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A dynamic, memorable, passionate & thought-provoking professional speaker, who educates, enlightens & entertains audiences with his diverse knowledge, experience & expertise.

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Gareth Phillips - Principal Marine Biologist, Reef Teach

Gareth Phillips

Principal Marine Biologist

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

  • Keynote, introductory and closing presentations
  • Panel discussions and Subject Matter Expert sessions
  • Conference, Seminar, Institution and Education Programs
  • Content creation for electronic, print or broadcast mediums and news agencies

About Gareth

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.

Gareths' insightful talks and presentations are not only filled with proven scientific research and theory but more importantly with practical knowledge and vast personal experience, bringing a new dimension to these important topics.

His boundless enthusiasm, passion and engaging presentation style immediately places audiences at ease whilst capturing and maintaining their attention with a rare mix of science and humour creating a truly memorable and regularly talked about experience.

Specialist Areas

  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Coral bleaching, regeneration and life-cycle
  • Marine Mammal and Dolphin Research
  • Marine Conservation, Management and Public Engagement
  • Climate change and it's effects on the Great Barrier Reef

How To Engage Gareth

Gareth lives and works in Cairns, the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef in tropical Far North Queensland. He travels all over Australia, neighbouring regions and internationally raising awareness of, advocating for, and speaking about the need for Marine conservation, preservation and the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.


Gareth likes nothing more than to be a part of things in person, meeting and talking with attendee's and other speakers. He is just as much at home in-front of large audiences as he is with smaller groups or simply mingling at more specialised events.

Video & Voice Conference

If time, location or travel is a factor, Gareth is more than happy to make an appearance via video-link or voice-call providing the same level of audience engagement as he would if he was there in person.

Video Production

With the amazing backdrop of Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, Gareth can produce and commentate on a number of pre-prepared topics for later use within your organisation for educational and conservation purposes.

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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.