GPO Box 1538 Hobart TAS 7001 AUSTRALIA
Systematics, biology and ecology, fisheries and conservation of fishes, in particular cartilaginous fishes.
2006 (Dec) – Ichthyologist at CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research, Hobart
2004 (April) – 2006 Postdoctoral fellow at Murdoch University on an ACIAR funded project entitled: “Artisanal Shark and Ray Fisheries in East Indonesia: their socioeconomic and fishery characteristics and relationship to Australian resources – Phase II ”.
2004 (Jan–Apr) Research Assistant at CSIRO Marine Research in Hobart (under Dr Peter Last) assisting on
a NOO funded bioregionalisation project and conducting taxonomic research on various elasmobranch groups, e.g. Mustelus, Hemigaleus, Rhinobatos.
2001 – 2003 (Dec) Project scientist at Murdoch University on an ACIAR funded project entitled: “Artisanal Shark and Ray Fisheries in East Indonesia: their socioeconomic and fishery characteristics and relationship to Australian resources – Phase I ”.
1999 – 2002 Demonstrating and exam marking for the Biochemistry I unit at Murdoch University.
1997 – 1999 Underwater World Perth. Diver and aquarist
1995–1997 Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Science at Murdoch University.
1998 Honours, Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University.
1999–2003 Ph.D, Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University. Awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship.
Oceania Chondrichthyan Society (OCS), Australia – President (2007-2010); Committee Member (present)
IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) – Global Co-Chair of Taxonomy for the SSG
Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB) – standard member
American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – standard member
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,...
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-...
Hammerhead sharks have declined in number by more than 90% in parts of world, and their conservation is high on the global agenda. In Australia, three hammerhead species are being considered for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
A new Marine Biodiversity Hub project is supporting the listing process by investigating the sharks’ population structure in Australian and neighbouring nations. Where appropriate, the project will work with...
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...
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...
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...