Dr Catherine Kim

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PhD (University of Queensland)

I am a marine ecologist working on the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program in the Rubble and Decision Science sub-programs with Professors Scott Bryan and Michael Bode (School of Mathematical Sciences), respectively. Currently, I am working on assessing the frequency of cyclones in local government areas in Australia and vulerability mapping of rubble generation across the Great Barrier Reef. Previously, I was a science field team member for the XL Catlin Seaview Survey and contributed to the automated image analysis of coral reef benthic images in the Indo-Pacific. My PhD research was assessed drivers of benthic composition, reef cryptofaunal communities, and coral health in Timor-Leste in the Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory at The University of Queensland. I have been successful in obtaining over 100,000 AUD for research including the Society for Conservation Biology's Small Grant, 2019 Elodie Sandford Explorer Award from, and the Estate of Winifred Violet Scott Grant.

Additional information

I am a co-organiser for the R Ladies Brisbane Chapter promoting gender diversity in coding. Check out our Youtube channel.

I have also been active in science outreach as a Young Science Ambassador for the Wonder of Science (WoS) program. WoS promotes a culture of STEM in Queensland through school visits and assisting with curriculum aligned Challenge Tasks. In 2019, I was the Ambassador for the Airlie Beach Flying Scientist Program.