Jennifer Lavers

Head Researcher

Dr Jennifer Lavers

Jenn began her career at Memorial University of Newfoundland, on a tiny island in south-east Canada. She therefore felt prepared for life in Tasmania, a small island located off the south-east coast of Australia. The research she leads at Adrift Lab focuses on using wild species, especially birds, as sentinels (indicators) of physical and chemical pollution in marine and freshwater environments. Islands also feature at Adrift Lab, as remote areas can act as natural ‘controls’. Jennifer invests significant time in science communication, including feature roles in documentary films such as A Plastic Ocean, BLUE, and Drowning in Plastic.

She currently works as a Lecturer in Marine Science at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Tasmania where she teaches a number of courses (details below). She is a member of the Specialist Committee on Seabirds and Plastic Pollution (SCSPP) with the World Seabird Union and holds an adjunct position with the UWA Oceans Institute. She is also a Subject Editor for the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology and is a member of two committees: IMAS Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) and the UTAS Plastics Minimisation Working Group.

Dr Lavers is the Unit Coordinator/Lecturer for:

Data Analysis and Presentation (JFA207) - this unit focuses on training young scientists to be literate in statistical issues so that both "consumers" and "producers" of data can effectively communicate.

Research Project (KAA308) - this consists of a 1-semester (approx. 3 month) independent research project (engineering, chemistry, marine science, etc). A total of ~100 hours is spent planning, conducting, analysing and reporting on a research topic under the supervision of an academic mentor.