Kelsey is a post doctoral researcher focussing on species distribution modelling. Her PhD focused on tracking the effectiveness of the Australian marine protected area network over time. Marine protected areas are regarded as the best strategy for marine biodiversity conservation. The Australian marine protected area network is one of the largest in the world, but is currently under review by the Australian government, highlighting the importance of building a better understand the current value of the network and how it performs. Kelsey’s research explored whether the rapid growth of marine protected areas in Australia has increased the capacity of the network to protect biodiversity from key threats. Her interest in marine science developed while completing her Masters on sea turtle behaviour in Florida. She is interested in novel ways to protect ocean ecosystems from harmful anthropogenic impacts. She also works part time at Melbourne Sealife Aquarium, educating the public on the harmful effects of plastic pollution and how vending machines are more dangerous than sharks.