Dr Debra Stokes is a Lecturer in the School of Environment, Science & Engineering. Her PhD research studied the impacts of mangrove removal in New Zealand. After completion of the PhD with the University of Waikato in 2010, she commenced her academic role with Southern Cross University. Debra has also worked as an environmental consultant and a coastal ecologist.
Debra undertakes field research with the aim of increasing our understanding of the interplay between human activies and geomophlogical and ecological change within coastal habitats. She also employs the use non-invasive techniques to monitor NSW marine turtle populations and behaviour, particularly drones (remotely piloted aircraft – RPA). The interactions between estuarine vegetation and insect visitors and pollinators is a growing interest.
Debra has taught introductory hydrology and climate, introductory geology, coastal geomorphology, invertebrate biology and Protected Area Management.