Benthic Australia Pty Ltd, established in 2009, is an independent consultancy offering a boutique
service in marine and freshwater macro-invertebrate taxonomy from Australian and
indo-pacific waters
Benthic Australia prides itself on providing the most up to date taxonomic service for our clients. We maintain membership to a number of online taxonomic resources, journal publications, forums and taxonomic associations.
 Benthic Australia can also provide assistance with marine and freshwater survey design, methods for sampling benthic habitats, interpretation of invertebrate analysis, macro-photography, statistics and reporting.
Shona Marks MPhil
Director / Principal Aquatic Ecologist
I have been in the field of Aquatic Ecology for over
18 years’. I specialise in macro-invertebrate taxonomy, ecology and biodiversity, with special interest in polychaete worms.  
I also have a personal interest in macro-photography and collecting antique victorian microscope slides
Shona specialises in macro-invertebrate taxonomy from both marine and freshwater systems.
She has taxonomic experience from all Australian waters and overseas, such as New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.
Shona's MPhil thesis was on the polychaete community structure of the Gulf of Carpenteria, where she found that polychaete diversity was correlated to the sand fraction in the sediment.  
Before establishing Benthic Australia, Shona has worked for the Centre for Environmental Managment, Queensland Museum, CSIRO and private 
global consultancies. 
She has extensive experience in aquatic survey techniques, analysis and interpretation.
She has provided project management and technical support within a number of private and public sector projects.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 
Queensland 4680
Selected Projects
  1. 2014
    Rosslyn Bay Harbor dredge monitoring
    Invertebrate Taxonomy Coral Taxonomy Survey Design Assistance Statistical Assistance
    Coral reef and benthic macro-invertebrate monitoring for channel maintenance in the Rosslyn Bay area
  2. 2013
    Indonesia Macro-invertebrate survey
    160 Samples Invertebrate Taxonomy Method Assistance Customs & Quarantine Approvals & Clearance
    Macro-invertebrate survey from Indonesian waters as part of an open water pipeline environmental survey
  3. 2009
    Saudi Arabia Macrofauna Survey
    Invertebrate Taxonomy Method Assistance Customs & Quarantine Approvals & Clearance
    Macro-invertebrate survey from the Saudi Arabian coastline as part of a dredging program
  1. 2007 to 2014
    ABRS Taxonomic Revision of Pilargidae
    Over 30 new species Collaboration with Northern Territory Museum
    Revision and identification of over 1000 species lots of Pilargidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) for taxonomic update of the “Polychaetes Identification Guide CD-ROM (Wilson et.al); including species revisions, new records for Australia and new species descriptions
  2. 2007
    SARDI Great Australian Bight Macro-fauna Survey
    120 samples Invertebrate Taxonomy Macro Photography Voucher Collection
    Identification of benthic invertebrates samples to highest taxonomic level possible (genera/ species); development of a long term specimen voucher collection lodged at the South Australian Museum.
  3. 2004 to 2006
    CRC/ CSIRO Seabed Biodiversity Mapping Project
    Invertebrate Taxonomy Fish Taxonomy 1200hrs Video Transects 1500 Samples of Invertebrate 1500 samples of Fish
    Collaboration of CSIRO, AIMS, Queensland Museum, Australian Museum, DPI and other institutions to map the biotic and physical characteristic of the seabed of the Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef.
  1. 2003
    Whole of Gladstone Port Benthic Survey
    320 Samples Invertebrate Taxonomy Voucher Collection Macro Photography
    Whole of Gladstone harbour and outer waters seabed and benthic fauna mapping project. Development of a long term invertebrate reference collection for both the Central Queensland University and Queensland Museum.