Councillor - 2021 -
Dr Maria Vozzo is a marine ecologist with research interests in marine urban ecology and habitat restoration. Dr Vozzo is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Project Manager of the Living Seawalls program. As part of this collaborative research initiative, she is researching methods to improve the ecological value of built structures in the marine environment that will in turn, enhance native marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Originally from the United States, Maria began her marine science career as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Institute of Marine Science after completing her BSc at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2018, she completed her PhD at Macquarie University where she investigated mechanisms that influence habitat provisioning by the native Sydney rock oyster, and how these factors may influence successful restoration of this species. Maria has been an AMSA member since attending her first AMSA conference as an Australian PhD student, in Geelong in 2015, and a councillor of AMSA NSW since 2016.