Quantum Victoria celebrates National Science Week by acknowledging the contribution to Marine Science by six extraordinary women!

17th August - 21st August 2020


QUANTUM VICTORIA would like to recognise the valuable research undertaken by five key Marine Biologists along with our team member Carlie Alexander, who is currently on maternity leave.

Carlie Alexander completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (Marine Biology) at the University of Melbourne and her research involved determining the spread of introduced and invasive marine invertebrates and algae in a Marine National Park.

Five Australian Marine Science Trail Blazers that are Women

1. Prof Emma Johnston - The University of NSW

Professor Emma Johnston focuses on doing field work around Sydney Harbour, where she researches human impact on marine life, with a particular focus on the role of various pollutants we dump into the sea. Apart from being on TV as the co-presenter of "Coast Australia" and being the Vice President of Science & Technology Australia, she heads the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology Lab at the University of New South Wales. The lab's research team performs various field experiments in order to find out more about the human disturbance of marine ecology, our impact in the once-pristine Antarctica, and the health of marine estuaries.

2. Assoc Prof Leanne Armand - The Australian National University

Leanne Armand received a PhD in geology from the Australian National University. Her thesis work focused on the use of algae remains as an indicator of sea surface temperature changes and sea ice estimation. The algae remains were found in sediment cores taken from the southeast Indian Ocean. As an Australian Research Council postdoctoral fellow with IASOS (Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies at the University of Tasmania) she developed this work further, especially in the area of estimating sea ice extent in the Holocene and over the last 190,000 years.

3. Assoc Professor Adriana Vergés - The University of NSW

Adriana Vergés leads a research group that focuses on the ecological impacts of climate change and the conservation of the world's algal forests and seagrass meadows, which are increasingly under threat. She hails from Barcelona originally and has worked in temperate ecosystems and tropical coral reefs from around the world. Much of her research is experimental and takes place underwater with a SCUBA tank strapped to her back.

4. Prof Maria Byrne - The University of Sydney

Maria is Professor of Marine and Developmental Biology at the University of Sydney. For 12 years she was the director of One Tree Island Research Station, the University's facility on the Great Barrier Reef. Her main research has been on the biology and ecology of marine invertebrates that has largely involved echinoderms as model organisms. In recent years Prof Byrne's work has involved the quantification of the impacts of climate change stressors, ocean warming and ocean acidification on fundamental biological processes including growth, physiology, development and calcification. This work investigates the responses of marine invertebrates across life stages to climate change and has involved species from the tropics to the poles.

5. Assoc Prof Melanie Bishop - Macquarie University

Melanie completed her PhD at Sydney University in 2003 and has since held postdoctoral positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and University of Technology Sydney, before taking up her present position at Macquarie University in 2008. Melanie's research focuses on temperate coastal ecosystems, which are not only one of the most important ecosystems in terms of marine productivity and nutrient cycling, but are also areas that have borne the brunt of human impacts. She uses field experiments to address questions at ecologically meaningful scales, spanning coastlines, continents, years and decades.