CSIRO Research Team

Project Lead and Deep Reefs Lead
  • Brett Molony is a fishery scientist and fish ecologist with more than 30 years’ experience in marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems within Australia and Internationally. He has worked in projects in tropical and temperate Australia throughout the Western Pacific, including providing risk-based advice for sustainable management of resources and his research interests include cumulative risk and impact assessments, and understanding inter-relationships in multiple-use coastal and marine areas to assist decision making. Deep reefs will focus on understanding the connectivity between shallow and deep reefs in conjunction with John Keesing.
Deep reefs (Habitats and Fish) Lead
  • John Keesing is a marine ecologist and fisheries scientist having conducted research in Australia, New Zealand, China, India and Japan publishing more than 100 scientific papers, book chapters and articles across multiple marine and environmental science disciplines. His focus in the Ningaloo Outlook program will be on trying to determine how different types of deeper (40-80 m) off-reef habitat types are structured and maintained, how these habitats are used by different types of fish and invertebrates and to determine their overall importance to the Ningaloo Reef system.
Shallow reefs Lead
  • Damian Thomson is a coral reef ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and ecology of corals, and in the design and implementation of large-scale and long-term monitoring programs. He has worked on research projects in the Pilbara, the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and temperate Western Australia. Damian has worked at Ningaloo since 2007 and his current research is focused on understanding the processes that shape benthic ecosystems of north-western Australia, with a particular emphasis on Ningaloo and the Pilbara.
Turtles Lead
  • Mat Vanderklift's core expertise is in studying marine food webs and the ecology of coral reef and seagrass ecosystems. He has worked on several large, collaborative and multidisciplinary projects that span over two thousand kilometres from temperate southern kelp forests to tropical coral reefs. He has worked at Ningaloo since 2006, and is currently leading research projects at Ningaloo and in the Kimberley.
  • Richard Pillans has over 16 years experience as a marine ecologist and has worked on fish, sharks, marine turtle and crustacean ecology with an emphasis on natural resource management and conservation. His research provides data on the movement of marine reptiles (turtles), mammals (dugongs), fish and sharks using acoustic telemetry and satellite tags. He regularly advises state and federal government on issues related to conservation and management of sharks and rays.