It was never Sue’s plan to be a marine biologist or study cetaceans. However, it was the serendipitous involvement in humpback whale research that changed hers, and her husband’s lives forever.
Sue and her husband’s very first encounter with humpback whales was with an aggressive competitive pod in Hawaii. The pod comprised of over 20 whales, all competing for the attention of the single female. Now fascinated by whales and whale research, they kept returning to Maui to help with the project for several more years. With an increasing passion for Science and research, Sue decided to put her teaching career on hold. Returning to Monash University as a matured-aged student, she completed her Science degree with Honours. Sue’s Honours research introduced her to the Port Phillip common dolphins and she was able to further her understanding of the community during her Ph.D. Sue completed her Ph.D at Curtin University in collaboration with the Dolphin Research Institute.
For over 10 years, Sue was the Research Director at the Dolphin Research Institute. During the majority of this time, Sue also juggled her teaching career along with her Ph.D. research.
Sue is determined to share her passion for Science through Cetacean Science Connections and the Cetacean Sisters Project. She hopes her to engage and inspire people through her wealth of knowledge of common dolphins, humpback whales, and the marine environment. Sue looks forward to engaging, educating and inspiring as many students and cetaceans stewards as possible.