Person: Christian Reeks

Christian is a Senior Technical Officer at the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). He studied Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Nanotechnology Science at the University of Technology Sydney. Christian then undertook a Master of Engineering by Research where he developed real time safety algorithms to protect human workers while they operated … Continued

Person: Jackson Shields

Jackson Shields is a PhD candidate with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. His research is focussed on improving the efficiency of AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) surveys, by using remotely-sensed data to predict where the AUV should sample. Concurrently he is developing simplified AUVs, designed to collect benthic imagery, while … Continued

Person: Mardi McNeil

Mardi McNeil is a PhD Candidate at the School of Earth and Environmental Science at Queensland University of Technology, and is affiliated with the Geocoastal Research Group at The University of Sydney School of Geosciences. Her interest is in cross-disciplinary research in Marine Geoscience, specifically biogenic carbonate sediments and structures at various scales from calcareous … Continued

Cruise: Going with the Flow: Targeted Autonomous Drifting

There are three major issues that limit widespread and frequent seafloor imaging: cost, personnel to operate platforms, and the technical complexity of long-duration vehicles. The engineering team working on this project aim to increase researchers' ability to gather scientifically useful seafloor imagery in coastal and shelf environments with technologies that can increase ease of use while … Continued

Person: Gemma Galbraith

Gemma Galbraith is a PhD Candidate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Her research examines the ecology of coral reefs on submerged pinnacle reefs in Papua New Guinea. Gemma is particularly interested in how hydrodynamic processes and geomorphology influence ecological communities on distinct and … Continued


CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA – Scientists working remotely with Schmidt Ocean Institute, one of the only at-sea ​science expeditions​ to continue operating during the global pandemic, have completed a first look at deep waters in the Coral Sea never before seen. The Australian science team discovered the deepest living hard corals in Eastern Australian waters, sighted fish … Continued

Person: Jeremy Horowitz

Jeremy Horowitz is a PhD Candidate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. His research is focused on the taxonomy, systematics, and evolutionary history of black corals. He has joined multiple deep-sea expeditions to collect and document biodiversity in these little-explored habitats, which has already led to numerous … Continued

Log Post: Rapid Data Publication: From Ship to Home

Today, the Visioning the Coral Sea Marine Park seabed mapping data has been made publicly accessible through the AusSeabed portal. The R/V Falkor arrived in Australia earlier this year, and despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Visioning the Coral Sea Marine Park survey took place from 29th April – 12th June with the scientists all working remotely. Pairing … Continued

Person: Colin Woodroffe

Professor Colin Woodroffe is a coastal geomorphologist in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences at the University of Wollongong. He has a PhD and ScD from the University of Cambridge, and was a lead author on the coastal chapter in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment report. He has … Continued

Person: Jacquomo Monk

Dr Jacquomo Monk is a quantitative marine spatial ecologist with joint appointments with Austral Research and Consulting and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. For over a decade Jac has worked in the private and university sectors applying his advanced skills in spatial and quantitative statistics to a range … Continued