How does citizen science support your research?
Science usually requires repetitive measurements, which can soak up a lot of time. Citizen science is fantastic in that it allows scientists to work alongside enthusiastic individuals, enabling larger datasets to be collected, and at the end of the day, frees up time to tackle more questions.
What is most interesting about studying coral reefs?
I guess I find all marine environments interesting, as they all have their own attributes. With coral reefs though, it is the remarkable diversity and complexity that persist under a dynamic flux of disturbance and recovery. The balance between disturbance events (natural and anthropogenic) and recovery is fragile, particularly when increasing levels of anthropogenic stress are considered. My interest lies in understanding processes that contribute to population maintenance and on impacts that compromise population persistence for coral reef taxa.
What is one of your favorite moments in the field?
There are many, but working with Australian indigenous communities to help develop a sustainable bath sponge farm was one of the more rewarding.