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My research career began when I recognised that the marine world has a history and pattern that can studied and understood to better explain the past, understand the present, and predict the future. I started studying beaches and coral reefs since they are iconic and complex systems where marine, ecological, geological and human processes constantly interact resulting in the ecosystems we see today. My goal, and that of my lab (The BeachLab), is to develop tools, gather data, and provide analyses to help coastlines and coral reefs navigate a warmer world. Our projects are focused on fundamental research questions about how coasts and coral reefs change through time. We also have applied research objectives to support the future management of coastal and coral reef systems.

I am now a teacher and researcher in Geography and Marine Science at the School of Earth and Environmental Science and the Remote Sensing Research Centre at UQ. Prior to my appointment at UQ, I was a teacher and researcher at The University of Sydney (where I completed my PhD), The University of Bremen and the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT). Perhaps equally importantly I grew up on the east coast of Australia and I have a personal and professional passion for beaches, coral reefs, surf, and the ocean.

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