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Research Officer, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Oli Moraes has research experience looking at blue carbon – mangroves and seagrasses – in the Pacific Island region as a means to addressing climate change mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

Oli has a Bachelors of Arts and Science from Monash University where he studied earth sciences and international studies and recently completed a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne specialising in climate change and conservation. His Masters research took him to Fiji in 2018 where he worked with Fijian conservation NGOs, practitioners, government agencies and Indigenous communities around Fiji to understand the opportunities and challenges of protecting and restoring blue carbon ecosystems through carbon market approaches. He focused on empowering voices and particularly capturing the deep Indigenous knowledges about coastal resource management in his research. Oli has since published part of his research in the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, presented at Victoria's flagship conservation conference Vic BioCon, and continues to collaborate with research partners in Australia and the South Pacific.

Oli is currently working as a Research Officer at RMIT University with IPCC lead author on climate change adaptation Dr Lauren Rickards in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.


  • –present
    Research Officer, RMIT University
  • 2019–2019
    Energy Broker & Research Assistant, The Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • 2016–2019
    Research and Partnerships Coordinator, Climates
  • 2017–2019
    Team Leader and Climate Change Facilitator, Climate for Change
  • 2017–2018
    Research Assistant, Greenfleet
  • 2011–2017
    Geotechnician, Ore Research & Exploration
  • 2016–2016
    Biological Field Technician, U.S National Park Service (Yosemite)
  • 2015–2016
    Customer Service Consultant, Yarra Valley Water


  • 2019 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Environment (Climate Change)
  • 2015 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Science (Geosciences)
  • 2015 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)


  • 2019
    Blue carbon in area-based coastal and marine management schemes – a review,