Speaker Profile

Dr. David Souter

Australian Institute of Marine Science


David Souter, PhD, is the Research Manager at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Australia. He is focused on the management and coordination of research at AIMS, particularly the collaborative development of long-term strategic research directions of the Institute. In addition, the role requires considerable engagement and communication of research outcomes to key government, industry and public stakeholders.

His initial research interest focused on understanding the ecology and behavior of crown-of-thorns starfish in low-density populations on the Great Barrier Reef. However, during the last 18 years, he has been involved in coral reef research, tropical coastal ecosystems management, global assessments and scientific capability development in Australia, East Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, South and Southeast Asia through World Bank, UNEP, Sida, and AusAID funded programs.

He is currently Chair, Program Design Working Group of the Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan Reef Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP).

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