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Professor Karen Edyvane is an applied marine ecologist, with expertise in marine conservation, resource sustainability, planning and integrated coastal management. As a senior government scientist, Karen has led major Marine Protected Area (MPA) marine biodiversity conservation and pollution (debris, heavy metals) research and monitoring programs in South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. At the State/Territory and national level this has included developing technical and policy frameworks for marine biodiversity conservation and also, identifying and designing/implementing MPA networks.


Since 2006, Karen’s marine research interests have focused on northern Australia and the Arafura and Timor Seas region (particularly Timor-Leste) – with a focus on coastal sustainability, climate change, Indigenous livelihood development and improving ocean governance. She is a UN-recognised ‘global ocean expert’ on the Arafura and Timor Seas and as an experienced, international development consultant has undertaken a range of marine conservation, sustainability and livelihood development projects. Particularly with the United Nations (FAO, UNDP), World Bank, USAID and Asian Development Bank in Timor-Leste.  Her research includes authoring over 130 scientific research/policy articles/reports and the supervision of over 30 postgraduate students – including international students. Karen’s current field research interests are primarily focussed on cetacean populations and ecology (including blue whales) and community-based marine ecotourism as a tool for poverty reduction in Timor-Leste.

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Geography and spawning season drive genetic divergence among populations of the hard coral Acropora tenuis from Indonesia and Western Australia

Rosser, N. L., Edyvane, K., Malina, A. C., Underwood, J. N. & Johnson, M. S., Aug 2020, In : Coral Reefs. 39, p. 989-999 11 p.

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  • An analysis of recent saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) attacks in Timor-Leste and consequences for management and conservation

    Sideleau, B. M., Edyvane, K. S. & Britton, A. R. C., 2017, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 68, 5, p. 801-809 9 p.

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  • Policy considerations for managing wetlands under a changing climate

    Finlayson, C. M., Capon, S. J., Rissik, D., Pittock, J., Fisk, G., Davidson, N. C., Bodmin, K. A., Papas, P., Robertson, H. A., Schallenberg, M., Saintilan, N., Edyvane, K. & Bino, G., 2017, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 68, 10, p. 1803-1815 13 p.

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    Climate change vulnerability and adaptation options: case studies of four coastal communities in Timor-Leste

    Author: Da Fonseca, A., Jul 2015

    Supervisor: Greiner, R. (Supervisor), Edyvane, K. (Supervisor), Myers, B. (Supervisor) & Fisher, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    Phylogeography of Gracilaria salicornia (C. Agardh) E. Y. Dawson & Hypnea pannosa J. Agardh in the Wallacea Region

    Author: Chasani, A. R., Dec 2017

    Supervisor: Edyvane, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    Spatial ecology, genetic barcoding, and vulnerability of tropical Indo-West Pacific batoids, with a focus on Australian species

    Author: Cerutti, F., Jul 2012

    Supervisor: Edyvane, K. (Supervisor) & Kyne, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    Sustainable tourism and alternative livelihood development on Atauro Island, Timor-Leste, through pro-poor, community-based ecotourism

    Author: Dias Quintas, J. F., Mar 2016

    Supervisor: Edyvane, K. (Supervisor), Stanley, O. (Supervisor), Wegner, A. (Supervisor) & Gorman, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU