Researcher biography

Dr Ben Mos obtained his BSc (Hons) in Marine Science and Management from the University of New England, Armidale and his PhD from Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour. Ben is an Aboriginal man of Turrbal descent. Ben completed a 3-year postdoctoral position at the National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour, refining technologies he developed during his PhD to grow sea urchins as seafood, supporting Australia's nascent export industry. He was appointed as a lecturer in marine sciences at Southern Cross University in 2019 where Ben worked in the School of Environmental Sciences for 3 years before continuing his academic career at The University of Queensland.

Currently in the School of the Environment, Ben teaches into the Marine Biology major and undertakes research to understand how we (humans) are altering waterways and oceans and impacting the organisms that live there through climate change, pollution, and catching too many fish, and figures out new ways we can solve these problems. Ben is based at Moreton Bay Research Station (MBRS) on beautiful Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) where he leads a marine lab with custom seawater systems, located near a unique group of globally important marine and freshwater habitats, ranging from coral reefs, mangroves, and freshwater swamps, and collaborates with First Nations Peoples, industry, government, other researchers, and students from Australia and overseas.