Our research projects require close collaboration with the scientific community and the support of the institutions that study and manage the Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation channels funding into priority projects addressing the most pressing threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Our research projects require close collaboration with the scientific community and the support of the institutions that study and manage the Reef.

The Foundation is directly advised by an International Scientific Advisory Committee (or ISAC). ISAC is made up of the leaders of research and management on the Reef, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, University of Queensland, James Cook University, and CSIRO. Independently chaired by Professor Paul Greenfield AO, the committee plays a critical role in the selection, development and implementation of significant research projects with the Foundation’s partners. This is an important component of our rigorous governance process for funding priority research projects.

ISAC membership includes:

  • Professor Professor Paul Greenfield AO - ISAC Chair and Great Barrier Reef Foundation Board
  • Professor Aidan Byrne - Provost and Senior Vice-President, University of Queensland
  • Professor Chris Cocklin - Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation), James Cook University
  • Dr Geoff Garrett - Chief Scientist, Queensland Office of the Chief Scientist Queensland
  • Mr John Gunn - Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Professor Bronwyn Harch - Executive Director - Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology 
  • Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg - Director Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
  • Ms Anna Marsden - Managing Director, Great Barrier Reef Foundation
  • Mr Russell Reichelt - Executive Chairman, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Mr Steve Sargent - Director, Great Barrier Reef Foundation Board
  • Dr John Schubert - Chairman, Great Barrier Reef Foundation Board
  • Dr Peter Stone - Research Director, CSIRO


ISAC is advised by a Technical Advisory Group comprised of experts from leading reef research organisations and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The Technical Advisory Group is composed of:

  • Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg - Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
  • Dr Andrew Ash, Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Bruce Elliot, General Manager, Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainable Use, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Dr Katharina Fabricius, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Professor Marc Hockings, Program Director, Environmental Management, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, University of Queensland
  • Professor Peter Mumby, Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, University of Queensland