What is your dream?
My dream is to become a marine scientist and teacher of science at a university level. In these roles I
hope to be an ambassador for the sustainable use of our oceans so future generations can continue
to enjoy the ocean and its resources. This career will allow me to be a role model for young women
engaging in science, technology, engineering & math subjects early in their studies and so I can
encourage other women to pursue STEM careers and increase female participation in these fields.
How did you find your passion?
Growing up along the Western Australian coast meant I spent a lot of time at our amazing beaches. I
have always loved the ocean and its marine life, but I was also fascinated by science in school. I
decided to combine the two and study marine science at university and I’ve never looked back.
Tell us about your dreams / goals for the next 12 months?
At the moment I am focussed on completing my PhD studies looking at the impacts of multiple
stressors on a popular Australian fish species. I will be spending a lot of time experimenting in the
lab and teaching first year cell biology. I am also looking forward to an international conference on
ocean acidification in Tasmania that I will be attending thanks to the Aim for the Stars scholarship.
How will the scholarship support your endeavours?
The scholarship has allowed me to attend an international conference on ocean acidification this
coming May. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet scientists from around the world working in
similar fields of research. It has also allowed me to enrol in a statistics course that will help my
professional development in science as well as purchasing some equipment for me to conduct more
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
I was fortunate enough to travel to Spain and Sweden in 2013 to undertake my honours research at
a well-equipped marine research centre. This was a fantastic experience that really cemented my
desire to pursue a research & teaching career.
How important is inspiration in your life?
I think inspiration is very important, particularly in the form of accessible role models. Sometimes
the most influential people are those that you work with on a daily basis.
Who’s your hero (and why)?
My heroes are the people in my life that face adversity with an incredibly positive attitude and make
the time to give back to their community.
How will you support your community in the future?
I hope my research will benefit a many people by deepening our understanding of how the marine
environment is changing and what we can do to conserve our oceans. I also hope to play a role in
educating the next generation of scientists and am a volunteer for my community netball club.
What’s the motto that you live by?
Failure is life’s greatest teacher, so don’t be afraid to try and fail.
Italian – any pasta or pizza.
I recently finished Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In… however I’m also a mad Harry Potter fan.
Favourite TV Show?
Modern Family & any David Attenborough doco.
If you had one message to share with other women chasing their dreams what would you say?
Persevere with anything you’re passionate about. You will learn so much along the way and the
outcome will be worth it.