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'

Following completion of a PhD on modelling improved techniques for wireless communication, Dr. Lawrey took up the position of Chief Technical Officer at Code Valley; a software engineering company researching a new way of developing software using distributed computing. In 2008 Dr. Lawrey joined AIMS as the e-Atlas developer and in 2011 took over as project leader for the e-Atlas, where he now focuses on data processing and stakeholder engagement.

Dr Britta Schaffelke is a senior research scientist whose training and background is in the ecology and ecophysiology of marine macroalgae.  Read more >

Dr. Negri is a Senior Research Scientist in Water Quality & Ecosystem Health at AIMS. His background and training is in analytical chemistry and toxin research and he has spent 10 years at AIMS and CSIRO studying the chemistry, distribution and accumulation of natural toxins in marine and freshwater ecosystems. In the late 1990s, his research became more coral reef-oriented, including studies on the natural chemistry and microbiology responsible for coral larval settlement. Since 2000, Dr.

Dr. Ray Berkelmans worked for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) from 1986 to 1999 on impact assessment, and research procurement to assist management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. He joined AIMS in 1999 to undertake research into climate change impacts and adaptation of coral reefs, with this period including a PhD (2002) in marine biology and aquaculture at the School of Marine Biology, James Cook University.

Dr. Sweatman is a Senior Research Scientist at AIMS and leads the Long-term Monitoring Program for coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. He trained as a behavioural ecologist working on reef fishes and has worked on the GBR and in the Caribbean (Panama). His research interests have broadened to processes of disturbance and recovery on reefs, particularly as applied to the GBR. After graduating, he worked briefly at University of Sydney then spent three years as a post-doc at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.


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