Meet the crew behind Reef Explorers Down Under
John is a PhD candidate at UNSW conducting research into the relationship between marine ecosystems and human society. John has extensive experience in marine citizen science programs, coordinating Reef Life Surveys in the region. He is the President of the Underwater Research Group of NSW and Founder of www.marineexplorer.org, which aims to inspire and engage the community in the marine environment via social media.
DR ADRIANA VERGÉS
Adriana is a marine ecologist based at UNSW Australia and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. Her research focuses on the ecology and conservation of algal forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs.
Besides being passionate about science and the underwater world, she is also very interested in science communication and storytelling in all its forms.
Dr Ezequiel Marzinelli
Dr Ezequiel “Ziggy” Marzinelli is a marine ecologist based at the University of New South Wales and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, with a visiting appointment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research focuses on ecological impacts of environmental stressors and on conservation of marine ecosystems. Ziggy has done research in tropical, temperate and polar ecosystems around the world, and his goal is to provide sensible, practical solutions to environmental problems.
Dr SONIA GRAHAM
Dr Sonia Graham is an environmental social scientist with a mathematical bent. Combining these two skill sets, she uses social science methods and computer modelling to understand how the relationships between individuals and institutions affect the management of natural resources.
Dr Alexandra Campbell
She is based at UNSW Australia and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. She has done fieldwork all over the world. Alex is an award-winning marine ecologist and science communicator and believes that the effective communication of science and engagement with society is essential for environmental conservation.
PROF DAVID BOOTH
Professor of Marine Ecology at UTS, and past President of the Australian Coral Reef Society, David has published over 120 papers in reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries. He researches fishes in estuaries around Sydney, the ecology and behaviour of threatened fishes such as seadragons, black cod and white sharks and the ecology of the deep sea. He is also a strong advocate of sustainable fisheries and marine parks.
Lana is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of New South Wales, exploring the role of community participation within marine restoration. Lana has conducted research in conservation biology (mined land rehabilitation), education (International education assessment frameworks), and more recently social research to evaluate science communication at a major art-meets-science event. She is also a qualified educator with experience in high schools and tertiary contexts. She’s passionate about the role of knowledge in connecting communities to marine spaces.
DR GRAEME CLARK
Dr Graeme Clark is a senior research scientist at the University of New South Wales. He specialises in coastal and marine ecology, working in diverse environments from the tropics to Antarctica. Dr Clark’s research focuses on temperate and Antarctic marine biology, invasive species, and impacts of human activities on coastal ecosystems.
DR SELMA KLANTEN
Selma is a research scientist at UTS, and the Honorary Secretary of Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS). She has been using molecular tools to understand population dynamics, evolutionary processes and conservation in marine fishes. Currently, she is investigating the common (weedy) seadragon’s population status utilising whole genome sequencing.