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Dr Alexandra Campbell

PhD UNSW, B.Sc (Hons 1) UNSW

  • Senior Lecturer, Bioscience
  • School of Health
+61 7 5456 5507
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Alexandra Campbell


Dr. Alexandra Campbell joined UniSC in February 2018. Alex is an award-winning marine ecologist who combines field ecology with environmental microbiology, natural products chemistry and environmental science to answer questions about how environmental change influences interactions between important marine organisms and the things that consume, infect or live on them. She is particularly interested in macro-micro interactions and how these influence host health and ecosystem function. She is passionate about ecological conservation and restoration and increasingly interested in how human health and wellbeing are linked to ecosystem function in the marine realm. Alex believes that effective science communication is essential for conservation and the future of science and is actively engaged in outreach activities to bring science into everyday life.

Prior to joining UniSC, she worked as a Research Associate at UNSW, with visiting fellowships at the University of Western Australia and Nanyang Technical University in Singapore.


  • 2017 NSW Office of Environment & Heritage “Green Globe Award” for Impact in the Natural Environment – (Operation Crayweed).
  • 2017 Eureka Prize – Finalist (Operation Crayweed), ‘NSW DPI Environmental Research Eureka Award’ for an outstanding research project leading to the resolution of an environmental problem.
  • 2014 - Churchill Fellowship– ‘Winston Churchill Memorial Trust’, to reward proven achievement of talented and deserving Australians with further opportunity in their pursuit of excellence for the enrichment of Australian society.
  • 2013 UWA Oceans Institute Visiting Fellowship
  • 2012 Young Tall Poppy Award – Australian Institute of Policy and Science, to recognise the achievements of Australia's outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.

Professional Memberships 

  • Councillor – Australian Marine Sciences Association (QLD branch)
  • Mentor, New York Academy of Sciences ‘1000 girls, 1000 futures’ program

Research areas

  • marine ecology
  • ecological restoration
  • disease ecology and epidemiology
  • microbiomes and host health
  • science communication and human-environment interactions

Teaching areas

  • Introductory Bioscience
  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology

Dr. Alexandra Campbell’s specialist areas of knowledge include marine ecology, disease ecology, microbial ecology, biology, science communication, molecular marine ecology, microbiomes, restoration ecology, citizen science, seaweeds,

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