Dr Robin Beaman
Robin is a Research Fellow and marine geologist based at James Cook University in Cairns Australia since 2006. He has previously worked as a hydrographic surveyor with the Royal Australian Navy in the 1990s to develop nautical charts for mariners.
His research interests are to understand the long-term geological and physical processes that have influenced the shape of Australia’s underwater landscape, or seascape, and to study the relationships between deep seabed habitats and their associated marine life.
Research projects range from the study of submarine canyons, underwater landslides, submerged reefs, paleo-channels, algal bioherms, cold-water corals, mesophotic (twilight) coral ecosystems, seamounts and seabed habitats.
He is lead researcher on Project 3D-GBR to develop high-resolution, regional-scale depth models for the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, now widely used for geology and seafloor habitat research, flood plume modelling, larvae tracking and COTS starfish control efforts.