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Associate professor, James Cook University

Alana's research uses spatial technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), geostatistics, network analysis, biophysical models and reserve design software, to inform the conservation of Australia's coastal environment. Specifically, her research develops new methodologies for cumulative impact assessment (CIA), and explores the implications of CIA in environmental decision-making, policy and practice. Other research themes include spatial predictions of coastal and marine features and conservation planning and Indigenous Australia.


  • 2023–present
    Associate professor, James Cook University
  • 2017–2022
    Assistant director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  • 2013–2016
    Senior lecturer, Macquarie University
  • 2010–2013
    Postdoctoral fellow, James Cook University


  • 2010 
    James Cook University, PhD
  • 2003 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Environmental Science (1st Hons)