Researcher biography

Samantha is passionate about creating change. In 2012, at the age of 39, she changed her life by enrolling in a Bachelor of Science at The University of Queensland. She graduated with First Class Honours in Marine Biology in 2016. Samantha would also like to change the way we treat our planet. She works with ECOCEAN Inc., Australia’s only not-for-profit organisation dedicated to whale shark research and conservation, using the world's biggest fish to engage the public in marine conservation and school students in STEM learning. Her work takes her to countries such as the Maldives and Tokelau, that are some of the most vulnerable places in the world to climate change. She also went on a three-week voyage to Antarctica in February 2018 as a member of Homeward Bound 2018, a leadership mentoring program for women in STEM. Her PhD research will focus on whale shark movement ecology, its drivers and implications for the conservation of this endangered species.

Samantha's principal advisor is Professor Craig Franklin.