Steve is a marine scientist with two decades of experience across industry, government and academia, both in Australia and overseas. He earned his PhD from James Cook University, Australia. His expertise aligns to the population ecology of benthic marine communities, with a motivation to translate this information to diverse stakeholders involved with the conservation and management of marine ecosystems. He has published extensively on a broad range of marine-related topics. Steve is also an advocate of community engagement programs, with experience leading citizen scientist groups to assess marine ecosystem health.