Plenary Speakers

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Dr. Tara McAllister

Tara is a Māori scientist, interdisciplinary scholar and a mother belonging to the iwi (tribes) of Te Aitanga a Māhaki and Ngāti Porou, with expertise spanning from freshwater ecology to racism in the tertiary sector. Her research has sought to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous scholars in academia and has resulted in changes to policy and practise within the tertiary sector in New Zealand. She earned a Bachelor of Science in ecology and biodiversity and marine biology from the Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD in water resource management from the University of Canterbury.

Prof. Alan Jamieson

Professor Alan Jamieson is the director of the Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre at the University of Western Australia. His research is centred around the study of the deepest ecosystem in the oceans: the hadal trenches. He has worked in the deep-sea for over 20 years, published over 110 scientific papers, has been involved in over 70 deep-sea expeditions.  He has conducted research in every one of the world’s oceans and more recently has undertaken 16 submersible dives of which over half have exceeded 6000m in depth. Using often very bespoke exploration technology, his most studied taxonomic groups are the fishes, and the crustacean orders of Amphipoda and Decapoda.

Prof. Megan Porter

Megan is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  After completing an M.S. degree at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, a Ph.D. at Brigham Young University in Utah, a postdoc at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and several years as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota, she joined the faculty at the University of Hawai’i in 2015.  She is a visual ecologist and evolutionary biologist who studies the way animals see the world.  Her research is focused on the molecular aspects of vision in a range of crustaceans including decapods, copepods, and stomatopods.  As a researcher of animal vision, Megan is especially interested in the intersection between science and art, and how understanding the visual systems of other animals alter our own perception of the world.

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