Senior Research Scientist
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Person details


Dr Lucieer is applying her expertise in marine habitat mapping to help develop monitoring techniques which can be used to map, characterise, understand and manage our oceans’ biodiversity.

Current activities

Vanessa is a senior research scientist in Theme 1- National monitoring, evaluation and reporting. This theme will contribute towards two goals: first, for a sustained national environmental monitoring strategy designed to evaluate marine ecosystem health, and second, for a sustained monitoring strategy to help manage the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network (focussing on the Southeast Marine Region).


Vanessa Lucieer has 15 years of experience in developing marine spatial analysis techniques for benthic habitat classification for marine resource management. She has experience in both shipboard acoustic data acquisition and processing. Synthesising these data into spatial layers to be utilised in modelling and mapping of marine habitats is the focus of her current research.

Vanessa has had several years of experience in the development and management of the benthic habitat mapping agenda~ SeaMap Tasmania, which has extensively mapped seabed habitats around the coastal region of Tasmania.

Academic qualifications

Vanessa completed her PhD in Marine Surveying in 2007~ thesis title: ‘Spatial uncertainty estimation techniques for shallow coastal seabed mapping’.

Dr Lucieer has published research papers, reports, book chapters and invited conference papers on topics such as:

  • marine habitat mapping
  • marine spatial analysis
  • acoustic image processing
  • marine biodiversity and conservation

Membership of key national committees

Deputy Node Leader (South East Region)  for the Integrated Marine Observing System