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Team leader, Seagrass Habitats, TropWATER, James Cook University

Rob has a long history translating scientific research into effective management advice and policy. He has a BSc in Zoology, an Honours degree (1st Class) in Entomology and a PhD in Fisheries from the University of Queensland. He has worked as an entomologist, a fisheries scientist, a fisheries manager in the Torres Strait, as environment and regional manager for the Queensland government and as a seagrass scientist and research administrator. Rob was the founding secretary of the World Seagrass Association and has a long history of promoting seagrass and coastal management research in the Indo Pacific region.


  • 2012–2015
    Dr Rob Coles, Team Leader Seagrass Group


Public Service Medal