Neville Coleman

Neville Coleman

Honourary Fellow Australian Institute of Professional Photography; Associate Australian museum; Consultant Queensland Museum; Project AWARE Board of Governors ASIA/PACIFIC Multi-award winning photographic environmentalist, Neville has been seriously recording the aquatic wildlife of the Asia/Pacific region since 1963.

With over 1000 published articles in over 150 magazines, 100,000 images and 60 marine life natural history books (29 self published) to his credit he is one of the most accomplished underwater educational authors in the world.

Neville has traveled with and led expeditions all over the Indo-Pacific pursuing the identification of marine species (he has personally discovered over 450 new species of marine life).

In 1969 /73 he led the Australian Coastal Marine Expedition on the first underwater photographic fauna survey ever attempted around an entire continent. Since then he has completed over 160 expeditions throughout Australia and across the globe, documenting some 12,000 species of aquatic flora and fauna. Many of these were photographed in their natural habitat for the first time.

Neville’s discoveries, scientific collections, photographs and observations have contributed to over a hundred scientific papers and journals, books and magazines. His investigations and studies into all aspects of aquatic natural history range through every major phylum of marine animals, from sponges through to mammals.

As a result of his travels Neville’s books relate to the entire Asia/Indo- Pacific area. Dive guides of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, Wildlife Guides of Fiji, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea etc.). Some of his productions (1001 NUDIBRANCHS 1700 pictures) are the most comprehensive of their kind in the world. He writes on mollusks, echinoderms, fish identification, on the behavior of reef creatures, on sea birds and sea safety guides such as Dangerous Sea Creatures.

In addition, he has explored out-of-the-way places such as Norfolk Island, Cocos/Keelings, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island and many others.

Neville travels far and wide lecturing and teaching on his specialties at Dive Shows and Conferences having appeared at over 300 venues including several in the USA. Few divers anywhere have contributed so much to the science and literature of marine identification/biology and the adventure experience of sport diving.

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