Curriculum Vitae

Dr Robin Beaman

Employment & 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 & 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

Australia

2007

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

Australasian Hydrographic Society

Australian Coral Reef Society

Australian Marine Sciences Association

Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute

Service to Scientific Community

Developer

High-resolution 3D depth model for the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea

High-resolution 3D depth model for Northern Australia

High-resolution 3D depth model for the Torres Strait

High-resolution 3D depth model for the Kerguelen Plateau

High-resolution 3D depth model for the George V Land/Terre Adelie shelf

Reviewer

For international scientific journals 2003-present

Representative

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

Speaker

Regular speaker on radio about marine issues and topics

Scientific Advisor to Documentaries

2021

Drain the Oceans Series 4 – The Great Barrier Reef

Mallinson Sadler Productions

2016

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef

Atlantic Productions

2014

Magical Moon That Calls Life to the Great Barrier Reef

NHK

2008

Fearless Planet: Great Barrier Reef

Discovery Channel

2003

Raine Island: nature’s warzone

Natural History NZ and Digital Dimensions

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

Expedition Experience

2021

Seafloor to seabirds in the Coral Sea, RV Falkor

Brisbane to Brisbane

2020

Pinging in the New Year: Mapping the Tasman and Coral Seas, RV Falkor

Brisbane to Brisbane

2020

Ice age geology of the Great Barrier Reef, RV Falkor

Brisbane to Brisbane

2020

Northern depths of the Great Barrier Reef, RV Falkor

Brisbane to Brisbane

2020

Seamounts, Canyons & reefs of the Coral Sea, RV Falkor

Cairns to Brisbane

2020

Visioning the Coral Sea Marine Park, RV Falkor

Cairns to Cairns

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

Collaborative East AntaEvolution 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