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Tahlia is a PhD candidate at Curtin University, working with the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to investigate productivity and resilience of the Dampier Archipelago’s turbid coral reefs. Graduating from Curtin University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science (Coastal and Marine Science) and First Class Honours, she gained experience working in remote sub-tropical Western Australia through a variety of volunteer positions, including as an intern at the Kimberley Marine Research Station and as a Field Research Assistant at Curtin University. As a keen diver and Dive Master, she has developed a wide range of in-water skills ranging from benthic surveys of turbid reefs to water sampling and deployment of high-end instruments for monitoring projects.
Between graduating from Honours and starting her PhD, Tahlia worked as a Marine Environmental Consultant, gaining experience in environmental impact assessment, and environmental monitoring and management. Working across a variety of projects, she gained an appreciation for the importance of connecting researchers, regulators and managers to achieve effective conservation outcomes.
Tahlia is passionate about a career in marine science and enjoys involvement with multidisciplinary and collaborative projects. During Homeward Bound Tahlia looks forward to connecting with a global network of likeminded women, and hopes to gain the skills and confidence to communicate her research in relevant and meaningful ways that will inspire other young women in STEMM. Following Homeward Bound and completion of her PhD, Tahlia aims to gain employment in research, working to better understand, manage and conserve Australia’s unique marine environments.
When not underwater you can find Tahlia outside in the garden, camping or relaxing with her friends and family (including her fur-babies).