I have postgraduate qualifications in Biology (MSc 1991, University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and Zoology (PhD 1997, University of British Columbia, Canada). After finishing my PhD in 1997, I made a deliberate choice to move into more applied research that would inform the protection and restoration of coastal marine ecosystems. Since 2000, my research interests broadened into understanding how coastal zones can be managed using a collaborative and integrated approach to both catchment management and coastal ecosystem health, to protect water quality, aquatic biodiversity and fisheries production. The outcomes of my research have informed both State and Federal policy and management, in particular in relation to the bi-lateral Reef Water Quality Protection Plan, as well as changes in on-ground management through regional Natural Resource Management bodies. I also hold the position of Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University.