I joined the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as Assistant Director in November 2016. Prior to my current position, I worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville.
My research interests are interdisciplinary and broadly focus on informing the management of Australia’s natural and cultural environment through spatial information science and conservation planning. Most of my research is conducted in remote coastal and marine areas of northern Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, and Gulf of Carpentaria. My research covers three themes: (1) Spatial predictions of coastal and marine features; (2) Cumulative impact and risk assessments in geographic information systems (GIS); and (3) Conservation planning and Indigenous Australia.
The transfer of research to management action and policy is my highest priority, and I actively generate partnerships to deliver my research outputs directly to government and non-government agencies and Indigenous communities. I communicate my knowledge via research papers, reports and presentations, workshops with stakeholders, and briefings to agencies, such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Australian Department of Environment, and the Torres Strait Regional Authority.
My research has received funding from the Australian Research Council, Ian Potter Foundation, James Cook University, Macquarie University, NSW Adaptation Research Hub – Biodiversity Node, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, National Environmental Research Program Tropical Ecosystems Hub, Australian Marine Mammal Centre, Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility, and others.
10 most recent journal articles
Graham, V., Laurance, S.G., Grech, A., McGregor, A. and Venter, O. 2016. A comparative assessment of the financial costs and carbon benefits of REDD+ strategies in Southeast Asia. Environmental Research Letters. 1(11): 114022
Grech, A., Wolter, J., Coles, R., McKenzie, L., Rasheed, M., Thomas, C., Waycott, M. and Hanert, E. 2016. Spatial patterns of seagrass dispersal and settlement. Diversity and Distributions.22: 1150-1162.
Heatwole, H., Lillywhite, H. and Grech, A. 2016. Physiological, ecological, and behavioral correlates of the geographic distributions of sea kraits (Laticauda; Elapidae, Serpentes): a critique. Journal of Sea Research.115: 18-25.
Sheaves, M., Coles, R., Dales, P., Grech, A., Pressey, R. and Waltham, N. 2016. Enhancing the value and validity of EIA: Serious science to protect Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Conservation Letters. 9(5): 377-383.
Ainsworth, T., Heron, S., Ortiz, J., Mumby, P., Grech, A., Ogawa, D., Eakin, M., and Leggat, W. 2016. Climate change disables coral bleaching protection on the Great Barrier Reef. Science. 352(6283): 338-342.
McLean, J., Maalsen, S. and Grech, A. 2016. Learning about feminism in digital and paradoxical spaces: Online methodologies and participatory mapping. Australian Geographer. 47(2): 157-177.
Grech, A., Pressey, R. and Day, J. 2016. Coal, cumulative impacts and the Great Barrier Reef. Conservation Letters. 9(3): 200-207.
Bridge, T., Grech, A. and Pressey, R. 2016. Factors influencing incidental representation of previously unknown conservation features in Marine Protected Areas. Conservation Biology. 30: 154-165.
Critchell, K., Grech, A., Andutta, F., Lambrechts, J., Wolanski, E., Hamann, H. 2015. Modelling the fate of marine debris along a complex shoreline: lessons from the Great Barrier Reef. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 167(B): 414-426.
Marsh, H., Grayson, J., Grech, A., Hagihara, R. and Sobtzick, S. 2015. Re-evaluation of the sustainability of an indigenous marine mammal harvest using several lines of evidence. Biological Conservation. 192: 324-330.
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