J.E.N. Veron

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A-Reef-in-Time.gif Dr. J.E.N. Veron, known to colleagues worldwide as “Charlie,” took up diving in the mid 1960s and has been working on corals ever since—work that has taken him to all the major coral reef regions of the world. Dr. Veron has three higher degrees, including a D.Sc. for his early work on coral taxonomy. For many years, he has been Chief Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, where he is responsible for the institute’s multidisciplinary scientific initiatives.

His professional interests are in conservation, evolution, education, and science communication. He is principal author of 8 monographs and more than 70 scientific articles on the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, and the fossil record of corals.

He has published two popular guides to corals: Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific (1986) and Corals of Japan (in Japanese, with Dr. M. Nishihira, 1995, Tohoku University Press). In 1995, he published the award-winning Corals in Space and Time: The Biogeography and Evolution of the Scleractinia.

His Corals of the World (Australian Institute of Marine Science, 2000) is an end product of 30 years of research.

He is the author of the Foreword: Aquarium Corals. J.E.N. Veron is the author of:

  • A Reef in Time
  • Aquarium Corals
  • Corals in Space and Time
  • Corals of the World