Jemma Purandare

PhD Candidate - Coastal and Estuarine Ecology

Jemma is a coastal and marine scientist with research interests including coastal and estuarine sediment dynamics, coastal geomorphology and erosion, coastal and marine ecosystem restoration (particularly dune systems, coral reefs and mangroves), and the interaction between highly dynamic estuarine systems and the coastal/marine environment. Jemma holds a BA (2006) and MA (Hons) (2008) from the University of Edinburgh and Queensland University of Technology, an MSc from the University of Ulster (2014), and is currently conducting doctorate research investigating changes to sediment transport dynamics in a highly modified estuary system. Jemma has conducted research and studies all over the world, including the Galapagos, Maldives, and the United Arab Emirates, and has been based in Brisbane for the past six years. Concurrently with her PhD, Jemma is also working on a number of projects with Gold Coast City Council, and sits on numerous boards, including the Australian Coastal Society (in the position of Queensland Chair), the South East Queensland Catchment Members Association (representing the coastal and marine environments), and is the co-convenor of the recently formed Australian Coastal Restoration Network.

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