Person: Amanda Reid

Amanda (Mandy) Reid is a taxonomist with a particular interest in the Sepiida (cuttlefishes) and the Sepiolida (that includes the bottletail squids and their relatives). Dr Reid attended Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and first developed an interest in the undersea world while working on polychaete worms at the Australian Museum, Sydney. She studied a … Continued

Log Post: Geology at Sea

It was a real joy to have our first deep dive down to 3250 meters in the Bremer Canyon. We meticulously explored rocky walls and muddy plains. Additionally, we stopped a few times to pick up rocks from the seafloor or strip bedrock samples with SuBastian’s robotic arm. So, the question is: why deal with … Continued

Cruise: Illuminating Biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons

Very few deep sea areas both in and outside of Australia have been well-sampled over large spatial and temporal scales, and a large number of species still remain undiscovered and unnamed. Following the first explorations of Bremer Bay and Perth Canyon, Falkor will bring ROV SuBastian to the Ningaloo Canyons. Dr. Nerida Wilson, of the … Continued

Person: Liam Cook

Liam is a student at Geraldton Senior High School in the final year of study. Liam’s scholastic interests include math, woodwork and especially the fields of engineering and science. Outside of his studies Liam is a keen basketballer and plays as a centre for the Stateside Scorpions in the Geraldton Basketball League. Liam hopes to … Continued

Person: Corey Whisson

Corey Whisson is a Technical Officer at the Western Australian Museum, working exclusively with Molluscs and has been doing so for over 18 years. He completed his BSc (Hons) degree at Curtin University in 2000 before commencing at the WA Museum. He is currently enrolled part-time for a Masters of Philosophy degree at Murdoch University. … Continued

Person: Rachel Przeslawski

Dr Rachel Przeslawski is the Director of Discovery & Engagement and a marine scientist at Geoscience Australia. Her research broadly investigates how environmental stressors affect marine invertebrates, particularly their early life stages. She has undertaken research on the potential effects of seismic impacts on marine invertebrates, as well as characterising biodiversity in northern Australian marine … Continued

Person: Georgia Nester

Georgia’s PhD project, Monitoring blue biodiversity: examining diversity patterns in oceanic environments using environmental DNA, involves collaborations between Curtin University, the Knysna Basin Project, the Western Australian Museum and the Australian Antarctic Division. The project aims to use environmental DNA to determine patterns in marine biodiversity in areas that are severely underrepresented in the literature … Continued

Person: Peter Kohnert

Peter Kohnert is a PhD candidate at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM) Munich in the lab of P.D. Dr. Michael Schrödl. He is a specialist for pelagic gastropods, their anatomy, taxonomy, geobiography and phylogenetic relationships and earned his diploma at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. His interest includes the biodiversity of pelagic … Continued

Person: Lisa Kirkendale

Dr. Lisa Kirkendale is the Head of Aquatic Zoology and Curator of Molluscs at the Western Australian Museum. She is interested in the evolution, biogeography, phylogenetics and diversity of molluscs. She continues to be both excited and frightened by the scale of Western Australia, a theatre albeit that well utilizes her experience in both temperate and tropical systems. … Continued

Person: Shenae Tesling

Shanae lives with her family in Geraldton but was born and raised in the Pilbara. The family moved to Geraldton so that she could attend High School. She has recently completed Year 12 and is looking forward to a new chapter in my life. She is thoroughly involved into all sports, with Basketball being her … Continued