Mark Read PhD

Manager Species Conservation

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Townsville. Queensland, Australia.


Mark is a biologist who specializes in the conservation and management of wildlife and working with stakeholders to develop practical and pragmatic ways of minimizing the impact of human-related activities on these species. Before joining the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority he worked for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service managing potentially dangerous wildlife such as crocodiles, cassowaries and snakes, and developing and implementing strategies to minimize the potential for negative human-wildlife interactions. He is passionate about delivering easy-to-understand messages about wildlife conservation and management to all stakeholders.



The management of marine reptiles in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Queensland, Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) off the north-eastern coast of Australia covers ~348,000km2 and some 14 of latitude. It is one of the largest and best known marine protected areas in the world, supporting a range of extractive and non-extractive uses and it is managed under complex multi-jurisdictional arrangements. Marine reptiles are often encountered in the World Heritage Area and characteristics of their biology, behaviour and ecology provide some interesting challenges for conservation managers. In this talk Mark will provide an overview of the management and conservation of marine turtles, estuarine crocodiles and sea snakes in the GBRWHA.