Past Collaborations

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 Davoust

In 2014, Camille worked with the Marine Debris team to compare plastic ingestion between seabird species in Australia through the use of a new method on live birds (phthalates detection in preen oil gland).

Camille is now in France doing something totally different – she is a Web Developer!



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.


Heidi Acampora

In 2012, Heidi was a masters student assessing the impacts of plastic ingestion by Short-tailed Shearwater birds. She also helped at the Moreton Bay Research Station with their ‘Turtles in Trouble’ project necropsying seaturtles for marine debris research.

Heidi has since completed a PhD and a postdoc in Ireland (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology) and continues to research seabirds impacted by marine debris.



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 to 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.




Sunwook Hong (Sunny)

Sunny is responsible for managing ‘National Marine Debris Monitoring Program’ in South Korea, which is a long term government project.

She is the director of OSEAN, a non-profit dedicated to research, education, policy development, and international cooperation for the protection of the marine environment from marine debris. It has a subsidiary: Korea Marine Litter Institute.

Sunny spent a year with CSIRO on sabbatical and has hosted a workshop in South Korea for our global plastics project.


Vivien Noel

Vivien completed an internship with the marine debris team in 2015 . The project focused on the completion of a database and statistical modeling. Vivien carried out fish stomach dissections, researched fish base, completed a database, and creation of a glm model with the results gathered.

Today, Vivien is a biology/ecology teacher in high school. He figured out after this internship that saving the ecosystem is his passion, and is using his best abilities to reach this objective (educating new generations). He is also about to start a new degree in development informatics in order to create a platform of collaborative economy focused on ecology and ecosystems preservation.