The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management was disestablished on 1 January, 2017.

Following a review, the school was merged with the School of Earth Sciences to create the new School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences website can be found at https://sees.uq.edu.au/

Rebecca Batton undertook postgraduate studies in Environmental Management to hone her skills as a Fisheries Scientist.
Rebecca Batton undertook postgraduate studies in Environmental Management to hone her skills as a Fisheries Scientist.

University of Queensland alumnus, Rebecca Batton, undertook postgraduate studies in Environmental Management to hone her skills as a Fisheries Scientist.

“UQ offered courses that were relevant to my work, so I could study through a workplace program,” Ms Batton said.

“Being able to undertake study externally was a good option, I could fit it in between work and other commitments.”

Since her time as a student, Ms Batton has been managing the Moreton Bay Environmentally- Friendly Mooring Trial. 

“The three year trial, which finished in 2011, focused on a new mooring design that keeps tackle off the ocean floor, protecting sensitive sea grass and other benthic habitats,” said Ms Batton.

The program, worth over three hundred thousand dollars, was funded from Commonwealth and State government and in-kind support from of number of organisations.

The University of Queensland and SEQ Catchments were major project partners. 

Ms Batton said that her studies at UQ were responsible for teaching her to apply best practice environmental management, and contemporary protected area management principals in her role.

Rebecca’s work includes investigating, assessing and preparing strategic plans for protected area management.

“My role involves the management of protected areas called Declared Fish Habitat Areas. These areas protect the fish habitats that sustain Queensland’s commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries.”

Rebecca was also instrumental in helping the Pine River Bay area in the Cape York Peninsula become a declared Fish Habitat Area.

The 2011 declaration will help protect the area’s mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and other fish habitats.

Ms Batton is currently on maternity leave, but plans to continue managing Queensland’s declared Fish Habitat Areas, and is focused on seeing those habitats further integrated into Queensland’s protected area network.

Last updated: Mar 13, 2013