Dr Monk's research background is centred around understanding how spatio-temporal heterogeneity of epi-benthic assemblages respond to different human-induced and natural stressors. Of interest, is quantifying how the scale (extent and resolution), and the way we choose to monitor, affects our ability to detect change in mesophotic marine epi-benthic assemblages (e.g. fishes, macroalgae, sessile invertebrates). He has been involved in the collection and analysis of monitoring datasets from a wide variety of organisms and ecosystems using techniques ranging from electrofishing to diver based visual surveys to towed video, baited remote underwater video (BRUV), remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles (ROV and AUV). He currently forms part of an interdisciplinary and inter-agency national team within the Australian Government funded National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Marine Biodiversity Hub program. This group are investigating the logistical and statistical challenges associated with developing a blueprint for the sustained monitoring of Australia’s recently established Marine Park Network.