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Research interests

  • Threat and risk assessment
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Integrated monitoring
  • Risk-based indicators
  • Cumulative impact assessment
  • Social research


Kate is a fisheries scientist based at the Mosman NSW DPI office who joined the department in 2017. Her work has focused on developing and implementing programs and tools to provide the best science advice to managers, including threat and risk assessments, indicator selection frameworks, ecological vulnerability assessments, monitoring strategies and plans, georeferenced databases for spatial management, and social research. Her recent social research projects focus on building capacity and implementing integrated socio-ecological research and management to support the Marine Estate Management Strategy.


  • PhD, University of Sydney 2012
  • BMarSci (Honours I), University of Sydney 2005

Current projects

  • Needs assessment to support the implementation of integrated socio-ecological research and management
  • Social research to support the Recreational Fisheries Monitoring Program

Recent publications

Please refer to Kate Thornborough's ResearchGate page.

Professional associations and achievements

  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • International Coral Reef Society

Contact details


Phone: (02) 9435 4694