UWA Oceans Institute

Ningaloo research has three fresh faces on the team


OCEANS ONLINE     ISSUE 6. FEBRUARY 2016

UWA has teamed up with CSIRO and BHP Billiton Petroleum to ignite protection and conservation research at Ningaloo Reef.

Ningaloo Outlook is BHP Billiton and CSIROs new marine research partnership which will invest $5 million over five years to gather new knowledge on the reef’s shallow and deep water habitats, and shark and turtle populations.

It is intended that the research will better equip those responsible for the conservation and management of the Marine Park and World Heritage Area.

Providing training opportunities for future scientists is a key element of this project and three PhD scholarship recipients have been chosen and will be based out of UWA, with co-supervision by CSIROs scientists.

Joe Turner from England, Anna Cresswell from Tasmania and Jessica Stubbs from Western Australia, were selected from over 70 applicants. They will focus on a different element of the reef’s ecosystem, providing a significant boost in the scientific community’s knowledge about Ningaloo Reef.

Joe Turner is an accomplished scuba diver with extensive tropical water marine research experience, including projects in Indonesia, the Seychelles, the Philippines, and WA’s Montebello Islands. Joe comes to the Ningaloo Outlook team from Cambridgeshire, in the United Kingdom and holds degrees of Master of Science in Tropical Coastal Management and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine Zoology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. Joe will undertake his PhD on Ningaloo’s deep reef habitats.

Anna Cresswell brings a lifelong love of the ocean and substantial field experience to the project having undertaken marine research in Samoa, Tonga, and numerous sites off Tasmania.  She joins the team after graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Science with majors in Applied Mathematics and Zoology and Honours in Marine Science. Anna has been called in to study Ningaloo’s shallow reef habitats.

Jessica Stubbs has a lifelong interest in marine turtles and reef ecosystems, having studied both in her undergraduate degree and while working as a scientist and research assistant. Jessica is WA’s home-grown hero, joining the team from University of Western Australia where she was awarded First class Honours in a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Science and Zoology.

Jessica will work to understand and conserve unique species of sharks and turtles at Ningaloo.

For more information on Ningaloo Outlook, click here.

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