Photo by Gary Cranitch, © Queensland Museum


  • Plenary Talk
  • 8:30 | June 8, 2018
  • Cebu Grand Ballroom


Director, Marine Ecology Research Center
Southern Cross University

Professor Peter Harrison is the founding Director of the Marine Ecology Research Centre at Southern Cross University, Australia. Peter is an internationally recognised researcher on coral reproduction ecology and has been actively researching and teaching a wide range of marine science and ecology programs for more than 35 years. He was a key member of the coral research team at James Cook University that discovered the mass coral spawning phenomenon on the Great Barrier Reef, resulting in a Eureka Prize for Environmental Research with colleagues. He is passionate about marine ecology and environmental science and their applications to conservation management, and has led many successful international and national research projects and teams including work for the UN.

His current major research focus is coral restoration and he leads a $1.2 million grant from ACIAR to develop the world’s first large scale coral reef restoration project using millions of coral larvae to restore damaged reefs in the Philippines, working with colleagues from the University of the Philippines. He has been awarded more than $10 million in research grants and Antarctic field support and published more than 150 scientific research papers, books, invited major review chapters and major reports. Peter has successfully supervised more than 50 postgraduate and Honours students, and been awarded various prizes for excellence in science research and University teaching. Peter also manages the whale and dolphin research at SCU, and was a long-term member of the Australian Threatened Species Scientific Committee. He has also been appointed to a wide range of other science and environmental management research panels, and enjoys communicating scientific research discoveries and their implications for managing our extraordinary planet.

Marine Ecology Research Centre