- Reseach project
- – Western Pacific
John is a marine biologist who began his professional career conducting research at sea on the Southern Ocean and in Antarctica. His PhD research was on the ecology of an Antarctic fjord and involved him conducting a year-round under-ice diving program at isolated sites along the Antarctic coastline. He has also worked as a fisheries scientist for the Queensland Government, environmental scientist/manager for Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and Senior Lecturer in environmental science and management at The University of Queensland.
John manages the Final Project course in the Master of Integrated Water Management program at the International WaterCentre, where he supports students to design, conduct and report on a significant independent research project. As a tertiary educator, John motivates students to learn by using experiential, problem-based approaches that challenge them to go beyond their previous boundaries to develop new capabilities. He engages student interest by facilitating diverse learning activities, such as the conduct of field research, participation in stakeholder workshops and the use of innovative computer platforms.
He has supervised numerous postgraduate students to conduct research in ecology and applying integrated approaches to fisheries, environmental and water management.
John’s research career has focussed on aquatic ecological research in Antarctica and fisheries science and management in Australia. He has also contributed to the development of ecosystem health report cards. He is currently engaged in a research project on the application and effectiveness of ecosystem health report cards in Australia.