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Dr Ben Arthur

Engagement Programs Coordinator


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Ben is a science communicator and marine ecologist. After completing a degree at the University of Tasmania and escaping to the sub-Antarctic for a while, he returned to Hobart to work as a research assistant in Southern Ocean ecology. With no science outreach experience, Ben agreed to help a friend who was coordinating National Science Week events by visiting schools to talk about his work. Turns out, he loved it. Shortly after, he started working in outreach for CSIRO. Wanting to do more research, but not wanting to give up science communication, he started a PhD in marine zoology. Several years later, Ben still has a passion for science outreach, our natural world and how science helps us make sense of it. He currently coordinates engagement programs for the CSIRO Marine National Facility on board RV Investigator.

Current Roles

  • Engagement Programs Coordinator
    Science Engagement

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    Bachelor of Science
    University of Tasmania

  • 2009

    Bachelor of Science with Honours
    University of Tasmania

  • 2016

    PhD (Life Sciences)
    University of Tasmania

Professional Experiences

  • 2009-2010

    Research Assistant
    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTas

  • 2010-2010

    Science Outreach Officer
    University of Tasmania

  • 2011-2011

    Research Assistant
    Integrated Marine Observing System

  • 2010-2015

    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

  • 2011-2017

    Education Specialist

  • 2018-present

    Adjunct Researcher
    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTas

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2015-2024

    National Science Week Tasmania Committee

  • 2020-current

    Business Unit Rep - Indigenous Engagement Implementation Committee

  • 2015-2022

    Hobart Site Management Advisory Committee

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