Having spent a few years as a postdoc at CEED on a joint WCS/UQ fellowship, Maina is currently an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the University of Queensland, and a lecturer in Spatial Information Science at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
He is a landscape/seascape ecologist with interests in a wide range of environmental and ecological questions, predominantly focusing on coral reef systems. His ultimate goals were to understand and predict the impacts of environmental variability and change on marine and coastal social-ecological systems at local and global scales, in-order to support conservation and adaptation planning and management. Whilst with us he also explored questions in a range of other fields including water resources, sustainable agriculture and food security. Therefore, his work integrates diverse disciplines of macro-ecology, climate science, oceanography, remote sensing, hydrology, fisheries management and decision science to help answer the relevant questions. Given the many large and diverse data sets that he works with, he has also become involved with data science projects focused on developing tools for integrating, analyzing and extracting information from multiple (often large) data sets more effectively, making it easier to include cross-disciplinary information in addressing complex environmental and ecological questions.