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Dr Adriana Vergés
Adriana is a marine ecologist based at UNSW Australia and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and is leading the crowd-funding campaign. Her research focuses on the ecology and conservation of algal forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs. Besides being passionate about science and the underwater world, she is also very interested in science communication and storytelling in all its forms.
Dr Melinda Coleman
Melinda is a Senior Research Scientist
with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), NSW Fisheries based at the National Marine Science Centre at Coffs Harbour. Melinda's current research centres on connectivity and population genetics of habitat forming seaweeds with a focus
on implications for conservation both
now and under future climate scenarios.
George is a PhD candidate at UNSW Australia and has a background in marine ecology and assessment of marine management strategies. Her work is focused on how ecological measures (such as ecosystem function and biodiversity of seaweed-associated communities) and population genetics may be used to aid & assess the success of the crayweed restoration project. George is also passionate about public outreach through direct outdoor experience and citizen science.
Dr Alexandra Campbell
Alex is fascinated by habitat-forming organisms such as seaweeds and things that eat, infect and live on them. She is also interested in how environmental change (e.g. due to ocean warming and pollution) influences these interactions. She is based at UNSW Australia and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, and her background is in marine ecology, environmental microbiology and environmental science.
Assoc Professor Brendan Kelaher
Brendan is a marine biologist with ~20 years field experience based at the National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour.
His principle research aim is to understand processes that create, maintain and impact marine biodiversity.
Lana’s work explores informed and innovative science communication via citizen science, education and the power of the arts. She is interested in exploring the links between the social and ecological with respect to the large scale restoration of crayweed across Sydney.
Her background is in both education and in ecological restoration. She is also an avid fan of the marine diversity of Sydney.
Dr Ezequiel Marzinelli
Ezequiel, aka Ziggy, leads the crayweed restoration research from UNSW Australia and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. He is a marine ecologist that studies how interactions with marine creatures and microbes affect seaweed forests in natural and urban environments. His goal is to use this information for conservation and management practices, particularly ecological restoration.
Professor Peter Steinberg
Peter is a distinguished researcher with more than 165 international publications and multiple patents. He is a world renowned seaweed expert and his research interests include seaweed ecology, diseases of marine organisms, biofouling and antifouling, bacterial biofilm biology, marine chemical ecology and marine biotechnology. He is Professor of Biology at UNSW Australia and Director of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.
Adam has a a strong passion for ecology and the conservation of Sydney's marine communities. He is currently undertaking an Honours degree and his focus is on restoring crayweed forests and looking at the impacts of sea urchins and structural complexity on restoration success. His aim is to develop a management plan in which rehabilitation efforts can as be cost and time effective as possible.
Aquarist & Researcher
Sea Life Trust Advisor