In the lab, on the high seas, and under the waves shepherding schools of human fish
David is SASAP co-founder. As UTS Professor of Marine Ecology David is a teacher, researcher and influencer, passionate about educating the broader community and policy makers. The press frequently seek his insights on topical marine issues. He is not coloured by industry affiliations and his independence mean he will comment where many will not. David’s views are informed by a deep scientific understanding, an international perspective and a wealth of practical experience.
In 2021 David was appointed as a panellist to judge the Earthshot prize- considered the most prestigious global environment prize; and appointed the global protector of seahorses; he won the UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.
David’s many hats include coordinating citizen science projects, sitting on the Ocean Science Council of Australia, past president of the Australia Coral Reef Society, collaborating with NSW Department of Primary Industry, NSW Dept of Environment and Conservation, UTS Microstructural Analysis Unit, Oregon State University, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the University of the Virgin Islands.
A great champion of the oceans and a gifted scientist working within academia and beyond to find complex inter-disciplinary solutions to complex problems. It is a privilege and pleasure to have David on board.