Helene Marsh is Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Dean, Graduate Research at James Cook University.
Her research group focuses on the ecology and conservation biology of tropical coastal marine megafauna, especially dugongs, and includes ecological research on life history, reproductive ecology, population dynamics, diet, distribution, abundance and movements.
This research has been instrumental in advancing the scientific understanding and management of coastal marine megafauna in the global topics, including the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Her research, which is strongly cross-disciplinary and problem-focused, has contributed to policy outcomes in Australia and other tropical countries and has been recognised by several international awards.
Helene is also Australia’s longest serving Graduate Dean (since 1994) and has served two terms as convenor of the Australian Council of Dean and Directors of Graduate Studies (2003–04 and 2010–11).
She has supervised or served on the advisory committees of 54 completed PhD students, 13 Masters by Research students, 5 Masters of Applied Science students, and 20 other students at Masters, Honours and Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma level.