Since arriving at the AAD in 1995, Rob’s contribution to the understanding of Antarctic krill has been immense.
His work includes designing the current state-of-the-art krill aquarium at the Australian Antarctic Division, which is the only facility of its kind in the world. This facility has attracted researchers from across the globe to conduct experiments on live krill.
Rob’s most recent innovation, the 'wet-well’ system on RSV Nuyina, is ground-breaking in the field of experimental marine biology. The system collects live organisms in perfect condition as they gravity feed through inlets in the ship's hull as it sails along.
Rob’s passion and dedication to expanding the study of Antarctic krill, which he describes as “the keystone species of the Southern Ocean ecosystem”, makes him a worthy recipient of the Antarctic Medal.