Peter Harris

Peter Harris

GRID-Arendal  (Norway)

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Dr. Harris has been serving as a senior manager of the environmental division of Australia's national geoscience agency, Geoscience Australia. Peter Harris, a native of the USA, has a background in marine conservation and environmental science. He has worked on climate-change in Antarctica as well as serving since 2010 as Australia's member of the Group of Experts for the United Nations World Ocean Assessment.Peter Harris graduated from the University of Washington (Seattle USA) in 1981 and completed a PhD at the University of Wales (Swansea UK) in1984. He worked at the University of Sydney from 1986 to 1994 on marine geology of the Great Barrier Reef and the Fly River Delta (Papua New Guinea). In 1994 he was appointed by Geoscience Australia to lead the Palaeo-environment Program at the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart Tasmania, where he worked from 1994-2003. In July 2003 he was appointed Group Leader of Geoscience Australia’s Marine & Coastal Environment Group based in Canberra, which employed some 50 staff with programs in maritime boundaries (Law of the Sea), coastal geochemistry, OzCoasts web delivery of coastal science for managers, seabed mapping and characterisation, marine biodiversity and Antarctic research. In 2006 he was elected as Australia’s representative and co-chair of the United Nations Ad Hoc Steering Group established under UNGA resolution 60/30 to progress Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment (GRAME). In 2010 he was elected to be a member of the Group of Experts established under UNGA resolution 65/37 to oversee the first cycle of the GRAME Regular Process and produce the first report by 2014. Peter has been seconded by the Australian Government to GRID-Arendal for 1 year to participate in the development of a web page and create a new seafloor geomorphology map to in support of the GRAME Regular Process.


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Submerged reefs and terraces on the shelf edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia | article
Harris PT, Davies PJ (1989)
Coral Reefs 8:87-98

Submerged banks in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, greatly increase available coral reef habitat | article
Harris PT, Bridge TCL, Beaman RJ, Webster JM, Nichol SL, Brooke BP (2012)
ICES J Mar Sci 70:284-293

Submerged coral reefs in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia | article
Harris PT, Heap AD, Wassenberg T, Passlow V (2004)
Mar Geol 207:185-191

A new coral reef province in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia: Colonisation, growth and submergence during the early Holocene | article
Harris PT, Heap AD, Marshall JF, McCulloch M (2008)
Mar Geol 251:85-97

Neritic carbonate for six submerged coral reefs from northern Australia: Implications for Holocene global carbon dioxide | article
Heap AD, Harris PT, Fountain L (2009)
Palaeogeogr Palaeoclimatol Palaeoecol 283:77-90

Seafloor geomorphology—coast, shelf, and abyss | chapter
Harris PT (2020)
in: Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat () by Harris PT, Baker EK

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