Meet our graduates
Lucas has always been a wild child. Growing up on the border of the Booyong rainforest in northern NSW, his playground was the creek and bushland around the family home.
When the family moved to a nearby coastal suburb, his boyhood interest in the natural world shifted towards the ocean. Marine science was a natural progression for Lucas and it became the backbone for his exploration of science and conservation through film and photography.
“I was already involved in work around the ocean, but the degree I think legitimised what I was doing in film,” he says.
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I remember diving at Broken Head, like going out as a kid going snorkeling and, you know, seeing sharks and big schools of fish.
That was really intriguing to feel part of something, that was a bit wild and untamed and I think, yeah, that's where the love of the ocean came from.
My name's Lucas Hadley. I am a free dive instructor, marine scientist and filmmaker.
I wanted to become a marine scientist. I sort of looked at the different universities around where I wanted to be in my life. You know I wanted a beautiful community around me and Southern Cross University just sort of fitted that mould perfectly. They're in a beautiful location with access to some of the most amazing oceans that Australia has.
The classes are small and the lecturers become friends. They were so flexible; you could study online, you have the support of the lecturers to be able to do that from a place that wasn't just in the classroom.
It was about getting out there and getting your hands dirty. So you can understand things not just from a book but by seeing it and being part of the study.
Since leaving Southern Cross we did a film called Blue which then went around the world. It opened the UN conference on the oceans and that came from having supportive people guiding you through how to make that difference.
If you want something and you think that it is achievable go out there and make it happen. Get your degree and chase the things that matter to you. I've achieved some incredible things now and I'm looking forward to seeing where else that can go.