Teaching and Research Staff


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Prof Elaine Baker

Director MSI

Mercury rising, Deep sea mining

Dr Joy Becker

Production-limiting infectious diseases affecting global aquaculture.

Prof Gavin Birch

Human-induced change and biological risk posed by contaminants in estuarine/harbour sediments: Sydney Harbour/estuary (Australia)

Dr Michelle Blewitt

Marine mammal research

Dr Elisa Bone

Billion Oyster Project, Educational Designer University of Sydney

Dr Eleanor Bruce

Integrated Geospatial Management System Sydney Harbor Area

Prof Maria Byrne

Impacts of ocean acidification on the interaction between tropical sea cucumbers, sediment biota and lagoon carbonate dynamics - direct and indirect effects of high CO2

Prof Doug Cato

The Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS)

Dr Smantha Clark


Can submarine landslides trigger tsunamis?

A/Prof Ross Coleman 

 The impacts of human activities (e.g. pollution, buildings, seawalls) on coastal environments and how best to measure them

Dr Navneet Dhand

The use of epidemiological and statistical tools to improve public health and to solve intricate problems confronting animal industries

Dr Olivia Evans

Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome – closing knowledge gaps to continue farming Crassostrea gigas in Australia.

Dr Renata Ferrari Legorreta

3D Reefs Project

A/Prof Will Figueira


Spatial Ecology of Marine Ecosystems, Marine Resource Management & Conservation, Population Ecology of Marine Fish (Temperate-Tropical)

Dr Daniel Harrison

Saving the Great Barrier Reef - Cloud Whitening droplet generator

Dr Paul Hick

Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome

Dr Tom Hubble

Can submarine landslides trigger tsunamis?

Dr Kate Johnson

Sustaining More Than Fish: Tradition and transformation in environmental conflicts, analysed the discursive and material relationship between culture and sustainability through the case study of tuna and La Tonnara - a tuna trap fishery used for centuries in Southern Italy

Prof Ian Jones

Saving the Great Barrier Reef and Fertilising the ocean to help food security

Prof Peter Lay

Vibrational Spectroscopic Analysis of Microplastics and Microfibres in Fish

Prof Rosmary  Lyster

 Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law

Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska

Nutritional Ecology of Marine Predators: challenges and opportunities

Dr Bree Morgan

The mobility, bioavailability and toxicity of trace metals in natural and disturbed coastal systems.

Dr  Phil  Mulhearn

Changing water depths in Sydney Harbour and History of the charting/surveying of major NSW estuaries and the accuracy of early charts.

Prof Dietmar Müller

Marine geophysics and geodynamics, plate tectonics. Machine Learning Approaches to Analysing Global Sea Surface and Seafloor Data

Dr Richard Murphy


Prof Elspeth Probyn

Eating the Ocean - communicating complexity

Dr Maria Seton

Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent

Dr Yehuda Shalem 

Coordintore of the MSI

Surface-groundwater interaction in coastal water

Prof Tim Stephens

Deputy Director MSI

Ocean Governance in the Anthropocene – The Carbonation Challenge

Dr Edwina Tanner

Coordintore of the MSI

Oceanography and global warming (CO2 emissions)

Dr Emma Thompson

Future Proofing the Sydney Rock Oyster

A/Prof Ana Vila-Concejo

Geocoastal research at the University of Sydney

Dr Ashley Ward

Behavioural ecology of fish

A/Prof Jody Webster

Spur and Groove Evolution, Formation and Paleoclimate: Great Barrier Reef and French Polynesia

Prof Richard Whittington

Aquatic Animal Health and Environmental Immunology

Prof Stefan Williams

Marine Systems at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (navigation and mapping, clustering and classification, novel sensing, survey designs and platform designs)

Honorary Associates

Associate Professor Gavin Birch
Associate Professor Peter Cowell
Dr Adrienne Grant
Associate Professor Roslind Hinde
Adjunct Professor Ian SF Jones
Associate Professor Jock Keene
Professor Tony Larkum
Dr John Runcie

MSI Director

MSI Deputy Director

MSI Coordinator

Marine Geoscience Undergraduate Advisor

Marine Biology Undergraduate Advisor

Marine Science Postgraduate Advisor

Marine Science Postgraduate Coursework Advisor

Director of One Tree Island Research Station

Deputy Director of One Tree Island Research Station

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