Beats enjoys all things water having grown up harvesting the Swan River for crabs and fish at every opportunity. His overall interest is conducting research that helps conserve aquatic ecosystems. Particular areas of research interest include the impacts of climate change, water abstractions, introduced species, and salinisation. He has a soft spot for a hard carapace having played with plenty of crayfish in his time; an interest that probably stems from his family’s farms. Aside from fishing (for work and play), other passions include Trine, Coen and Hannah, cricket and the Dockers.