Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville

Hugh Sweatman came to Australia from the UK to study coral reef fishes for his PHD. He has worked on reefs in Australia, the Caribbean, and the Arabian Gulf, studying reef fishes and the crown-of-thorns starfish. Based at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) Townsville, for the past 20 years he has been involved with one of the largest and longest-running reef monitoring programs in the world; tracking changes in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

The Great Barrier Reef is an Australian Icon, and the condition of the Reef is a matter of great interest to the Australian public. Hugh is able to provide an overview of the dynamics and the long-term changes in the GBR coral reefs, and also an update on current research in this area.