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Mr Damian Thomson

Team Leader


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Damian Thomson is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on the ecology of coral reefs. His research encompasses tropical and temperate ecosystems in Australia and Papua New Guinea. His research focuses on understanding how physical and biological factors influence the distribution and abundance of organisms on the seafloor. He currently leads the shallow reefs program within the Ningaloo Outlook project, is Team Leader for the Coastal Ecosystems and Modelling group and supervises two PhD students.

Current Roles

  • Leader
    Ningaloo Outlook Program

  • Fish/Benthic ecologist
    Carbon Capture and Storage - Seabed Processes

  • Coral Reef ecologist
    Reef Restoration and Adaptation

Academic Qualifications

  • 1995

    BSc (hons)
    James Cook University

Professional Experiences

  • 2008-Current

    Senior Experimental Scientist

  • 2004-2007

    Coral Reef Ecologist
    Australian Institute of Marine Science

  • 1998-2003

    Technical officer
    James Cook University Marine Biology Department

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2019-Current

    Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre Committee Member

  • 2012-Current

    International Coral Reef Society Member

  • 2016-2019

    Australian Coral Reef Society Councillor

  • 2004-Current

    Australian Coral Reef Society Member

  • 2008-Current

    Australian Marine Sciences Association Member

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