Sheriden Morris, Managing Director
Sheriden Morris has had a strong connection to and focus on northern Australia her entire life: from growing up in Batchelor in the Northern Territory, through her studies in tropical agronomy, and her professional career working with sugar, banana, aquaculture and tourism industries and agencies such as CSIRO and GBRMPA. For the past ten years she has been the Managing Director of the Cairns-based non-profit Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC). She has always strongly believed in intelligent, sustainable development for northern Australia using the region’s tropical expertise – the knowledge of living, building and working most effectively in the tropics.
Under her leadership, RRRC has successfully attracted more than $200 million in grants and investment to support research and development projects in northern Australia. This includes the Australian Government’s Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility, the Tropical Ecosystems Hub of the National Environmental Research Program, the Tropical Water Quality Hub of the National Environmental Science Programme and the Crown of Thorns Starfish Targeted Control Program.
Sheriden is deputy Chair of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and has served on numerous government advisory committees for land and water management, including Queensland and Commonwealth committees for agriculture, coastal development, wetlands and indigenous opportunity. An extensive contributor to land and sea management policy, she has also spearheaded the development and implementation of an innovative aid development program on Australia’s northern borderlands with Papua New Guinea.
She lives on the family farm at Babinda, just south of Cairns.
Toni Fulton, Office & Finance Manager and EA to the Managing Director
Toni has extensive experience in the administration of financial systems, ministerial liaison and event co-ordination. She provides secretariat support to the RRRC Board in addition to her role as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director.
Dr Suzanne Long, Contracted Program Director
Dr Suzanne Long is the Director of Turn the Tide Pty Ltd, Program Director at the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, and a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust. Recently returned to Cairns, for the past ten years she has worked as a knowledge broker in the front line of Australian environmental science, policy and practice for many different organisations in many different parts of the country. Her expertise lies in increasing the rate at which science informs policy and practice, thereby improving long-term outcomes for Australian ecosystems and the communities and economies that depend upon them.
Mellissa Jess, Contracted Senior Research Manager
Mellissa has 20 years experience in terrestrial ecology, environmental management and impact assessment, natural resources management and project management. Applied across a range of industry and community sectors, this professional scientific experience is now the foundation for Mellissa’s primary roles in team leadership, business administration, technical oversight, project management, client liaison and expert advisory services to deliver solution science as a Program Manager for the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre and Director of 4 Elements Consulting.
Johanna Johnson, Contracted Program Coordinator
Johanna has 20 years experience in marine research and monitoring, and specialises in climate impacts and vulnerability, climate change adaptation, marine monitoring, water quality and capacity building. Johanna has an MSc from James Cook University, has worked for science and management agencies, and understands the importance of interpreting science for management.
Wayne Spencer, Contracted Publications Manager
Wayne has extensive experience in communications and the graphics, printing and web industries. Working primarily on high-end publications in the UK for more than 20 years gave him significant grounding before becoming director of his own art-working and graphics business.
Boyd Robertson, Contracted Media Officer
Boyd Robertson is RRRC’s media officer and also creates the organisation’s video products. A former journalist, Boyd has worked at several publications throughout his native Far North Queensland including the Innisfail Advocate, Mareeba Express on the Tablelands and Newsport.com in Port Douglas, specialising in environment and science stories.
Rachel Saltmarshe, Contracted Chartered Accountant
Rachel is a qualified chartered accountant and has held membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) since 2000, and membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) since 2008. She relocated from Scotland to Cairns in 2000 with a background in statutory audit and internal audit services providing a range of audit and advisory services for local governments, private companies, partnerships, trusts and not-for-profit organisations.
Dr Clive Wilkinson, International Research Associate
Clive has extensive experience in tropical coastal ecology, environmental management and policy advice in the Indo-Pacific, and is the immediate past-Coordinator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and lead author of the ‘Status of Coral Reefs of the World’ reports. He was the Chief Technical Advisor for a coastal resource research program in 5 ASEAN countries and an active field scientist on the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef. He trained in marine microbiology and ecology with a PhD from the University of Queensland and was a Senior Specialist Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science resulting in more than 20 books and 100 papers.
Prof G. Robin South, International Research Associate
He has a BSc (Hons), PhD, DSc (University of Liverpool, UK) and has run education, training, regional oceans policy and development courses in the Pacific for 25 years, especially in coastal and marine science. These included training courses under the United Nations TRAIN-SEA-COAST Programme, and from 2006 – 2009 he coordinated the International Ocean Institute’s Global Training Programme, OceanLearn. He has extensive project management and scientific editing experience, and edited PHYCOLOGIA, and the Canadian Journal of Botany (Associate Editor). He has supervised 30 post-graduate theses, and published 345 works, including 136 refereed papers and 12 books.