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

Telephone: int +687 466808
Facsimile: 02 6651 6580
Mobile: int+ 687 748882
Email: steven.purcell@scu.edu.au
Location: Vallon Dore, New Caledonia
Campus: NMSC, Coffs Harbour
ePublications: http://works.bepress.com/steven_purcell/

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

After completing a PhD in 1998 at James Cook University on herbivorous reef fishes and coral reef algae, Steve studied a topshell fishery in WA with Department of Fisheries Western Australia and sea cucumber fisheries ecology in New Caledonia with the WorldFish Center. His research specialises on aquaculture, fisheries management, fisheries ecology and trade of sea cucumbers in the Indo-Pacific, in partnership with agencies including ACIAR, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. He is responsible for developing and leading research projects in fisheries ecology. 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. Procuring funding for research within Australia and overseas is a central part of Steveís role. His responsibilities include supervision of post-graduate students.

Steveís research spans a range of ecological and biological fields, published in several books, book chapters and over 40 scientific research articles. He is author, co-author or co-editor of the following books:
Advances in sea cucumber aquaculture and management
Sea cucumber fisheries: A managerís toolbox
Status and management of the sea cucumber fishery of La Grande Terre, New Caledonia
Managing sea cucumber fisheries with an ecosystem approach
Putting into practice an ecosystem approach to managing sea cucumber fisheries
Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world

Latest journal articles are:
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 culture, farming and sea ranching in the tropics: progress, problems and opportunities
Sea cucumber fisheries: global analysis of stocks, management measures and drivers of overfishing
Principles and science of stocking marine areas with sea cucumbers

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