| Areas of Expertise
Adelaide, South Australia & raised in Tabubil, Papua New Guinea
Heron Island, Queensland – Australia
| Favorite Quote
“We don’t inherit this earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
| Job Title
I am currently the Deputy Station Manager/Scientific Officer for The University of Queensland, Heron Island Research Station.
Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology.
| Heron Island Research Team
I grew up with a powerful love for the ocean which I have my parents to thank for. Being avid divers and ocean lovers themselves they encouraged me to discover our underwater world but I don’t think they thought I would make a career out of it. After moving back to Australia from Papua New Guinea to finish high school I went to University in South Australia and was surfing every day and diving whenever I could. I have worked on a range of projects over my career from working with leatherback turtles in Ostional, Costa Rica, New Zealand Fur Seals on Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia to building artificial bio reefs in Indonesia to assist in reef recovery. I now work and live at an off shore research station on the Great Barrier Reef. In my current role I meet new people every day that encourage and inspire me and I am excited to see what I can do in my career through marine conservation and education about the preservation of our oceans.
I was probably my own worst nightmare when it came to not believing that I could achieve my goals. I was always comparing myself to others thinking I wasn’t smart, qualified, or confident enough to reach my goals.
| Emotional Story
When I was working as a dive instructor in Cairns, Queensland I was lucky enough to have an encounter with Migaloo. Migaloo is probably Australia’s most recognizable whale. When he was first sighted in 1991 he was thought to be the only white humpback whale on the planet. Each year he migrates up the east coast from Antarctica. I never in a million years thought I would get to see him with my own eyes as it’s a right place right time kind of game. We heard the call over the radio that he was close and spotted him off our port bow as my skipper slowed and shut off our vessels engines. I cannot describe how beautiful he is and how WHITE! I know that sounds crazy but he was accompanied by a few bottlenose dolphins and they looked almost jet black in comparison. I was surprised to find that I actually started crying. This was like seeing a snow leopard or a flamboyant cuttlefish in the flesh. If you are like me dream about seeing these animals from articles you read or documentaries you see. Too see them in their natural wild uninterrupted habitat literally takes your breath away and makes you appreciate our planet and everything on it.
| Conservation Tip
Reduce what you use. Living on an island brings into a very naked light how much rubbish and waste we produce. Do your best to use less plastic, recycle, to not buy one use items. Lead by example and be that change.
Be strong, be passionate and never be afraid to ask for help.
| If You Could Be Any Animal, What Would You Be?
If I could be any animal I would be a Spinner dolphin. They live in tropical warm waters and have the ability to do amazing aerobatics. They just always look like they are swimming around having great fun with their friends and family. What more could you want?!
Website: http://www.uq.edu.au/heron-island- research-station/content/front- page —If you want to check out the wonderful facility I am currently working in please have a look at the HIRS website.
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