Underwater Naturalist Neville ColemanNeville Coleman OAM

Neville Coleman was born near the shores of the Lane Cove River in Sydney. As he grew up, fishing became his all-consuming passion: at ten years of age his most ardent aspirations were to become an explorer.

On leaving school he completed an apprenticeship in Photo-lithography, but in 1963 his life reached a major turning point when, drawn by a love of nature and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge he set about to beat his greatest fear – the ocean and it’s inhabitants – and began spending his spare time diving in Sydney Harbour.

His urge to discover, and the unknown challenge of the sea, eventually led to exploration on a larger scale. In 1969, after two years of preparation, he conducted the Australian Coastal Marine Expedition: a total of almost four years travelling 64,000 kilometers around the Australian coast, observing, recording, photographing and collecting many thousands of marine creatures for Australian museums.

Australian Coastal Marine Expedition Australian Coastal Marine Expedition

Most people who knew of the undertaking felt there was little chance of his getting back alive, let alone achieving the expedition’s projected aims. In March 1969 he set off unfinanced, unsupported, unknown, under – manned and unlikely to succeed. However, succeed he did.

It was to be the first underwater photographic fauna survey
of an entire continent ever attempted in the world.

Since 1973 , Neville has cross-referenced approximately 100,000 transparencies with specimens of animals and plants donated to Australian Museums. Following the Australian Coastal Marine Expedition, over 160 minor expeditions have been carried out in global waters (from the Seychelles to the British West Indies and Japan, south to New Zealand.

Logging over 14,000 dives – and discovering over 450 species new to science, Nevilles photographs are on display at most major museums and aquariums in Australia. The Australasian

Marine Photographic Index of which he is curator, is the largest scientifically-curated visual identification system in the Southern hemisphere with over 11,500 species photographed and cataloged.

Australian Coastal Marine Expedition Neville Coleman     Underwater Naturalist Neville Coleman

In July 1980, London ATV flew Neville to Papua New Guinea for a 30-minute documentary in their “Nature Watch” series. This was eventually shown throughout Europe, USA, and in New Zealand with excellent reviews and proved to be one of the most popular in the series.

A.B.C.’s “Big Country” programme also discovered Neville’s work at Lord Howe Island. “Akin to the Sea” also proved to be very popular and has since been reshown on A.B.C television in “The Best of a Big Country”.

Early in 1985 Mike Willesee’s “Trans Media Production” for Channel Nine Television produced a 1 hour documentary entitled “Sink or Swim” In this programme Neville introduces young institutionalised Australians to the wonders of the underwater world. In an effort to instill a positive side of life with his own personal philosophy of turning people on to nature. Neville explains how understanding the natural values of life can be one of the most rewarding methods of rehabilitation for body soul and spirit.

Author of some 65 books, Neville has written and illustrated more 4 colour underwater education natural history books than any other single person in the western world, and as such, is the most successful writer on marine life in Australian history. His articles have been carried by over 150 magazines with photographs being reproduced by the “National Geographic Society”, “Time Life”. and “Readers Digest”.

Ceratosoma amoenum Nudibranch.jpg      Underwater Naturalist Neville Coleman

Neville is a fascinating and colourful individual with tremendous passion for life. He has an infectious enthusiasm for his work and has developed – through his experiences and knowledge – a confident understanding of the “dangers” involved.

As the first full time professional freelance underwater naturalist/photographer managing to exist in Australia, Neville and his work are part of the pioneering spirit this country was built on.

Neville lectures regularly throughout the world on underwater marine biology and conservation and is certified to teach Australian instruction agencies in Marine Biology and Underwater Photography Courses. His “Education through Entertainment” audio visual programmes, have been enjoyed by many thousands of people at over 300 world wide venues.

Neville Coleman presenting Underwater Naturalist Course     Scuba Divers

Neville has been a keynote speaker at the First and Second International Dolphin and Whale Conferences. His “Nature Watch” television programme is shown on National Geographic’s

Explorer Series in 1996 and has been repeated several times reaching over 40,000,000 Americans. His lecture programmes in the USA are highly successful and include conferences such as S.E.A.S, MACNA, “Our World Underwater” and Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)

In 1991 Neville was awarded a number of prestigious honours including the Banksia Environmental Foundation’s Marine and Waterways Award for his Australian Marine Photographic Index, and the Diving Industry and Travel Association of Australia’s Scuba Excellence Award for his contribution to underwater education.

