• The University of Western Australia (M090), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 782 Citations
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Personal profile


I study the influence of the ocean's physical and biotic environment on the population dynamics and distribution of marine benthic organisms. Much of my research integrates the fields of biology, spatial ecology, oceanography and fishery science, building toward a better mechanistic understanding of marine populations and communities. My current research focusses on developing spatially explicit relationships (geostatistical models) between commercially important target species, (e.g. lobsters and prawns) and key habitats (e.g. kelps and seagrasses).

I have extensive field experience in tropical and temperate reef (coral and macroalgae dominated communities), seagrass and mangrove habitats. This includes boat based (towed video, water sampling, grab) and diving (SCUBA & free diving) data collection methods. I also have extensive laboratory and processing experience. This includes chemical analysis of sediment and plant material, video and photo analysis (seagrass, macroalgae and coral dominated communites) and macrophyte taxonomy.

Teaching overview

I enjoy both undergraduate teaching and research training for Honours, Masters and PhD students. My passion for teaching started as an undergrad during which time I got a job working at the Department of Environment and Conservation (now DBCA) as a Marine Guide. This work involved developing and running marine based education activities at the beach and in the class room. My tertiary teaching experience started as a PhD student where I co-ordinated laboratory and field activities. I currently teach into undergrad units in the UWA Marine Science program. I am proactive in developing Teaching and Learning philosophies as evidenced through my participation in unit development, strategic workshops, education committees and training courses. I have written and submitted teaching grants on a regular basis since 2014. In 2015, I was awarded a TL strategic fund grant to improve the learning experience in marine science units. I have also actively sort industry funding to support undergraduate teaching, particularly the Field Techniques in Marine Science field trip.


  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Geostatistics
  • Habitat mapping
  • Benthic community ecology
  • Marine biology

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Research Output 2009 2019

A systematic review of how multiple stressors from an extreme event drove ecosystem-wide loss of resilience in an iconic seagrass community

Kendrick, G. A., Nowicki, R., Olsen, Y. S., Strydom, S., Fraser, M. W., Sinclair, E. A., Statton, J., Hovey, R. K., Thomson, J. A., Burkholder, D., McMahon, K. M., Kilminster, K., Hetzel, Y., Fourqurean, J. W., Heithaus, M. R. & Orth, R. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Marine Science. 6, JUL, 455.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
systematic review
extreme event

How does spatial resolution affect model performance? A case for ensemble approaches for marine benthic mesophotic communities

Turner, J. A., Babcock, R. C., Kendrick, G. A. & Hovey, R. K., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Biogeography. 46, 6, p. 1249-1259 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

spatial resolution

Australian Seagrass Seascapes: present understanding and future research

Kendrick, G., Hovey, R., Lyons, M., Roelfsema, C. M., Ruiz Montoya, L. & Phinn, S. R., 2018, Seagrasses of Australia : Structure, Ecology and Conservation. Larkum, A., Kendrick, G. & Ralph, P. (eds.). Netheralnds: Springer, p. 257-286

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

4 Citations (Scopus)

AUV-based classification of benthic communities of the Ningaloo shelf and mesophotic areas

Turner, J. A., Babcock, R. C., Hovey, R. & Kendrick, G. A., 1 Sep 2018, In : Coral Reefs. 37, 3, p. 763-778 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

filter feeder
autonomous underwater vehicle
3 Citations (Scopus)

Can single classifiers be as useful as model ensembles to produce benthic seabed substratum maps?

Turner, J. A., Babcock, R. C., Hovey, R. & Kendrick, G. A., 1 May 2018, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 204, p. 149-163 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

artificial intelligence

Projects 2010 2020