B.Ed, B. Sci (Honours), PhD
Sue began her career as a teacher, teaching in both the public and private systems. For a number of years, Sue and her husband John would spend their Christmas break assisting on a University of Hawaii research project investigating the humpback whales off the beautiful island of Maui. The project was Sue’s first experience with cetacean research and she was soon driven to learn more about the gentle leviathans. She then became involved in the Oceania project that conducted research on humpbacks in Hervey Bay, and had the pleasure of introducing many secondary students to whale research, taking several students from the school where she was teaching with her each year to involve them in the project. While she enjoyed teaching, the call of working with cetaceans in a permanent role became too much and she returned to Monash University as a mature aged student to complete her Bachelor of Science with a major in marine and freshwater ecology. She completed her Honours project in conjunction with DRI and was employed as DRI’s Research Officer on completion. Sue juggled teaching research and teaching for several years until she began her PhD studies. She has now completed her PhD thesis through Curtin University. It focuses on the short-beak common dolphins that are regularly observed off the Mornington coast. As DRI’s Research Director, Sue is currently documenting the gross health of our resident dolphins, both common and bottlenose dolphins, using non-invasive methodologies including photo-identification.