Maria Byrne is Professor of Marine and
Developmental Biology at the University of Sydney. Her research
interests are on the biology, ecology, conservation and evolution
in marine invertebrates with a focus on echinoderms from across the
globe and more recently on the impacts of climate change.
Timothy O'Hara has been researching echinoderms since high school. Since becoming a curator at Museums Victoria in 2001, his research has focused on using the vast amounts of data and specimens stored in museum collections to address issues of biodiversity conservation and management. He has conducted biodiversity and ecological surveys, mapped the distribution of seafloor animals across oceans, used extracted DNA to study evolution, and described many beautiful new species.