Q: How long have you worked at UOW?
I completed my PhD at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) in 2016 and have been working here since the beginning of 2017.
Q: What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
Professor Alistair McIlgorm and I are conducting research for the United Nations (UN) Environment on marine litter. It includes an assessment of the effectiveness of international and regional policy frameworks and options for improvement. We are now compiling a design guide for the development of regional marine litter action plans and will also begin drafting a model for calculating the national cost of marine litter.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Finding the gaps and the myriad ways to address the issue of plastics through networking and research.
Q: What’s the most challenging?
Sitting at a desk when the oceans are clear and flat.
Q: Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Presenting my research to the UN in New York and in Nairobi.
Q: What goals are you/your team working towards in 2018?
We are in the process of compiling a design guide for those UN Regional Seas which are developing new action plans for marine litter. We’ll soon start work on a model to calculate the national cost of marine litter.
Q: What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
Our PhD lab groups and our Christmas lunches.
Q: Random fact about you or hidden talent?
My favourite thing to do under the water is take photos and remove plastics and my favourite thing to do above the water is talk about plastics. One thing I’m really not good at is sleeping in a ground tent with wild lions roaring close by in the dark. And I’d give up all my worldly possessions to be able to sing really really well (or at all).
Q: What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Any place where you can get up close with wild animals. It’s unpredictable, inspiring and always brings home our responsibility to preserve the diversity of this planet.
Q: Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
I’d love to sit in the middle of the new penguin colony discovered in Antarctica – and hopefully remember my earplugs!