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Dr Terry Done

Terry Done

Dr Terry Done is an internationally renowned marine biologist and coral reef researcher who made his first foray into coral reef studies on a part time basis in 1970 while a PhD student in Zoology at a small university in New South Wales, Australia.

In 1975 he obtained a post-doctoral fellowship in coral reef ecology at James Cook University. Then in 1980, he joined the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) where he progressed through the ranks of Research Scientist until his retirement in 2007.  He has been an advisor to governments in Australia, US and Indonesia on coral reef science and management and he has written over 60 scientific papers and book chapters, with a focus on coral reefs.  The scope of his work and interests also includes the geological history of coral reefs, the processes of reef growth, effects of fishing and pollution and the effects of global climate change.  He is now an AIMS Research Associate and an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland, positions that allow him to continue his studies and impart the benefit of his knowledge and experience to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Jos Hill

Jos Hill founded Reef Check Australia in 2001 to provide an opportunity for the general public to engage in coral reef conservation through reef monitoring and education. She served as Reef Check Australia's first Managing Director until 2009 and continues to be engaged in the organization as an advisor.

Jos is a marine ecologist and entrepreneur with over ten years of international practice in conservation. She has worked on sustainable seafood issues, designed conservation programs, advised on incentive based resource management initiatives, supported business and operational planning for sustainably-minded organizations and has led capacity-building workshops on coral reef monitoring and protected area management in the Indo Pacific and Caribbean.

Jos is now Executive Director of Olazul, a San Francisco-based non profit that designs sustainable ocean livelihoods for fishing communities in developing countries. Jos is also a two-time Packard Environment Fellow, a Kinship Conservation Fellow and a PERC Enviropreneur. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Biology from the University of Leeds in the U.K., a Masters of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management from James Cook University, Australia and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School, USA.

Dr Chris Roelfsema

Chris Roelfsema is scientist/lecturer at University of Queensland since 1998. His research focuses on integrating field and remote sensing satellite or airborne imagery to study coral reef and seagrass environments. As a result, he gained knowledge and skills in:  marine biology; identification of coral, seagrass, algae, and inverts; and various marine surveying methods and developed techniques for gathering georeferenced photos of bottom types. For the research he mapped or monitored rocky reefs, seagrass and coral reefs in: Australia (e.g. Moreton Bay Marine Park, Wolf Rock, Heron Reef, Lizard, Swains, Coral Sea), and Asia Pacific (e.g. Fiji, Cook Island, Solomon's, Palau). Chris has various degrees: BsC hydrographic surveying, MsC Geodetic Engineer, PgDip Marine Science and PhD in coral reef remote sensing. Since 1981 he has been an active diver, and has trained people in all kinds of diving and first aid skills. He has trained people in various marine surveying methods, organised volunteer based marine monitoring projects, is active supporter of Reef Check and CoralWatch, and is Reef Check trainer since 2010.

Dr Clive Wilkinson

Clive Wilkinson

Clive Wilkinson is the Coordinator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network that operates in more than 80 countries and publishes the 'Status of Coral Reefs of the World' reports every 2 years. These reports have appeared in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and the latest in 2008 reported that we have lost 19% of our reefs, due mostly to human damage; with a further 35% seriously threatened in the next few decades. These predictions do not consider climate change which looms as the greatest threat to the future of coral reefs. The GCRMN also published reports on the effects on coral reefs of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and the massive bleaching in the Caribbean in 2005. Clive was the co- author with Jos Hill on the compilation of coral reef monitoring methods, that was also published by the GCRMN in association with Reef Check Australia. 

Before this he was the Chief Technical Advisor for a coastal resource research program in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand for 5 years. This program focused on training in coral reef and mangrove monitoring methods developed jointly by Asian scientists and those from the Australian Institute of Marine Science.  This resulted in a book of monitoring methods that is still regarded as the 'bible' of methods.

He was the Chair of the United Nations Global Task Team on the Implications of Global Climate Change and Coral Reefs from 1991 to 1995 and co-authored the definitive report on climate change and reefs in 1994. The predictions proved to be conservative as 4 years later, the world experienced devastating El Niño and La Niña coral bleaching that effectively knocked out 16% of the world's coral reefs.

Clive worked as an active field scientist on the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef at the Australian Institute of Marine Science from 1980 to 2006. His research was principally on the nutrition of corals and sponges, and he has published more than 100 scientific articles. He received BSc and PhD training in marine microbiology and ecology from the University of Queensland, doing research on coral reef sponges at Heron Island.  He is now based at the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre in Townsville Australia.