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Researchers and Projects

Research activities are directed by the Node Science Plan which has been designed to address key areas of uncertainty in our understanding of how dredging activities effect the marine environment.

The node is made up of nine integrated research themes to be delivered through a combination of reviews, field studies, laboratory experimentation and development of protocols and guidelines for impact prediction, monitoring and management.



The Node brings together 81 scientists from ten collaborating research organisations. 
Key researchers and projects are listed below.

Category 1 Review and Consolidation

 

Theme 1: Review and Consolidation of available environmental data collected for dredging projects.

 

Researchers

Dr Ross Jones – AIMS

Dr Ray Masini - Office of the Environmental Protection Authority

Mr Kevin Crane - Office of the Environmental Protection Authority

 

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

1

1

Review and Consolidation

Node Leadership Team

 

Category 2 Pressure field prediction and characterization

 

Theme 2: Predicting and measuring the characteristics of sediments generated by dredging

Researchers

Dr Graham Symonds – CSIRO (Theme Leader)

Dr Des Mills – Des Mills Marine Environmental Reviews

Mr Hans Kemps – Office of the Environmental Protection Authority

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

2

2.1

Review Sediment source terms

Des Mills

 

Theme 3: Characterisation and prediction of dredge-generated sediment plume dynamics and fate

Researchers

Dr Chaojiao Sun – CSIRO (Theme Leader)

Dr Peter Fearns – Curtin University

Dr Ryan Lowe – University of Western Australia

Dr Marco Ghisalberti - University of Western Australia

Mr Paul Branson - CSIRO

Mr Mark Broomhall – Curtin University

PhD candidate Passang Dorji (Curtin University)

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

3

3 1.1

Review - Sediment Characteristics

Des Mills

3

3 1.2

Review - Plume Characteristics

Peter Fearns

3

3.1.3

Review - Transport processes

Ryan Lowe

3

3.1.4

Review - Numerical Modelling

Chaojiao Sun

3

3.2.1

Plume Characteristics (Field)

Peter Fearns

3

3.2.2

Plume Characteristics (Lab)

Peter Fearns

3

3.3

Transport Processes (Lab and Field)

Ryan Lowe/Marco Ghisalberti

3

3.4

Numerical Modelling (Field)

Graham Symonds

 

Category 3 Ecological Response Prediction

 

Theme 4: Defining thresholds and indicators of Coral response to dredging-related pressures

 

Researchers

Dr Ross Jones – AIMS (Theme Leader)

Dr Rebecca Fisher - AIMS

Dr Russ Babcock - CSIRO

Dr James Gilmour – AIMS

Dr Alan Duckworth - AIMS

Prof Peter Ridd - James Cook University

Dr Andrew Negri - AIMS

Dr James Whinney - James Cook University

PhD candidate Pia- Bessell-Browne (University of Western Australia)

PhD candidate Clair Stark (James Cook University)

 

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

4

4.1

Review: Water Quality

Rebecca Fisher

4

4.2

Review: Dredging and corals

Ross Jones

4

4.3

Coral Biogeography

Ross Jones

4

4.4

Sediment deposition modelling

Peter Ridd

4

4.5

Deposition sensor development

Peter Ridd

4

4.6

Pressure:Response relationships

Ross Jones

4

4.7

Coral Demography

Russ Babcock

 

 

Theme 5: Defining thresholds and indicators of Primary Producer response to dredging-related pressures

 

Researchers

Prof Paul Lavery – Edith Cowan University (Theme Leader)

Prof Gary Kendrick - University of Western Australia

Dr Kathryn McMahon – Edith Cowan University

Dr John Statton - University of Western Australia

Dr Mat Vanderklift – CSIRO

Dr Doug Bearham – CSIRO

PhD candidate Simone Strydom (Edith Cowan University)

 

 

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

5

5.1.1

Review: Dredging and seagrasses

Kathryn McMahon

5

5.1.2

Review: Seagrass Biogeography

Kathryn McMahon

5

5.2

Genetic Variability

Kathryn McMahon

5

5.3

Natural dynamics

Mat Vanderklift

5

5.4

Recovery Experiments

Mat Vanderklift

5

5.5

Pressure:Response relationships

John Statton

 

 

Theme 6: Defining thresholds and indicators of Filter Feeder responses to dredging-related pressures

 

Dr Muhammad Abdul Wahab - AIMS (Theme Leader)

Dr Jane Fromont – Western Australian Museum

Dr Alan Duckworth - AIMS

Dr Nicole Webster – AIMS

Dr Mari-Carmen Pineda - AIMS

PhD candidate Brian-Strehlow (University of Western Australia)

 

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

6

6.1

Review: Dredging and sponges

C Schönberg

6

6.2

Sponge Biogeography

Jane Fromont

6

6.3

Field surveys

Muhammad Abdul Wahab

6

6.4

Pressure:Response relationships

Nicole Webster

 

Category 4 Critical Ecological Process and Windows

 

Theme 7: Effects of dredging-related pressures on critical ecological processes for Coral

 

Researchers

Dr Andrew Negri - AIMS (Theme Leader)

Dr Ross Jones – AIMS

Dr Russ Babcock - CSIRO

Dr James Gilmour - AIMS

Mr Craig Humphrey - AIMS

PhD candidate Gerard Ricardo (University of Western Australia and AIMS)

 

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

7

7.1

Review: Coral spawning in WA

James Gilmour

7

7.2

Review: Reproductive cycle and dredging

Ross Jones

7

7.3

Fertilization Studies

Andew Negri

7

7.4

Development Studies

Andew Negri

7

7.5

Settlement Studies

Andew Negri

 

 

Theme 8: Effects of dredging-related pressures on critical ecological processes for Finfish

 

Researchers

Prof Euan Harvey – Curtin University (Theme Leader)

Dr Lynda Bellchambers – Department of Fisheries

Dr Martial Depczynski AIMS

Dr Shaun Wilson – Department of Parks and Wildlife

Dr Dianne McLean - University of Western Australia

Dr Ben Saunders - Curtin University

Dr Jean- Paul Hobbs - Curtin University

Dr Amelia Wenger (JCU)

 

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

8

8.1

Review: Dredging and fish and windows

Ben Saunders

8

8.2

Workshop 1

Euan Harvey

 

 

Theme 9: Effects of dredging-related pressures on critical ecological processes for Other Organisms

 

Researchers

Prof Gary Kendrick - University of Western Australia (Theme Leader)

Dr Julian Caley AIMS

Dr John Huisman - Murdoch University

Dr John Keesing - CSIRO

Dr Dianne McLean - University of Western Australia

 

Theme

Project No

Sub-project Name

Sub-project Leader

9

9.1

Workshop 1

Gary Kendrick

9

9.2

Workshop 2

Gary Kendrick