Along with an ecologist colleague, the grant will be used to investigate the different scales of regulation that relate to impacts on the wetlands and their unique birdlife, from climate change to coastal development to local disturbance (e.g. dog walking and plastics). Two wetlands will be investigated as part of this research – shoalwater bay and moreton bay.
The results will feed into a book Dr Hamman is co- writing about migratory bird conservation in the Asia Pacific.
Dr Hamman is a lecturer in the School of Law and holds bachelors degrees in law and commerce from the University of New South Wales and a masters degree in environmental science and law from Sydney University His PhD research – awarded an Outstanding Thesis Award – investigated the role of non-state actors under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.
Dr Hamman has worked for NGOs and the Queensland Government on conservation and environmental law issues. He has an interest in the role and influence of civil society in conservation. His current research focuses on environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region including: migratory species; Ramsar wetlands; World Heritage areas; and the Great Barrier Reef.
You can read more about Dr Hamman in his staff profile.