Tonya van der Velde has participated in a diverse variety of themes and roles since commencing with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research since 1983. She is a specialist in reproductive biology with international standing. Her science field and expertise has supported research in understanding reproductive biology of penaeid prawns and pelagic fish species and has been pivotal in contributing to stock assessment to various fisheries. Tonya also leads the logistics and co-ordination of field research on a variety of teams on important coastal marine and economic issues. She is highly adaptable and consistently delivers projects whilst developing critical relationships with external clients and agencies. She is also a highly skilled Histologist and is the manager of the Oceans and Atmospheric Business Unit histology department.
More recently Tonya has been a pivotal member of the Marine Debris Team conducting coastal marine debris field surveys, engaging with schools and interest groups through the TeachWild program. Tonya is based at the CSIRO laboratories in Brisbane.