He also received an Honorary Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. He is the first professional underwater photographer in Australian history to win the highest commendations from both the Australian Photographic Society and the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.

In 1994 “Brownies Coastwatch” (Channel 7 Brisbane) hosted Neville as Marine Environmental Presenter on their weekly programmes.

Vitally concerned with the aquatic environment and its conservation, Neville continues his exploration and discovery giving regular presentations to groups such as the Royal Geographic Society Explorer’s Club. His appointment eight years previous to “Project AWARE” BOARD OF GOVERNORS is especially significant in his role as an evironmental educator.

By taking the dreams of a ten year old and making them come true, Neville has already achieved more than most. Out of a world of total fear, a little boy who didn’t have a hero, built one. The boy built the man, together they explore the oceans unknown and share it’s secrets with humanity.

Neville Coleman OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to conservation and the environment through the photographic
documentation of Australian marine species.

The Order of Australia

The Order of Australia, instituted by Her Majesty The Queen on 14 February 1975, was established as “an Australian society of honour for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service”.

 

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Neville Coleman OAM Medal of the Order of Australia
Inductee International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
Research Associate Australian Museum
Honorary Consultant Queensland Museum
Project Aware Board of Governors
Honorary Fellow Australian Institute of
Professional Photography
International Fellow The Explorers Club
PADI LFSI Instructor #102088

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Underwater Naturalist Neville Coleman
Neville Coleman OAM achieved in every field of self-taught expertise. From Underwater Explorer, Naturalist and Environmental Photographer, Photojournalist, Educator, Conservationist, Philosopher, Publisher and Poet, to one of the most accomplished underwater natural history authors in the world.

Neville Coleman’s expertise in Underwater Marine Life ID extended to: Marine Algae, Sea Grass, Mangroves, Forams, Marine Sponges, Stony Corals, Soft Corals, Sea Anemones, Sea Jellies, Zoanthids, Corallimorphs, Black Corals, Marine Flatworms, Segmented Worms, Crustaceans, Barnacles, Marine Shrimps, Rock Lobsters, Crayfish, Hermit Crabs, Squat Lobsters, Marine Molluscs, Chitons, Univalves, Bivalves, Cephalopods, Octopus, Cuttlefish, Squid, Opisthobranchs, Nudibranchs, Sea Slugs, Bryozoans, Sea Mosses, Echinoderms, Sea Stars, Feather Stars, Brittle Stars, Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumbers, Ascidians/Sea Squirts, Marine Fish, Sharks, Marine Reptiles, and Marine Mammals.

                     

  His enthusiasm for nature was second to none.

ABC Science

Conservationist and marine photographer recognised.

In love with the sea Abbie Thomas ABC

 

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 NEVILLE COLEMAN’S EXPEDITIONS
CONFERENCES/PRESENTATIONS
SKILL DEVELOPMENT MARINE LIFE ID DIVE COURSES
OVER THE YEARS

1994

06/94  – FIJI ISLANDS  Beqa Lagoon

Marine Life Fauna Survey – Presentation at Suva for Fiji Islands Dive Festival in aid of recompression chamber for the islands.

08/94  FIJI ISLANDS  Beqa Lagoon

Marine Life Fauna Survey and aquatic inventory compilation for Wildlife Guide.

1995

03/95  GREAT BARRIER REEF  – Lady Elliot island

Project AWARE Marine Life Identification Specialty course – Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey- Underwater Photography

03/95  GREAT BARRIER REEF TOWNSVILLE  Kelso Reef

Reef  Public Aquarium project.  Marine Life Fauna Survey Kelso Reef.

03/95  GREAT BARRIER REEF  – Orpheus Island

Marine Life Fauna Survey   Underwater Photography.

04/95  GREAT BARRIER REEF -  Kelso Reef

Marine Life Fauna Survey -  Underwater  Photography.

06/95  NORTHERN TERRITORY (OUTBACK EXPEDITION)  Ayers Rock,

Continuing Photo-Fauna Survey, desert life  Nocturnal species.

07/95 NEW SOUTH WALES – SYDNEY, SCUBA EXPO

Presenter  Marine Life Education.

