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Researcher biography

Research interest: Monitoring ecosystem health of coral reefs and seagrass habitats, integrating field and remote sensing image datasets, calibrating and validating of remotely sensed imagery in coastal environments, and the developing cost-effective benthic habitat mapping approaches. He has developed unique field methods for the calibration and validation of high/low spatial resolution, multi-/hyper-spectral airborne and satellite imagery in combination with object based image analysis approaches. These methods have been adopted as standard practice in a number of resource management agencies and research institutes around the world.

Current projects: Principle invesigator on two major haibtat mapping projects:

1) Developing and implementing an approach to map geomorphic zonation, bottom type and predicted coral type habitat for every single reef over the full extent of the Great Barrier Reef, currently these maps do not exist to that level of detail. https://www.rsrc.org.au/gbrcommon.

2) The research on the GBR formed the basis for the global habitat mapping component of the Allen Coral Atlas which aims to create maps of all coral reefs globally and develop a monitoring system, in partnership with Paul G. Allen Philanthropies; Planet; the Arizona State University and the National Geographic Society.

Current position: Senior Research fellow teaching remote sensing courses, co-director of the Remote Sensing Research Centre https://www.rsrc.org.au/ and research https://www.rsrc.org.au/coastal-mapping-and-monitoring.

Capacity building: teaching in under and post graduate courses; supervision of post-graduate students, national and international workshops; and development of remote sensing toolkit https://www.rsrc.org.au/rstoolkit.

Citizen science: Integrated in his research and as volunteer he is a strong supporter of citizen science based projects, which he represents as a trainer and scientific advisor with www.reefcheckaustralia.org/ and www.coralwatch.org , and volunteer project organiser of http://www.unidive.org/unidive-projects/frea/.

Areas of research