AusOcean was founded by Alan Noble in 2017. Alan is an electrical and electronics engineer by training who has spent his entire career working with computers and software technology, having lived and worked on several continents and founded software companies in Silicon Valley and Australia. He is passionate about our oceans and spends every available moment in or on the water. Alan's goal in founding AusOcean is to develop and apply technology for the good of our oceans.
He is also a founder and director of StartupAUS, a director of the South Australian Museum, an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at The University of Adelaide and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Previously he was head of engineering for Google Australia and served on several national advisory boards, including advising the Chief Scientist of Australia, the Australian Information Commissioner and the Government 2.0 Taskforce. He was a contributor to the Engage Report and the Australian Entrepreneurs Guide.
Prof. Sean Connell, founding director of AusOcean, is an ecologist who discovers how the web of marine life works and investigates how humans can intercede to reverse decline. His work improved water quality through regulation, reduced land-derived pollution by water recycling, empowered the use of local methods to reduce the imprint of climate change and recently seeks solutions for the restoration of lost habitat. Success has been built on his joining of scientific-discovery with policy-making; providing global leadership to enable society’s aspiration for cost-effective enhancement of the web of marine life.
He is a Professor of Ecology at The University of Adelaide, published Australia’s first textbook on Marine Ecology, is an editor of the international journal "Marine Biology" and recipient of national awards for his contribution to ecology.
The Australian giant cuttlefish, Sepia apama, is the world's largest cuttlefish species. Along with their cephalopod cousins (squids and octopuses) they are considered to be the most intelligent invertebrates. They are also among the most visually striking marine species, able to put on spectacular displays using cells known as chromatophores. We think we can learn a thing or two from cuttlefish.
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