Dr Alexandra Campbell


University of the Sunshine Coast

Can we save the world with seaweeds? Dr Alexandra Campbell is working hard to find out.

As a key member and co-founder of the new USC Seaweed Research Group, Alex leads projects that are investigating how seaweeds can restore damaged ecosystems, improve food production and enhance human health.

She was a founder of ‘Operation Crayweed’, which restores underwater seaweed forests along Sydney’s coastline, won a ‘Green Globe’ award and was a Eureka Prize finalist (2017). Alex is a Churchill Fellow (2014), a Young Tall Poppy (2012), a busy mother of twins (always) and a passionate advocate for Women in STEM (forever).

As the National Communications Officer for Australia’s peak body for marine science – the Australian Marine Science Association - Alex writes submissions to government to influence marine and environmental policy, and connects Australian marine scientists by editing the thrice-annual Bulletin.

Childhood holidays along the Pacific coast provided early inspiration for Alex. Now she aims to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards, through regular outreach activities with local schools and community groups, her blog (‘Forget the Planet, Save Yourself’), radio program (2011 – 2015), editorials (2011 – 2015), and frequent media engagements about her research.

Dr Alexandra Campbell is a Superstar of STEM.