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The marine debris team feels very privileged to have worked with the following visiting scientists and post-graduate students on joint research projects.


Alice Zhu

In 2018, Alice worked with the team to model the total mass of plastic pollution that resides on coastlines worldwide as part of her post-graduate studies at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr Chelsea Rochman.

This modelling project was one part of her PhD thesis on quantifying global reservoirs of plastic pollution which she is currently undertaking.

Arianna Olivelli

In 2018-2019, Arianna assessed the spatial distribution of marine debris from the water’s edge to the backshore in coastal environments, finding that more and larger debris items accumulate in the vegetation behind the coast.

She is now working on her Master’s thesis project at the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research at Utrecht University (The Netherlands), where she investigates the areas of origin of micro- and nano-plastic that accumulate in the South Atlantic subtropical gyre.

Camille Couzi

In 2016-2017, Camille worked on a project related to the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). She planned and undertook field work and the installation of moored hydrophones in the Flores Island area, Indonesia.

Camille is currently working as the Field Engineer on the ARENA AUSTEn Tidal energy project led by the Australian Maritime College in Launceston.

Diego Pérez

In 2018, Diego worked on a risk assessment of marine debris entanglements in pinnipeds (seals, sea lions and walruses) around the world to evaluate the real impact of plastics on this group of marine mammals.

Currently, Diego is finishing his Ph.D. thesis at Andrés Bello University (Santiago, Chile) on a project that seeks to evaluate pinnipeds as sentinels of plastic pollution in the marine environments.

Montse Compa

Montse worked with CSIRO in 2016 and again in 2018. Her projects consisted of modelling the threat plastic pollution is on marine diversity.

Montse is a PhD student at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography in the Balearic Islands, Spain. Her main interests include the spatial and temporal modelling of plastic marine debris and understandings its implications on marine fauna.

Revor Shaw

In 2018, Revor worked with the team to understand the model for marine debris study, applying it do data collected in Shanghai. Specifically trying to figure out key variables for inland model and river model during the time with the team.

He is currently working on an NGO which will focus on the marine debris subject.