Professor Peter Mumby, Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of Queensland, has been appointed to the key role of the Chief Scientist of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Professor Mumby will join the International Scientific Advisory Committee and provide strategic assistance shaping the foundation's project portfolio.
UQ Vice Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the appointment is based on the University's unwavering commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
"Research to regenerate the reef after coral bleaching By developing new biocompound fertilizers that reduce the runoff into our oceans, UQ researchers are working to protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef natural wonder," said Professor Høj.
"Only through partnerships and cooperation will scientists be able to address the series of challenges facing our marine environment."
"I congratulate Professor Mumby on his appointment and look forward to further research collaborations between UQ and the United States Great Barrier Reef Foundation. "
Professor Mumby said there was never a more important or exciting time to contribute to the management of the Great Barrier Reef.
" Australia has a world-leading science and is ready to science in. " he said.
"I am very much looking forward to working with the Foundation and its partners.
Great Barrier Reef Foundation director Anna Marsden said the appointment strengthened the Foundation's long-standing approach to protecting the reef through science-based activities.
"Professor Momby & # 39; s extensive experience at the interface science, management and politics will be invaluable to help with the selection and design of the wi projects I will have the greatest impact on the reef, "said Marsden.
" These include projects funded by the Recently announced 443.3 million Reef Trust Partnership to be funded with the Australian Government.
Professor Mumby has published more than 250 publications. He recently co-authored ScienceAdvances, a paper on the declining ability of the reef to recover from the cumulative effects of threats and disruptions in recent ones 30 years.
He received a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation in 201