I have over 30 years of experience in marine research with a focus on fisheries and aquaculture research. A key driver for my research is my passion for demonstrating how sustainable marine resources play a vital role in society. Underpinned by healthy and productive ecosystems, marine resources will continue to contribute to the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. Over the past couple of decades my research portfolio has shifted from leading programs focused on developing methods for sustainable assessment of key commercial species, to programs evaluating the effects of fishing on marine ecosystems as fisheries moved towards ecosystem based fisheries management (EBFM) and currently to understanding the impacts of climate change on marine resources. Since the start of my research career in Papua New Guinea I was exposed to the human side of fishing and I have subsequently championed the need to integrate the human and biophysical systems.