Martin Riddle was originally a marine biologist. His work has always been applied. He did his PhD in Scotland to do with the effects of the North Sea Oil industry on the environment.
He came to Australia as a post doc in 1985 and spent 7 years working on the Great Barrier Reef. He moved down to Sydney to work for the Sydney water board on the effects of ocean disposal of sewerage. Then came a little further south to establish the human impacts research program at the Australian Antarctic Division in 1994.
The Terrestrial and Nearshore Ecosystems program undertake research to inform environmental protection and management for the Antarctic Territory and to support Australia’s policy positions in the international Antarctic Treaty system.