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  • Distribution, abundance, critical habitat and population growth rates of saltwater crocodile populations in the Kimberley region

  • Knowledge integration and predicting biophysical response to climate change

  • Kimberley Indigenous Saltwater Science Project (KISSP)

  • Knowledge integration and Management Strategy Evaluation modelling

  • Social values and aspirations for coastal waters of the Western Kimberley

  • Defining thresholds and indicators of filter feeder responses to dredging-related pressures

  • Effects of dredging-related pressures on critical ecological processes for coral

  • Effects of dredging-related pressures on critical ecological processes for finfish

  • Defining thresholds and indicators of primary producer response to dredging related pressures

  • The Australian snubfin dolphin (Orcaella heinsohni, ‘snubfin dolphin’ hereafter) and Australian humpback dolphin (Sousa sahulensis, ‘humpback dolphin’ hereafter) are poorly-understood species of dolphin whose global distribution is restricted to shallow coastal and estuarine waters of northern Australia and southern New Guinea.

    Here, we investigate the population genetic structure and relative abundance of these two species at selected study sites in the Kimberley region of north-western Australia. Additionally, we investigate the application of passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) as an effective technique for monitoring these species in the remote waters of the Kimberley region, with potential applications across northern Australia.

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  • Present and future impacts of climate change on calcification of coral reefs and crustose coralline algae

  • Evaluating the impacts of local and international pressures on migratory shorebirds

  • Historical reconstructions from the sediment record of water column variability as an influence on coral reefs

  • Distribution, species and environmental drivers of benthic biodiversity

  • Review and consolidation of available environmental data collected for dredging projects

  • Ecological connectivity of Kimberley marine communities

  • Predicting and measuring the characteristics of sediments generated by dredging
    Characterisation and prediction of dredge-generated sediment plume dynamics and fate


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  • Reef geomorphology and impacts for climate change

  • Defining thresholds and indicators of coral response to dredging-related pressures

  • Biogeochemical processes supporting productivity of Kimberley coastal waters

  • The role of rivers and estuaries in sustaining marine productivity in the Kimberley

  • Key ecological processes in Kimberley benthic communities: recruitment, herbivory and predation

  • Physical oceanographic dynamics in the Kimberley

  • Benthic community production and response to environmental forcing

  • Production and herbivory of seagrasses, macroalgae and microalgae

  • Integration and spatial extension of primary production

  • Remote sensing in support of marine environmental monitoring

  • Human use patterns, impacts, values and aspirations for coast waters of the Western Kimberley

  • Modelling the movement and spatial distribution of humpback whales in the Nearshore waters of the Kimberley

  • Key biological indices required to understand and manage nesting marine turtles along the Kimberley coast

  • Integrating Indigenous knowledge, aerial surveys and electronic tagging to develop a baseline for dugong management in the Kimberley and surrounds

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  • Effects of dredging-related pressures on critical ecological processes for other organisms