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Person details


Research focus is marine conservation. 

  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment


Research Impact

  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
  • Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
  • Protected Conservation Areas in Marine Environments


Current activities

Professor, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Researcher, NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub
President, Reef Life Survey Foundation
Director of environmental consulting company, Aquenal Pty Ltd.

Work Experience

2012-, Professor, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
2007-11, Associate Professor (Senior Marine Ecologist), Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, University of Tasmania
2005-09, Research Fellow, Conservation International, Washington, DC.
2002-07, Senior Research Fellow, University of Tasmania
2000-02, Head of Marine Research, Charles Darwin Research Station, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
1997-, Founding Director, Aquenal Pty Ltd
1996-00, Australian Research Fellow, University of Tasmania
1993-94, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Fisheries, Marmion, W.A.
1992-95, Scientific Officer, Division of Sea Fisheries, Tasmania
1989-92, Senior Research Fellow, Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences.
1989-92, Honorary Research Associate, Zoology Department, Melbourne University.
1988  , Australian Academy of Science/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow, Amakusa Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Kyushu, Japan.
1985-87, Queens Fellow, CSIRO Marine Laboratories, Marmion, W.A.
1984-85, Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine Laboratories, Marmion, W.A.
1983-84, Scientific Officer, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Tasmania.

Academic qualifications

B.Sc.  Sydney University  1976
B.Sc.  (Hons) Class I University of Tasmania 1977
Ph.D.  University of Tasmania 1983

Other positions

2005-   IUCN Species Specialist Group Galapagos
2002-10 IUCN Ad hoc Task Force on Island Conservation and Protected Areas.
2001-  MPA International Advisory Board for the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, Western Caribbean.
1999-00  Scientific representative, Marine and Marine Industry Council, Tasmania
1997-00  Marine representative, Scientific Advisory Committee –Tasmanian Threatened Species Act.
1997 Advisor, National Land and Water Resources Audit
1997 Assessor, State of the Marine Environment Report

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