Professor Lynnath Beckley – Councillor

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: 2014 –
Immediate-Past President: 2012 – 2014
President: 2010 – 2012

Councillor: 2003 – 2010


Lynnath Beckley is a Professor in Marine Science at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1985 for a study on the estuarine nursery areas of coastal fishes. This brought her to Western Australia for a post-doctoral fellowship at Murdoch University where she expanded her interests into larval fishes. After returning to South Africa for a further post-doctoral spell at UCT she eventually took up the position of Senior/ Principal Scientist at the Oceanographic Research Institute in Durban. In addition to focussing on biological oceanography of the Agulhas Current, and larval fishes in particular, she became engaged in research on general fish biology, recreational and subsistence fisheries and completed several fisheries and conservation projects along the east coast of Africa. 

Lynnath returned to Murdoch University in 2002 to lecture in the Marine Science programme and has built up a strong research group focusing on marine resource use and biological oceanography, particularly that of the Leeuwin Current. 

She became a member of AMSA in 2002, soon serving on the local Western Australian AMSA branch committee and in 2003 was elected to National Council. She was vice president from 2008 and became President in July 2010.


Marine Management Research Group – Murdoch University

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