I am a senior lecturer in marine science at Deakin University, specializing in ocean literacy and seaweed cultivation. As the course director for the Bachelor of Marine Science degree, I am passionate about promoting the understanding and appreciation of our oceans.
My research focuses on creating an ocean literate society through creative solutions via research, education, and engagement. I believe that by raising awareness and knowledge about the ocean, we can inspire a new generation of marine stewards.
I also specialize in seaweed cultivation techniques for improved seaweed restoration and farming. My expertise lies in optimizing growth conditions, maximizing biomass yield, and developing innovative approaches. I contribute to biodiversity and ecosystem resilience through restoration strategies and collaborate with stakeholders. With a focus on sustainability, my research drives advancements in scalable and efficient seaweed cultivation.
As a Superstar of STEM, I actively promote the Great Southern Reef through various media platforms, including radio appearances. I recently co-authored a children’s book called “The Great Southern Reef,” which takes young readers on an exciting underwater adventure.
I would like to acknowledge the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land and sea on which I conduct my research. I pay my respect to their Elders and Ancestors for allowing me to conduct my research on their land and sea, and acknowledge their continuing connection to this beautiful Country. I thank them for their care and custodianship over many thousands of years.