Project leader and researcher

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, Cnr Fairway and Service Road 4, Crawley WA 6009

(08) 6369 4007

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Current activites

Karen is a Principal Research Scientist at AIMS and leads Project D1 of the NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub


Karen has had a diverse research career spanning tropical coral reefs, temperate coastal communities, deep sea corals and Antarctic marine ecosystems. Her expertise is in the ecology and early life history of benthic marine invertebrates, with a focus on applying molecular tools to understand biodiversity and connectivity in the sea. She has also worked in marine planning and conservation as well as fisheries resource management.

Academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Masters in Wine Technology and Viticulture, University of Melbourne
  • 1995 - PhD. James Cook University of North Queensland (Marine Biology)
  • 1987 - B.Sc. (Hons 1) University of Queensland (Marine Biology)
  • 1986 - B.Sc. University of Queensland (double-major in Zoology & Parasitology)