Paul worked with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for 14 years, where he founded and led the first Climate Change Program for a marine ecosystem. Paul has over 20 years of experience working with researchers and marine ecosystem managers in Australia, the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. He pioneered the application of climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning to marine ecosystem management, and continues to combine innovative science with practical actions to help managers and policymakers address the major issues affecting marine systems. Dr Marshall is a founding member of the IUCN Working Group on Climate Change and Coral Reefs, member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and an advisor to major NGOs and national governments on coral reef management, coastal planning, ecosystem services assessment and the integration of social and ecological sciences for systems-approaches to coastal zone management.
He gained his PhD from James Cook University in 2000 and has over 70 peer-reviewed publications on applied coral reef management, climate change adaptation and resilience attracting over 3500 citations. These include the milestone references The Great Barrier Reef and Climate Change: A Vulnerability Assessment, A Reef Manager’s Guide to Coral Bleaching and the recently released A Reef Manager’s Guide to Fostering Community Stewardship. He has logged over 2000 dives on coral reefs all around the world.