Having close to 20 years of marine research and management experience, more than 20 peer reviewed articles published in the scientific literature and a PhD in Molecular Ecology, Petra is well placed to manage the Foundation’s science projects. She also provides high level support to the Director of Strategic Science, convening the Technical Advisory Group and coordinates the Great Barrier Reef Citizen Science Alliance.

Petra diverse career in marine research has included managing the Swedish Government’s support to marine research programs in developing countries, investigating the capacity for genetic adaptation to climate change in corals at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and working in species conservation and sustainable use at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Out of the water, Petra has also worked as a geneticist on projects focusing on lizards and frogs in the Kimberleys and koalas in South East Queensland.