Muhammad Abdul Wahab is a benthic ecologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and is based in Darwin, Northern Territory. He received his PhD from James Cook University and AIMS, studying population ecology of sponges, which provided a fundamental understanding on the reproduction, spawning and recruitment of several sponge species on the Great Barrier Reef. More recently, his research involves investigations into the effects of natural and anthropogenic impacts (e.g. sediments) on benthic communities, assessing patterns of benthic biodiversity, and understanding ecological processes that influences benthic community composition and distributions. His work spans across shallow and mesophotic habitats in northern Australia, including those in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, and in the Northern Territory.