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Emeritus Professor, Environmental Science, James Cook University

Helene Marsh is Emeritus Professor, Environmental Science at James Cook University, Australia.
Helene is a Fellow of the Australian Academies of Science ( Vice-President and Secretary Biological Sciences 2019-23) and Technological Sciences and Engineering and has received national and international awards for her research.
Helene has chaired the Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee since 2011 and leads the Threatened and Migratory Species and Threatened Ecological Communities Initiative for the National Environmental Science Program. She was the natural heritage expert on the Australian delegation to the World Heritage Committee 2018-21.
The focus of her research has been the conservation biology of tropical marine megafauna, especially dugongs. Committed to informing interdisciplinary solutions to conservation problems, Helene has collaborated widely with colleagues in other disciplines as varied as Anatomy, Economics, Geography, Indigenous Studies Law and Psychology.
Helene became Director of Graduate Studies at JCU in 1997, was the foundation Dean of the Graduate Research School from 2003 until 2018, twice served as convener of the national committee of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies and played a leading role in the ACOLA Review of Research Education in Australia in 2015-16. Throughout the course of her academic career, Helene has supervised more than 60 PhDs and 20 Master’s candidates to successful completion and has a several more candidates in the pipeline.


  • –present
    Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science, James Cook University


Order of Australia