Previous Directors

Directors

Dr Arthur Dye Dr Arthur Dye was Deputy Director in the Centre from 2001 to 2005. His research on the ecology of coastal lakes focussed on the influence of isolation from the sea on macro- and meiobenthos. He initiated a project to develop eco-assay techniques for assessing spatial and temporal variability in ecological processes in coastal lakes. His work also included a study of the effects of physical disturbance on meiobenthos in mangrove forests. He was instrumental in the establishment of the NSW Aquatic Ecological Research Programme, of which he was President in 2004/5. He now has an environmental education company, based in Sydney.

Professor Brian Bayne Brian was Deputy Director of the Centre (1997-1999) and has now retired to Plymouth in the UK. Brian started a number of projects in the Centre, some of which are being continued with his collaboration. One project aims to evaluate new approaches to estimating the carrying capacity of estuaries for oyster cultivation (ie to determine the optimal stocking density for oysters under cultivation). Another project concerns the use of mussels to measure the biological impacts of contamination of estuaries. In both of these projects, Brian works closely with Dr Pieter Honkoop, a post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre.

Dr Steve Kennelly Steve is an Honorary Associate of the Centre and a past Deputy Director. He is now Chief Scientist with NSW Fisheries. His research interests involve the empirical study of marine biological resources. Early work examined ecological patterns and processes occurring in underwater kelp systems and the biology of, and fishery for, the commercially exploited spanner crab (Ranina ranina). More recently, his research involves solving by-catch problems in commercial trawl fisheries.

Prof. A.J. (Tony) Underwood Prof. Underwood was Director of the Centre from its inception until retirement in 2009. He is now an Emeritus Professor in the School of Biological Sciences. Although formally retired, Tony is still actively writing and thinking about experimental ecology. More information about his research can be found here.

Prof. M.G. (Gee) Chapman Prof. Chapman was Deputy Director of the Centre from its inception until retirement in 2009. She is now a Visiting Professor in the School of Biological Sciences. Although formally retired, Gee is still actively writing and thinking about issues in marine ecology. More information about her research can be found here.