taxonomy and the Seagrass-Watch methodology.

Current Projects

  • Seagrass-Watch
  • Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan – Marine Monitoring Program: intertidal seagrass
  • Seagrass data collection and management for Indigenous groups

   

Lucas Langlois (Researcher )

Lucas is broadly interested in coastal marine ecology, with a particular emphasis on seagrass and coral eco-physiology and ecology.

Originally from Paris, France. Lucas completed a BSc in Biology in 2011 at University Pierre et Marie Curie followed by MSc in Marine Biology at James Cook University in 2013.

After finishing a master’s project on coral physiological acclimation, Lucas has been involved in several projects, looking at seagrass productivity under various environmental gradient (light, temperature, Co2, nutrients).

Lucas is currently working on the Marine Mornitoring Program.  The main tasks for this project are to conduct intertidal and subtidal of seagrass habitat.

Lucas is confident in tropical seagrass taxonomy and the Seagrass-Watch methodology.

Current Projects

  • Seagrass-Watch
  • Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan – Marine Monitoring Program: intertidal and Subtidal seagrass
  • Seagrass data collection and management for Indigenous groups

 

   
  Administration & Data Management:
   

Rudi Yoshida (Researcher)

Rudi is a Researcher with Seagrass-Watch HQ, and has over 12 years experience in seagrass related research and monitoring. He is also a core member of Seagrass-Watch HQ, and ensures data submitted is managed and QA/QC protocols applied.

He is also responsible for maintenance of the Seagrass-Watch website.


Current Projects

  • Seagrass-Watch
  • Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan – Marine Monitoring Program: inshore seagrass
  • Seagrass data collection and management for Indigenous groups
 
   
  Collaborative Scientists:
   

Dr Catherine Collier  (Research Scientist, James Cook University)

Catherine is broadly interested in coastal marine ecology, with a particular emphasis on seagrass eco-physiology and ecology. Her current work is focused on flood impacts to seagrasses. This research focus has been triggered by widespread loss of seagrass throughout Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef following record floods in 2011.

Catherine aims to further our understanding of tropical seagrass ecology and to contribute to the protection of seagrass meadows in regions where livelihoods are particularly dependant on vibrant coastal systems.

   

Professor Michelle Waycott (Professor Plant Systematics, The University of Adelaide)

Michelle is the Chief Botanist at the State Herbarium of South Australia and is the H.B.S. Womersley Chair in Systematic Botany at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide School of Earth and Environmental Science and State Herbarium of South Australia (DENR)

 

 

   
Jarvis

Assistant Professor Jessie C. Jarvis (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Jessie is a coastal plant ecologist specialising in seagrasses. Jessie's research aims to understand the effects of environmental stressors on large-scale physiological processes such as plant development and reproduction within seagrass populations and to communicate these results to resource agencies and policy makers charged with their management. Specifically, Jessie is interested in how environmental conditions impact seagrass life history strategies, reproductive output, and resilience to disturbance over broad spatial and temporal scales.

 

 

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Dr Siti Maryam Yaakub

Based in Singapore, Siti, co-founded TeamSeagrass, a seagrass monitoring group in Singapore. Siti has worked for National Biodiversity Centre at the National Parks Board as a Senior Biodiversity Officer and recently completed her PhD on seagrass ecology and resilience.

   

 

 
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