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Principal Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science

I'm a marine biologist with a keen interest in helping the world's coral reefs survive global change. I have worked on coral reefs since 1994 when I first came to Australia as a student. The Great Barrier Reef was spectacular then, and I fell in love. I have since seen the Reef decline decade by decade - impacted by pollution, Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, intense cyclones, and now climate change. I have made it my mission to understand how science can help stem the Reef's decline further. And I believe we can with a smart combination of conventional management and new ways that involve science innovation, emerging technologies, and people empowered to engage in reef conservation.


  • 2015–present
    Principal Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • 2013–2015
    Research Program Leader, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • 2011–2013
    Research Team Leader, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • 2006–2011
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland
  • 2004–2006
    Marine Biology Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2000–2004
    Australian Research Fellow, James Cook University


  • 2000 
    James Cook University, PhD
  • 1993 
    University of Copenhagen, Masters of Science
  • 1992 
    University of Copenhagen, Bachelor of Science


  • 2017
    New Interventions Needed to Save Coral Reefs, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Involvement in over 30 Australian and international projects since 1995
    Lead, co-lead or partner investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council, Advance Queensland, Industry, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, National Environmental Research Programs, Department of the Environment

Professional Memberships

  • International Coral Reef Society
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Australian Coral Reef Society