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Podcast: What makes a good marine scientist with Prof. Kirsten Benkendorff

Podcast: What makes a good marine scientist with Prof. Kirsten Benkendorff


What does it take to be a great scientist? What skills do you need? What is most important? We speak with Professor Kirsten Benkendorff from Southern Cross University to learn her thoughts as well as discover the work she does to protect our marine ecosystems.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Professor Kirsten Benkendorff

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There’s evidence that people can be happier and healthier if they regularly eat seafood. However, we can’t produce healthy seafood if we don’t look after our estuaries and oceans.

Kirsten is a Professor of Marine Science and loves inspiring students with my passion for marine biodiversity. She mentors students in evidence-based research and leads multi-disciplinary teams investigating the value and vulnerability of marine resources. Her research focuses on the nutritional and medicinal properties of marine species and how these are impacted by a range of environmental stressors, including climate change and pollution. To date, her research teams have produced over 150 scientific papers.

Kirsten works with the fisheries and aquaculture industry, government agencies, traditional owners and community groups to find solutions to environmental problems. Her contributions to science have been recognised in several awards including Young Australian of the Year for Science and Technology and the Australian Academy of Science Dorothy Hill Award for marine and earth science. She is hoping her ongoing research will influence policies on water quality management and pesticide regulation, in order to keep our seafood safe and healthy.

She is keen to collaborate and connect with the community to share her knowledge. So, look her up if you want to learn more about marine biodiversity and what we need to do to protect it!

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It’s not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it’s about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

Hosted by Ben Newsome

Ben Newsome


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