National Collaborators

Dr Sean Connell Sean is a lecturer and an expert subtidal ecologist. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers on predation and understanding the effects of habitat on encrusting plants, invertebrates and fish. Sean was a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre from 1997-1999. During that time, he developed and tested theories about urban structures as marine habitats.

Dr Brendan Kelaher completed his Ph.D. at the Centre in 2001. His research interests at the Centre focused on the distribution and abundance of macrofaunal assemblages in coralline turfing algae. Brendan has taken up a Post Doctoral position with the University of Technology, Sydney

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.

Associate Professor Mick Keough Mick is a Reader and Associate Professor in Zoology. He is a world expert in the ecology of sessile marine invertebrates, particularly in seagrass habitats. He has considerable experience with the ecology of human coastal impacts.

Dr Marcus Lincoln Smith Marcus is the director of The Ecology Lab Pty Ltd at Brookvale in Sydney. He is especially interested in the practical application of a variety of methods for investigating environmental impacts in different aquatic habitats.

Dr Danny Roberts is an independent consultant ecologist in the Wyong district and a former senior estuarine ecologist at Wyong Council, N.S.W. As a qualified and practising marine ecologist, Danny is very active at the interface of science and management, in addition to having to deal with practical environmental problems. The Centre collaborates with Danny and with Wyong Shire Council on many projects centred on the Tuggerah-Budgewoi Lakes area.

Associate Professor Greg Skilleter Greg Skilleter is a reader and Associate Professor in the intergrative biology school at the University of Queensland. His work involves studying the impacts of humans on biodiversity in the sea, especially through climate change and development.

International Collaborators

Professor Brian Bayne Brian is a former Deputy Director of the Centre (1997-1999) and has now retired to the U.K. Brian started a number of projects in the Centre, many of which are being continued with his collaboration. These are mainly focused on the carrying capacity of large bivalves in estuaries (i.e. how many can be produced without disrupting ecological processes in an estuary), particularly oysters and mussels and the responses of these species to different contaminants.

Dr Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi Lisandro is researching intertidal and subtidal rocky shores. He studies interactions between algae, sea urchins and limpets, with a particular interest in measures of spatial variation in their distribution and abundance.

Professor Bob Clarke Bob is the head of Scientific Services and is known world-wide for his expertise and his novel statistical methods for quantifying biological community responses to pollutants. He has invented methods used widely to measure changes in coastal environments due to human activities.

Dr Tas Crowe Tas is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on variability in numbers and types of animals living in intertidal mussel beds in response to various human disturbances. Collaboration with the Centre predominantly involves the behavioural ecology of intertidal snails. This builds on the work that Tas did while a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Marine Ecology and interacts closely with some of the current research being done by Dr Gee Chapman and Professor Tony Underwood.

Professor John Gray John is Professor of the Biology Institute and is one of the world's leading researchers in the ecology of sub-tidal soft-sediments. He initiated the Scale Expert workshop. He is renowned for his assessment of the ecological effects of oil-production in the North Sea. Recently John has become interested in evaluating a new acoustic method for mapping subtidal habitats (the QTC-view system). This is based on a sophisticated echo-sounder that can quickly measure many different properties of the sounds as they are reflected by the seabed.