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Andrew Irving

Head of Department - Agriculture, Science & Environment
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre
(07) 4930 9013
Rockhampton North
CQIRP, Building 361 - Room G.39
About Me

Andrew joined CQUniversity in 2013 as a senior lecturer specializing in marine and environmental ecology, evolution, experimental design, and statistical analysis. He is the Head of Department for Agriculture, Science & Environment; a research- and teaching-intensive department that prides itself on cross-disciplinary engagement among students, staff, and the community we serve.

Andrew's research interests primarily focus on the ecology of marine habitats, particularly marine plants such as seagrass meadows, salt marshes, and kelp forests. How such habitats are maintained, how humans disrupt them, how they might recover naturally, and what humans can do to facilitate their recovery (e.g. restoration) are all central themes to his research.

Andrew remains involved with the teaching program at CQUniversity, delivering units on fundamental scientific theory and statistics (Science Investigation - SCIE11024), as well as specialized marine/estuarine ecology and management (Coastal Marine Resources - MARN13007).

Andrew's previous positions include lectureships at the University of Adelaide, Brown University (USA), as well as government research roles (SARDI Aquatic Sciences, Adelaide) and several post-doc adventures of varying duration and location. He is strongly driven by natural history, preferring his observations of the natural world to stimulate his curiosity and interest, and letting the data acquired tell him how natural world works (instead of prescribing some theory of how the world should work!).

Volunteer/Student Opportunities!
Individuals interested in volunteering their time to help current marine research projects can contact either Andrew ( or Emma Jackson ( Our philosophy is to try and attach volunteers to specific projects so they can learn more than they might if jumping from project to project. Also, we hope it instills some sense of collaboration for those giving up their valuable time.

Students interested in Summer Scholarships, Honours, Masters, and PhD opportunities should contact Andrew in the first instance ( to identify common interests and potential projects and supervisors within the cluster. There are currently a broad range of potential research projects available, often focused on the Central Queensland region, but also in other states through collaborative networks.

No General information available.
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Ecological Applications
  • Fisheries Sciences
  • Other Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Other Biological Sciences
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Zoology
  • Environmental Science and Management

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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