Dr. Hugh Sweatman

Dr. Sweatman is a Senior Research Scientist at AIMS and leads the Long-term Monitoring Program for coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. He trained as a behavioural ecologist working on reef fishes and has worked on the GBR and in the Caribbean (Panama). His research interests have broadened to processes of disturbance and recovery on reefs, particularly as applied to the GBR. After graduating, he worked briefly at University of Sydney then spent three years as a post-doc at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. From 1990 he was a post-doc at James Cook University, initially studying fish predators of Acanthaster planci, then the effects of feeding fishes around tourist pontoons (Reef CRC). In 1995 he came to AIMS to lead the Long-term Monitoring Program.