Ib Svane was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has an academic education from University of Copenhagen and Göteborg, Sweden, graduating with PhDs in zoology and marine biology. In 1998, he migrated to Australia to work at Flinders University and SARDI Aquatic Sciences in Port Lincoln. During his scientific career, he has published extensively in international scientific journals, popular magazines and elsewhere. As a yachtsman, he has sailed in many parts of the world.