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Curtin University
Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST)

Research staff

Dr Christine Erbe

Dr Christine Erbe Dr Christine Erbe
Position Director
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Science
Department Department of Physics and Astronomy
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 301.136A
Phone +618 9266 7543

Brief Summary

Christine holds an MSc in physics (University of Dortmund, Germany) and a PhD in geophysics (University of British Columbia, Canada). She has worked in industry (starting as a secretary and book keeper for an IT company, growing into a private consultant and ending as Director of JASCO Australia), in government (underwater noise research & regulation, Fisheries & Oceans Canada), and in high-school education (very briefly), and recently moved back into academia as Director of CMST at Curtin University. Christine’s interests are underwater sound (ambient, anthropogenic & biological), sound propagation, signal processing and noise effects on marine fauna. Several times a year, Christine is invited to speak on underwater noise at international symposia. She’s a reviewer for 11 scientific journals and several international research grant schemes. She’s a member of the Animal Bioacoustics Technical Committee of the Acoustical Society of America, and she’s the Australian Government representative on the International Standardization Organization (ISO) working group on standardising underwater noise measurements of vessels.  

Memberships, Awards and Training

Grad. Dip. Ed.

2007, Distinction; Department of Education (mathematics + science, senior years), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia


1997, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences (geophysics), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada


1993, 1st class standing, major: physics, minor: engineering; Department of Physics, University of Dortmund, Germany


1989, major: physics, minor: chemistry & mathematics; University of Dortmund, Germany

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Employment History

2011 –

Director, Centre for Marine Science & Technology, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia


Director, JASCO Applied Sciences (Australia) Pty Ltd


Self-employed Environmental Consultant


Research Scientist, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Fisheries & Oceans Canada


Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, BC, Canada


Research Assistant, Dept. of Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada


Research Assistant, Institute of Accelerator Physics and Synchrotron Radiation, University of Dortmund, Germany


Secretary and Accountant, Quantum Software GmbH, Germany

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