Dr Debra Stokes

Dr Debra Stokes

BA (Hons) La Trobe
PhD (Waikato, NZ)

Research Summary

  • the use of drone technology in coastal management
  • mangrove ecology and impacts of mangrove removal
  • estuarine and shallow coastal ecology (rays, turtles,  benthic fauna)
  • coastal geomorphology and the impact of changing sediment regimes

I  am  a  coastal  scientist  with  a  drive  to  increase  our understanding  of  the  interplay  between  human  activities  and  geomorphological   and  ecological  change  within  our  coastal  habitats.  I also aim to use non-invasive techniques to monitor coastal animal populations and behaviour.  This is easier with the recent advances in drone (remotely piloted aircraft – RPA) technology.  Small and medium sized drones are now an integral part of my field research toolkit. 

I teach first year and second year environmental and marine science courses, specifically the units Earth Systems 2: The Hydrosphere (ENS00203); Coastlines: dynamics and risks (ENV10655) and supervise students in the third year research focused unit ‘Integrated Project’.  I supervise postgraduate students at both the Masters and PhD level

Teaching and Supervision


A list of my publications is available through the following link: GoogleScholar