Principal Research Scientist in Sustainable Use of NW Marine Ecosystems Program based in Western Australia
Current research using towed video in combination with multi-beam acoustic mapping provided by collaborators, has produced new insights into the near-shore environments of the northwest, especially the rich sponge gardens in the Ningaloo Marine Park and the highly diverse and complex fringing coral reefs of the Kimberley coast. This research is in its discovery phase and is bring recognition to the globally significant diversity of benthic marine habitats in the northwest and Timor Sea.
My initial research into the population dynamics of Australian reef-building corals, commenced in the early 1980s on the Great Barrier Reef and extended quickly to Japan, Micronesia and Hawaii. The focus on reproduction lead to a four year period studying advanced reproductive technologies as a QEII Fellow at Adelaide University's School of Medicine and SA Fisheries, prior to joining the AIMS in late 1994. As the Officer-in-Charge and senior scientist responsible for establishing AIMS' new laboratory in NW Australia, I facilitated or directly participated in very significant levels of multi-disciplinary marine research conducted by the Institute in all areas of tropical Western Australia. Recent research has extended the use of towed video, observation class ROV, AUV and high resolution still cameras to areas of North West Australia that are not routinely surveyed by scientific divers.
1987: PhD in Marine Biology, James Cook University
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Over 75 science and technical papers in refereed journals. The following are a selection of recent publications: