Advisory Board Member, Oceans Institute / University of Western Australia
Dr Larry Madin is an American marine biologist and the senior science advisor at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was the deputy director and vice president for research, and before that as Ocean Life Institute director and chair of the biology department. Dr Madin began researching plankton in the 1970s and was a pioneer of in-situ methods including open-ocean SCUBA diving and use of submersibles and remote vehicles. Specialising in gelatinous organisms, he explored diversity, energetics, behaviour and distribution of macroplankton in the epipelagic and mesopelagic environments. Dr Madin is the author of many articles about salps and other sea creatures, and was chief scientist or participant on more than 70 ocean expeditions in all parts of the globe. Current interests include ocean observations, biodiversity, conservation and international cooperation.