Dr Ian Poiner is a highly respected marine scientist with a long history of involvement in Great Barrier Reef science and conservation. Dr Poiner was appointed to the AMSA Board on 13 November 2019 for a period of three years.
Dr Poiner is the current Chairperson of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. His recent roles include Chair of the Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium; Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System; Marine National Facility Steering Committee; CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Advisory Committee; and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre.
Following a successful research career at CSIRO (1985-2004), Dr Poiner served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Marine Science from 2004 to 2011. He was a member of the International Scientific Steering Committee of the Census of Marine Life from 2002 and its Chair from 2007 to 2013. From 2012 to 2016 he was Chair of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Science Panel.
In 2008, Dr Poiner was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in recognition of his leadership of research and development based enterprises for the benefit of marine science, the conservation some of the most iconic marine life and marine habitats on earth including the Great Barrier Reef, and the development of marine industry.
In 2013, James Cook University awarded Dr Poiner an Honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding service and distinguished public contribution to the northern Queensland community and exceptional service rendered to the University, comprising of academic excellence and the exercise of outstanding leadership.
Dr Poiner holds a BSc Hons 1A Zoology and PhD Zoology from the University of Queensland.