If Sheree had her choice, she would have gills instead of lungs, a breath hold to rival the sperm whale and a sparkly green mermaid-esque tail. Since she doesn’t this marine biologist, does the next best thing and spends as much time as she can scuba diving and blowing bubbles. When she’s a land lover you can find Sheree working on a range of innovative projects that aim to engage, entertain and educate people about the marine environment. She’s a former Young Australian of the Year (Environment) award-winning author, documentary maker and our resident mermaid and go to gal.
Most of Jamie's research and consultancy activity is focussed on cubozoan biology and toxinology (box jellyfish and irukandji) and applied entomology.
He has published extensively and has participanted in over 18 natural history documentaries, two of which highlighted his own research, and had world premier releases at the Cairns Campus. Many of these have been produced by his OIQ colleagues.
In 2001 he established the Tropical Australian Stinger Research Unit (TASRU) which is a diverse mix of both medical and biological researchers, based not only at JCU but throughout Australia, America and Europe.
Jamie also sits on the research review panel for QEMRF (Queensland Emergency Medical Research Foundation) and supervises research in the Emergency Department of Cairns Base Hospital and is a joint program leader for the centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics (BMDT) in the faculty of Health and Molecular Sciences at JCU.
From 1996 - 2012, Brett produced high quality natural history programs for international broadcasters, including Barney's Barrier Reef, a 20 part children's series in 2008 with BBC Children's, and the last as Executive Producer on the 3 part Great Barrier Reef series co-production with BBC and Discovery Channel delivered in 2012.
He has also produced a diverse range of projects since 1988 for federal, state and local government departments and the corporate sector, including specific target audience programs on health, science, education, indigenous and maritime communications, with particular emphasis on sustainable resource management. A recent production was the innovative Fish & People project for Solomon Island high school children, which is being versioned for Australia, PNG and other Pacific nations. Production samples can be seen on rgbmedia.com.au.
Simon's original training is in marine biology and fisheries science but he now teaches anthropology, a career trajectory that is really the product of having a strong interest in culturally and economically appropriate fishery management solutions, particularly in the developing economies of Melanesia and the Pacific Islands.
Having spent a lot of time over the past 25 years living in coastal villages in Solomon Islands and PNG, he has become interested in the complicated and often fraught challenge of reconciling islanders’ aspirations for a better life with sustainable use of renewable resources.
Much of his research focuses on how Pacific Islanders think about their use and management of fisheries, and how local knowledge relates to science. He also likes to turn the lens around onto scientists to critically examine what shapes and frames our thinking as well. Simon has worked for governments, NGOs and the private sector on a wide variety of environmental management and economic development projects.
Education and Production
Russell Kelley is a science communicator with a special interest in marine scientific and technical subject matter. His published work spans scientific papers, book chapters, educational products and international natural history television productions. Russell is best known for his work promoting ecosystem connectivity as a foundation of resource management. His educational poster product the “Blue Highway” has been reprinted the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 3 times and adapted worldwide.
He is the author of the Indo Pacific Coral Finder the world's first underwater coral ID guide and runs capacity building training programs around the Indo-Pacific.
Marie is a freelance multimedia producer with many strings to her bow. With a Masters in Marine Biology, she has a passion for marine education and communication projects. She has produced, directed, filmed, scripted and/or edited various productions for local, regional and national marine agencies, as well as national and international television crews. Her credits span a variety of content, from interactive multimedia exhibits to educational video series, television commercials, children TV series, corporate video productions, school productions and online video content.
Graphic design and photography completes a skill set that Marie uses as she pursues her passion for educational, environmental and social multimedia projects.