Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017
About the presenter
I started snorkelling at age four and knew right then I wanted to be a marine scientist. I was an undergraduate at Adelaide and was lucky enough to be awarded a PhD scholarship to Cambridge where I spent two fantastic years in Peru studying South American fur seals. There a severe El Niño year wrought havoc on the otherwise highly productive Peruvian marine ecosystem, impressing upon me the importance of environmental variability to natural systems. From Cambridge I postdocced and lectured in Mexico, the USA, Scotland and New Zealand. I returned to Australia 20 years ago and run the Marine Predator Research group at Macquarie, where I have worked, and continue to work with some great people on a whole range of marine wildlife. Since 2006 I have lead the Integrated Marine Observing System Animal Tracking facility. My research has focused on individual differences and evolutionary mechanisms, combining observation and experimental manipulation of behaviour in the field with genetic methods and the use of technology to 'open a window' into the world of marine predators. Our research has helped transform our understanding of how animals cope with environmental extremes as they forage and breed in the oceans. In my spare time I am a keen bodysurfer, kayaker and scuba diver and dedicated underwater photographer. I am also learning to ride a longboard, slowly....
Presentations by Robert Harcourt
IMOS Animal Tracking, 10 years of age and going strong