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Dr. Nicole Flint

BSc (Hons) PhD
Research Fellow / RCL
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre
(07) 4923 2128
07 4923 2128 Alternative Phone
Rockhampton North
CQIRP, 361 - 1.15
About Me

Dr Nicole Flint is a Research Fellow in the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre at CQUniversity. Her current research is primarily in the fields of monitoring, assessment and management of aquatic environments, environmental report cards and fisheries management.

Nicole's PhD in freshwater fish biology was conferred in 2007. She worked in the Australian Public Service in fisheries and marine environmental management roles for five years, before commencing at CQUniversity in 2011. Nicole’s research aims to improve our 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, rivers, estuaries and coastal zones, and in the interactions between various industries and aquatic resources.

Nicole has been awarded $2M in external research funding as Chief Investigator, and more than $4.5M in total, since 2011. Some current and recently completed projects include: knowledge to improve the assessment and management of Queensland mud crabs, developing a mud crab indicator and a fish health indicator for the Gladstone Harbour Report Card, developing the Ecosystem Health Index for the Fitzroy Basin Report Card, developing effective monitoring programs for rivers and river infrastructure, and conducting a port water quality synthesis for the Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan. 

Nicole is a member of the Independent Science Panel for the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health and has been involved with the Partnership since 2012, providing scientific advice to support the annual Fitzroy Basin Report Card.

Universities Studied At

Bachelor of Science (Honours) James Cook University

PhD (Fish biology) James Cook University

Master of Economics (currently enrolled) University of New England

Media Citations
Previous teaching

EVST13014 Freshwater and Marine Systems. Unit Coordinator: T1 2020 and T1 2019

MARN13007 Coastal Marine Resources. Lecturer for coastal fisheries series: T1 2020 and T1 2019

ZOOL13015 Environmental Physiology of Animals: Lecturer for aquatic environments series: 2016

ENEV21004 Water Resources and Society: Lecturer for history of water resources: 2014

MARN13007 Coastal Marine Resources. Lecture and laboratory activity for fish aging and growth: 2013 

Professional Experience

2020 - Current - Postgraduate Research Coordinator, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences (0.5); and Research Fellow, Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (0.5), CQUniversity Australia.

2015 - 2020 - Research Fellow, 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.

Professional Memberships

Australian Society for Fish Biology

International Society for River Science

Australasian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society


Postgraduate Research Coordinator, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity

Research Member, CQUniversity Animal Ethics Committee

Independent Science Panel, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health

Professional Interests

  • Fish biology and ecology
  • Coastal and riverine ecosystems
  • Environmental management, particularly marine and freshwater environments
  • Aquatic ecosystem health assessment
  • Environmental indicators
  • Fisheries management
  • Environment legislation and policy
  • Environmental economics
  • Industries and the environment

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3005 Fisheries Sciences
  • 3109 Zoology
  • 3103 Ecology
  • 0502 Environmental Science and Management

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Master of Applied Science
Investigating the factors affecting successful establishment and operation of a multi-sectorial river basin report card partnership
Principal Supervisor
Master of Applied Science
Is fluctuating asymmetry a good indicator of fish health in Queensland and Australian estuaries?
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Sapiotemporal variations in seagrass flowering: Can spatial models of seagrass flowering benefit seagrass restoration?
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Short-term socio-ecological effects of a localised change in commercial fishing pressure in Queensland, Australia
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Fisheries Sciences - Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment

Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Fisheries Sciences - Fisheries Management

Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Fisheries Sciences - Fish Pests and Diseases

Biological Sciences

Ecology - Freshwater Ecology

Biological Sciences

Ecology - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)

Biological Sciences

Zoology - Animal Physiological Ecology


Applied Economics - Environment and Resource Economics

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science and Management - Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science and Management - Natural Resource Management

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