Research Interests and Background
Oliver is a coastal marine biologist with an interest in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Ecology. Oliver’s research revolves around better integrating spatially relevant ecological information into seagrass restoration within Western Port, VIC, AUS, to improve restoration success. Specifically, Oliver has an interest in utilising machine learning and remotely sensed images to map benthic environments, predicting seagrass meadow connectivity via dispersal modelling, and modelling suitable areas for restoration based on environmental parameters. The research Oliver will output during his PhD will aid in the identification of suitable areas for restoration within Western Port to ensure that effort is not wasted in areas of lacklustre conditions. His PhD runs in close alignment with that of Yi Mei Tan (another member of the EcoGenetics Lab). Finally, Oliver also runs social media accounts for the project (which they’ve named Zosteration) along with Yi Mei and Jack Dewhurst, to share the group’s research and activities with the community (Facebook and Twitter).
Work before joining the team/lab
PhD Scholarship – Deakin University and Melbourne Water
MSc Marine Environmental Management – University of York, UK
BSc Coastal Marine Biology – University of Hull, UK
Seagrass, Restoration, GIS, Remote Sensing, Biophysical Modelling, Suitability Modelling, Spatial Ecology