Sarah Marley  Blog Editor

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Sarah has recently completed her PhD at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) at Curtin University, Western Australia.  Her PhD research focused on the behavioural and acoustical responses of coastal dolphins to
noisy environments.  Sarah used a combination of visual and acoustic monitoring techniques to describe the soundscape of dolphin acoustic habitats and monitor changes to dolphin occurrence, behavioural budgets and acoustic behaviour in response to anthropogenic activities.

Originally from Scotland, Sarah obtained her BSc Zoology (Hons) at the University of Aberdeen in 2008, followed by an MRes Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews in 2009.  She moved to Australia in 2010, where she worked on a range of marine research projects at multiple institutions before commencing her PhD in 2013.  In addition to her research-focused endeavours, Sarah has also worked in science communication for several years in both the UK and Australia.  In 2007 she received the BBC Wildlife Young Environmental Journalist of the Year award for her interview of a prominent conservation scientist.  Since then, she has won the Trans-Tasman 3-Minute-Thesis (3MT) competition and been a finalist in FameLab Australia 2014.  Sarah is a keen supporter of citizen science projects, providing training and support to over 1,000 Western Australians through the Swan River Trust Dolphin Watch program.

Ravindra Palavalli Nettimi Multimedia Editor


Ravindra Palavalli-Nettimi (Ravi) is a PhD student in the Ecological neuroscience lab at Macquarie University, Sydney. He studies how being miniature affects the navigation behaviour in ants.

Prior to his PhD, he worked on foraging ecology, mutualism, and social behaviours in ants and wasps at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.

He is interested in using multimedia for science communication. In this regard, he blogs, doodles, creates short videos, and hosted a podcast series called ‘Just questions’ (links on his website) . Science outreach has been an integral part of his PhD life through the CSIRO’s Scientists in School program. He recently received the Outstanding outreach award from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage/ the Ecological Society of Australia (2016).


Simon Hoggart Assistant Editor, Journal of Animal Ecology

Simon HoggartSimon oversees the editorial peer review process for the journal seeing manuscripts though from submission to publication.  Once papers are accepted Simon helps authors to communicate their research through social media, press releases and blogs.




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