Peter Puskic


Peter “Petey” Puskic completed his BSc in Zoology and Archaeology at La Trobe University. With experience working on a variety of marine conservation programs from turtles to dolphins to penguins, Peter moved to Tasmania for his Honours in 2017 to join Adrift Lab where he investigated the sub-lethal impacts of ingested plastic on Tasmanian and Lord Howe Island shearwaters. He looked specifically at the nutritional composition of fledgling shearwaters, using fatty acids as a tool to assess bird health in relation to plastic load.


After receiving first class Honours, Peter joined the 2018 field team on Lord Howe Island where he collected preliminary data for his PhD, and came face-to-face with the grim reality of society’s plastic obsession. Over the past year, Peter has been awarded numerous grants worth more than $10k: BirdLife Australia, Australian Geographic, Australian Wildlife Society, and Living Ocean.


Peter was selected to be the University of Tasmanian student representative for the Australian Ally Conference in Perth, 27-28 September 2018 for which he received a full travel scholarship. Peter also won the UTAS Mt Nelson Leadership Award in November 2018.