Nikki De Campe
Nikki De Campe grew up on the remote beaches of Western Australia, which inspired her passion for the marine environment and its conservation early on in life. She now lives in the coastal town of Exmouth, Western Australia, the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef.
Nikki started her career in the marine industry at the Marine Futures Lab, University of Western Australia, as a field technician and research analyst. In this capacity, she spent many months over multiple years at sea, conducting surveys in some of the most remote and spectacular marine environments in Australia. Nikki was soon given the opportunity to undertake the role of Expedition Leader on these research voyages, which was the first step in her leadership journey in the facilitation of marine research.
More recently, since relocating to Exmouth, Nikki has been involved with the establishment of a research laboratory and field station, through the Minderoo Foundation. Now that the labs are up and running, she has taken on the role of Technical Manager and Research Coordinator (2IC). Nikki is passionate about the behind-the-scenes work that it takes to enable and facilitate marine research in remote areas, as well as encouraging more women to take up leadership roles, and to take up space.
Nikki spends most of her spare time out on the Ningaloo Reef or camping in the south-west, surfing and diving. She is also a musician, and when she’s not on the water, she might be found on stage at the local pub.