Helene Marsh is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science at James Cook University.
Helene is a Fellow of both the Australian Academies of Science (Vice-President, Biological Sciences) and Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Bragg Fellow of the Royal Institution of Australia.
She currently chairs the Australian Government Threatened Species Scientific Committee, is the Natural Sciences expert on the Australian delegation to the World Heritage Committee and a member of the Independent Expert Panel for the Great Barrier Reef and is Co-chair of the IUCN Sirenia (manatees and dugong) Specialist Group.
Helene has won several national and international awards for her research and conservation initiatives.
The focus of her research has been marine mammal conservation biology, particularly dugong population biology and conservation. She has provided conservation advice to the governments of 14 countries.
Committed to informing interdisciplinary solutions to conservation problems Helene has collaborated widely with colleagues in other disciplines as varied as Anatomy, Economics, Geography, Law and Psychology.
Helene is also an expert in research education and was the Deputy Co-chair of the ACOLA Review of Research Training. She became Director of Graduate Studies at JCU in 1997 and was the foundation Dean of the Graduate Research School from 2003 -2018. Throughout the course of her academic career, Helene has supervised 56 PhDs and 20 Master’s candidates to successful completions and has several more candidates in the pipeline.
Helene is on the editorial boards of three international journals: Conservation Biology (Regional Editor), Oecologia, Endangered Species research.