Guest Speaker for December – Simon Branigan

On Tuesday 18 December, Simon Branigan, Marine Restoration Co-ordinator with The Nature Conservancy, will present on a number of projects concerning the ecological health of Port Phillip Bay.

Holding a Master of Environmental Management, Simon is particularly passionate about marine and coastal restoration – a passion informed by growing up fishing, diving and surfing throughout Australia and spending 15 years working in restoration in estuarine and coastal ecosystems.

As the Marine Restoration Coordinator with The Nature Conservancy, Simon’s main focus is the development of our Great Southern Seascapes (GSS) program in Victoria. This program centres around restoring the lost shellfish reefs of Port Phillip Bay and making a significant and lasting contribution to the restoration and conservation of the state’s estuarine and coastal ecosystems.

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, he worked at the Victorian National Parks Association. He has also been on the Board of Directors for Surfrider Foundation Australia and as Chairperson for Environment Tasmania.