The Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre is a multidisciplinary seagoing team based at the University of Western Australia led by marine biologist, engineer and explorer Professor Alan Jamieson.
Alan Jamieson is Professor at The Oceans Institute and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia and the founding Director of the Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre. He has over 20 years of experience in deep-sea science, technology and exploration. He is an international authority on the deepest places in the oceans known as the ‘hadal zone’; depths between 6000 and 11,000 metres. He has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and is the author of the monograph The Hadal Zone: Life in the Deepest Oceans. He has participated in nearly 70 deep-sea expeditions on over 26 research vessels spanning every ocean.
Professor Jamieson is the Chief Scientist of the DSSV Pressure Drop. During the 2018-19 Five Deeps and 2020-21 Ring of Fire expeditions, he completed 12 submersible dives in the DSV Limiting Factor. He was the first British person to reach hadal depths, and at the time was the 8th deepest diving person in history. He currently holds seven Guinness World Records for discoveries in marine biology. His research has featured in several BBC, NHK and Discovery Channel documentaries.
Dr Todd Bond is a marine ecologist at The University of Western Australia who focuses on fish and shark ecology and the Research Coordinator of the Deep-Sea centre. He is an international expert in fish ecology research around artificial structures including oil and gas installations and his work informs sensible approaches to decommissioning. His research extends from coastal waters to bathyal depths and he collaborates globally.
Dr Bond’s research has been awarded at international conferences and saw him receive a Premier’s Science Award in 2020.
Prema Arasu is a writer and poet interested in the phenomenology of the deep sea. They have an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia.
Dr Arasu is interested in how speculative fiction and experimental forms might provide us with new ways of talking about and conceptualising the oceans, particularly in the context of the Anthropocene. Their approach is interdisciplinary; integrating the methodologies of literary studies, creative arts, environmental humanities, philosophy, and science communication.
Paige Maroni is a marine molecular biologist with a particular interest in invertebrate evolution, systematics, phylogeography and diversity. Within the Deep-Sea Research Centre, Paige will employ molecular tools to understand the evolution and diversity of hadal fauna as well as address questions of genetic connectivity by examining the phylogeographic structure of the organisms of interest. Her research will involve species delimitation, genome sequencing, taxonomy and at-sea sample curation.
Maroni earned her BSc Honours degree in Evolutionary Biology from Murdoch University and recently submitted her PhD thesis at The University of Western Australia. This PhD project focussed on the evolution and diversification of an Antarctic nudibranch species complex.
Paige Maroni is an active member of the Deep Ocean Early-career Researchers (DOERS) program, Deep Ocean Observing Strategy community and the Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) in the UN Ocean Decade. She is also an Antarctic Science Foundation (AF) ambassador, a BioBarcode ambassador and is an active member of SASB, DSB, AMSA and SCAR.
Yakup Niyazi is a Marine Geoscientist at the Deep-Sea Research Centre. His research involves mapping the deep seafloor using acoustic imaging techniques and using his expertise in geomorphology, geology and geophysics to understand the regional and global context of the deep-sea geomorphology.
Dr Niyazi earned his master’s degree in Marine Geoscience at the University of Haifa, Israel, and recently submitted his PhD thesis at Deakin University. This project focused on the seismic interpretation of magmatic and fluid plumbing systems in the Otway and Bass basins in offshore SE Australia.
Dr Niyazi's main research interests includes submarine geomorphology, seismic stratigraphy and geomorphology of submarine canyon/channels, mass-transport complexes, fluid flow, and igneous plumbing systems in the ocean sphere. In 2020, as a member of the Deakin Marine Mapping Group, he was awarded a prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for a world-first initiative that monitors the health of Victoria's coastline. He is an active member of AAPG, IAS, EAGE, ASEG, GSA, and PESA.
Jess Kolbusz is an Oceanographer at the Deep-Sea Research Centre. Her research involves understanding the physical environment of the hadopelagic using full-depth CTD (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth) measurements, current meters and other oceanographic sensors. Synthesis of this oceanographic data contributes to understanding the ecology of trenches and the hadal zone.
Dr Kolbusz is a transdisciplinary researcher with a BEng (Ocean Systems) and Masters in Environmental Science (Marine Conservation and Management) from the University of Western Australia. Her PhD research focused on the role of oceanographic processes on the settlement of the Western rock lobster. Jess has been awarded with the Society for Underwater Technology’s Postgraduate Award and a UWA Oceans Institute Robson and Robertson Award.
Dr Kolbusz's research focuses on mixing and circulation surrounding trenches (including bottom water ventilation), water-mass characteristics, population connectivity of species (and their linkages to environmental conditions such as global abyssal circulation) and Parks Australia observatories off Western Australia; including long-term monitoring of bottom currents, water properties and sediment flux.