Growing up on the east coast of Australia, the ocean has always been a place of inspiration and respite for Emma. Experiencing these marine environments as a surfer and diver has shaped her values and career choices. As an environmental social scientist, Emma’s research explores how to engage and enable people to act for nature. She enjoys working collaboratively with industry, government and communities using applied research to tackle sustainability and conservation challenges. Emma also has a breadth of experience working across renewable energy, integrated water management and biodiversity conservation. She has worked with Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist reporting on the State of Science in Queensland, with CSIRO monitoring the Southern Oceans in Antarctica. Emma is an active participant in the Homeward Bound Women's Global Leadership Initiative. Emma has also been involved in several science communication and education programs; she has taught people about their brains at music festivals, marine science while sailing and supports ocean adventures for kids of all ages.