Research focus is marine conservation.
Professor, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Researcher, NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub
President, Reef Life Survey Foundation www.reeflifesurvey.com
Director of environmental consulting company, Aquenal Pty Ltd.
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.
B.Sc. Sydney University 1976
B.Sc. (Hons) Class I University of Tasmania 1977
Ph.D. University of Tasmania 1983
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
University of Tasmania profile
The Marine Hub has created the following two-sided posters from its marine biodiversity research:
Scientists from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies found an average of more than...
Fish Hook Bay at Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia. Fish communities found here during the 2011 marine heatwave were equivalent to those normally found 250 kilometres farther north. They had moved south with their climate niche. Image: Rick Stuart-Smith
11 November 2015, London
A new study by University of Tasmania researchers and international collaborators has found that a key element of future changes in the distribution of marine biodiversity resulting from ocean warming is not as closely related to local warming rates as previously assumed.
Published today in the prestigious international journal Nature, the research shows that the proportion of fish and invertebrate species expected to disappear from ...
Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.
After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).
The NESP is a six-...
Wednesday 10 December 2014
The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...
5 February 2014
A global study by Tasmanian researchers shows what is needed to make marine parks effective, the findings of which were published in Nature.
In collaboration with overseas investigators and skilled recreational divers, University of Tasmania biologists, including researchers from the NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub, counted numbers and sizes of more than 2000 fish species along underwater transect lines set at 1986 sites in 40 countries. They then used this...
26 September 2013
New global patterns of marine fish diversity have been revealed using information collected through a ‘citizen science’ initiative developed in Tasmania. As part of the Reef Life Survey program, committed recreational SCUBA divers are trained and supported to survey numbers of reef animals worldwide. Analysis of information provided by Reef Life Survey volunteers over the past six years has revealed new hotspots of marine biodiversity, including southwestern...