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Professor of Marine Biology, James Cook University

Marcus Sheaves is a full time Professor at James Cook University, where he is Associate Dean Higher Degree Research Training, Deputy Director of JCU’s Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) and leader of TropWATER’s Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Theme. Marcus also leads JCU’s Estuary and Coastal Wetland Ecology Research Group, which currently comprises 4 staff, 3 Postdoctoral Fellows, 7 PhD, 1 MSc and 1 honours student.

Marcus teaches undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in estuarine and wetland ecology, and advanced biostatistics, and acts as a consultant biostatistician for staff and students.

Marcus has been researching the ecology of tropical estuaries, coastal wetlands and mangrove systems since the early 1990s. He has published widely in areas on interest with 59 peer reviewed publications since 2006. Marcus leads a number of substantial research projects within Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. He has extensive collaborations with research and management organisations both within Australia and internationally.


  • –present
    Professor of Marine Biology, James Cook University


  • 1994 
    James Cook Universtity, PhD