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Raja Ampat Aboard Dewi Nusantara (Trip One)

Almost a year to the day I am back aboard the beautiful Dewi Nusantara (formerly Paradise Dancer) sailing the bountiful waters of Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia.  This is the first of my three trips aboard Dewi, where I'll be conducting a series of marine biology evening lectures and hunting for elusive pygmy seahorses to further my research on these amazing miniature fish.

Scientific Publication on Pygmy Seahorse Habitat Specialisation and Population Structure

My scientific publication on the habitat specialisation and population structure of gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses has just been published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series (Link to the MEPS page):

 

Smith RE, Grutter AS & Tibbetts IR (2012).  Extreme habitat specialisation and population structure of two gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 444: 195-206

 

Recent Lembeh Trip

2012 is shaping up to be a great year already!  Sandwiched between Christmas and New Year spent in Ambon and January and February in Raja Ampat, I spent 10 days in Lembeh with my friend Laura.

Code of Conduct for Diving with and Photographing Pygmy Seahorses – Chinese Version

With the help of a very kind Taiwanese gentleman, Paladin Liu, I am now pleased to offer a Chinese version of the Code of Conduct for diving with and photographing pygmy seahorses.

Paladin has been seeing pygmy seahorses on some of his dives in Taiwan and wished to help protect them by sharing the Code of Conduct with his dive buddies.  I'm really pleased for his input and helping for this information to reach such a wide audience.

Sport Diving Magazine Issue 149 – Cover Shot

I just found out that I have the cover image of Sport Diving again this issue (issue 149 - December 2011/January 2012).  The shot is of a soft coral porcelain crab (Lissoporcellana nakasonei) on a sea pen, taken in southern Komodo, Indonesia.

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

Sport Diving Magazine issue 149 – Aussie Road Trip: Part 1

The new issue of Sport Diving Magazine (149) is now, or imminently will be, available throughout Australasia and contains my article 'Heading South: Drive and Dive - Brisbane to Tasmania (Part 1)'.  It has the first of my two-part features on the road trip my friend Laura and I did from Brisbane to Tasmania earlier in the year.  Part 1 is all about our adventures between Brisbane and Sydney where we took in such sites as Moreton Bay, Fish Rock, Nelson Bay and a couple of spots in Sydney.

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

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