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Jessica is a scientist, lecturer, interdisciplinary researcher & grant specialist. Jess was awarded her PhD in 2016 from the University of Technology Sydney which explored Natural Populations of Microbial Communities on Coral Reefs. Her research focused on using molecular tools to assess climate change and bacterial-driven coral bleaching events, and the role of bacterial behaviour in structuring coral & sponge relationships using novel in-situ experiments & sampling techniques on the Great Barrier Reef & Red Sea. Before commencing at CSU, Jess previously worked as a microbiologist in industry, a research officer in government, and as an independent research consultant & grant specialist in Indigenous communities. Jess is currently a sessional lecturer and subject-coordinator in the School of Environmental Sciences & research officer in the Environmental & Social Justice Research Group (Faculty of Arts & Education). As an interdisciplinary researcher, Jess’ skills and expertise have the potential to be more powerful as a collective than they are separately and she looks forward to contributing to future work where these skills and expertise align.

Research Interests

  • Marine science: microbial ecology & molecular biology
  • Environmental science and ecology
  • Socio-economic research: modelling of industry sectors, regions and communities
  • Community consultation & engagement
  • Working alongside Indigenous communities to develop community-led engagement strategies, including program design, development and delivery

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Exploring the Function and Behaviour of Natural Populations of Coral Reef Microbes, University of Technology Sydney


Award Date: 06 Apr 2016

Environmental Science, Honours (First Class), Coral-bacteria associations-determining the role of Chemotaxis, University of Technology Sydney


Award Date: 11 May 2011

Marine Biology, Bachelor of Science, University of Technology Sydney


Award Date: 08 Apr 2010


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