Zena Dinesen

Zena Dinesen

Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, UQ
University of Queensland  ()
&  Australian Coral Reef Society, Australian Marine Sciences Association

Research interests

I first became interested in mesophotic coral communities during my Masters and PhD research. After completing my doctorate at James Cook University on coral assemblages of the Great Barrier Reef, including a review of the genus Leptoseris, I undertook postdoctoral research on soft corals at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Since then, I have worked in Marine Protected Area management with the Queensland [state] Government and with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. More recently I have worked in senior policy roles in fisheries and aquaculture, water resource policy and legislation, and food and agriculture policy with the Queensland Government. I have also held senior adjunct positions with James Cook University and the University of Queensland. I maintain a strong interest in coral reefs especially mesophotic reefs and continue to collaborate internationally, especially regarding the taxonomy and ecological role of the coral Leptoseris on MCEs.


  Please note that only publications relevant to mesophotic reefs are indexed.

The Chagos Archipelago | chapter
Andradi-Brown DA, Dinesen Z, Dinesen Z, Head CEI, Tickler DM, Rowlands G, Rogers AD (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems, Coral Reefs of the World (Springer) by Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL
Global phylogenomic assessment of Leptoseris and Agaricia reveals substantial undescribed diversity at mesophotic depths | article
Gijsbers JC, Englebert N, Prata KE, Pichon M, Dinesen Z, Dinesen Z, Brunner R, Eyal G, González-Zapata FL, Kahng SE, Latijnhouwers KR, Muir P (2023)
BMC Biology 21:147

Research keywords
Research platform experience
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)
Research summary (from publications)