Prof. Charlie Vernon
Former chief scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Charlie Veron has been working on reef corals for 40 years.
He has studied taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, palaeontology, ecology and evolutionary theory of corals. His significant achievements include: ?- discovery of 21% of coral species?- publication of descriptions, maps and photographs of all coral species in the world?- creation of a taxonomy for corals that is used by all coral researchers ?- combination of coral taxonomy, palaeontology and (limited) molecular studies into a cohesive model discovery of the mechanism that maintains biodiversity and drives evolutionary change of coral and other marine life. ?- discovery and delineation of the ‘Coral Triangle’. provision of a wide spectrum of information for reef conservation and management. See more at: http://www.gci.uq.edu.au/staff/charlie-veron#sthash