Dr Ken Anthony is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. His primary research area is the effects of ocean acidification and climate change on coral reefs. A key focus of his research is projections of reef ecosystem function under future environmental scenarios. Ken has been involved in a series of recent international think tanks and expert meetings to communicate the state of knowledge of how global climate change is likely to affect marine resources during this century.
Professor John Beardall was originally trained as a microbiologist and then completed a PhD, on the physiology and biochemistry of phytoplankton photosynthesis, at the University of London. He moved to Australia in 1982, initially to an appointment at La Trobe University then later to Monash University where he is currently Head of the School of Biological Sciences. He is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in algal physiology, especially photosynthesis and respiration. His main research interests at present relate to understanding the likely impacts of global change on phytoplankton and seaweeds, and on the productivity of the oceans.
David Booth is Professor of Marine Ecology at University of Technology, Sydney, and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences. He has published over 60 papers and book chapters on reef fish ecology, specialising in recruitment processes and the effects of environment, including climate change factors on dispersal and behaviour of coral reef fishes.
Dr Steve Brett, Director of Microalgal Services, is involved in numerous projects on phytoplankton from Australian coastal waters and has a special interest in distribution and expansion of potentially harmful species. He completed undergraduate studies in marine botany and zoology, and a Ph.D. in phytoplankton biology at the University of Melbourne. He has worked as Curator of the U.S. National Phytoplankton Collection (CCMP) and has also held various university teaching and research positions. In 1998, he founded Microalgal Services in response to the need for an Australian laboratory specializing in identification and monitoring of marine phytoplankton, and now provides services and advice to private and government organizations in most Australian states.
Alexandra is a senior PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales with a background in science communication. She works on climate-mediated diseases of macroalgae along the New South Wales coastline, specifically the interactions between environment, algal chemical defences and bacterial pathogens. Alex also works on the impacts of grazers on macroalgae and is broadly interested in how marine organisms and ecosystems may change and adapt in response to climate change.
Dr Lynda Chambers is a senior scientist within the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (Bureau of Meteorology), where she specialises in climate research and its interface with Australian flora and fauna, particularly birds. She has published extensively on such topics as phenology, migration, species abundance, climate variability and change, climate extremes, and forecasting; including 20 years of research on the Little Penguin. She is a project leader for the National Ecological Meta Database and the citizen science project Climate Watch, in partnership with the Earthwatch Institute, as well as a contributing author to the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability).
Alistair Cheal has worked as a reef fish ecologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science for over a decade. He is particularly interested in the effects of major disturbances on reef fish communities, their resilience to these perturbations, and the application of this knowledge to gauge how future climate changes may impact reef fishes. He is also interested in broad scale patterns of reef fish community structure and population dynamics, and the mechanisms that drive them, including ENSO events.
Dr John Church is an oceanographer with the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and has published across a broad range of topics in oceanography. His area of particular expertise is the role of the ocean in climate, particularly anthropogenic climate change. He is co-editor of a book “Ocean Circulation and Climate” published by Academic Press. He has been a Principal Investigator on NASA/CNES Topex/Poseidon and Jason Science Working Teams since 1987. He was co-convening lead author for the Chapter on Sea Level in the IPCC Third Assessment Report. He was Co-Chair of the international Scientific Steering Group for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment from 1994 to 1998, Chaired the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme from 2006 to 2008 and CoChaired the 2006 WCRP Understanding Sea-level Rise and Variability Workshop. He was awarded the 2006 Roger Revelle Medal by Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, was a winner of a CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2006, won the 2007 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research and presented the 2008 AMOS R.H. Clarke Lecture. He is a member of the IPCC team that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
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