Dr. Robin Beaman
May 12, 2009

Employment and Key Achievements

2009-present Research Fellow, James Cook University, Cairns Australia
  • Project leader for the Queensland Coastline Capture Project – Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait
  • Project leader for the High-resolution depth model for the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea
  • Project leader for Crowdsourced bathymetry data for the Great Barrier Reef
2009 Maritime Geospatial Officer-Hydrographic, Royal Australian Naval Reserves, Cairns Australia
  • Aquisition and validation of Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) data in the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and Torres Strait
2005-2008 Postdoctorate/Research Officer, James Cook University, Cairns Australia
  • Planned and conducted multibeam, shallow seismic, sidescan, sediment sampling, underwater imagery surveys in tropical Australia, the Southwest Pacific and Antarctica
  • Provided seabed surveying and data visualisation training for students and university staff
2002-2003 Reef ecology/marine mammal Lecturer, Society Expeditions, Washington USA
  • Presented informative and wide-ranging marine science seminars for the general public
  • Conducted safe guiding and small boat driving in remote Pacific and Antarctic waters
2001-2005 PhD student, University of Tasmania, Hobart Australia
  • Planned and conducted multibeam, shallow seismic, sidescan, sediment sampling, underwater imagery surveys in tropical and temperate Australia and Antarctica
1995-2000 Maritime Geospatial Officer-Hydrographic, Royal Australian Navy
  • Planned and conducted multibeam, singlebeam, sidescan surveys in tropical and temperate Australia and the Southwest Pacific

Education

  • 2005 Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Studies), University of Tasmania at Hobart Australia
  • 2000 Bachelor of Antarctic Studies (Honours-First Class), University of Tasmania at Hobart Australia
  • 1993 Bachelor of Science (Geology/Marine Biology), James Cook University at Townsville Australia

Honours and Awards

  • 2014 QSEA Environment and Sustainability Award for Project 3D-GBR
  • 2014 QSEA J. M. (Mac) Seriser Award for overall excellence in Project 3D-GBR
  • 2009 Queensland Smart Futures Fellowship Level 2 Award
  • 2007 Australian Defence Medal
  • 2002 Antarctica Service Medal, United States of America
  • 2001-2005 Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Tasmania
  • 2000 Defence Force Service Medal with First Clasp
  • 1992 Townsville Port Authority Prize in Marine Science, James Cook University
  • 1990-1992 Undergraduate Scholarship, Royal Australian Navy

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, Australasian Hydrographic Society
  • Member, Australian Coral Reef Society
  • Member, Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Member, Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute

Service to Scientific Community

  • Developer of the high-resolution 3D depth model for the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea
  • Developer of the high-resolution 3D depth model for Northern Australia
  • Developer of the high-resolution 3D depth model for the Torres Strait
  • Developer of the high-resolution 3D depth model for the Kerguelen Plateau
  • Developer of the high-resolution 3D depth model for the George V Land/Terre Adelie shelf
  • Reviewer for international scientific journals 2003-present
  • Academic representative on AusSeabed Steering Committee
  • Australian representative on GEBCO Sub-Committee on Regional Undersea Mapping (SCRUM)

Community Engagement Activity

  • Presenter of regular marine science seminars for local interest groups
  • Developer for an educational website featuring ocean mapping projects
  • Advisor on marine issues for environmental advocacy organisations
  • Regular speaker on ABC Radio about marine issues and topics

Scientific Advisor to Documentaries

  • Raine Island: nature’s warzone, Natural History NZ and Digital Dimensions 2003
  • Fearless Planet: Great Barrier Reef, Discovery Channel 2008
  • Magical Moon That Calls Life to the Great Barrier Reef – Giant Spawning, NHK 2014
  • David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef, Atlantic Productions 2016

Expedition Experience

  • 2019 Multibeam mapping of GBR and Coral Sea, RV Investigator, Brisbane to Darwin
  • 2019 Multibeam mapping of GBR and Coral Sea, RV Investigator, Cairns to Brisbane
  • 2017 Multibeam mapping of GBR and Coral Sea, RV Sonne, Auckland to Darwin
  • 2016 Multibeam mapping of the GBR and Coral Sea, RV Investigator, Brisbane to Cairns
  • 2013 Geographic Limits of Great Barrier Reef Submerged Reefs, RV Southern Surveyor, Broome to Brisbane
  • 2012 Great Barrier Reef Phase Shift SST022012, RV Southern Surveyor, Brisbane to Lautoka
  • 2011 Turbid Zone Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, RV James Kirby, Townsville to Townsville
  • 2011 PICASSO-1 uROV Osprey Reef Expedition, MV Coral Emperor, Coral Sea
  • 2010 Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems in the Coral Sea CE012010, MV Coral Emperor, Coral Sea
  • 2008 Carbon Chemistry of the Great Barrier Reef SS092008, RV Southern Surveyor, Coral Sea
  • 2007 Collaborative East Antarctic Marine Census V3, RV Aurora Australis, Antarctica
  • 2007 Evolution of Drowned Shelf Edge Reefs SS072007, RV Southern Surveyor, Coral Sea
  • 2007 Great Barrier Reef Shelf Voyage KM0702, RV Kilo Moana, inner Great Barrier Reef
  • 2006 Royal Australian Navy Voyage HI427, HMAS Melville, northern Great Barrier Reef
  • 2006 Geoscience Australia Voyage SST012006, RV Southern Surveyor, Darwin to Suva
  • 2002 Cross-shelf Sediment Transport Voyage 234, RV Franklin, Torres Strait to Gulf of Papua
  • 2001 New Zealand Star Bank Voyage 233, HMAS Melville, eastern Bass Strait
  • 2001 Coring Holocene Antarctic Ocean Sediments NBP0101, RV Nathaniel B. Palmer, Antarctica

Additional Information

  • Experienced with deep- and shallow-water multibeam, sub-bottom profiler systems
  • Experienced with ENVI, ArcGIS, Fledermaus, Caris HIPS/SIPS, QINSy software
  • Maritime Geospatial Officer-Hydrographic, Royal Australian Naval Reserves
  • SSSI Certified Professional Hydrographic Surveyor Level 1
  • Assoc. Diploma of Engineering in Electronic Systems Maintenance
  • Commercial Scuba Diver (AS.2815.1), Commonwealth of Australia
  • Coxswains Commercial Boat License, Queensland Transport

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