Jon Day

Jon C. Day


Jon Day spent the first 11 years of his professional career as a protected area planner and manager in terrestrial national parks across Australia. In 1986, he moved into the marine realm when he joined the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), the federal agency responsible for the Great Barrier Reef. Over the following 28 years, Jon was involved in many aspects of planning and managing the world's largest coral reef ecosystem and its associated islands, including seven years directly involved in field management. In 1998, Jon was appointed as one of the Directors of the GBRMPA, and for the next 16 years, was variously responsible for conservation, planning, heritage (particularly World Heritage), Indigenous Partnerships, and commencing the first 5-yearly Outlook Report for the Great Barrier Reef. Jon’s career highlight was his role in the Representative Areas Program, the major rezoning of the GBR (1999-2004) that subsequently received global recognition and numerous awards. For his efforts, Jon was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal and a Smithsonian-Queensland Fellowship in 2004. Jon retired from GBRMPA in 2014 and is undertaking a post-career PhD at the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.
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James Cook University of North Queensland
ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies

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