David Booth is Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of Technology Sydney, and President of the Australian Coral Reef Society. He has published over 160 papers in reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries, in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, and studies how tropical fish travel down the East Australian Current past Sydney. He researches fishes in estuaries around Sydney, the ecology and behaviour of threatened fishes such as seadragons, black cod and white sharks and the ecology of the deep sea. He is also a strong advocate of sustainable fisheries and marine parks.
Professor Booth is a core member of SEA SERPENT, a research collaboration between the oil and gas industry and independent scientists in the Southeast Asian region. He has a strong record of applying his research to influence government policy, and is active in public communication (numerous media and public lecture appearances annually). In addition to oil and gas research, he has researched fish recruitment, population dynamics and impacts of pollution in environments including Canadian freshwater lakes, worldwide coral reefs and Australian seagrass systems.
He is a prominent researcher on the effects of climate change on marine biota, and recently lead author on a climate change report on temperate fishes. He is also a core member of the Ocean Science Council of Australia.