Science

Marine Biologist – Dr Richard Smith

Science

Marine Biologist – Dr Richard Smith

Science

Marine Biologist – Dr Richard Smith

GETTING STARTED AS A MARINE BIOLOGIST | British born Richard learnt to dive in 1996 and has since logged well over 3500 dives and training up to PADI Dive Master status. Diving allows Richard to indulge his love of natural history and through his skills as a photographer he is able to communicate his love to a wider audience. Richard graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology from the University of Southampton, England in 2002 and an MSc in Marine Ecology and Evolution from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2005, for which he was also awarded the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement.

PhD RESEARCH | In 2007 Richard began researching for his PhD on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses.  His doctorate was awarded in April 2011 making his the first biological research, and first doctorate, on these diminutive fishes. His work focuses on the gorgonian associated species, Denise’s (Hippocampus denise) and Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti). Please browse his ‘Pygmy Seahorse Research’ blog for more information about these amazing animals. This work was carried out with much appreciated support from Wakatobi Dive Resort.

ONGOING MARINE CONSERVATION | In 2016, Richard was invited to join a small group of syngnathid researchers and conservationists in the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback Specialist Group (SPSSG).  The group is the recognised world authority of these fishes, and is dedicated to their conservation through the World Conservation Union (IUCN).  This great honour allows Richard to use his technical expertise in the practical conservation of marine species and the environments they live in.  He was also recently appointed as the ‘Global Pygmy Seahorse Expert’ for iSeahorse.org, who use citizen science to further the research and conservation of seahorses around the world.