Diving

 Sheree Marris

If Sheree had her choice, she would have gills instead of lungs, a breath hold

to rival the sperm whale and a sparkly green mermaid-esque tail.

Since she doesn’t, she does the next best thing and spends as much time as

she can scuba diving and blowing bubbles. When she’s a land lover you can

find Sheree working on a range of innovative projects that aim to engage,

entertain and educate people about the environment.

Sheree Marris is one of Australia’s most passionate and dynamic environmental ambassadors. Through

radio talk-back, television appearances, hosting documentaries and featuring in commercials, Sheree has

gained a reputation and profile among the Australian community, national corporate organisations and all

levels of government as an expert in her field. Her happy place is developing innovative environmental

projects and bridging the gap between science and the public.

In 2002 Sheree’s profile was heightened when she picked up three Young Australian of the Year awards:

the National Unilever Environment Award, Young Australian of the Year (Victoria) and Victorian Unilever

Environment Award. In 2009 she completed a scholarship with the Centre for Sustainable Leadership.

An award winning author, Sheree has just finished her fifth book, Melbourne Down Under a stunning

photographic book that reveals Melbourne’s best kept secret – a marine environment more diverse and

colourful than any tropical reef. Preceding this was the highly successful KamaSEAtra - Secrets of Sex in the

Sea, a humorous read about the unique reproductive methods of sea creatures and the parallels they share

with humans.

Current projects

World, The Nature of Science (TNOS) - A series of YouTube videos communicating scientific research in a

fun and engaging format, using world-class cinematography including time-lapse and high-speed footage

of animals fighting, feeding and fornicating. Think of a hybrid between Smarter Every Day, ZeFrank and a

splash of David Attenborough on acid and you’ll get the picture. This channel is going to be a permanent

feature on the Huffington Post website which will be launched next month.

World, The Great Barrier Reef Experience – An international travelling exhibition that will immerse visitors

in the colour and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Visitors will be taken on an incredible journey of

discovery using Emmy award-winning cinematography that reveals various habitats of the reef and how tiny

animals have created the only living structure that can be seen from space. A strong component of the

exhibition is engaging and educating visitors on the valuable role they can play in helping to protect one of

the worlds greatest natural wonders.

Victoria, Underwater Living Galleries – Creation of a series of Australia’s first underwater sculpture

installations for the tourism industry and private sector. These installations will become ‘living pieces of

artwork’ that fuse art, environment and sport, while creating new tourism assets. The installations will attract

marine life to the area, build a greater awareness of the marine values of the southern shores and create a

marine stewardship ethic in the community.

Australia, Melbourne Down Under –Revealing Melbourne’s best kept secret, a marine environment with colour and diversity that rivals tropical reefs, showcased to an audience of millions across several high profile media platforms. Using world-class underwater imagery the campaign features a flagship book, documentary DVD and travelling outdoor exhibition.

Past projects:

Vanuatu, Yumi Tugeta - An innovative marine conservation project and DVD

with the youth of Pele Island. People under 25 are posing the highest threat to the valuable reef

ecosystems of pacific communities. With this film the youth demonstrated to their brothers and sisters

around the Pacific how they could secure their futures, adapt to climate change, develop their villages and

sustainably manage the coral reef ecosystems.

World, Ocean Predators Exhibition – A world travelling exhibition on ocean predator. Think scorpions,

ghosts, lions, goblins, dragons, lizards… but not the type you imagine and it’s more than sharks and sharp

teeth. In the ocean there are expandable mouths, arms with hooks, beaks that bite and animals that not

only steal the life but the weapons from the food they eat. From a microscopic animal that feasts on prey its

same size through to the largest animal that has ever lived that devours millions of its prey in one

sitting... all this with no teeth!

Philippines, The Saving Philippine Reefs Project –A yearly reef monitoring expedition that aims to

improve the quality and quantity of information available on coral reefs for use in improving management

and creation of appropriate policies for protection and sustainable use of coastal resources for the Unico

Conservation Foundation in partnership Centre for Coastal Conservation Education Foundation (CCEF).

Rye, Octopuses Garden Marine Trail – Victoria’s first underwater marine trail located at Rye Pier on the

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Visitors put on a mask and snorkel or a pair of swimming goggles to

discover the wonders of the marine life in the bay. Underwater signs mounted to the pylons highlight

marine life in the area. This has led to the development of other marine trails including at Rottnest Island.

 

Awards:

2003 Centenary Medal – Outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment

2003 Australia Day Ambassador

2002 Committee of Melbourne Achiever Award

2002 Young Australian of the Year - National Unilever Environment Award

2002 Young Australian of the Year - Victoria

2002 Young Australian of the Year - Victorian Unilever Environment Award

1999 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature

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