Aquaholic, raconteur and crackerjack
Sheree is a passionate and dynamic marine biologist. Through radio talk-back, television appearances, and hosting documentaries, she has gained a reputation and profile among the Australian community, national corporate organisations and all levels of government as an expert in her field, engaging the community with innovative projects and as a communications specialist, bridging the gap between science and the public.
In 2002 Sheree’s profile was heightened when she picked up three Young Australian of the Year awards: the National Unilever Environment Award, Young Australian of the Year (Victoria) and Victorian Unilever Environment Award. In 2009 she completed a scholarship with the Centre for Sustainable Leadership.
An award winning author, Sheree has just finished her fifth book, Melbourne Down Under, a stunning photographic book that reveals Melbourne’s best kept secret – a marine environment more diverse and colourful than any tropical reef. Preceding this was the highly successful KamaSEAtra - Secrets of Sex in the Sea, a humorous read about the unique reproductive methods of sea creatures and the parallels they share with humans.
World, The Great Barrier Reef Experience – An international travelling exhibition that will immerse visitors in the colour and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Visitors will be taken on an incredible journey of discovery using Emmy award-winning cinematography that reveals various habitats of the reef and how tiny animals have created the only living structure that can be seen from space. A strong component of the exhibition is engaging and educating visitors on the valuable role they can play in helping to protect one of the worlds greatest natural wonders.
World, The Nature of Science (TNOS) - A series of YouTube videos communicating scientific research in a fun and engaging format, using world-class cinematography including time-lapse and high-speed footage of animals fighting, feeding and fornicating. Think of a hybrid between Smarter Every Day, ZeFrank and a splash of David Attenborough on acid and you’ll get the picture. These are bought to life with her ‘partner in crime’ Professor Jamie Seymour Brought to you by the main man in many international documentaries, Associate Professor Jamie Seymour from James Cook University. This is now featuring on the Huffington Post website.
World, Victoria, Underwater Living Galleries – Creation of a series of Australia’s first underwater sculpture installations for the tourism industry and private sector. These installations will become ‘living pieces of artwork’ that fuse art, environment and sport, while creating new tourism assets. The installations will attract marine life to the area, build a greater awareness of the marine values of the southern shores and create a marine stewardship
World, Tasmania Down Under – A stunning one hour marine-based documentary on an island famed for its spectacular wilderness. Just as wild but even more beautiful beneath the surface, lies a hidden secret wonder… the Great Southern Reef. This is a Tasmania few know or have ever seen until now. A unique and fragile reef more colourful than any other, where three oceans meet and powerful currents collide to create a unique microcosm of habitats and species, where creatures of the sub-Antarctic co-exist alongside their warm and temperate cousins.
Currently in pre-production
Australia, Melbourne Down Under – Revealing Melbourne’s best kept secret, a marine environment with colour and diversity that rivals tropical reefs, showcased to an audience of millions across several high profile media platforms. Using world-class underwater imagery the campaign features a flagship book, documentary DVD and travelling outdoor exhibition.
Vanuatu, Yumi Tugeta - An innovative marine conservation project and DVD with the youth of Pele Island. People under 25 are posing the highest threat to the valuable reef ecosystems of pacific communities. With this film the youth demonstrated to their brothers and sisters around the Pacific how they could secure their futures, adapt to climate change, develop their villages and sustainably manage the coral reef ecosystems.
World, Ocean Predators Exhibition – A world travelling exhibition on ocean predator. Think scorpions, ghosts, lions, goblins, dragons, lizards… but not the type you imagine and it’s more than sharks and sharp teeth. In the ocean there are expandable mouths, arms with hooks, beaks that bite and animals that not only steal the life but the weapons from the food they eat. From a microscopic animal that feasts on prey its same size through to the largest animal that has ever lived that devours millions of its prey in one sitting... all this with no teeth!
Philippines, The Saving Philippine Reefs Project –A yearly reef monitoring expedition that aims to improve the quality and quantity of information available on coral reefs for use in improving management and creation of appropriate policies for protection and sustainable use of coastal resources for the Unico Conservation Foundation in partnership with the Centre for Coastal Conservation Education Foundation (CCEF).
Rye, Octopuses Garden Marine Trail – Victoria’s first underwater marine trail located at Rye Pier on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Visitors put on a mask and snorkel or a pair of swimming goggles to discover the wonders of the marine life in the bay. Underwater signs mounted to the pylons highlight marine life in the area. This has led to the development of other marine trails including at Rottnest Island.
2003 Centenary Medal – Outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment
2003 Australia Day Ambassador
2002 Committee of Melbourne Achiever Award
2002 Young Australian of the Year - National Unilever Environment Award
2002 Young Australian of the Year - Victoria
2002 Young Australian of the Year - Victorian Unilever Environment Award
1999 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature
BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
Director, Unico Conservation Foundation (current)
Co-Chair Port Phillip Bay Plan (2011-2012)
Australia Day Committee, Victoria (2004-2011)
Director, Parks Victoria (2005-2008)
Judge Banksia Awards 2009 to present
Adjunct James Cook University
B.Sc Aquatic Science, Deakin University
GAICD – Institute of Company Directors
2012 Centre for Sustainable Leadership Scholarship
Melbourne Down Under – jewels of Port Phillip Bay
KamaSEAtra – Secrets of Sex in the Sea
Australian Guide to Whales and Dolphins
Australia’s Threatened and Endangered Species
Australian Guide to Seashores