08/95  GREAT BARRIER REEF – Cairns – Worlds Biggest Dive Festival

Presenter – Marine Life Fauna Survey, Agincourt Reef  Green Island

11/95  SEYCHELLES  Indian Ocean

Subios Underwater Festival  Presenter – Marine Life Fauna Survey – School lectures. Research for Wildlife Guide.

12/95  NEW SOUTH WALES  -  Port Stephens

Project AWARE Marine Life Identification Specialty Course.

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey -  Underwater Photography.

1996

1/96  WESTERN AUSTRALIA -   Shark Bay

Continuing Marine Life Fauna Survey.  Desert frog research and photography.

02/96  NEW SOUTH WALES  -  Snowy Mountains

Mountain frogs research and photography.

05/96  PAPUA NEW GUINEA  -  Milne Bay Province

Continuing Marine Life Fauna Survey, collecting specimens and Underwater Photography.

07/96  QUEENSLAND Mackay  Great Barrier Reef

Presenter:  Eco tourism and Marine Life Conference. Field trip intertidal photography.

10/96  INDONESIA – Bali  Liberty Wreck

Marine Life Fauna Survey  Collection of specimens – Underwater Photography.

10/96  SOUTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA -  Albany

Continuing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography -  Lowlands frog research and photography.

11/96  PAPUA NEW GUINEA  – Loloata Island  Motupore Research Station

Continuing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography – Research for Wildlife Guide.

1997

01/97  QUEENSLAND – Mooloolaba

Project AWARE Marine Life Identification Speciality Course. Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey   Underwater Photography. Collection of specimens.

02/97  VICTORIA – Mornington Peninsula

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey -  Underwater Photography.
Lowlands  Frog Research.

03/97  MALDIVES  Indian Ocean

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey   Underwater Photography.  Research for  Wildlife Guide.

06/97  QUEENSLAND – Moreton Bay

Stradbroke Island Dive Festival  Presenter  Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater photography. Collection of specimens.

06/07  PAPUA NEW GUINEA  – Loloata Island  Motupore Research Station

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey -  Underwater Photography. Research for Wildlife Guide -  Collection of specimens.

07/97  JAPAN – Izu Peninsula

Marine Life Fauna Survey   Underwater Photography. Talk to university students. Research for frogs.

08/97  SOLOMON ISLANDS  -  Uepi Island

Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography. Research for Wildlife Guide.

11/97  INDONESIA – Bali

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography. Specimen collections.

11/97  SEYCHELLES  Indian Ocean

Subios Underwater Festival  Presenter – Marine Life Fauna Survey and school talks. Research for Wildlife Guide.

12/97  OREILLYS RAINFOREST  Lamington National Park, Queensland.

Presentations on Frog Natural History – Mountain frog research – Photography.

1998

04/98  SYDNEY SHELL SHOW  Australian Museum

Presenter:  Second Australian Malacological Society of Australia.

05/98  QUEENSLAND  – Gold Coast

Presenter:   Dive Festival   Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens.

06/98  ROYAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY  Brisbane

Presentation: Young Achievers

07/98  OREILLYS RAINFOREST  Lamington National Park, Queensland

Presenter: The Nature of Photography. Winter frog research and photography.

07/98  PAPUA NEW GUINEA  – Loloata Island  Motupore Research Station

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography. Collection of specimens.

08/98  ADELAIDE  South Australia

Project AWARE Marine Life Identification Course – Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens.

11/98  ALBANY  ESPERANCE  South-Western Australia

Presenter:  Southern Oceans Conference – Continuing Marine Life Fauna Survey. Underwater Photography – Research on lowland frogs and photography.

1999

06/99  HONG KONG AQUARIUM

Aquarium studies – Photography

09/99  CAIRNS  Queensland

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography – Rainforest assessment and photography.

09/99  NAMBOUR  Queensland

Presenter: Australian Photographic Society  Marine Life Presentations.

10/99  MALDIVES  Indian Ocean

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey- Underwater Photography – Research for Wildlife Guide and photography.

12/99  WALINDI PLANTATION  KIMBE BAY, Papua New Guinea

Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography. Research on Rainforest frogs and photography.

2000

01/2000  LORD HOWE ISLAND  South Pacific

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography.  Research for Lord Howe Island Marine Park book.

