Dr Scales, new DECRA
Original Published Date: 
Friday, November 6, 2020

Full release issued by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Quantitative marine ecologist, Dr Kylie Scales from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), has received an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) of $421,000 over three years which, when coupled with USC’s matching funds, will support two PhD students, data analytics, workshops with world-leading scientists, and the presentation of the study’s findings at international conferences and via open-access scientific papers.

Dr Scales’ work involves applying big data analytics to create new maps and predictive tools that will help to identify where sea life such as turtles and sea birds become accidental bycatch of longline fisheries, and how these hotspots move in a dynamic and changing ocean.

By identifying hotspots of overlap between longline fisheries and habitats of protected marine species, the information will guide decision-making for fisheries, researchers and environmental management organisations, particularly in Australia’s eastern waters, but also globally.

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Quantitative marine ecologist, Dr Kylie Scales from the University of the Sunshine Coast, has received an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Photo credit: USC.