Hugh Kirkman has more than 37 years of marine research experience. He is a world authority on seagrass ecology and biology. He has experience in marine systems and processes throughout Australia and many overseas countries. Kirkman mapped the southern half of Australia’s underwater features. He communicates his findings to all groups in society and at international conferences. His interests lie in management of marine resources, sustaining community-based marine resources and building long-term databases suitable for assisting management with sustaining those resources. The establishment of marine protected areas is a priority in his work. For 5 years he directed the UNEP East Asian Seas Regional Coordinating Unit. He is called upon as an expert for marine environmental issues in east Asian seas and has experience with national and international agencies there.