Meet the team behind 'Marine Cloud Brightening for the Great Barrier Reef':

The Cloud Brightening core team is a collaboration of researchers, scientists and engineers from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) and the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney. The team formed in 2016 to investigate potential engineering interventions as a response to the bleaching crises on the Great Barrier Reef. After considering various interventions which may aid the reef, the team had a ‘eureka’ moment when they came up with the idea of applying marine cloud brightening locally rather than globally, to reduce bleaching on the reef.

The team works collaboratively with relevant research organisations in Australia and overseas, with the aim of developing technologies to help the Great Barrier Reef in the short-term while global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced so that it can survive and prosper in the long-term.  

The team believes it is the next generation of marine scientists and young people who will be critical to the long term viability of coral reefs and other threatened ecosystems. We offer various ways to be involved including internships, masters, honours and PhD students, and citizen science projects are in the works.

Contact us HERE if you would like to explore opportunities to become involved or just to give us feedback on our research.



Dr Daniel P. Harrison [Director]

BE, M Phil, PhD [Sydney]

Daniel received the 2017 Myer Innovation Fellowship to develop his idea of marine cloud brightening for mitigating coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Based at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, he is the Principal Investigator of the Marine Cloud Brightening for the Great Barrier Reef project. His research career has seen him combine engineering, biology, and oceanography to apply innovative approaches to marine research, and develop novel technologies to deal with contemporary threats to the marine environment. Daniel conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of Sydney, and has previously held positions at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, and as a visiting scholar to the University of Southern California. He has worked on collaborative projects with the Royal Australian Navy, CSIRO, NASA, NOAA, the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, as well as with many university collaborators. His research interests are varied and include technologies to enhance carbon storage in the ocean, GIS applications in fisheries management, and biogeochemistry of trophic level relationships in pelagic ecosystems.


Professor Ian S.F. Jones

BE[UNSW], PhD [Waterloo], CPEng., FIEAust

Ian has extensive international experience in engineering and oceanography; founding Director EO&S; Past Pres. AMOS, PastChair Nat. Committee Aust. Academy of Sciences, former SCOR Executive Committee member. Ian is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering [University of Sydney] and former Adjunct Senior Scientist [Columbia NY]. He is also the co-author of three books, 86 papers and 40 technical reports.




BSc [Syd], MSc [UNSW], PhD [UNSW], FAIP

Martin has worked for many years in ocean science and engineering.  In performing that work, he has held senior positions in the Australian Government (Defence Science and Technology) and the United Nations (Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty).  Among other positions, Martin has been the Navy Scientific Advisor and Chief for the design, roll out and operation of a global ocean monitoring system for nuclear tests.   




BSc[Syd], BE[Syd], MEngSc[Syd], FIEAust

Rob is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Sydney. In 1969 he joined the academic staff of the University of Sydney.  His 40+ year academic career culminated in his appointment as Head of Civil Engineering in 2000.  He is passionate about structures (bridges in particular) and takes a special delight in new concepts, inventions and ideas. 



John Ridley – Director C-Logic Holdings Pty Ltd.

BSc [Leicester], MSc [Salford]

John is a Director of C-logic, which specializes in the commercialization of sustainable technologies, with an emphasis on solutions that have a scalable application.  He has a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and a Master of Science in Environmental Resource Management.   John has over 30 years direct experience in the management of environmental projects across three continents.   



Jessica FarrelL

BSc [Sheffield]
Jessica has a background in biological sciences in both the UK and America. She worked as part of the team researching Great Barrier Reef Cloud Brightening at the University of Sydney and Sydney Institute of Marine Science. During this time she worked with CSIRO and eReefs biogeochemical models to investigate coral bleaching. She is currently completing a marine biology PhD at the University of Florida, researching the fibropapillomatosis epidemic in sea turtles.



Sarah smaje [marine science communicator]

BSc [Melb]

Always having had a passion for both marine science and the creative arts, Sarah is dedicated to combining the two disciplines in order to effectively communicate marine science to the public in a fun, modern and engaging way. With a particular interest in video production and photography, Sarah is also adept at engaging the public through a variety of multi-media platforms.