Communications Officer: 2016
Sarah is currently in the final few months of her PhD at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) at Curtin University. Her PhD research focuses on the behaviour and acoustical responses of coastal dolphins to noisy environments. Sarah uses a combination of visual and acoustic monitoring techniques to describe the soundscape of dolphin acoustic habitat and monitor changes to dolphin occurrence, behavioural budgets and acoustic behaviour in response to anthropogenic activities.
Originally from Scotland, Sarah obtained her BSc Zoology (Hons) at the University of Aberdeen in 2008, followed by an MRes Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews in 2009. She moved to Australia in 2010, where she worked on a range of marine research projects at multiple institutions before commencing her PhD in 2013. In addition to her research-focused endeavours, Sarah has also worked in science communication for several years in both the UK and Australia. In 2007 she received the BBC Wildlife Young Environmental Journalist of the Year award for her interview of a prominent conservation scientist. Since then she has won the Trans-Tasman 3-Minute-Thesis (3MT) 2013 competition and been a finalist in the FameLab Australia 2014 competition. Sarah is a keen supporter of citizen science projects, providing training and support to hundreds of citizen scientists through the Swan River Trust Dolphin Watch program.
Sarah became the Curtin Student Representative of AMSA WA Branch in 2013 and has been actively involved since. In May 2016 she became Vice-Chair of AMSA WA Branch, and joined the AMSA National Council in July 2016 as Communications Officer.