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My PhD Thesis Abstract: 'The Biology and Conservation of Gorgonian-Associated Pygmy Seahorses'

I was awarded my PhD in April 2011 on the biology and conservation of gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses.  I thought it was about time that I posted the abstract of my thesis for anyone who's interested to have a little taster of some of my findings.  The individual chapters comprising my thesis are in the process of being published in the scientific journals so there will be more information about each of these as they are released.

 

ABSTRACT:

Tips for Underwater Photographers

Several years ago I wrote an article for FiNS magazine entitled 'A Photographer's Responsibility'.  My aims in writing this article were to improve people's photography but also for them to consider the welfare of the animals they were photographing.  There was quite a lot of feedback about this article from dive centres and conservation organisations wishing to use it to show to their guests and raise awareness of the marine environment.  I was really pleased by this, as it's a subject very dear to my he

Paradise Dancer (Raja Ampat) Residency: January/February 2012

I have recently confirmed a three trip residency aboard the Peter Hughes, Paradise Dancer liveaboard in January/February 2012.  I will be on this stunning American style schooner sailing and diving around the pristine Raja Ampat region of Indonesia for three trips:

11-22 January - FULL

23 January-3 February - SPACES AVAILABLE with a special on this trip only: $500 discount per person and 50% off Nitrox!  Hurry, spaces won't last long!

4-15 February - SPACES AVAILABLE

Sperm Whales in the Azores

In June 2011 I visited Pico Island in the Azores, which are situated 1500 km west of Portugal in the mid Atlantic.  I had been lucky enough to be granted permission by the Azorean government to enter the water with Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus).  This priveledge is limited to professional photographers and supported by my marine biology background.  Great care must be taken not to disturb these gentle giants and so we were only on snorkel, not SCUBA.  Our daily excursions were organised by Pic

Turtle Tails: The Biology of Sea Turtles (Asian Diver Article 02/2011)

The following article 'Turtle Tails - The Biology of Sea Turtles' was originally published in issue 2/2011 of Asian Diver magazine:

 

Turtle Tails - The Biology of Sea Turtles By Richard Smith (© Richard Smith 2011)

ODEX Seminar - The Private Life of Pygmy Seahorses

The Oceania Dive Expo will be in Brisbane, Australia between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th October 2011 and I am booked to present!  My seminar, which is on Saturday 8th October between 4.10 and 4.40pm, is entitled 'The Private Life of Pygmy Seahorses'.  I'll be talking about my research on pygmy seahorses and some of the fascinating aspects of their biology that I discovered during my PhD.  Check out the website for more information at www.OceaniaDiveExpo.com

 

Pygmy Seahorse Facts & Images

On the 1st April 2011 my PhD was officially awarded.  I am the first person to have completed a PhD on the biology of pygmy seahorses and I'm excited to share some of my findings.  My thesis is entitled 'The Biology and Conservation of Gorgonian-Associated Pygmy Seahorses'.  I will be publishing the findings from my thesis in the scientific literature in the coming months so keep checking back or sign up to my blog updates for details.  Until then I wanted to share some information and facts about pygmy seahorses:

 

Zoological Society of London - Annual Review Cover Image

The Zoological Society of London is a UK based charity devoted to the conservation of animals around the world.  The produce an annual Conservation Review highlighting their major acheivements.  I was honoured to have the image on the front cover of the 2009/2010 edition.  They are one of the World's most important conservation organisations and I am pleased to be able to support them with my images.

EDGE Coral Reefs

EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endangered) is a conservation initiative, which focuses on species that aren't necessarily the most glamorous but are highly evolutionarily distinct compared to other living species. 

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