Prof Graham Edgar is Senior Marine Ecologist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, with a career history that includes Director of Marine Research and Conservation at the Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Islands (2000-2002). Graham's investigations over the past two decades focus on human impacts on marine and estuarine ecosystems. Notable amongst current activities is development of the Reef Life Survey program, a demonstration that studies with broad generality can be conducted at low cost across global, long-term and multi-phyla scales through the support of citizen scientists.
Rick Stuart-Smith is an ecologist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, where he studies broad-scale patterns in reef biodiversity. Primary interests are in understanding human impacts on reef communities and incorporation of high resolution biodiversity data into universal metrics of reef condition. He is also a co-founder of Reef Life Survey, an international marine science and conservation program, and has undertaken reef biodiversity surveys on rocky and coral reefs around the world and trained over 150 volunteer divers in reef biodiversity survey methods