Marcus Barber studied marine biology and the history and philosophy of science before commencing a PhD in Anthropology at The Australian National University. His doctoral research focused on Indigenous relationships to water and the marine environment in remote Arnhem Land. He assisted with the conduct of the Blue Mud Bay case, which led to changes in the sea tenure regime in the Northern Territory. Following his PhD, Marcus Barber lectured in anthropology at James Cook University in Townsville until the end of 2009, and he remains an Associate Lecturer. He is now based in Darwin and works for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), undertaking collaborating research with Indigenous people across Northern Australia about water, marine and natural resource management issues.