Dr Alice Twomey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science


Alice is a multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Professor Catherine Lovelock's Lab who models flows through wetland areas to identify opportunities to improve hydrological connectivity of sites including mangroves, saltmarsh and seagrass by restoring tidal flows. Her research interests include identifying and predicting hydrological restoration opportunities for coastal ecosystems and utilising coastal and marine ecosystems as nature-based solutions for coastal protection.

She recently completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Queensland, combining the fields of Marine Ecology and Coastal Engineering. Her PhD investigated how interactions between and variability within physical conditions and seagrass characteristics affect each of the three mechanisms; 1) wave attenuation, 2) sediment stabilisation, and 3) sediment accretion, and highlight the implications for coastal protection by seagrass.

Prior to academia, Alice worked as a consultant drainage and coastal engineer for small and large-scale infrastructure projects. Alice is an Engineers Australia Chartered Environmental Engineer and Civil Engineer and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Griffith University


  • Twomey, Alice J., Callaghan, David P., O'Brien, Katherine R. and Saunders, Megan I. (2022). Contextualising shoreline protection by seagrass using lessons from submerged breakwaters. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 108011, 108011. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2022.108011

  • Ward-Paige, C.A., White, E.R., Madin, E.M.P., Osgood, G.J., Bailes, L.K., Bateman, R.L., Belonje, E., Burns, K.V., Cullain, N., Darbyshire-Jenkins, P., de Waegh, R.S., Eger, A.M., Fola-Matthews, L., Ford, B.M., Gonson, C., Honeyman, C.J., House, J.E., Jacobs, E., Jordan, L.K., Levenson, J.J., Lucchini, K., Martí-Puig, P., McGuire, L.A.H., Meneses, C., Montoya-Maya, P.H., Noonan, R.A., Ruiz-Ruiz, P.A., Ruy, P.E., Saputra, R.A. ... Yamb, L. (2022). A framework for mapping and monitoring human-ocean interactions in near real-time during COVID-19 and beyond. Marine Policy, 140 105054, 105054. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2022.105054

  • Twomey, Alice J., Saunders, Megan I., Callaghan, David P., Bouma, Tjeerd J., Han, Qiuying and O'Brien, Katherine R. (2021). Lateral sediment erosion with and without the non-dense root-mat forming seagrass Enhalus acoroides. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 253 107316, 1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107316

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