Rick studies broad-scale patterns in marine biodiversity. A particular goal of his research within the hub is to identify and refine biodiversity metrics which can be reported from Reef Life Survey monitoring data to provide a cost-effective, but detailed means of tracking condition and function of shallow reef systems around Australia, including in our offshore marine reserve estate.
Following a two year study of the state of Tasmania's inshore marine biodiversity, Rick established the Reef Life Survey (RLS) program with Prof. Graham Edgar, in 2007. Since establishment, Rick and Graham have led the development of the RLS global database of reef biodiversity, contributed to by a team of trained and committed recreational divers and a large network of international collaborators. The RLS database currently contains >6000 quantitative surveys of rocky and coral reef biodiversity in 40 countries and 74 ecoregions, spanning 133 degrees of latitude. Ongoing surveys by the Autralian network contribute to monitoring of Australian reefs.
Bachelor of Science in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology with Honours, 2001 (UTAS)
PhD in aquatic ecology, 2007 (UTAS)
Membership of key national committees
Board (Executive Officer) and Advisory Committee member, Reef Life Survey Foundation