About our Team

Meet the people working to make a difference

About our team

The Salmon Interactions Team is a team of marine and social scientists and researchers who are seeking to better understand the interactions between marine salmon aquaculture, the environment and society. We are based at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania and our research is focused on the coastal waters around Tasmania, Australia but has applications globally.

Our main objective is to improve understanding of the ways in which salmon farming interacts with the marine and coastal ecosystems, and other resource users, around Tasmania. We do this to identify potential risks both for the environment and the industry, to help inform management, planning and regulation and the broader community, but especially to ensure that salmon farming in Tasmania is sustainable over the long-term. It is important to us that the information we provide is reliable, rigorous, impartial and transparent to the Tasmanian and global community. We hope that our research helps people better understand salmon farming interactions and the complexity of the Tasmanian environment and how we all affect and are affected by our amazing coastal ecosystems.

The salmon interactions team has grown from small beginnings, with just a couple of focused scientists a decade ago, to a diverse group of more than a dozen committed and specialist staff. Some of the core research skills in the group include: coastal and reef ecology, fish and invertebrate biology, taxonomy, ecosystem and nutrient modelling, bio-geochemistry, habitat mapping, spatial analysis and GIS, data management, communication and a range of social science research specialties including multiple use management, conflict management, and governance and policy analysis. Check out our capabilities section for more details.

The success of the Salmon Interactions Team stems from the collaboration, hard work and dedication of our members; with teamwork, health and safety and “mateship” at the centre of our ethos.

Core team

Adam Davey
Adam is our taxonomist, he knows all our marine bugs and beasties, contact Adam if you want to find out more.
Alex Coutts
Alex works in the lab and in the field and is our environmental DNA specialist. Contact Alex if you want to find out more about how eDNA can be used in salmon farm monitoring.
Andrew Pender
Andrew is our overarching field work manager, he keeps the data coming in, contact Andrew if you would like to know more about the logistics of our fieldwork.
Ben Quigley
Ben is a key diver and field work specialist, collecting data on soft sediment habitats, contact Ben if you would like to know more about how our soft sediment data is collected.
Caillin Wise
Caillin is a key member of our dive team and specialises in the ecology and identification of benthic invertebrate communities, especially in seagrass habitats. Contact Caillin if you’d like to know more about how we use this this information in environmental monitoring.
Camille White
Camille is our main person for all things rocky reef, contact Camille if you are interested in the interactions between salmon farming and rocky reefs.
Catriona Macleod
Catriona is our blue sky thinker and strategic planner, contact Catriona if you have ideas around the future direction of salmon interactions research.
David Moreno
David is our statistics and programming wizard, contact David if you want more information on how we use statistics and programming within our science.
Gabrielle Walley
Gabby is our key diver and field work specialist on the rocky reef and seagrass team, contact Gabby if you have any questions about rocky reef data collection.
James (Jimmy) Hortle
Jimmy is our main lab man and a key field work specialist, he processes the samples collected in the field, contact Jimmy if you would like to know more about how our samples are analysed.
Jeff Ross
Jeff is the man who keeps us all on track and oversees all our research projects, contact Jeff if you would like to understand more about interactions between salmon farming and soft sediment environments.
Karen Alexander
Karen is our social scientist, contact Karen if you would like to find out more about the interactions between salmon farming and our Tasmanian community.
Megan Hartog
Megan is a key member of our dive team for rocky reef and seagrass projects and leads the data analysis for our reef reporting. Contact Megan if you have any questions about rocky reef biodiversity.
Myriam Lacharite
Myriam is our mapping expert, contact Myriam if you would like to find out more about how we use mapping within our research
Rebecca Chabot
Rebecca is our water loving, broad thinking ecologist. She is the in-house writer/editor of all things marine, contact Rebecca if you want to know more about our reporting process.
Ricardo Rocha Pavan Da Silva
Ricardo studies microbial ecology in Macquarie Harbour using omics approaches and bioinformatics. His project will help to understand how salmons farms affect these communities in the water column.
Sam Lemm
Sam is a key diver and fieldwork specialist for the rocky reef team, contact Sam if you have any questions about how we collect our rocky reef data.
Scott Hadley
Scott is the brains behind our scientific modelling, contact Scott if you are interested to find out more about modelling the interactions between salmon farming and the environment.
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Taroona, Tasmania 7053 Australia
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Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge the palawa/pakana and Gadigal/Wangal people, the traditional custodians of the land and sea upon which we live and work, and their enduring cultures and knowledge of our oceans and coasts.

We recognise that decisions and practices affecting the future of Indigenous education and research are vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and livelihood of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to shaping the Australian society in which we live.
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