Board of Directors

Martin Russell   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Martin is the Chair/CEO of the SCRFA Board of Directors, based in Brisbane, Australia.

Martin is Assistant Director with the Department of the Environment, Parks Australia, working on designing and implementing management of the Coral Sea and North Australia Commonwealth marine reserves. He is also a Board member of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), and Chair of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Ad Hoc Committee for Reef Associated Fisheries. He has a Degree in fisheries management and science, and has been working for over 18 years with the Australian Government on marine protected area and fisheries management. He worked for 13 years with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. He has worked on the identification, assessment and management of fish spawning aggregations on the Great Barrier Reef. Martin has extensive research diving experience surveying fish spawning aggregations, crown of thorns starfish, coral and reef fish.

He has been a SCRFA Board member since 2000, and Chair of SCRFA since 2004. A key project Martin is working on for SCRFA is the global fish aggregation database.


Dr Yvonne Sadovy   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Yvonne is Executive Director of SCRFA, and a founding Board member, based in Hong Kong.

Yvonne is a Professor at the University of Hong Kong's Division of Ecology & Biodiversity, School of Biological Sciences, where she teaches courses in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Mariculture, Marine Biology and Conservation Ecology and supervises masters and doctoral students. Yvonne is also the co-Chair of the IUCN Specialist Group of Groupers and Wrasses, which she founded and is one of the founding members of SCRFA. She is also a Board member of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI).

Yvonne has worked variously on the biology, management and conservation of reef fishes for over 20 years and has produced over 100 peer-reviewed and other publications, including 5 books. She has a long-standing interest in reproductive biology, especially the relationship between mating systems and vulnerability, with a particular emphasis on groupers and on sex-changing fishes, and has worked extensively in the field around the tropics, including research on spawning aggregations.


Dr Brad Erisman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Brad is Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology, University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas.

Prior to this he was based in San Diego, and is a Assistant Research Scientist of Marine Biology in the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). For the past fourteen years, Brad has focused his research on the reproductive biology, behavior, and evolution of groupers (Epinephelidae), seabasses (Serranidae), and croakers (Sciaenidae). Brad leads all research initiatives on the science, management, and conservation of fish spawning aggregations for the Gulf of California Marine Program ( at SIO. Such work involves collaborations between scientists, NGOs, government agencies, fishers, and community leaders from Mexico and abroad to understand spatial and temporal interactions between fish aggregations and fishing activities. He is also leading research projects to understand the impact of recreational fisheries on spawning aggregations in Southern California, USA. Brad has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, magazine articles, booklets, book chapters, technical reports, and other products on fish spawning aggregations in the Gulf of California and elsewhere. He is a member of the IUCN Specialist Group of Groupers and Wrasses.



Dr Rick Nemeth   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rick is Research Professor of Zoology/Marine Biology at The University of the Virgin Islands.

Rick earned Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Fisheries from Humboldt State University and University of Washington before receiving his PhD in Zoology in 1996 from the University of New Hampshire under the guidance of Dr. Peter Sale. His dissertation focused on the recruitment patterns, demographic rates and behavior of the bicolor damselfish in the Virgin Island and Jamaica. He served for a year as resident director of the Hofstra Marine Lab, in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica then began working for the University of the Virgin Islands as assistant research professor.

In 1999 Rick was appointed founding director of UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. During his tenure as director he helped establish the Master’s in Marine and Environmental Science graduate program and has expanded UVI’s research infrastructure and diving program to include technical nitrox and closed circuit rebreathers for studying reef fish spawning aggregations and mesophotic reefs. With a focus on the conservation and sustainable management of fisheries and coral reefs, Dr. Nemeth helped develop the USVI’s long-term coral reef monitoring program and initiated research on critical juvenile fish habitat and conservation and management of reef fish spawning aggregations. This work was instrumental in establishing the Grammanik Bank seasonal closure which protects a multispecies spawning aggregation site in the USVI. His research is currently focused in two areas: 1) spatial and temporal movements of groupers during spawning as a means of identifying biologically relevant boundaries for protecting spawning aggregation sites, and 2) the timing and movement patterns of sharks in relation to spawning aggregation sites. This work relies on acoustic telemetry and has recently expanded into several Caribbean–Pacific comparative studies of grouper spawning aggregations in Fiji and Micronesia.


Jan Robinson   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Jan is currently in the final stages of completing his PhD at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.
He lives in the Seychelles and his work focuses on understanding the causes of vulnerability to fishing in reefs fishes that aggregate to spawn. A particular interest is understanding the dynamic interaction between fish and fisher behaviour for managing spawning aggregation fisheries.

Originally from the UK, he has lived in Seychelles since 1998. Following a Masters in Applied Marine Science at the University of Plymouth and research on nematode worms at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Jan arrived in Seychelles with the Royal Geographical Society's Shoals of Capricorn program. At the end of the program in 2001, he was invited to join the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) in a role managing fisheries research. In addition to responsibilities for fisheries data collection, stock assessment and ecological studies, Jan developed research on spawning aggregations in Seychelles and the western Indian Ocean with support from the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and SCRFA. Jan has represented Seychelles at regional and international meetings for fisheries research and management, and currently serves as Vice-chair to the Scientific Committee of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. He has coauthored numerous peer-reviewed publications, books and technical reports.



Board Members who previously served on the SCRFA Board of Directors

Dr Brian Luckhurst (Retired: Bermuda Fisheries)

Dr Rick Hamilton (The Nature Conservancy)

Dr Sebastian Troeng (Conservation International, USA)

Dr Terry Donaldson (University of Guam)

Dr Janet Gibson (Wildlife Conservation Society, Belize)

Dr Michael Domeier (CSI Marine, Hawaii)

Dr Pat Colin (Coral Reef Research Foundation, Palau)

Dr Ken Lindeman (Florida Institute of Technology)