Assistant Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Alana joined the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as Assistant Director in 2016. Her 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. Alana's research themes are: (1) spatial predictions of marine and coastal features, (2) cumulative impact and risk assessments in geographic information systems (GIS), and (3) conservation planning and Indigenous Australia.


  • 2016–present
    Assistant director, James Cook University
  • 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)