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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:


Aussie dive/road trip part three: Tasmania

The final leg of our road trip from Brisbane took us to the island state of Tasmania.  We took the red eye ferry from Melbourne that left at 9pm and got us to Devonport on the north coast of Tasmania at 6am the next morning.  We'd had quite a hectic weekend in Melbourne and were exhausted by the time we found our seats on the ferry.  In hindsight maybe a cabin with actual beds would have been a good idea but we decided the cheap seats would be fine.  We arrived in Tasmania at dawn and decided to take the scenic route to Hobart, where we were diving the next day.  To cut a long story short w

Aussie Dive/Road Trip Part Two: Sydney to Melbourne

After a couple of days chilling in Sydney with friends it was time to head south again on our epic Brisbane to Tasmania road trip.  Part two was equally diverse and rewarding as the first.  The thousand kilometres of coast we covered between Sydney and Melbourne gave us opportunity to encounter a variety of marine ecosystems starting in Jervis Bay.  It is the largest natural Bay in Australia and was our first experience with a large macroalgal dominated habitat (i.e kelp).  We saw heaps of filder rays, which are a kind of shovelnose ray that has a beautiful patterning over the body.  It was

Aussie Dive/Road Trip Part One: Brisbane to Sydney

My friend Laura and I are currently on a geographically epic dive road trip from Brisbane to Tasmania.  We are stopping at some of Australia's top dive sites on the way where I'm taking images and preparing an article about our adventures for Sport Diving Magazine.  I've spent the last few years diving tropical coral reefs conducting research for my PhD studies so I was keen to experience some of the cooler waters off Australia.  I became slightly obsessed with planning the trip and we'll be visiting a number of locations in search of particular spe

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. 

Asian Diver 1/2011 - Photographing Underwater Behaviour

I have an article about how to photography the behaviour of underwater creatures in the new issue of Asian Diver magazine (1/2011) that will be available throughout Asia and Australia soon.

Lembeh Strait Trip Report and New Album

Indonesia is hands down my favourite dive destination.  It is impossible to be bored of the diving there; the number of species, types of diving and coral diversity are unrivalled.  The country makes up a large part of the Coral Triangle (an area also including Malaysia, Philippines and New Guinea), which is renowned for having the highest species diversity of corals and their associated organisms in the world.  This alone is enough to keep you endlessly entertained.

Erroneous Erosa

I spent 10 days in Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia over Christmas 2010.  It is one of the best places in the world for Muck Diving, which doesn't sound too glamorous but isn't quite as it sounds.  Basically this type of diving is spent looking around ostensibly barren areas of sand and silt for cryptic creatures.  Every dive is like a treasure hunt.

Florida - Beyond Mickey

I have recently returned from a couple of weeks in Florida where I was visiting friends and managed to fit a few dives in too! I didn't really know what to expect from diving in one of the most populous states in the US but I was more than pleasantly surprised. I only managed four dives and a morning of snorkelling but saw my first ever Great Hammerhead, heaps of manatees and amazing muck critters (Click this Link to Images).

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