Ray Berkelmans has had 16-year experience in marine park management with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Townsville, Australia) before changing careers in 1999. At that time the coral reef community was still coming to grips with the devastating 1998 bleaching event on coral reefs globally and what this meant for the future of coral reefs. He had commenced a Ph.D. degree on this topic some years earlier and the career moved to research, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science was a natural progression. His research interests are on large-scale impacts and correlates of coral bleaching, bleaching thresholds, coral adaptation/acclimatization, and the role of zooxanthellae in the physiology of reef corals. Berkelmans is a Coral Ecologist at heart and retains a keen interest in the practical application of research in marine park management.
Biography Updated on 4 October 2011