Sometimes the most extraordinary discoveries are right under our noses. It takes a special combination of curiosity and passion to lift up the most common rocks and see something quite new underneath. Or, in the case of our next speaker, explore what lay beneath the waves of Port Philip Bay.
Dr Kate Charlton-Robb is the Founding Director and Head of Research at the Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation. With over 14 years experience researching dolphins across southern Australia, Kate achieved a Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a double major in Freshwater and Marine Ecology and Zoology and a Doctor of Philosophy (Genetics). Her research led to the formal description and naming of a new Australian species of dolphin, the Burrunan dolphin, Tursiops australis. Kate is currently an Honorary Fellow at Deakin & Monash University and a Research Associate at Museum Victoria. Kate has been involved with major media coverage from international agencies such as BBC’s History Channel, National Geographic and BBC The World; and featured in numerous Australian multimedia pieces from print to major TV networks. As Head of Research at AMMCF, Kate has instigated and supervised numerous applied marine mammal research projects covering robust population modelling, population genetics, phylogenomics, geospatial mapping, social structure and alliance, and toxicology studies. Kate has numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications aimed at informing positive conservation and management outcomes of marine mammals.