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I am a marine ecologist and fisheries biologist at Macquarie University, where I lead the Marine Ecology Group (MEG). I have over 30 years of experience assessing the healthy functioning of our oceans and understanding the human-induced challenges they face.  My research group and I have a particular focus on threatened species and biodiversity, and on optimising recreational and commercial fishing practices to maximise the sustainability of species and maintain resilient systems.  We have a particular focus on sharks and rays, and on sea cucumbers.  I also have experience in aquaculture of a diversity of marine species, from barramundi to sea urchins.

I Chair the NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee and sit on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.  I am also a member of the Technical Advisory Panel for Plastic Oceans Australasia and am an editor for the journals Frontiers in Marine Science, Oceans and Remote Sensing.

For more information visit my lab website


Education/Academic qualification

Marine Ecology, PhD, Larval attractants versus adult deterrents: ontogenetic shifts in the response of a sea urchin to host plant chemistry., The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Mar 2001

Zoology, MSc (Hons I), Distribution patterns and life history features of the intertidal encrusting alga Pseudolithoderma sp., University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 Jun 1992

Marine Biology, BSc, University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Jan 1990

External positions

Chair, NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee, DPI Fisheries

Editor for the journals Oceans and Remote Sensing

Technical Advisory Panel Member, Plastic Oceans Australasia Ltd


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