The focus of his research is driven by a concern for the wellbeing of our coastal zone.

Research indicates that most of our population is interested in environmental issues, yet few of us volunteer for coastal restoration, monitoring, education, advocacy and sustainability activities.

More people are needed to support where most of us live – the place where the land meets the sea.

Julian wishes to improve volunteer recruitment, retention, and local community engagement so as to improve the capacity of these voluntary organisations to tackle future coastal environmental challenges.

He is inviting coastal volunteers to participate in an online survey seeking answers about their volunteer experience. By participating in this research volunteers have the opportunity to make an invaluable contribution to all life in our coastal environments.

The survey can be accessed at

All participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to win one of two highly acclaimed books, ‘The Coast of Australia’ or ‘101 Best Ever Australian Beaches.’

If you would like to know more, or would like to receive a copy of the survey via email, please contact Julian at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.