Dr Katherine Dafforn

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.

Vice-President: 2020 – 2021
Councillor: 2013 – 2020

Dr Katherine Dafforn completed her doctorate in 2010 at the University of New South Wales and accepted a position as Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University in 2018.

Katherine has worked for more than 10 years to understand and mitigate human impacts in aquatic systems. She led a collaborative program between Sydney and Singapore to investigate the ecological impacts of stormwater contaminants using eDNA and is currently investigating bioremediation opportunities for end-of-pipe sediment and water quality improvement.

Katherine is currently the Deputy Director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, chair of the NSW branch of the Australian Marine Sciences Association and a member of the Tuggerah Lakes Expert Panel. She has consulted on issues of stormwater, wastewater, industrial pollution and biomonitoring for various industry partners including Sydney Water, Hunter Water and Bluescope Steel.

Katherine is enthusiastic about science communication. She has published in media outlets such as The Conversation and is an avid tweeter. Katherine also received a Young Tall Poppy Science Award for science excellence and community engagement.


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