Dr Merrick Ekins is the Collection Manager of Sessile Marine Invertebrates at the Queensland Museum. Merrick is in charge of the Queensland Museums’ Sessile Marine Invertebrate Collection, with one of the largest Indo-Pacific collection of Sponges, Ascidians and Octocorals. He has 17 years of experience in the collection, identification, preservation and descriptions of these groups, and authored many taxonomic papers describing new species from shallow to abyssal depths. Merrick has been the biologist on many SCUBA expeditions and several deepsea expeditions, including the RV Investigator Sampling the Abyss voyage off the east coast of Australia, the RV L’Atalante KANADEEP expeditions to the New Caledonia Seamounts, and the German Deep Down Under ROV expedition to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.