Mark is a regular yacht racing campaigner on the east coast of Australia and has provided oceanographic and meteorological support for a number of international ocean racing campaigns over the last three decades. Mark’s career as a marine researcher includes time with CSIRO, AECOM and the Queensland University of Technology, providing advice on coastal climate adaptation issues. He currently leads a major research initiative on restoring the Great Barrier Reef at AIMS. Mark sits on a number of government marine and coastal technical advisory bodies and non-profit organisations. Mark also teaches sailing and maritime courses at sailing schools and maritime colleges in Brisbane, and is a master of several research and sail training sailing vessels. He holds a PhD in Oceanography, is an AMSA Master 4, Australian Sailing Sea Safety and Survival Instructor, and an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor. In his spare time, Mark is also a captain for Sea Shepherd and has participated in a number of direct-action marine conservation campaigns, mostly in Latin America, and served on seven of Sea Shepherd’s 12 operational vessels.