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Tanika Cian Shalders

Marine Scientist and PhD Candidate, Curtin University

I've always had a love and fascination for nature. Growing up in Western Australia, only one street back from the ocean it makes sense that I chose a career in Marine Science. I completed a Bachelor of Science with honours at Curtin University researching the effects of climate change on reef fish. Following my studies, I have been fortunate to carry on working in the field of marine science across a variety of areas (including fish ecology, behavioural ecology and climate change). I am currently completing my PhD at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.


  • 2018–present
    Technical Officer, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions


  • 2018
    Marine Ecology Progress Series, Potential climate-mediated changes to the distribution and density of pomacentrid reef fishes in south-Western Australia