Team

our researchers, partners, students & support staff

Experienced

We’ve built a new team to tackle the science, management and communication of wetland health assessments. Our strengths are in coastal ecology, ecosystem modelling and integrated management.

International

GLOW is truly global in scope. Key partner investigators will be working closely with researchers based at Griffith University, Australia to produce and trial the science behind better wetland care.

Diverse

Our diverse team includes scientists with field, lab and management expertise in coastal wetlands all over the world. This includes broad experience across different methods, cultures and ecosystems.

Team members

Hours of Work

Elements

Followers

Research Capacity

GLOW was established at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia in March 2018. Professor Rod Connolly directs GLOW, with Professor Brendan Mackey and Dr Chris Brown providing leadership support to newly recruited research and support personnel.

GLOW has also partnered with a range of trial locations worldwide. This includes direct collaborations with key researchers at each site, and their host institutions. The international, interdisciplinary team will advance research under three themes: Measuring Health, Improving Action, and Engaging Authentically.

The group has previously worked on resilience, connectivity, multiple stressors, planning and biodiversity. Our researchers have:

  • prioritised actions for wetland conservation;
  • predicted impacts of multiple stressors to coastal ecosystems;
  • developed adaptive management frameworks for ecological assets;
  • contributed to global ecosystem assessments for impacts of fisheries;
  • informed international whaling policy; and,
  • led and communicated large research programs.

Researchers

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Prof. Rod Connolly
Director | Griffith University, Australia

International expert in estuarine and marine ecology, specialising in measuring and reporting human impacts.

Prof. Brendan Mackey
Research Leader | Griffith University, Australia

Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, interested in science-based policy formation.

Dr Viv Tulloch
Research Fellow | Griffith University, Australia

Conservation decision-maker and modeller interested in how natural and human disturbances affect biodiversity and natural resources.

Dr Chris Brown
Research Leader | Griffith University, Australia

Expert in ecosystem modelling, incl. multiple stressors. Interested in numbers that shake up the politics of saving nature.

Dr Fernanda Adame
Research Fellow | Griffith University, Australia

Expert in ecosystem services provided by coastal wetlands, including carbon sequestration and coastal protection, with active projects in Mexico.

Dr Ryan Pearson
Research Fellow | Griffith University, Australia

Community and population ecologist. Background in sea turtles, isotopes, and broad ecological concepts for management.

Dr Michael Sievers
Research Fellow | Griffith University, Australia

Experimental and field biologist with a focus on vertebrate ecology. Experience working with amphibians, salmonids and molluscs.

Dr Jodie Haig
Research Fellow | Griffith University, Australia

Marine ecologist interested in environmental accounting, wetland management and linking conservation science to policy outcomes.

Dr Mischa Turschwell
Research Fellow | Griffith University, Australia

Statistical ecologist in spatial modelling. Background in freshwater systems, thermal regimes and Bayesian models.

Partner Researchers

Dr Mahua Roy Chowdhury
Research Scholar | University of Calcutta, India

Expert in mangrove growth and ecosystem health, including phytoremediation.

Dr Paul Maxwell
Principal Scientist | Healthy Land & Water, Australia

Marine ecologist working on ecosystem stability and health with Healthy Land & Water.

Dr Anusha Rajkaran
Senior Lecturer | Western Cape, South Africa

Estuarine ecologist studying macrophyte dynamics.

Prof. Shing-Yip (Joe) Lee
Professor | Chinese University of Hong Kong

Director of the Simon F S Li Marine Science Laboratory and Chair of the IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group.

Dr Ana Sousa
Research Fellow | University of Aveiro, Portugal

Marine ecologist with interest in ecosystem services.

Students

Dale Bryan-Brown
PhD Candidate | Griffith University, Australia

Marine connectivity and dispersal in habitat-forming species.

Alyssa Giffin
PhD Candidate | Griffith University, Australia

Coral-seagrass connections for fisheries and their role in Ecosystem Based Adaptation.

Zoe Carnahan
Undergraduate | Griffith University, Australia

Work Integrated Learning placement examining size-mediated feeding dynamics in the seagrass grazing paradigm.

Laura Griffiths
PhD Candidate | Griffith University, Australia

Managing vulnerable coastal environments for interactions among multiple threats.

Yota Harada
PhD Candidate | Griffith University, Australia

Food-web consequences of the world’s largest mangrove forest die-off.

Kristin Jinks
PhD Candidate | Griffith University, Australia

Valuing seagrass ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – their role in food webs.

Olivia King
PhD Candidate | Griffith University, Australia

New student starting in late 2018.

Support staff

Eric Jinks
Senior Software Engineer | Griffith University, Australia

Digital tools for conservation management, including machine learning and web-based apps.

Tyler Hofmann
Research Assistant | Griffith University, Australia

Field, lab and admin support for the GLOW program.

Dr Tom Rayner
Science Communicator | Griffith University, Australia

Digital content production and curation, communications strategy and facilitation.

Ellen Ditria
Research Assistant | Griffith University, Australia

Field, lab and admin support for the GLOW program.

Zoe Carey
Research Assistant | Griffith University, Australia

Field, lab and admin support for the GLOW program.

Alumni

Eric Jinks
Senior Software Engineer | Griffith University, Australia

Digital tools for conservation management, including machine learning and web-based apps.

Dr Tom Rayner
Science Communicator | Griffith University, Australia

Digital content production and curation, communications strategy and facilitation.

Zoe Carey
Research Assistant | Griffith University, Australia

Field, lab and admin support for the GLOW program.