The Reef Ecologic Team
Reef Ecologic specialises in providing expert advice to design and implement innovative solutions to environmental challenges facing tropical marine ecosystems and the people who love and depend upon them.
We bring over 40 years of experience at the leading edge of coral reef science, management and policy to provide insight, guide strategic actions and build capacity among the leaders of today and tomorrow to secure a more sustainable future. Reef Ecologic have implemented major projects in all the coral reef regions of the world, including extensive work with coral reef managers, communities and businesses in the Great Barrier Reef, Caribbean, Pacific, Southeast Asia, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. We are united by our love of coral reefs and a conviction that the considerations, decisions and actions we take can make a meaningful and enduring difference to the future of coral reefs. Through our commitment to excellence, our unique skill set and our dedication to partnerships we work with individuals, enterprises and governments and NGOs to improve the outlook for coral reefs and communities, and create a better planet for all.
Reef Ecologic is a registered company based in Townsville, Australia. Reef Ecologic is a registered company based in Townsville, Australia that operates predominantly not for profit. There are no end of year profits resulting in distribution of dividends or the like. We all get paid for the work we do and that’s pretty much it. Owners have collateral in assets and brand which may be on-sold. We seek to encompass environmental stewardship in all of its business endeavours, adopting a lifecycle perspective that ensures complete sustainability.
Our mission, vision & philosophy
MISSION: Reef Ecologic provides strategic advice, research and training to understand and address the issues facing coral reefs.
VISION: A better planet with coral reefs that are healthy and thriving because of collaborative care and management using the best available ideas and knowledge.
PHILOSOPHY: Our values determine our priorities and approach;
People first, Leadership, Excellence, Quality science, Ethical, Collaboration, Environmental responsibility, Passion and Responsive.
Our Quality Management System Policies
ecoBiz Partnership Assessment
Reef Ecologic are very proud to announce that our business has been awarded 2 star partnership with ecoBiz. “Congratulations on your tremendous work in the area of resource management! It has been an honour to witness Reef Ecologic’s journey to a more sustainable future. Reef Ecologic has operated at best practice in energy and waste management” (Link)
At the Helm
Dr Adam Smith
Adam is a dedicated scientist, manager and leader who has a life long commitment to the marine environment and a vision to make a positive difference for current and future generations. Adam has almost 30 years experience in research, management and leadership, including 15 years with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Adam has a BSc (Hons), PhD and MBA and has authored over 50 Scientific papers and books.
Dr Paul Marshall
Paul is an Assoc. Professor (Adjunct) with the University of Queensland. He has over 20 years experience in coral reef research and management, and has produced over 80 research papers and books attracting over 7000 citations. He works with reef dependent industries, communities, governments and NGOs to identify and strategically respond to major issues and emerging risks using collaborative and participatory approaches. As a global leader in climate change adaptation, he works with and advises private enterprise, industry organisations, national governments and international bodies on strategic and practical responses to global change.
Nathan Cook, MSc
Applied Marine Scientist
Nathan is an applied scientist and specialist in coral reef restoration and capacity building with 20 years experience working in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Nathan has been a passionate advocate for sustainability and stewardship, working with communities, tourism businesses and governments to activate and sustain meaningful on-ground actions to build resilience of coral reefs. He has developed local-specific marine monitoring and assessment programs and establishing innovative coral reef restoration programs in several key locations around the world. His decades of practical experience is underpinned by a Masters in Marine Science.
Dr Ameer Abdulla
Dr. Ameer Abdulla is a marine conservation scientist with over 20 years of experience in marine research, conservation, and management in the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Great Barrier Reef. He has a PhD in Coral Reef Ecology and a MSc in Marine Impact Assessment, Monitoring, and Management. Ameer has worked with the IUCN Global Marine Programme for 12 years where he led on marine biodiversity conservation and management. He is a senior member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), an adjunct Associate Professor of marine conservation science at the University of Queensland in Australia, Senior Fellow in Conservation Science with the Wildlife Conservation Society and a National Geographic Explorer. He is the author of more than 55 scientific papers, book chapters, and technical reports.
Jo is an associate of Reef Ecologic and has assisted with the Whitsunday Public Art and the Reef Restoration Project and International Coral Reef Management and Leadership Course. She is passionate about sustainability and the interface between art, science and community. Her previous role of arts administrator at Perc Tucker (Townsville) Regional Art Gallery spanned 10 years, she was part of a small dynamic team with a busy exhibition and public program schedule across 2 galleries. Arts administration encompassed finance, the volunteer program, gallery membership, and all administrative support for the exhibitions and public programs.
Dr Daniela Ceccarelli
Dr. Daniela Ceccarelli is an independent marine ecology consultant with extensive training and experience in tropical marine ecosystems. Her research and review projects have included studies on coral reef fish and invertebrates, seagrass beds and mangroves, and have required a good understanding of a wide range of topics. She also continues to collaborate with colleagues in academic institutions to further her research interests on coral reefs. In her personal life, she spends her time parenting three teenage boys, practicing and teaching yoga, and indulging in music and art.
Dr Nadine Marshall
Dr Nadine Marshall is a senior social scientist with CSIRO Land and Water. She is working with Ecologic on a NESP funded project that looks to develop indicators of aesthetic quality in the Great Barrier Reef. Nadine has expertise on conducting vulnerability analyses of resource dependent industries such as commercial fishing, farming and marine tourism, as well as coastal communities. Key interests include working with partners to incorporate the social dimension into natural resource management.
Johanna Johnson is a Partner and Senior Scientist at C2O Consulting and has 25 years’ experience in marine research and management in the Asia-Pacific region. She specialises in climate change vulnerability and adaptation, community-based conservation, marine monitoring, science synthesis and providing decision-support for management and conservation. Johanna is also a Director of the C2O Pacific division based out of Vanuatu that focuses on sustainable marine ecosystems in the Pacific region.
Gemma Molinaro is a marine scientist with an MSc from James Cook University and background in diving and underwater photography. She has worked as on a number of projects as an associate of Reef Ecologic including assisting with reef restoration, reef health surveys and community engagement activities. Gemma has led marine surveys on the Great Barrier Reef for a number of years as the project coordinator for Reef Check and also focused on community engagement and involvement in marine conservation education. Gemma is passionate about reef conservation and learning new ways to make positive impacts on people and environment.
Terry Harper has more than 25 years experience managing protected areas including the Great Barrier Reef. As Director of TerraFormDesign, Terry brings his expertise and passion to build capacity of managers to deliver the best outcomes for coral reefs, and the people who depend upon them. He recognises that effective management depends on people and relationships, and brings out the best in people for lasting mutual benefit.
Katie Frisch is a social marketing specialist with a passion for using behavioural change tools and creative communication approaches to protect coral reefs. She has worked for world leading organizations such as Rare, the Nature Conservancy, the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Katie has translated cutting edge climate science for residents of Hawaii, helped Australian schools take action to protect the Great Barrier Reef, and supported rural landholders in adopting “reef friendly” practices. She developed some of the first available student resources on the impacts of climate change on coral reefs.
Jon has 39 years professional experience as a marine and terrestrial park planner, park manager and ranger (including 28 years in Great Barrier Reef; 4 years in Kakadu NP). Jon worked as a Director at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for 16 years; major highlights included his leadership roles in the Great Barrier Reef’s rezoning and in World Heritage matters. During his career, Jon developed a variety of marine and terrestrial park policies. He is currently undertaking a post-career PhD at ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. Jon has 70+ peer-reviewed publications, including author of 12 book chapters.