Martin Russell

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

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

Yvonne was a Professor, for over 25 years, at the University of Hong Kong's Division of Ecology & Biodiversity, School of Biological Sciences, where she teaches courses in Fish Biology, Fisheries and 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 to fishing, with a particular emphasis on groupers, spawning aggregations and sex-changing fishes


Dr Rick Nemeth

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

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 for fisheries data collection, stock assessment and ecological studies, Jan developed research 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.


Kevin Rhodes

Kevin is the Coastal Fisheries Coordinator with MarAlliance, a Research Associate with the University of Guam, and a specialist with the IUCN Redlist Groupers and Wrasses Specialist Group.

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree in Marine Science from California State University at Hayward and a PhD in Ecology and Biodiversity from the University of Hong Kong. Kevin’s dissertation was entitled “Reproductive biology and population genetic structure of the camouflage grouper, Epinephelus polyphekadion, and its management implications.

Dr. Kevin Rhodes is an active research scientist in tropical reef fish biology and fisheries ecology. His primary research focus is tropical reef fish reproduction, fish life history, conservation biology and fish spawning aggregation dynamics. Recent and past research includes the identification of spatial habitat requirements for elasmobranchs and aggregating bony fish for MPA design, and fish market and life history analyses with a focus on improving market-based and fisheries management. Kevin provides technical training and scientific support to governments and fisheries management units throughout the Caribbean and central and western Pacific. He has helped to form fishers’ cooperatives in the Pacific and develop value-adding opportunities and sustainable fish markets to improve fisher income and as alternative livelihoods to fishing. Kevin has authored and published numerous articles on fisheries management, the biology and behavior of reef fishes, including a number of species that aggregate to spawn, and has co-authored training manuals for spawning aggregation monitoring and management. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Nemeth to identify and compare vocalizations of fish during spawning aggregation periods. During his spare time, Kevin works with researchers at NASA and SETI on the ecology of extremophilic cyanobacteria in the world’s hyperarid deserts as analogs to Mars and Mars rover development.


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)[/link]

Dr Ken Lindeman (Florida Institute of Technology)

Dr. Brad Erisman (University of Texas at Austin)