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BLDG 453 UWA, FAIRWAY
CRAWLEY WA 6009 AUSTRALIA

Biography

Cindy Bessey is a marine ecologist whose passion is understanding the role of lower trophic level organisms in sustaining diverse, productive and healthy ecosystems. Cindy’s research projects have included investigating trophic interactions in threatened seagrass ecosystems, evaluating how commercially important fish populations are affected by varying environmental conditions, and assessing the risk that genetically modified fish pose to the natural environment. She currently manages the Ecological Genetics laboratory and works on advancing environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques for successful implementation into bio-monitoring programs which are cost-effective, easily deployed and accessible to anyone. Her focus is on obtaining diversity data in coastal and offshore systems in order to evaluate ecosystem changes resulting from both anthropogenic and natural pressures. Her international employment experience includes positions with the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in California, USA, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in British Columbia, Canada.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2005

    Robert L. Kendall Award for Best Paper
    American Fisheries Society

  • 2005

    Stevan R. Phelps Memorial Award for Best Genetics Paper
    American Fisheries Society

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
    Florida International University

  • 2003

    Master of Science in Zoology
    University of British Columbia

  • 2000

    Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
    Simon Fraser University

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-2015

    Marine Research Scientist - Ngari Capes Marine Park
    Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA, Australia

  • 2013-2013

    Online Laboratory Instructor – Human Anatomy for Non-Biology Majors
    Florida International University, North Miami, FL, USA

  • 2009-2012

    Field Station Manager – Outreach Coordinator – Research Technician
    Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project, Shark Bay, WA, Australia & Florida International University, North Miami, FL, USA

  • 2003-2009

    Fisheries Biologist
    Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Research Division, Pacific Grove, CA, USA

  • 2002-2003

    Associate Fisheries Biologist
    Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Research Division, Pacific Grove, CA, USA

  • 1997-2002

    Research / Laboratory Technician
    Department of Fisheries and Oceans, West Vancouver Laboratory, BC, Canada

  • 2000-2000

    Laboratory Instructor – Invertebrate Biology
    University of British Columbia,Vancouver, BC, Canada