The Great Southern Reef (GSR) spans the entire bottom half of Australia, and 70% of our national population lives within 50kms of it. Yet, it's largely unknown. Film maker, marine scientist and educator, Stefan Andrews, has been working with a team to promote the recognition, stewardship and long-term health of these important ecosystems. By showcasing the unique biodiversity, thriving reefs and personal stories of human connection to these reefs, Stefan and The Great Southern Reef Foundation are building a much needed community around celebrating just how valuable, yet under-appreciated, these ecosystems are. In this visually captivating presentation, Stefan will take a deep dive into the biodiversity, threats and vision for the future of the GSR.
Stefan Andrews is a marine biologist, film maker and educator from South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. Stefan has a passion for stimulating interest in ocean conservation and marine science through imagery, art and storytelling. As the director of production company, Ocean Imaging, Stefan has produced and directed award winning short documentaries that have been screened globally and contributed to natural history documentaries.
In recent years, Stefan has been dedicated to raising the public profile of Australia's kelp forests through his role as the director of education and impact with the Great Southern Reef Foundation. His work involves collaborating with Aborginal groups, universities and conservation entities to create short films and accessible educational resources for the Australian school curriculum.