I’m Steve Pogonowski, a former journalist/media relations contractor turned marine biology student. I currently live in the small coastal town (some call it a city: population 32,000) of Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.

I’m working my way through final year of a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) at Deakin University in Warrnambool. Apart from wanting to write about the things I’m learning, specialisation in that pretty wide field is still to be decided but I’m pretty keen on conservation of fish stocks, looking at ways to change the laws on whaling and basically finding out more about human effect on the oceanic food webs.

Update 3 December 2015: Haven’t checked back on this page in a while and things have definitely changed since completing my undergrad degree! Apart from having less time to write blog posts due to working fulltime in a water conservation research centre in Melbourne, I also met my now-fiance in Warrnambool and we have a 20 month old daughter. And obviously I still don’t know how to format text on this page 🙂 I’m still aiming to work in (paid) marine science writing but new challenges have put that on hold for the time being.

Update 7 September 2016: Since the last update, I’ve bought a house, married, changed jobs, am doing constant renovations on the house while chasing round an increasingly active two-and-a-half year old! Sill not time for blogging but hoping to get back into it and put up the results of some recent chats with marine biologists. Regular brief posts are now up on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/oceanicexplorer 



  1. The world can always use another voice for marine conservation. Good on you for embracing blogging for this priceless cause!

  2. I’m from Warrnambool and currently looking at doing the degree- I’d love to catch up sometime, love the blog!

  3. Hi Steve,

    I’m doing an education course and designing a unit on rubbish in our environment. It’s an assignment and I’m looking for a banner for my webfolio (which will only be seen by my assessor and student colleagues). Could I please use your image taken at Cape Trib, titled ‘plastic piles up in paradise’ ? It has the right content and resolution for what I need.

    I like your blog by the way.



    (I’m based in Shepparton).

    • Hi Joe, thanks for letting me know – because I don’t watermark my photos I’ve seen some of them put on other sites without my approval! I’m happy for you to use that shot, can you please just use my blog web address as the photo credit. Cheers.

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