Hails from: Perth, Western Australia
Past life: Natasha's love of both science and communication led her to complete Bachelor's degrees in marine science and journalism at Murdoch University. She has wide-ranging communications experience, but is particularly interested in activities that enable her to interpret complex scientific concepts for a wider audience.
Favourite science: Biological and environmental sciences, particularly those related to fisheries and water. Natasha has a passion for research that has significant practical implications for the wider community.
Loves: Anything ocean and outdoors-related. Natasha is an avid diver and fisher and loves taking her 'Rat-dog' (Jack Russel x) to the beach. She also loves good music, good beer, a good book and doing good through volunteering (especially abroad!).
EFFORTS to restore Shark Bay’s seagrass meadows by transplanting Posidonia australis at the edge of existing meadows are being hampered because resident fish are using the new seagrass as fast food.
RESEARCHERS have found strong temperature differences between the western Pacific and central Pacific—which are predicted to increase in future—intensify the magnitude of marine heatwaves in WA.
CORAL reefs on the Western Australian coast are at the mercy of dredging, with a recent study identifying more than 30 possible effects on corals during their most vulnerable hours.
THE Ambon damsel (Pomacentrus amboinensis) have been found to need exposure to the natural environment to develop the ultraviolet (UV) facial markings reef fish use as a covert communication system to potentially avoid predators.
AUSTRALIA’S humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) populations have recovered to the point where scientists are recommending the mammal be removed from the threatened species list.
AUSTRALIAN scientists have identified cost-effective ways to help marine populations ‘bounce back’ after major disturbances, using a case study of spangled emperor (Lethrinus nebulosis) at Ningaloo Reef.
INTERNATIONAL scientists who set sail from Fremantle today will use cutting edge technologies to peer five million years into the past to find clues about our future climate.
WA RESEARCH has revealed adult mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) are likely to be negatively impacted by climate change, but that juveniles may actually benefit from its effects.
A THREE-year survey of fish species off Rottnest Island has found marine sanctuaries around the popular tourist destination are inadequate for high-risk targeted species.
DEPARTMENT of Fisheries (DoF) scientists are ‘lighting up’ DNA from pink snapper (Chrysophrys auratus) eggs to better estimate the health of west coast stocks.