2008 Society of Conservation Biology, Distinguished Service Award
2001 Award for contribution to Sirenian Research, Biannual meeting of the Society of Marine Mammalogy, Vancouver, Canada
1998 Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship in Marine Conservation (one of only four Australians to win this fellowship, the most prestigious award in Marine Conservation, 5- 10 awarded internationally per year since 1991)
1991 Personal Chair, James Cook University

Keynote/Plenary Talks

2008 Plenary speaker, Society of Conservation Biology, Annual Meeting
2008 Keynote speaker, Coast to Coast Meeting, Darwin
2004 Earthwatch Australia Annual Dinner, Melbourne
2004 Plenary speaker Pew Fellows meeting in Marine Conservation Florida 2004
2003 Plenary speaker Reef Summit Townsville
2003 Plenary speaker, 80th Australian Coral Reef Society Conference
2001 Keynote speaker 70th anniversary of the Japanese Society of Fisheries Biologists
1995 Plenary speaker International Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference
1990 Keynote address to the Australian Coral Reef Society Annual Conference, Townsville

Other Recognition

2005 Featured in Museum of Tropical Queensland display of local science identities
2004 One of 11 Australian scientists featured in Canberra Times for Science week
2002 Honorary member Golden Key Honour Society
2000 Australian Academy of Science: one of 12 women chosen to participate in video histories of Australian scientists project
1983 Australian Woman Scientist of the Year New Idea magazine