Research Fellow

Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, Taroona Campus, Nubeena Cresent, Taroona.


Person details


Current activities

Dr Monk is a research fellow working with Neville Barrett on the development of outer shelf reef monitoring approaches and biodiversity inventory for the AMP Network as part of our NESP Hub's Biophysical, economic and socal assessments theme.


Dr Monk is a quantitative spatial ecologist. Prior to joining IMAS he worked in the private (e.g. environmental consultancies) and university sectors for the past decade. Here he applied his skills in GIS, quantitative statistics, species distribution modelling, habitat mapping and biodiversity monitoring to a range of applied aquatic and terrestrial conservation projects with direct policy implications at local, state and federal government levels. 

For specific details on previous projects please visit my personal website.

Academic qualifications

2008-2011   Doctor of Philosophy (Conferred 29th March 2012). Deakin University, Warrnambool

                       Thesis title: Understanding fish-habitat associations using video observations and sonar imaging

2005-2006   Bachelor of Environmental Science (First class Honours in habitat mapping). Deakin University, Warrnambool

                       Thesis title: A starting point: mapping of the subtidal zones of the Merri Marine Sanctuary using an integrated community-based monitoring and GIS


2002-2004   Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine and Freshwater Science). Deakin University, Warrnambool

Membership of key national committees

Member of the National AUV and BRUV user groups

  • CMR Melbourne Skate, Degens Leatherjackets (video)
  • CMR Draughtboard Shark (video)