Ningaloo Reef 2010 expedition Friday 14 May to 3 June 2010
A team of 28 researchers and support staff will head to Western Australia for the final CReefs expedition to Ningaloo Reef.
This will be the third trip to Ningaloo, under the auspices of CReefs. Launched in 2005, CReefs is the coral reef component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML), a global network of researchers in more than 80 countries engaged in a 10-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the oceans – past, present and future. The Australian component of CReefs includes a series of nine such expeditions. A total of three expeditions each will go to Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia; and Lizard and Heron Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. CReefs Australia is generously supported by BHP Billiton, in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
The final expedition to Ningaloo will see researchers go further north and south in search of previously undiscovered marine animals.
They will be using three boats, each measuring between 6 and 8 metres, to travel to their new dive spots each day.
The remote location has limited research facilities for a large group of researchers, so 12 palettes of equipment and fuel were transported to Ningaloo Station, where a laboratory will be established in the old station shearing shed.
Researchers from as far afield as Japan, Russia and the US will be joining the expedition, as well as two BHP Billiton environmental staff. A BBC film crew will also be present for four days, gathering material for a documentary on the Census of Marine Life.
List of participants
|Brachyura (crabs)||Rob Lasley (National University of Singapore)|
|Brachyura (crabs)||Nguyen Son (National University of Singapore)|
|Octocorals||Monika Schlacher-Hoenlinger (Queensland Museum)|
|Octocorals||Merrick Ekins (Queensland Museum)|
|Polychaetes||Charlotte Watson (Museum and Art Galleries of NT)|
|Barnacles||Andrew Hosie (Western Australian Museum)|
|Barnacles/crustacea||Lee Betteridge (Western Australian Museum)|
|Macroalgae||Fred Gurgel (University of Adelaide)|
|Macroalgae||Gareth Belton (University of Adelaide)|
|Zooanthids||Yuka Irei (University of Ryukyus, Japan)|
|Zooanthids||Catalina Aguilar (University of Ryukyus, Japan)|
|Shrimp||Arthur Anker (Museum of Natural History, Florida)|
|Copepods||Slava Ivanenko (Moscow State University)|
|Isopods||Chad Buxton (Museum of Tropical Queensland)|
|Parasites||Holly Heiniger (Queensland Museum)|
|Parasites||Terry Miller (Queensland Museum)|
|Bryozoa||Phil Bock (Museum Victoria)|
|Barcoding||Abigail Fusaro (Ocean Genome Legacy)|
|Photographer||Gary Cranitch (Queensland Museum)|
|Project leader||Julian Caley (AIMS)|
|Field logistics||Shawn Smith (AIMS)|
|Data manager||Greg Coleman (AIMS)|
|Journalist||Rebecca Leech (Independent)|
|Coxswain||Collette Bagnato (Independent)|
|Coxswain||Aaron Anderson (Independent)|
|Cook||Christos Rallis (Independent)|
|4 film crew|