08/2000  JACOBS WELL, GOLD COAST  Queensland

Presenter: Environmental Research Station  Research and Photography on Mangrove Nudibranchs.

08/2000  VICTORIA

Presenter:  to Dolphin Society Gathering – Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater photography.

10/2000  CAIRNS  Queensland  Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef

Presenter:  to Scoliosis Research Society.   Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography.

10/2000  CAIRNS  Queensland  Great Barrier Reef

Presentation: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park/conservation.

11/2000  FIJI ISLANDS

Fiji Tourism  Project AWARE Marine Biology workshop presentation for diving instructors.
Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Research for Wildlife Guide.

12/2000  PORT PHILLIP BAY  Victoria

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Research on nudibranchs for book.

12/2000  NEW ZEALAND

Marine Life Fauna Survey – Research for Nudibranch book  Underwater Photography.

2001

02/2001  LORD HOWE ISLAND

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater  Photography – Collection of specimens. Research for Lord Howe Island Marine book.

05/2001  ROYAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY  Brisbane

Presentation:  Queensland Museum

10/2001  BRISBANE  Queensland

Presentation:  Malacological Society of Australia ( Ovulidae)

11/2001  – PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Loloata Island  Motupore Research Station.

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey Underwater  Photography. Research for Wildlife Guide.

12/2001  LORD HOWE ISLAND

Presentation:  Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography.

2002

03/2002  PAPUA NEW GUINEA -   Madang

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Marine life presentations.

05/2002   QUEENSLAND GOLD COAST  Seaworld

Presentation:  Combined Schools Marine Careers Expo

06/2002  OREILLYS RAINFOREST  Lamington National Park, Queensland

Presentations:  Mountain frog research. Photography

7/2002  LORD HOWE ISLAND

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography.  Winter survey for Lord Howe Island Marine Park book.

11-12/2002  PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Milne Bay Province  Loloata Island

Milne Bay Province  Loloata Island  Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens.

2003

02/2003  CAIRNS  Queensland  Great Barrier Reef

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography

04-05/2003  PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Milne Bay Province  Loloata Island

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens.

06/2003  ALBANY  South-Western Australia

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens. Lowland frog research.

09/2003  SYDNEY DIVE EXHIBITION  New South Wales

Presenter: Dangerous Sea Creatures

11/2003  PAPUA NEW GUINEA  – Loloata Island  Motupore Research Station

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography  Collection of specimens

2004

03/2004  PAPUA NEW GUINEA  Loloata Island

Judge  International Underwater Photography contest.
Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography  Collection of specimens.

05/2004  VANUATU -  Vila

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography  Collection of specimens.

05/2004  ANILAO  Philippines

Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography – Research for Wildlife Guide.

06/2004  VANUATU – Santo

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography  Collection of specimens.

07/2004  JERVIS BAY  New South Wales

Project AWARE Nudibranch Identification Specialty Course for divers.

07-08/2004  MALAYSIA   – Kuala Lumpur

Presenter:  Butterflies of the Sea – Marine Conservation.

08/2004   MALAYSIA  – Sabah

Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens.

09/2004  VANUATU – Santo

Presentation: Underwater Photography – Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography.

11/2004  PAPUA NEW GUINEA -  Milne Bay Province

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens.

2005

01/2005  LORD HOWE ISLAND

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography.

03/2005  PAPUA NEW GUINEA -  Milne Bay Province

Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens.

Neville Coleman Muck Dive Papua New Guinea

Closely surveying the Devil Ghoul Inimicus didadactylus during a “muck dive” in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. My knife is anchored into the sand and in this way I can control movement and disturb the bottom as little as possible.
( photo: Jorina van der Westhuizen)

06/2005  SINGAPORE

Presenter: Celebrate the Sea Judge of Photography.

09/2005   NEW SOUTH WALES -  Port Stephens  Jervis Bay

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey – Underwater Photography – Collection of specimens.

11/2005  PAPUA NEW GUINEA -  Loloata Island- Motupore Research Station

Ongoing Marine Life Fauna Survey  Underwater Photography  Collection of Specimens.

2006

01/2006  CHRISTMAS ISLAND  COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS

Marine Life Fauna Surveys  Underwater Photography – Research for Wildlife Guides.

 

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