Distinguished Professor, James Cook University

I'm a professorial researcher, focusing on the linkages between coral reef ecosystems and people. My recent work has focussed on the responses of coral reefs to climate change, market drivers of ecological change, missing institutions, identifying safe planetary boundaries for human development, avoiding social traps, and transformative governance of the sea in Australia, Chile, China, the Galapagos Islands, Gulf of Maine and the Coral Triangle.

My future research will focus on the linkages between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the welfare of human societies. The objective is to improve the governance and management of natural systems and enhance their capacity to sustain human and natural capital. The overarching goal is to integrate the science of coral reef resilience with decision-making and management.

In my spare time, I'm the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.


  • –present
    Federation Fellow, ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University


    Johns Hopkins, PhD


Darwin Medal, International Society for Reef Studies; Einsterin Professorship, Australian Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science