Josh Bonesso

Research Associate, Mr, PhD W.Aust

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Josh is currently a Research Aossciate in the UWA Oceans Graduate School and Oceans Institute. 

Previous to commencing this appointment, Josh completed a PhD (Marine Geoscience) in the School of Earth Sciences (UWA), School of Life & Molecular Sciences (Curtin University of Technology) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoralCoE). Josh’s PhD investigated the resilience and stability of coral reef islands under changing environmental states in the Pilbara Archipelago, Western Australia. His research aims to resolve the ecological-sedimentary connections of these inshore islands through multidisciplinary methods spanning coral reef ecology, sedimentology, paleoecology and remote sensing/GIS

His ultimate goal is to provide a novel and transdisciplinary approach for investigating historical island development, contemporary landform stability, and future island resilience under global environmental change, with an application to tropical coral reef-island systems worldwide.

Josh's current research focused on:

  1. Coral forestation and restoration potential in Cockburn Sound. 
  2. Sediment-nutrient dynamics of remote oceanic atolls/platform reefs and their reef islands across NW Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. 
  3. Utilisation of Environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect crtically endangered marine fauna in the Exmouth Gulf. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Geoscience, Doctor of Philosophy, School of Earth Sciences

4 Aug 20199 Jan 2024

Award Date: 9 Jan 2024

Bachelor of Science (Marine Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) with Honours, James Cook University (QLD)

Award Date: 30 Nov 2014

Bachelor of Science (Wildlife & Conservation Biology), La Trobe University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2013

External positions

Communications Officer (Casual), Western Australian Marine Science Institution

Aug 2022 → …

Communications Support Officer, The Oceans Institute

Aug 2021 → …

Sessional Academic - Dynamic Planet & Field Techniques in Marine Science

1 Feb 2020 → …

Senior Technician - (Earth Sciences), Queensland University of Technology

11 Apr 201919 Jul 2019

Technician - (Environmental Sciences), Queensland University of Technology

23 Feb 201510 Apr 2019

Research expertise keywords

  • Coral reefs and climate change
  • Marine geology
  • Paleoecology
  • Invertebrate ecology
  • Coastal geomorphology and coastal management
  • Sedimentology
  • Conservation and climate change
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Geology
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Quaternary geology
  • Coral reef ecology


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