Biography

Dr Robin Beaman

My role as a marine geologist and ocean mapping scientist is to reveal Australia’s underwater landscape. Ocean mapping helps to improve understanding of the geological origin of the seafloor, and explain the distribution of seabed habitats and marine life.

My research goal is to understand the long-term geological and physical processes that have influenced key geomorphic features of the seabed, particularly for the deep Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea.

 

Research projects range from submarine canyons, underwater landslides, submerged reefs, paleo-channels, algal bioherms, cold-water corals, mesophotic (twilight) coral ecosystems, seamounts and habitat mapping.

These projects use GIS, multibeam and singlebeam echo sounders, lidar, sidescan sonar, sub-bottom profilers, photogrammetry, underwater camera imagery, satellite imagery and sediment sampling techniques.

I want to share with you the excitement of scientific discovery in the ocean, and help to promote a more ocean-aware community through this website. Please contact me directly if you want more information about our research projects.

Rob’s Blog

Recent ocean mapping events within Australia’s marine region.

New Torres Strait 3D depth model

New Torres Strait 3D depth model

A new 3D bathymetry (or depth) model for the Torres Strait has been released. We can now see the seabed in unprecedented detail, where islands and reefs drop off into the deeper waters to the east. I am proud to have led the team that developed this 3D depth model,...

Back Ashore – Australia

Back Ashore – Australia

Was fun to participate in the Schmidt Ocean Institute 'Back Ashore - Australia' discussion, together with RV Falkor shipmates Nerida Wilson and Jeremy Horowitz. Thanks to Allison Miller and Hannah Nolan from SOI for hosting on YouTube.'Back Ashore -...

Crowdsourced bathy data from Jack 1

Crowdsourced bathy data from Jack 1

Crowdsourced bathymetry can be as simple as attaching a data logger to a chart plotter/sounder and storing to a USB stick. This example shows 2-sec interval depth soundings from a Garmin Echomap UHD 95sv on the vessel 'Jack 1' out of Cairns, Australia. The new CSB...