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Dr. Nicole Flint

BSc (Hons)PhD
Research Fellow / RCL
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
(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 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:

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:

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

Professional Experience

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.

Professional Memberships


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

Professional Interests

  • Environmental management, particularly marine and freshwater environments
  • Aquatic ecosystem health assessment
  • Environmental indicators
  • Anthropogenic impacts on fish communities and fish health
  • Fish biology and ecology
  • Fisheries management
  • Environment legislation and policy
  • Environmental economics

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Ecology
  • 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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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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