and so can you...

AMBL is a new lab at the University of Queensland and seeking to grow.

Work with amazing colleagues in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and the School of Earth and Environmental Science setting the global conservation planning agenda and directly engaging managers, policy makers and industry.

See the Opportunities page for answers re: how to work with us.




Daniel Dunn


Daniel Dunn is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and leads AMBL. His research focuses on applying ecological and biogeographical theory to develop applied solutions to natural resource management and conservation problems in the ocean across a range of scales.  He co-chairs the Biology and Ecosystems Panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), sits on the Scientific Committee of the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), the Policy Working Group of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative, and IUCN Specialist Groups.  In these capacities he has engaged and informed the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Migratory Species, and other international fora including the International Seabed Authority and the ongoing negotiations for a new treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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Katrina Marchant

Research Assistant

Katrina Marchant completed her Honours in Coastal and Ocean Sciences Program in 2021. Her research focuses on the targeting and bycatch of school shark within the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF). The research aims to identify patterns of fishing behaviour and practices that effect proportions of school shark catch and discards within this fishery. By analysing discard data of this species, Katrina intends to generate valuable insight into the fishing practices that increase their catch risk with the goal of improving fisheries management strategies and conservation of this endangered species. 

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Guillermo Ortuño Crespo

Affiliated Research Scientist

Guillermo Ortuño Crespo is a post-dotcoral scholar at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Through his research he seeks to better understand the spatiotemporal patterns of distribution of highly mobile elasmobranch and teleost species in international waters. More specifically, he is interested in commercially exploited pelagic species and the primary bycatch species that are caught in those fisheries.  His research focuses on spatial modelling and management, bridging the knowledge gap between the distribution of migratory species and spatial management in the open-ocean. He is actively engaged in informing international fisheries management, the negotiations over a new treaty for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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Mercedes McLean

PhD Student

Mercedes McLean completed the Master of Conservation Science program at UQ, where her research focused on advancing conservation decision-making practice using Indigenous knowledge and scientific data to inform Marine Protected Area designation within Southern Resident Killer Whale critical habitat. Mercedes current research is a collaboration with Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, and coastal Indigenous Communities in British Columbia. The aim of this research is to advance global ocean policy by developing a novel approach and methodology for using Indigenous knowledge to inform the understanding of migratory species and connectivity in the marine environment.

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Dina Nisthar

Research Associate

Dina Nisthar is research associate with AMBL supporting the work of Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MICO) system. She has a masters degree in Biodiversity and Conservation and 6 years work experience on research projects studying animal behaviour, conservation issues and propagating conservation education in the biodiversity hot-spots of India. The realization of the big gap that exists between research outcomes and practical application of information for conservation problem-solving has shifted her focus to explore ways to bridge this gap. She is keen to translate existing research publications into usable tools for decision makers and stakeholders. She wants to engage in building bridges between the scientific community and the rest of society to disseminate scientific information to derive actionable conservation outcomes.

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Lily Muller

Masters Student

Lily Muller graduated from  Victoria University of Wellington and is currently employed at the Marshall Island Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) as a Vessel Day Scheme officer. Lily won an Australia Award scholarship and is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management at UQ. Her research project is focused on understanding the impact of climate change on the migration/ distribution of tuna species across the western and central Pacific Ocean and the economic implications of those changes for the Marshall Islands.

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Ella-Maree Watkins

Honours Student

Ella-Maree Watkins graduated from the Wildlife Science program at UQ in 2019.  She is pursuing an honours degree with AMBL looking at seabird migratory connectivity.  Her research will combine a systematic literature review with movement modelling to support the development of actionable knowledge as part of the Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) System. Ella is looking to advance her career in conservation, with particular consideration for public education and the practical application of theory.

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