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Helene Marsh

Scientific Advisor

Helene Marsh FAA, FTSE is a conservation biologist with some 40 years’ experience in research into species conservation, management and policy with particular reference to tropical coastal and riverine megafauna, particularly dugongs. Helene is committed to informing interdisciplinary solutions to biodiversity conservation problems and has collaborated widely with colleagues in other disciplines including the social sciences. You can view her research here.

The policy outcomes of her research include significant contributions to the science base of the conservation of dugongs in Australia and internationally at a global scale (IUCN, UNEP, Convention for Migratory Species) and by providing advice to the governments of some 14 countries.

Helene has received international awards for her research and conservation from the Pew Charitable Trust, the Society of Conservation Biology and the American Society of Mammalogists. Helene chairs the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, a statutory committee that makes recommendations to the Australian Minister for Environment and is a member of the Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel. She is past President of the international Society of Marine Mammalogy and Co–chair of the IUCN Sirenia Specialist Group. Helene has served on the editorial boards for Conservation Biology, Oecologia, and Endangered Species Research.

Helene has authored or co-authored some 200 refereed publications plus numerous reports and popular articles. She has supervised 75 research higher degree candidates to completion, including 55 PhDs.

Helene Marsh, Scientific Advisor - African Aquatic Conservation Fund


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