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Simon Branigan

East Coast Operations Manager, Oceans


man in black by the ocean

Areas of Expertise

coastal and estuarine restoration, environmental management, marine ecology

General Enquiries

ph. +61 3 8346 8600


Simon is particularly passionate about marine and coastal restoration – a passion informed by growing up fishing and diving in Queensland, spending many years of surfing throughout Australia and spending 15 years working in restoration in estuarine and coastal ecosystems. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, he worked at the Victorian National Parks Association. He has also been on the Board of Directors for Surfrider Foundation Australia and as Chairperson for Environment Tasmania.

As our East Coast Operations Manager, Simon is responsible for overseeing the rebuilding of shellfish reefs across the eastern states of Australia and Tasmania.  He's a part of the team that's delivering on a bold commitment to rebuild 60 reefs over 6 years – to bring shellfish reef ecosystems back from the brink of extinction.

Simon has a Master of Environmental Management from The University of Tasmania. He commenced working at TNC in 2014 and works from his home office in Ocean Grove and our Melbourne office.

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Shellfish reef restoration progress in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria