TropWater Director, JCU
Professor Damien Burrows is Director of the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at James Cook University. He has 27 years’ research experience in the tropics, specialising in freshwater, estuarine and coastal aquatic ecosystems and catchment management. His focus is freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, particularly on applied aspects of their management under development pressures. This has involved extensive work with industry, community and government from grassroots to policy level. He has recently focused on developing the coastal ecosystems side of TropWATER, especially mangrove, seagrass and estuarine habitats. Damien also leads the National Environmental Science Programme’s Tropical Water Quality Hub focusing on improving catchment management, reef water quality, responses to coral bleaching and crown-of-thorns starfish control.