Researchers in the spotlight

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Our researchers

Southern Cross University researchers are committed to tackling the big picture problems, from the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, to engineering sustainable materials for the future. They are the innovators, the educators and the disruptors.

Dr Niloofar Karimian

We’ve all heard of arsenic, but what about its chemical cousin, antimony? It’s a huge part of our day to day lives, from electronics to plastics and even clothing, but it’s also a contaminant of concern. Southern Cross University environmental geochemist Dr Niloofar Karimian explains why.

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Dr Niloofar Karimian

Dr Cooper Schouten

Dr Cooper Schouten has been fascinated by bees ever since he was a child, convinced he could talk to his tiny insect friends. Fast-forward a couple of decades and that childhood fascination has become a career.

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Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles was one of the youngest women in Australia to be made a full professor at the age of 37. Now she is leading research into climate change action, nature play, and creativity in teacher education.

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Dr Lexi Lasczik

Is art being pushed to the edges of our school system? Dr Lexi Lasczik advocates for quality arts experiences for children in schools, and empowers young people to engage in climate change and environmental education.

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Dr Daniel Harrison

Engineering and oceanography might sound like unlikely allies, but in the work of one Dr Daniel Harrison, they are proving a formidable team.

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Dr Ahmed Thabet

Have you ever wanted to build space ships, design industrial machines or work on biomechanics breakthroughs? For Dr Ahmed Thabet, a vibrant engineering career is seeing him develop technology across all of these industries.

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Dr Ahmed Tahbet

Associate Professor Lynne McPherson

Can we transform practice to improve outcomes for young people most at risk, in therapeutic intensive care? Associate Professor Lynne McPherson has built a career tackling this very question.

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Associate Professor Lynne Macpherson

Professor Kirsten Benkendorff

From cancer cures to potent water filters, marine molluscs have a lot to offer. Just ask the Director of the National Marine Science Centre, Professor Kirsten Benkendorff.

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Professor Terry Rose

Working out how to extract elements from waste in order to recycle it back into agricultural crops may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but when Professor Terry Rose starts talking about the phosphorus cycle, he lights up.

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