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Dr Steven Purcell
BSc(Hons)(JCU), PhD(JCU)
Current Appointment: Senior Lecturer
Organisational Unit: National Marine Science Centre

Telephone: int +61 2 6648 3924
Facsimile: +61 2 6651 6580
Mobile: int+ 687 748882
Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW
Campus: NMSC, Coffs Harbour

Steve is a Senior Research Fellow within the School of Environment, Science and Engineering through SCU’s National Marine Science Centre at Coffs Harbour. He is a member of the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) at SCU.

His research specialises on aquaculture, fisheries management, fisheries ecology and trade of sea cucumbers in the Indo-Pacific, in partnership with agencies including ACIAR, FAO, and the SPC. Steve is responsible for developing and leading research projects in fisheries and aquaculture. His current project, funded by ACIAR, is testing the impacts of helping artisanal fishers in Pacific Islands to improve the postharvest processing of sea cucumbers for export. His responsibilities include supervision of post-graduate students.

Spanning fields of ecology, biology and resource policy, Steve's research has been published in several books, book chapters and over 40 scientific research articles.

Recent books:
Processing sea cucumbers into beche-de-mer: a manual for Pacific Island fishers
Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world
Managing sea cucumber fisheries with an ecosystem approach

Latest journal articles:
Defining critical habitats of threatened and endemic reef fishes with a multivariate approach
Value, market preferences and trade of beche-de-mer from Pacific Island sea cucumbers
The cost of being valuable: predictors of extinction risk in marine invertebrates exploited as luxury seafood
Constraints and solutions to managing Pacific sea cucumber fisheries with an ecosystem approach
Optimisation of mesh enclosures for nursery rearing of juvenile sea cucumbers
Opportunistic exploitation: an overlooked pathway to extinction
Sea cucumber fisheries: global analysis of stocks, management measures and drivers of overfishing
Sea cucumber culture, farming and sea ranching in the tropics: progress, problems and opportunities

List of publications and access

Steve is an Associate Editor for the journal Frontiers in Marine Science

Areas of expertise:
• Stock enhancement, restocking and sea ranching
• Sea cucumber ecology, aquaculture and fisheries management
• Ecology and restocking of tropical topshell (Trochus)
• Ecology, socio-economics and management of tropical fisheries
• Sampling and experimental design
• Reef fish ecology

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Last Updated: 14/11/2014 11:13:36 AM