Professor Maria Byrne from the School of Medical Sciences and School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney and former Director of One Tree Island Research Station has undertaken research on coral reef invertebrates for over 30 years. Her substantial body of work, includes important discoveries on invertebrate evolution and ecology and impacts of climate change, alongside a continued record of considerable service to the reef science community.
Associate Professor Tracy Ainsworth is a Scientia Fellow at in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Tracy’s research focuses on the impact of environmental stress on reef-building corals, their host-microbe interactions, symbioses and disease outbreaks.
Dr. Russell Kelley is a science communication consultant and program director of the Coral Identification Capacity Building Program. Russell’s output spans scientific papers, book chapters, educational tools and television productions.
Dr. Terry Hughes is the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. His research focuses on the linkages between the ecology of reefs and their importance for societies and economies.
Dr. Nick Graham is now a Professor at Lancaster University, UK. He tackles large-scale ecological and social-ecological coral reef issues under the overarching themes of climate change, human use and resilience.
Since 2015, the ACRS awards a prestigious medal to recognise high achievers in the research and conservation of Australian coral reefs. The ACRS Medal is awarded in sequential years in the following categories, based on an individual’s contribution to science and conservation of Australian coral reefs:
Established Researcher (> 10 years since completing PhD). 2019 CLOSED
Science Education and Conservation. Next award 2021
Early Career Researcher (< 10 years since completing PhD). Next award 2022
* In 2020 there will be no ACRS medal as it is a ICRS year
The ACRS medal will be presented at the Annual ACRS Conference and the awardee should give a plenary lecture within 2 years of the award.