Secretary: 2019 -
Councillor: 2017 - 2019
Dr Ana Bugnot has a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. Skills in impact assessment, quantitative ecology and advanced statistics developed during her studies led to her position as a Research Fellow at the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology Group in the University of New South Wales. There, Ana studied human impacts on the ecology of estuaries (habitat degradation, pollution, coastal hardening, invasive species, among others) at a range of spatial and temporal scales. She also tested eco-engineering strategies to restore ecological biodiversity and functions. The highly-applied focus of these projects awaken her interest in producing information that can be directly applied by managers and industry to inform strategies for the mitigation of human impacts. In 2018, she started a position as a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney and is the Manager of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). These projects focus on the restoration of oyster reefs in NSW and the rehabilitation of polluted sediments using native burrowing animals. Through environmental surveys (in situ, remote sensing), experiments (field and laboratory) and meta-analyses, Ana is unravelling the nature and magnitude of human impacts and working with government, NGOs and industry to develop solutions.
Ana has good record of attracting research funding and publishing in scientific journals and is an Academic Editor in the journal PlosOne. She has been a councillor for the Australian Marine Science Association (NSW branch: 2011-2017, National Council since 2017) and an active advocate for improved opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) in AMSA, SIMS and The University of Sydney.