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Associate Professor in Physics, James Cook University

Scott F. Heron, Ph. D., is Associate Professor in Physics at James Cook University and affiliated with NOAA Coral Reef Watch. His research has focused on coastal and near-shore environmental physics through satellite, coastal and in-water remote sensing; hydrodynamic modelling; and oceanographic and estuarine field studies. Of key interest is the synthesis of physical data with biological and/or chemical information to improve understanding of ecosystem impacts. Scott is co-developer of the Climate Vulnerability Index, a rapid assessment tool for World Heritage and other protected areas.


  • 2020–present
    Associate Professor, James Cook University
  • 2003–2019
    Physical Scientist, NOAA Coral Reef Watch
  • 2005–2019
    Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University
  • 2019–2019
    Senior Lecturer, James Cook University