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Open Water Research Team


Zooplankton are an important component of marine food webs that link plankton to top predators.

Dr Paul van Ruth of SARDI is a biological oceanographer and plankton ecologist. His interests focus on understanding the way that variations in physical and chemical environmental parameters, whether driven by anthropogenic or climatic factors, shape marine planktonic communities and lower trophic ecosystem dynamics from global to local scales. He is the lead biological oceanographer for the Southern Australian node of IMOS (Theme Leader).

Dr Rudy Kloser of CSIRO specialises in the development and use of acoustics and optical methods to understand the structure and function of deep water pelagic communities. He has led the development of bio-acoustic basin scale sampling within Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) (Theme Leader).

Dr Mark Doubell of SARDI is a physical and biological oceanographer who studies the bio-physical couplings and the mechanisms that influence the distribution of marine life. Mark’s research focus has traditionally focused on small-scale ocean processes and their influence on the ecology of microbial and planktonic communities. More recently, Mark has extended his work to applied fisheries and coupled ocean-biogeochemical modelling in order to support the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture. Mark has extensive sea-going experience, particularly in the waters of Australia’s southern shelf and the Southern Ocean.

Dr Richard McGarvey of SARDI is a fisheries population modeller, with 30 years of experience in statistical modelling, population dynamic modelling, survey design and data analysis, and bio-economic modelling. He retains a focus on modelling pelagic ecosystems, notably the dependence of organism body size and metabolic type on rates of trophic energy flow up the food chain.

Dr Andy Revill of CSIRO specialises in studying the chemical signatures of marine food webs and how they can be used to help understand marine ecosystems and their sustainable management.

A/Prof Anthony J. Richardson of CSIRO and the University of Queensland is a quantitative marine ecologist, focusing on understanding the effects of environmental variability on marine systems (in particular plankton dynamics) as a window to predicting impacts of climate change.

A/Prof Tim Ward of SARDI is a fisheries biologist who is interested in the biology, ecology and stock assessment of small pelagic fishes and the assessment and mitigation of fishery interactions with non-target species and marine ecosystem. He has led several large and successful multi-disciplinary research projects in the Great Australian Bight and has published papers on the importance of the region’s upwelling system in enhancing pelagic productivity and the effectiveness of the Great Australian Bight Marine Park in representing and protecting regional biodiversity. 



The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide, and Flinders University.