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Great Barrier Reef
Research & Education

Established in 1992, Reef Teach is a world leading platform for gathering and sharing information on the Great Barrier Reef, through research and education.

The Challenge & Our Mission

Our oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface and are the most poorly understood ecosystems on the planet. This massive natural resource is also under constant pressures from our modern society.

Complex issues, such as global climate change, coral bleaching, cyclones, Crown of Thorns Sea Stars and many more highlight the need to monitor and understand Great Barrier Reef on a much deeper level.

Reef Teach has, and will continue to be, dedicated to increase understanding and knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef through research and education. Reef Teach wants to increase the speed at which the information is gathered and shared. This all leads to a greater appreciation. We look after things we understand and like, let us help you understand the Great Barrier Reef. We look forward to meeting you on your next visit to Cairns.

Reef Teach, Principal Marine Biologist and Director Gareth Phillips

Great Barrier
Reef Research

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is one of the world’s largest coral reefs and is also one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders, yet there is so much more we need to learn about this ecosystem.

Our research concentrates on coral cover and coral reef health indicators. There is a lot of misinformation available and with such a large ecosystem, we aim to increase the amount and speed at which data is collected and shared so that we can better understand, and therefore, better manage the reef.

Marine Discoveries Internships

Want To Get Involved?
Do you want to make a real difference, whilst learning more about this amazing ecosystem? A Reef Teach Marine Discoveries Internship is a great way to help and learn more about the Great Barrier Reef, whilst enjoying an amazing experience in Far North Queensland.

This is a "paid for program" which enables our research projects to be self funded. Having this financial independence allows us the freedom to run projects that we know are important and that will have meaningful impact on the Great Barrier Reef.

No experience is necessary, just heaps of energy, enthusiasm, a willingness to get wet, some of your valuable time and not to mention, a sense of humour!

Sound Interesting?

  • Ideal practical field experience for Marine Science & Biology students
  • An amazing gap year experience you'll remember for years to come
  • A unique eco-friendly volunteer holiday in Far North Queensland
  • Help conserve the Great Barrier Reef for future generations
Gareth Phillips - Principal Marine Biologist, Keynote Speaker

Gareth Phillips

Principal Marine Biologist
MSc Zoology, Marine Mammals
BSc Hons. Marine Ecology
Master Reef Guide
Certified Australian Eco-Guide

Keynote Speaker
& Subject Matter Expert

With over 20 years international Marine Sciences experience and 10 years plus researching the Great Barrier Reef, Gareth brings a wealth of expert knowledge to any conference or speaking engagement, delivering keynote speaches, expert panels and session hosting.

Gareth’s boundless enthusiasm, passion and engaging presentation style immediately places audiences at ease whilst capturing and maintaining their attention. A rare mix of science and humour creates a truly memorable and regularly talked about experience.

Discover The Great Barrier Reef Today

Reef Teach Group Talks

A great way to dramatically enhance your Great Barrier Reef trip and directly support reef research. Sign up for our visitor evening talk and take away critical information that will lead to you knowing more and therefore seeing more on the Great Barrier Reef.

There is far more to the Great Barrier Reef than first meets the eye! The small entrance fee also goes towards funding our research and other programs.

Reef Teach - Public Evening Information Sessions

Reef Naturalist Programs

Reef Teach’s Reef Naturalist Programs (RNP) are the perfect way to have a deeper, more meaningful Great Barrier Reef experience, whilst giving back to the reef at the same time.

The RNP delivers programs ranging from 1 and 2 day experience on the Great Barrier Reef. The program has options that suit everybody from individuals and families to schools and universities. You can see what it is like to be a marine biologist and directly contribute to the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Teach - Eco Tourism,  Reef Naturalist Day

How You Can Help...
Marine & Environment Conservation

There are many pressures on coral reefs around the world – population increase, coastal development, pollution, invasive species, unsustainable fishing and climate change – to name but a few; But there are plenty of things you can do to help the Great Barrier Reef.

Acknowledgement Of Country
Reef Teach acknowledges, recognises and respects the Elders, families and forebears of the the Bama Peoples – the Aboriginal rainforest people who are traditional custodians/owners of the lands that cover our region. We also acknowledge, recognise and respect other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who call our region and the Great Barrier Reef their home.