Marscco's Director, Francis (Pancho) Neira, completed his Marine Biology/Oceanography degree at the University of ConcepciĆ³n (Chile) in 1982, and a PhD in biological sciences (Zoology) at Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 1988. He has worked in benthic communities of Antarctic bays (1980/1981); fish ecology in rivers, estuaries and coastal waters along south-western Western Australia (1984-1994); biological oceanography, fish and fisheries research along eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Bass Strait, Victorian coastal waters, and northern and eastern Tasmania (1995-2011); and baseline surveys and environmental impact assessments in Papua New Guinea and Queensland (2011-2013; 2016-2017; 2019).


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Aquenal is a Tasmanian-based team of marine and environmental scientists with specialist expertise in the assessment of marine, estuarine and coastal environments (