I have been actively engaged in the development, conduct and communication of biological science, especially in the area of marine phytoplankton and algal blooms for the past twenty years. I have worked in academia, government and also as a private consultant. I obtained my PhD from Macquarie University in 2014 and was awarded a UTS Chancellors Post Doctorate Fellowship this same year. My research has included the effects of ocean outfalls on marine biota, the role of nutrients, both naturally derived and anthropogenic, on phytoplankton dynamics (with an emphasis on the Port Hacking long term monitoring station), and the ecology and specialist identification of harmful algal blooms. My current research engages novel genetic tools to investigate harmful algae, their toxins and their effect on our seafood industry.