Dr Sue-Ann Watson

As Australia’s peak professional body for marine scientists from all disciplines and for over 60 years has promoted all aspects of marine science in Australia. AMSA operates with a membership network of individuals and corporate affiliates as a not-for-profit organisation.

Councillor: 2022 – 

Sue-Ann is a marine ecologist at the Queensland Museum Network and James Cook University. Her research focuses on the responses of marine organisms to change, both in space and time. Sue-Ann is particularly interested in large scale evolutionary patterns and ecological trends in marine invertebrates and the effects of environmental change such as ocean warming, ocean acidification and water quality impacts on invertebrates, corals and fishes. She completed her PhD at the University of Southampton at the National Oceanography Centre UK in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, and then moved to Australia to work in Townsville.

Sue-Ann attended her first AMSA conference in 2014 in Canberra where she convened the Ocean Acidification symposium. She was on the Scientific Committee of the 2022 AMSA conference in Cairns, and convened the symposia on Environmental Change and Citizen Science. Sue-Ann has been on the AMSA North Queensland branch council as Treasurer (2018-2022) and President (2022-). She joined AMSA National Council as a general councillor in 2022. 


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