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.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) James Cook University
PhD (Fish biology) James Cook University
Master of Economics (currently enrolled) University of New England
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
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.
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
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