Lillian completed her BSc (Honours) in Applied Science (Marine Environment) at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in 2020. During her Honours, she worked closely with collaborators at the Tamar Wetlands as well as school and community groups such as Plastic Free Launceston to document the type and amount of plastic debris consumed by Pacific Gulls. Results indicate most birds are feeding at landfill sites, and we’re optimistic the data generated from this study will help guide improvements to waste management in the region. With a background in marine plastics and waste management, Lillian is well-suited to spend the next four years (her PhD) working with councils and community groups tackling waste-related issues on remote islands.
Note: In the “downtime” between finishing Honours and beginning her PhD, Lillian has been extremely busy writing a new (2nd) paper, was featured on the Ocean Protect Podcast (Episode link above), and has been developing her scientific communication skills after winning an Indigenous Women in STEM internship with Catfish Creative in Sydney. Finally, she’s also been volunteering her time sorting ocean debris collected by the Seabin Project! Heck of a way to spend the winter months!