Dr. Steve Lindfield has been working at CRRF since the start of 2016. His main research focus is on fish ecology and fisheries. He is interested in how fish communities respond to fishing pressure and the best management approaches for increasing the sustainability of coral reef fisheries. You can read more about his projects on reef fisheries. He is particularly interested in how fish communities change over depth gradients and how fish spawning aggregations form and function.
Steve is a specialist in the use of stereo-video techniques for counting and measuring the size of fish. He applies this method for diving surveys to survey vast areas of coral reefs, assessing fish spawning aggregations, benthic surveys of corals and also for sampling fish markets. See more under the stereo-video page (here).
Steve is an experienced scientific diver with AAUS and ADAS qualifications and helps with all diving related fieldwork at CRRF. He has been diving with closed circuit rebreather (CCR) since 2008, he applies this diving technique to expand the depth ranges for diving fieldwork and minimise the behavioral effects of fishes towards divers.
Now 32, Steve grew up grew up on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. Since his first breaths on SCUBA at the age of 12 with his father, a commercial fisherman, the ocean was already a major part of his life. After completing his marine science degree with first class honours at the University of Newcastle, in 2008 he was selected as the Australasian Rolex Scholar for the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society, which allowed him to travel outside Australia for the first time. This scholarship took him around world for a year SCUBA diving and learning about pressing marine conservation issues. After world-wide experiences, Steve was hooked on the tropical reefs of the Pacific and started his PhD on the impacts of fishing on coral reef fish, for which he based his research on the Mariana Islands and Yap’s outer islands in Micronesia. During his PhD he resided in Guam for two years of fieldwork, Perth for one year of video analysis and Bali for the last two years of writing. He now lives in Palau with his partner Vanessa and son Keanu.
For more details you can download Steve’s CV here: