Dr Nicole Flint is a Research Fellow in the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre at CQUniversity and is the Research Cluster Leader for Coastal Catchments. She has worked for CQUniversity since 2011, researching primarily in the fields of monitoring, assessment and management of aquatic environments, environmental report cards and fisheries management.
With a PhD in fish biology, Nicole’s research now focuses more broadly on enhancing understanding and management of human impacts on aquatic species and ecosystems. She is particularly interested in the diverse waterways and land uses of Central Queensland's catchments, and in the interactions between agriculture and the environment.
Nicole has been awarded more than $2M in external research funding. Recent projects include: developing mud crab and fish health indicators for the Gladstone Harbour Report Card, development of the Ecosystem Health Index for the Fitzroy Basin Report Card, developing effective monitoring programs for rivers and river infrastructure, and a port water quality synthesis for the Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan.
Nicole is also the Science Leader for the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health and a member of the Partnership's Science Panel, providing scientific advice on the Fitzroy Basin Report Card (see also: riverhealth.org.au).
Before joining CQUniversity, Nicole worked for the Australian Public Service for five years in fisheries and marine environmental management roles.
More information on research activities can be found here: https://www.cqu.edu.au/about-us/structure/schools/mas/research/aquatic-ecology-and-ecotoxicology
Bachelor of Science (Honours) James Cook University
PhD (Fish biology) James Cook University
Master of Economics (currently enrolled) University of New England
Current - Research Fellow (Strategic Research Projects), School of Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity Australia.
2011 to 2015 - Senior Research Officer, CQUniversity Australia.
2008 to 2010 - Sustainable Fisheries Section, Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Senior Fisheries Assessor 2008, Assistant Director 2008-2010).
2005 to 2008 - Australian Fisheries Management Authority (Graduate 2005, Policy Officer 2006, Senior Fisheries Officer 2006-2008).2000 to 2003 - Casual tutor, laboratory and field assistant, James Cook University.
Research Cluster Leader, Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology, CQUniversity
Science Leader, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health
Research Member, CQ Fisheries Forum
Member, Rockhampton Marine Infrastructure and Fishing Tourism Strategy Reference Group
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Fisheries Sciences - Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Fisheries Sciences - Fisheries Management
Fisheries Sciences - Fish Pests and Diseases
Ecology - Freshwater Ecology
Ecology - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Zoology - Animal Physiological Ecology
Applied Economics - Environment and Resource Economics
Environmental Science and Management - Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Science and Management - Natural Resource Management