Kim Hunnam

Kim Hunnam
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PhD Student
Primary research group: 
Natural Resources-Based Livelihoods
BSc (Hons) BA


Kim moved to Darwin in early 2016 to commence a joint PhD program at RIEL and the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University. Her project is investigating the ecological, socio-economic and food security aspects of the sardine fishery in Timor-Leste (see My Projects). Kim has broad research interests in human-environment interactions, sustainable livelihoods in developing countries, and linkages between science and management. She has previously worked in the private, government and university sectors, most recently as an environmental consultant in Queensland, specialising in biodiversity offsets. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, with first class Honours in Marine Biology. Her honours research investigated change in seagrass community composition in northern Deception Bay, South East Queensland, and its implications for community metabolism and nutrient dynamics.



Hanington P., Hunnam K. (joint first author) and Johnstone R. (2015) Widespread loss of the seagrass Syringodium isoetifolium after a major flood event in Moreton Bay, Australia: Implications for benthic processes. Aquatic Botany, Volume 120, Part B, pg. 244-250.

Hunnam K. (2008). The ecological significance of changes in seagrass communities in northern Deception Bay, South-East Queensland. Honours thesis: University of Queensland.

My projects

Food insecurity and under nutrition, particularly in women and children, are widespread in Timor-

People I work with

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Assoc Prof Natasha Stacey
Natural resources-based livelihoods, Associate Professor
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Dr. Abu Nasar Abdullah
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Frances Every
Alumni - PhD Student
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Julian Gorman
Research Fellow
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Indrawati Y. Asmara
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Luke Preece
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Dr. Bronwyn Myers
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Nick Hogarth
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Nick Smith
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Ria Fitriana
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Dr Sarah Hobgen
Research Associate
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Prof. Owen Stanley
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Kamal Melvani
PhD Student
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Ronju Ahammad
PhD Candidate (Forest Science)
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Dirk Steenbergen
Post-doctoral Fellow (NAMRA)
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Pia Harkness
PhD Student
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Frederika Rambu Ngana
PhD student
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Hannah Ling
PhD Student
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Dr Lisa Petheram
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Sam Pickering
Research Associate
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Gianna Bonis-Profumo
PhD Candidate
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Emily Gibson
PhD Student

My blog posts

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This is a modified version of a blog article published on the WorldFish blog,

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Natasha Stacey and Kim Hunnam recently attended the 6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (

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