Australian Institute of Marine Science

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is a leader in tropical marine science. The Institute is consistently ranked among the top one per cent of specialist research institutions internationally and is known for its unique capacity to investigate topics from broad-scale ecology to microbiology. AIMS is committed to the protection and sustainable use of Australia's marine resources. Its research programs support the management of tropical marine environments around the world, with a primary focus on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the pristine Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia and northwest Australia.

Related Projects: 
Project 1.2 'Marine wildlife management in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area'
Project 2.1 'Marine turtles and dugongs of the Torres Strait'
Project 2.2. 'Mangrove and freshwater habitat status of Torres Strait islands'

Dr. Uthicke is a Research Scientist in Water Quality & Ecosystem Health at AIMS and has expertise in experimental ecology, molecular ecology, and population genetics. In previous studies, he has investigated genetic connectivity and ecological function of coral reef invertebrates with special focus on echinoderms. His work combines field-based ecological surveys and experimental aquarium studies with “state-of-the-art” laboratory techniques and molecular analyses.

Sharks, giant trevally, coral trout and other large reef predators present a challenge to reef managers. Their mobility complicates estimates of population status, which makes assessment of man-made and natural changes hard to define.


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