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Professor of Coral Biology, University of Essex

I am a marine biologist who specializes in coral reef systems but who also has an interest in most areas of marine conservation. I have led over 30 scientific expeditions to many different countries. I coordinate research within the Wakatobi Marine Park for Operation Wallacea, I am PI for the Earthwatch Institute and Senior Scientific Advisor to the Odyssey Institute.

I have published 100 scientific journal papers on marine biology and natural resource management, a book on the marine conservation of the Wakatobi Marine Park and numerous reports for conservation bodies and government. I am an editor for the top ranked journal Global Change Biology and have supervised 27 PhD and a number of masters research students.

Recently I founded the Coral Reef Research Unit and am its current Director. The CRRU has an international advisory board and undertakes transdisciplinary research in to the physiology, biology, ecology and conservation of coral reef systems. My responsibility at the CRRU is to direct present and future research, ensure that the unit is internationally competitive, produces high quality and quantity of scientific output and importantly, to ensure our combined research efforts benefit society. Our ethos is to be collaborative, inclusive and inter-disciplinary in our outlook.


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    Professor of Coral Biology, University of Essex