Helene Marsh


Helene Marsh is Dean of Graduate Research Studies and Professor of Environmental Science at James Cook University (JCU).

Helene has been Convenor of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies for two terms 2002-3 and 2009-10 and has contributed to the literature on doctoral pedagogy and policy.

The focus of her research in Environmental Science has been marine mammal conservation biology. She is currently President of the Society of Marine Mammalogy.

Helene is committed to informing interdisciplinary solutions to conservation problems and has collaborated widely with colleagues in other disciplines. The policy outcomes of her research include significant contributions to the science base for the management of dugongs (sea cows) in northern Australia and several other dugong range states. Her research has also provided the conceptual basis for the ‘Back on Track’ Program conducted by the Queensland environment department. Helene chairs the Threatened Species Scientific Committee that reports to the Australian Minister of Environment.

Helene has received several international awards for her contributions to dugong research and conservation. She has authored more than 200 scientific publications and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

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