Melissa is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW researching the early stages of recovery in corals post bleaching. Her passion for telling the story of her research drives her art pieces and her love to collaborate with other SciArt communicators. Check out her blog post on how she uses art to communicate coral reef research.
Hana is a trained plant and marine scientist whose scientific journey inspires her art journey and her passion for being a 'women in STEM' advocate. She creates both traditional paintings inspired by her Saudi nationality and graphic art inspired by science and popular culture. She frequently creates graphics for infographics and stickers to communicate science.
Sofia graduated with her masters from James Cook University where she studies the effects of boat noise on fish. She turned to art to communicate her research and now is a freelance artist creating logos and illustrations for other scientists.
Milly is an artist and currently completing her last year in biology at UNSW. She uses both art and science to explore the world around her with many of her pieces focused in the marine realm. Art that she has created includes textile organisms that challenge the idea of species, and science communication zines about coral bleaching.
Sophie's work aims to disrupt the polarization between science and art by integrating the plant and human species through drawings and prints. She creates her art in a research setting using scientific tools to direct her creative process. Some of her work includes linoleum prints, sketches, and a nature-inspired tarot card deck.
Lea holds two master degrees from Sydney College for the Arts and her art focuses on the impacts of tourism on small island communities and environments. Her work speaks on plastic pollution tying the issues that animals face to human emotion to inspire thought and action. Her promotes thought on how humans are drastically changing the planet.
Sarah Jane is an artist joining science and art with the Sydney Rock Oyster as her focus. She uses the shells of these indigenous organisms to show the cultural, artistic, environmental, and scientific importance of these mollusks. Her most recent work is accompanied by a song titled "I know where oysters lie"
Rachel's work focuses on the intersection of art and science and how to use tools of each discipline to communicate environmental issues like climate change. She creates cyanotypes, traditional photographs of ice melting to depict glaciers melting due to global warming.
Marine scientist, coral reef restoration researcher, artist
Charlotte is a PhD student at UNSW researching the effects of water flow on coral bleaching patterns and how to take advantage of biophysical factors that affect bleaching for restoration applications. She is also an traditional and graphic artist and frequently creates illustrative figures for her research.
Jesse is a PhD candidate at UNSW studying the microbial partners in coral hosts as well as the process of tropicalization of reefs. Climate change is pushing the ranges where corals can grow, and corals may be able to dominate present-day seaweed and kelp forests. Jesse is an advocate for science communication and spends much of her time in the field, sharing her stories in real-time.
Tess is a PhD candidate at UoN, but frequently finds herself on coral reefs in the field. Her work focuses on identifying and mapping coral disease outbreaks that increase due to climate change. Her work has found her in Hawaii, Lord Howe Island, Vanuatu and Norfolk Island. She is an advocate for reducing global impacts by being eco-aware in every aspect of her life.
Gus is a PhD candidate at UoN researching the erosion caused by microscopic algae that live inside the coral skeleton. These are different from the algae that provide coral its food. During marine heatwaves, the eroding algae can cause skeletons to breakdown and reefs to lose their structural integrity. Gus uses this research to tell the story of the microscopic processes that can damage coral reefs.
Rosie is a PhD candidate at UNSW and a member of the Women in Maths and Sciences Championship Program. She researches the ecology of a soft coral species native to Sydney. She is an advocate for women in STEM fields and an avid science communicator and teacher.
Steph is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UNSW assisting in large-scale projects on the interaction between coral and algae as well as conducting field work in various locations in the Pacific. She has also contributed to science communication events like Science week in Australia where she shares her research stories to the public.
Coulson is in his last stages of completing his PhD from Southern Cross University where he focused on the bioerosion of coral cays like Heron Island. He works on many coral ecology and interaction projects at UNSW and has led outreach projects at the Sydney Institute for Marine Science.
Bill is an associate professor at The University of Newcastle leading a coral reef research team with major focuses on bleaching and the interaction of corals and their microbial partners. He specializes in genetics and transcriptomics and communicates these topics as part of his courses he teaches and outside outreach events.
Tracy is an associate professor at UNSW leading a team of researchers focused on coral bleaching and restoration. Her work has focused on the cellular level of heat stress and looking for practical solutions for corals to obtain thermal tolerance.