Jonathan Barton, PhD

Head Scientist Research and Development Coral Aquaculture

What energises you at work?
Caffeine and nerding out over corals.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your job?
That all corals spawn in the same way.

What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Spawning checks if it is the season. If not, I like to sleep in, do chores around the house, and love a cafe brunch.

If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Indigo (Blue + Purple).

Favourite coral and why?
Acropora – They have such an huge range of colors and morphology that I find mesmerizing.

What do you love about the job?
I get to play with corals nearly every day, am able to do a variety of different things, and have the freedom to integrate my ideas with the support of management.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
The ability to heal the injuries and ailments of those around me.

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