About us

Marine ExChanges is a research project being run by a PhD student, Vicki Martin, from Southern Cross University (SCU) in Lismore, NSW Australia. You’ll find more details about Vicki at the bottom of this page.

Supervisors of this project are:

  • Dr David Lloyd (SCU),
  • Professor Les Christidis (National Marine Science Centre, SCU) and
  • Associate Professor Gretta Pecl (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania).

While no external funding has been received for this research, Vicki is supported by an Australia Postgraduate Award scholarship and the School of Environment, Science & Engineering at Southern Cross University.

Additional in-kind support has been provided by:

Vicki’s background and research interestsVicki at table on beach

Vicki Martin is  a PhD Candidate at Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.  Beginning in March 2013, her research topic is about the communication of marine science with Australian audiences. More information about her Marine ExChanges research project can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarineExChanges.

More information about her current research interests can be found on http://bit.ly/MarineSciComm.

Research and Science Communication experience

After completing her honours on environmental interpretation in the marine environment, Vicki began her research career as a social scientist with the CRC Reef Research Centre in Townsville. At the CRC, she was involved in research on environmental management issues for tourism on the Great Barrier Reef.  Following this position, Vicki spent the next 15 years living and working in New Zealand. During that time she conducted research for Lincoln University, the Crown Research institutes of Landcare Research/Manaaki Whenua and the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), as well as private consultancies.  Her research in New Zealand covered a wide variety of topics, including visitor impacts in natural environments (such as geothermal vegetation, national parks, walking trails, native bird populations, geological attractions), energy consumption and waste production in the tourism industry, impacts of waste water treatment plants, perceptions of marine aquaculture, and climate change research which included the development of tools to calculate carbon emissions for corporates, small-medium businesses and individuals. She was also involved in work to identify opportunities for emission reductions and offsetting for these businesses.

In 2002 Vicki was granted $85,000 from the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a further $16,000 from the Brian Mason Scientific & Technical Trust to produce a discovery-based science, feature-length film and activity book for children aged 8-12 years.  Playing a hands-on role, Vicki experienced all aspects of film making, from planning, building sets, creating 3D animated characters, working with actors and voice artists, all the various crew members, script writers, sound editors, digital online editors, and so on. After this experience, she wanted to gain a deeper understanding about how to engage audiences in science and felt drawn back to the area she has always been most passionate about – marine science. Vicki hopes that her research will assist better connections between marine scientists and the public, by better understanding the interests and needs of marine users to get involved in marine research.

As a volunteer on a number of research projects over the years, Vicki has participated in research on seagrass, microbats, community-based coral reef monitoring, regional forest agreements, penguins, and hiking.

Special thanks to:

Byron Video

for helping us create videos which communicate our message!