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Marianne joined the science team at Morphum in January 2019 to develop eDNA tools to complement the broad array of survey methods used at Morphum. Marianne is a marine scientist with an academic background in fish and fisheries research, telemetry, taxonomy and genetics from universities in Norway, Scotland and Australia. She recently finished a PhD researching ocean sunfishes across New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia, during which time she also completed a 12 months Endeavour fellowship in Indonesia at the Coral Triangle Center on Bali.

Prior to her PhD candidature, Marianne worked as an environmental consultant and scientific diver in Perth, Western Australia, predominantly focusing on dredging and dredge related impacts on water quality and biota. She specialised in project management, client liaison, and organising, managing and undertaking remote field work in Western Australia for large-scale green field developments in the oil & gas and iron ore sector, oftentimes involving large field teams and collaboration across several disciplines and sub-contractors. Marianne also managed smaller projects, such as dredge monitoring of water quality and biota on the remote Cocos (Keeling) islands in the Indian Ocean, and background research and monitoring of the discharge of highly toxic bitterns from a solar salt field into a tidal mangrove creek in remote Western Australia. Marianne thinks outside the box and has a special interest in identifying solutions for achieving the best environmental outcomes for small and large projects alike. Marianne has outstanding attention to detail, with a solid track record as quality control manager of large-scale data collection in the field, as well as the office.

Marianne maintains her connections to academia through a research associate position at Murdoch University, as well as at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.


  • Environmental impact assessments

  • Dredging and dredge spoil disposal

  • Compliance monitoring

  • Sediment quality

  • eDNA

  • Remote field work

  • Phylogenetics and taxonomy

  • Telemetry

  • Project management and client liaison

  • Commercial diving (AS/NZS 2299.1 and .2)

  • Diving standards, field health and safety