Deep-sea research in the Great Australian Bight (CSIRO)


CSIRO Land and Water

What I did

I was commissioned to write 4 stories about CSIRO’s research in the Great Australian Bight for CSIRO’s sustainability magazine, ECOS.

I read the background material supplied, and interviewed the scientists (not all from CSIRO).

I then drafted the stories and gained approval from all interviewees before submitting the final copy, including the titles and teasers.

I also sourced the images/videos from the interviewees and checked permissions.

The 4 stories were published in issue 237 of ECOS in December 2017.

See links, titles and teasers below.

Voyage to the bottom of the Bight

Samples from the seabed of the Great Australian Bight have yielded 277 species new to science and the answer to a 30-year mystery…

A wave of knowledge from deep in the Bight

A mammoth social, economic and environmental study of the Great Australian Bight has revealed new insights and a raft of new species…

Playing tag with tuna in the Bight

Is seismic activity from oil and gas exploration affecting the southern bluefin tuna’s annual migration to the Great Australian Bight and/or their feeding habits? To find out, scientists have tagged hundreds of tuna…

Tracking the predators of the Bight

Privacy is a thing of the past, even in the deep waters of the Great Australian Bight…

Purple sea cucumbers swimming by a remotely-operated vehicle at a depth of 3000m in the Great Australian Bight.

Image: Purple sea cucumbers (Enypniastes) viewed from a remotely-operated vehicle at a depth of 3000 m in the central Great Australian Bight. Credit: CSIRO