I am working for NESP D1 and D3 projects.
Spatial modelling using a range of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies
Membership of key national committees
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
Australian Marine Science Association
Hundreds of the distinctive, dark-striped sharks were massed on the sandy seafloor among low rocky...
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
Young scientists Lainey James and Margot Delaporte have completed their first trip aboard the Australian Maritime College Research Vessel Bluefin.
They spent a week surveying seabed life off eastern Tasmania with a team from the UTAS Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the University of Sydney Australian Centre for Field Robotics.
The team revisited deep reef systems in the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR), as well as inshore reefs near Wineglass Bay and ‘...
Deep ocean divers acting as citizen scientists have taken the first close-up look at stunning marine life on a deep granite reef in the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve off Bicheno, eastern Tasmania. Their footage shows an explosion of colourful sponges, gorgonian fans and other corals, clouds of butterfly perch, and large, tree-forming black corals that may be new to science. Researchers with the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Marine Biodiversity Hub mapped the...
Part of National Science Week, the exhibition is funded by a University of Tasmania Cross Disciplinary Incentive Grant, with support from the Marine Biodiversity Hub. It features works by artists Jan Hogan and Annalise Rees from the Tasmanian College of the Arts, and Hub spatial analyst Vanessa Lucieer whose work...
Wednesday 11 May 2016, London
Patterns of biodiversity in the deep ocean are fundamentally different from those that govern species richness in shallower waters or on land, according to a paper published by Marine Biodiversity Hub researchers in the journal Nature. The study analyses the global distribution of thousands of species of brittle and basket stars — close relatives of the starfish — and provides a baseline for conservation efforts across the global sea floor,...
‘I was really excited to see how my data could be visualised,’ Emma says. ‘The concept of routinely making data available for the public to explore was very appealing, and I hope more and more researchers will start to recognise the benefits of open data. I always like being involved in...
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-...
The 2011-2015 Final Report of the National Environmental Research Program Marine Biodiversity Hub is available online and in hard copy. The dynamic, searchable website includes photos, videos, maps and animations showcasing more than 40 research projects and can be browsed by region or research topic. Read the newsletter...
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, 11 March 2015
NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub scientists have been evaluating the benefits of no-take protection (ie no fishing) on deep reef systems of Tasmania’s wild southwest coast. Working from the Australian Maritime College's flagship vessel Bluefin, they have just returned from Maatsuyker Island off southern Tasmania. The team of scientists and support staff relied on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to...
The Marine Biodiversity Hub’s exhibition of images celebrated the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. It has now become a travelling exhibition at venues around Australia.
The exhibition contains images from Hub partners (and a few more), and was curated by Mark Norman, Head of Science at Museum Victoria.
Our aim is to reach out to the general public (especially school students) and raise their awareness of...
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...
A shoulder of continental shelf east of Tasmania’s Cape Barren Island marks the edge of Flinders Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR), a southern spoke of Australia’s three-million-square-kilometre CMR Network.
Iconic seabirds – albatrosses and petrels – snatch fish and squid along this marine reserve proclaimed in June 2007, that stretches some 600 kilometres towards New Zealand.
Below the surface, seafloor habitats of all description cover depths from 40–3000 metres: from...
The Conversation, 25 September 2014
A complete tree of life – showing how and when organisms are related to each other – has long been desired by biologists, but obscured by the vagaries of the fossil record. Now, next-generation gene sequencing, capable of sequencing hundreds of millions of pieces of DNA, is not only revolutionising human medicine and agriculture, but also transforming our understanding about the origins and distribution of life on Earth. Read Museum Victoria and...
The Age, 25 August 2014
The scientific secrets of some of Museum Victoria's unique marine animal collection have been unlocked for the first time, thanks to DNA testing.
Researchers sequenced more than 400 genes from 50 different types of brittle stars, with the results set to shed new light on the evolution of Australia's deep-sea life.
Relatives of starfish, brittle stars are marine animals that can live up to five kilometres below the surface on the abyssal plain....
From identifying what's on the end of your fishing line, to finding out which fishes occur in your local waters, FishMap has the answers.
The theme for this year's Australian Marine Sciences Association Conference is “Marine Extremes - And Everything In Between” and will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, from 1 to 5 July 2012.
The Hub is a bronze sponsor for this year's conference and will also be hosting the evening poster cocktail session on Monday 2 July.
Marine Biodiversity Hub researchers will convene 4 symposia –
Prof Nic Bax, Director NERP Marine Hub
Australia’s Marine Biodiversity Hub is a four-year research partnership established in 2011 by the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) National Environmental Research Program (NERP). It links the expertise and resources of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (...
8 October 2008
Minister Garrett opens workshop
The hub’s second annual science workshop held in October 2008 was opened by the Hon. Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA).
Mr Garrett was in Hobart to release the findings of two recent DEWHA/CSIRO research voyages to monitor the Tasman Fracture and Huon Commonwealth Marine Reserves, about 100 nautical miles off the coast of southern Tasmania. “Mr Garrett said the discoveries were a...