At the Helm
Dr Adam Smith
Founder and Managing Director
Nathan Cook, MSc
Applied Marine Scientist
Environmental Research Scientist/ GIS Specialist
Al is a marine biologist from the Philippines with extensive experience in fisheries, climate change, habitat and vulnerability assessment, marine ecology, and environmental management. He has a Master of Science degree in Marine Science from James Cook University. He has skills in the applications of geospatial information using GIS and remote sensing in the coastal and marine environment. He has worked on different local and international Reef Ecologic projects such as impact assessment on corals in Mozambique, database development for the coastal and marine strategy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, reef restoration, citizen science and reef surveys. He is very passionate in using his knowledge and skills to help manage the marine environment and save the reefs for future generation.
Rachelle is a conservationist from the United States with a strong background in ecological restoration. She studied a Master of Science in Tropical Biology and Conservation at James Cook University and developed a strong knowledge base and skill set through her work in protected areas within the United States, Panama, Indonesia, Costa Rica and the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. Rachelle‘s strengths lie in effective communication to diverse audiences, field research and monitoring techniques, biological illustration, geographic information systems (GIS) and creating project-based reports such as restoration plans and impact assessments. Her passion is in assisting ecosystems and threatened species in recovering from the many modern-day threats they face. She is pleased to work with Reef Ecologic to help protect the natural beauty of Queensland and abroad.
Professor Iain Gordon
Dr Daniela Ceccarelli
Trevor is a consultant with over 35 years in the private and public sectors working as an environmental scientist, marine pollution emergency responder, spatial data scientist, HAZMAT and analytical chemist and oil exploration geochemist.
He has worked for the CSIRO, GBRMPA, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, United Nations, Electricity Commission of Victoria, NSW State Emergency Service, Asia-Pacific ASA and numerous other private consultancies. He has successfully managed over 200 small and large project and over 40 major maritime accidents, ship groundings and marine spill incidents including Australia’s largest oil spill incident the Montara well, and numerous incidents across the Pacific Islands.
Trevor has authored 110 papers, manuals and book chapters relating to emergency management, pollution response, shipwreck response, marine pollution risk assessment, hazardous substance incident, decision support systems and oil and gas exploration geochemistry.
Woody Spark is a visual storyteller, with over 10 years experience working in, on or under the ocean. Woody works in both video and photography, specializing in capturing the beauty and intricacies of the underwater environment. He is dedicated to producing educational and engaging content about all things marine science. He has worked alongside James Cook University, the University of New South Wales and WWF Australia producing science communication stories. He is very passionate about sharing not only the hard work people put into protecting the big blue but also their story and what drives them to help work towards a better planet.
Phil Laycock offers professional services through his business, PES Consulting: People Environment Sustainability supported by his 30 years’ experience in marine science, reef tourism, marine park management and community partnerships supporting environmental stewardship. Phil specialises in supporting Traditional Owners engaged in Sea Country management planning and cultural values mapping; facilitating community partnerships supporting recreational fishing resource stewardship and local management plans; workshop facilitation; and stakeholder consultations. He has an extensive background in reef tourism and its relationship with environment and was an assessment panel member for the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan’s Reef Rescue Program for Wet Tropics cane farming demonstrating a thorough understanding of Cane BMP in the Wet Tropics.
Phil is an excellent communicator who is able adapt his language to suit the audience while communicating complex ideas or when engaging with diverse groups of stakeholders. In his spare time you will find Phil in his organic vegie patch when it is windy or out on the water flyfishing when the days are calm.