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SIMS Executive

Director and CEO, SIMS

On 1st July 2020 Professor Martina Doblin was appointed as the new  Director and CEO of SIMS.

Martina Doblin is a Professor of Oceanography and leader of the Productive Coasts team at University of Technology Sydney. Her work has focused  on research which addresses Australia's grand challenges of food security, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem health, as well as climate variability and change.

Martina has a long association with SIMS and as a highly respected and experienced scientist, is eminently suited to the role. A leader of nationally significant research programs, with a history of many successful collaborations with industry and government, Martina is excited to create new opportunities for SIMS which advance the sustainability of our marine environment.  


General Manager, SIMS

Mark Scognamiglio was appointed General Manager of SIMS in 2016, having held the role of Finance Director prior to that appointment.

Mark commenced with SIMS in 2007. As his responsibilities have been broad reaching during his nine years at the Institute, Mark brings invaluable operational and strategic knowledge to his new role as General Manager.




Past Director and Continuing Associate 

Peter Steinberg is Professor of Biology at The University of New South Wales and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  From 2009 -2020 he was the inaugural Director and CEO of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). He received his PhD from the University of California in 1984, and has 35+ years of experience in a diversity of biological and ecological fields.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow and CEO of an ASX listed biotechnology company.  He has over 220 publications and 10 patents, including publications in Science, Nature, PNAS and other leading journals.  


In 2017 the Australian Marine Science Association awarded him their signature Silver Jubilee Award for outstanding contributions to marine science. His research interests include seaweed & coastal ecology; impacts of environmental change; bacterial biofilm biology and biofouling; environmental technology, and; restoration and rehabilitation of coastal systems.

Board Of Directors

The SIMS Board of Directors consists of one representative from each of the four founding universities, the Director/CEO of SIMS, the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee and two independent directors.

Current Members:

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has senior scientists from all of the institutions associated with SIMS. The four founding universities each have three representatives on the SAC, with all of the other institutions having one representative.

It is the role of the SAC to act as an advisory committee to the Board of Directors regarding all research and educational activities that are undertaken at SIMS. The SAC is responsible for approving all research projects that take place through SIMS and works in conjunction with the General Manager to ensure that the correct equipment and facilities are available.

Current SAC Members

Deputy Chair 
Representatives of Founding Members 
Representatives of Associate Members