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Scientists

We're a talented, creative and passionate bunch of ocean advocates. From world-leading scientists, communication experts, directors, documentary makers, authors and educators and just about everything in between. It's a symbiotic partnership that ensures our content is compelling, user friendly, relevant and scientifically robust.  

Dr Ian Bell

Dr Ian Bell

Research Scientist

Dr Ian Bell is a Research Scientist with Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Threatened Species Unit. Having been involved with marine reptile research since 1995, Ian's current research covers multiple turtle conservation projects determining marine turtle life history parameters, population structure and distribution around the world including Queensland, Papua New guinea and Bahrain. Over the last several years he has become more involved in working with Indigenous communities to understand trends and threats to local sea turtle populations.

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Dr Nerida Wilson

Dr Nerida Wilson

Marine Scientist/ Manager Molecular Systematics

Dr Nerida Walsh from the Western Australian Museum and University of Western Australia’s School of Biological Sciences research efforts focus on: phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics, delimiting species using molecular data and understanding the drivers of diversification. She also leads a number of projects including; SeadragonSearch: a collaborative community-science project to monitor and conserve seadragons, dating West Antarctic Icesheet collapses using molecular sequence data, Testing the diversity of marine refugia at sub-Antarctic islands and diving deep in the #NingalooCanyons.

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Dr Rick Stuart-Smith

Dr Rick Stuart-Smith

Research Fellow

Dr Rick Stuart-Smith is a research fellow with the Ecology and Biodiversity group in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and in the NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub. His research covers aspects of biogeography, community and macro-ecology, and studies of human impacts, such as pollution, exploitation, invasive species and climate change on marine fauna and flora. A major motivation for his research is to improve the way marine biodiversity is monitored, reported, managed and protected, through contributing to more ecologically-informed policy at larger scales, and guiding local management.

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Dr Jemina Stuart-Smith

Dr Jemina Stuart-Smith

Research Fellow

Dr Jemina Stuart-Smith is a research fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. She is interested in marine ecology, marine biodiversity monitoring and conservation, the role of citizen scientists in data collection and the education of marine issues. Jemina's research involves marine monitoring, citizen science and changes in marine biodiversity.

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Dr Neville Barret

Dr Neville Barret

Marine Scientist/ Manager Molecular Systematics

Neville's research and engagement in collaborative projects have contributed widely to the understanding of the biodiversity and ecology of temperate reef systems in Australia. Many of the inshore reef monitoring protocols Neville and his team have developed are now in widespread use by management and research agencies, and they are now focusing on similar standard method designs for inventory and monitoring of Australia's new Commonwealth Marine Reserve network in offshore waters.

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Dr Robin Beaman

Dr Robin Beaman

Marine Geologist

Dr Beaman is a Research Fellow and marine geologist based at James Cook University in Cairns. His research explores the long-term geological and physical processes that have influenced the shape of Australia’s underwater landscape, or seascape, and to study the relationships between deep seabed habitats and their associated marine life. He is lead researcher on Project 3D-GBR to develop high-resolution, regional-scale depth models for the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, now widely used for geology and seafloor habitat research, flood plume modelling, larvae tracking and COTS starfish control efforts.

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