Melinda Coleman is a Principal Research Scientist with NSW Fisheries and Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University and the University of Western Australia. She has previously been an Australian Research Council Fellow and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maine, USA. She is currently co-editor of the Journal of Phycology.
Melinda leads a team of postdocs and students across government and university sectors to inform proactive marine management that anticipates and prepares for climate change. By melding ecology with genomics her team is providing new solutions for conserving and managing kelp forests in a future of increasing change.
As a founding member of the Green Gravel action group and the award-winning Operation Crayweed team, Melinda is actively restoring lost kelp forests around Australia with the aim of boosting resilience to future climate change.
She received her BS in Biology from Stanford University and her MA and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.