How and when did you begin working in the seafood industry?
I came to Tas from SA to study aquaculture at UTAS. After completing my PhD in lobster feed development and nutrition, I worked in prawn nutrition research (Queensland), and commercial feed manufacture (TAS) before returning to the School of Aquaculture; now the Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, IMAS, where I am a senior lecturer in aquaculture. My fish nutrition research continues alongside tertiary aquaculture education and higher research training. I enjoy working closely with global aquafeed companies and producers across finfish and crustacean sectors around topics of feed sustainability, fish growth performance, and digestive physiology.
What is your biggest reward working in the seafood industry?
I love inspiring and challenging the new generation of aquaculture and marine scientists, and seeing them drive the seafood industry forward is really motivating. We’re lucky to have the academic freedom to respond to big industry issues as they arise and it is always exciting to see research findings rapidly adopted into practise here in Tasmania.
Would you encourage women to follow a career in the seafood industry? Why?
Absolutely, particularly now as sectors of the industry are undergoing such rapid expansion and operational change, there are so many openings for inspiring leaders and new career paths that didn’t exist a decade ago. I am constantly contacted by industry looking for new employees and it is in an exciting time for women to shape the future of the seafood and research sectors.