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Maarten De Brauwer

Research fellow, CSIRO

Originally a biology teacher in Belgium with a passion for the ocean, then a dive instructor in Southeast Asia. I arrived in Australia to work as a fieldwork assistant for the university of Queensland, which empowered me to pursue a career in marine science.

After finishing an Honours degree at the University of Western Australia on the extinction risk of clownfishes I completed a PhD at Curtin University. My PhD research focused on the small, well camouflaged fishes that live on sandy bottoms. I have worked for the University of Leeds, where I investigated human impacts on coral reefs in central Indonesia.

I currently work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CSIRO, where I am looking into how environmental DNA methods can be used to better monitor Australian Marine Parks.


  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, CSIRO
  • 2019–2020
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Leeds


  • 2020 
    Curtin University, PhD in Tropical Marine Ecology
  • 2014 
    University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Marine Science