Project leader and researcher

Person details


Research fields

  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
  • Conservation and Biodiversity

Research Impact

  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
  • Fisheries - Wild Caught



  • Development of an Antarctic genetic-based research programme. Postgraduate teaching and supervision (University of Tasmania (IASOS) and Australian Antarctic Division)
  • Research on connectivity among seamount corals (funded through DEH), and abalone larval dispersal (funded through FRDC). University of Tasmania
  • Compilation of report “National Marine Bioregionalisation of Australia – Summary (National Oceans Office, Department of the Environment and Heritage)
  • Research and write “Guidelines for Ecosystem-based Management in the Ocean” (National Oceans Office, Department of the Environment and Heritage)
  • Undertake surveys to assess the status of coral populations in the Fagatele Bay Marine National Sanctuary in American Samoa, data analysis and report writing. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Provide scientific input to Marine Park planning and management, develop a research plan for the Solitary Islands Marine Park incorporating consultation with stakeholders such as fishers, scientists and general public, organise and facilitate workshops. NSW Marine Park Authority, Coffs Harbour, NSW


Academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Masters in Wine Technology and Viticulture, University of Melbourne
  • 1995 - PhD. James Cook University of North Queensland (Marine Biology)
  • 1987 - B.Sc. (Hons 1) University of Queensland (Marine Biology)
  • 1986 - B.Sc. University of Queensland (double-major in Zoology & Parasitology)


Professional activities/affiliations

  • Invited lecturer - 29th Annual Edwin W. Pauley Summer Program: “Advancing tools for biodiversity studies: Genomics and bioinformatics of cnidarians with a focus on corals” at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (2013).
  • Invited participant - catalysis workshop on ‘Genetic monitoring in the polar regions’, Cambridge (2011)
  • Invited participant - workshop on Design of Protected Areas for Hydrothermal-Vent and Cold-Seep Ecosystems Potentially Threatened by Human Activities in the Deep Sea, Dinard (2010)
  • Secretary - Australian Marine Science Association (2010-2013)
  • Councillor – Australian Marine Science Association (2007-2010, 2013 - current)
  • Councillor - Australian Marine Science Association, Tasmanian Branch (2007-2009)
  • Member - Australian Coral Reef Society
  • Member - International Society for Reef Studies
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong (2004-2006)
  • Secretary, The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Management Committee (2006-2008)
  • Participant, NORFANZ Cruise, studying seamount biodiversity in the Tasman Sea (2003)
  • Participant, Tasmanian Seamounts Cruise, studying connectivity among seamounts (2007)
  • Participant, V2 (Aurora Australis), sampling deep sea coral communites in Antarctica (2011)
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Zoology, University of Tasmania (2001-2005)
  • Anonymous Staff Reviewer – Marine Ecology Progress Series (2001-2007)
  • Review Editor – Marine Ecology Progress Series (2007-current)
  • Invited participant “Undaria in Australasia” workshop organised by CSIRO, Hobart  (1996)
  • Marine Scientist, Department of Conservation (NZ) Summer Education Programme (January 1997 & 1998)