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About Dr Steven W Purcell

Dr Steven W. Purcell BSc(JCU), PhD(JCU)
Steve holds a BSc degree through ANU and an Honours (1A) degree through JCU. He earned a PhD degree in Marine Biology at James Cook University through research on herbivorous reef fishes and algae.
From 1999-2001, Steve worked as a Research Scientist on an ACIAR project on stock restoration of topshell (Trochus) fisheries with the Department of Fisheries Western Australia. He then worked for 7 years with the WorldFish Center and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community on projects in New Caledonia on sea cucumber stock restoration and invertebrate fisheries assessment and management.
From the National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour, Steve is currently employed as a Senior Research Fellow with SCU. Recently, he has lead projects on habitats of threatened and endemic fishes and sea cucumber fisheries of Pacific islands. His research spans a range of ecological and biological fields, published in 6 books, 3 book chapters and over 30 scientific research articles.
Steve’s work responsibilities focus on developing and leading research projects and procuring funds for marine research from national and international funding bodies. He was the principal facilitator of a regional workshop on Pacific sea cucumber fisheries management in 2011 (SCEAM Pacific) and is co-organiser and co-facilitator of a similar workshop (SCEAM Indian Ocean) for Indian Ocean fisheries in November 2012. Steve is able to supervise Honours and post-graduate students. He provides service to extension workers and partner agencies in the Pacific and Indian Oceans through advice on aquaculture, stock restoration, and the assessment and management of tropical invertebrate fisheries.


2014 - Present Senior Lecturer, National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Present Senior Research Fellow, Marine Ecology Research Centre, Southern Cross University

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Contact Information

National Marine Science Centre
Southern Cross University
Higbin Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW
Australia 2450
Phone:(Noumea): (+687) 466808 or (+687) 748882


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