Associate Professor Jane Williamson is head and founder of the Marine Ecology Group at Macquarie University. She has a broad research background and has worked in a variety of University and Government institutions in Australia and overseas.

Jane is Director of the Sustainability of Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries (SAEF) at Macquarie University, which is an umbrella group overseeing a number of aquatic research groups and facilities, and a node of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). She is Chair of Macquarie University’s Diving and Boating Scientific Advisory Group (DBSAG). Within Macquarie University, Jane is a member of Climate Futures at Macquarie and of Genes to Geosciences. 

Jane was heavily involved in the establishment of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and is a member of the SIMS Scientific Advisory Committee SAC, which drives the direction and progression of research undertaken at SIMS. Jane is Chair of the NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee (FSC), an independent body established under the Fisheries Management Act 1994. The FSC lists species, populations, ecological communities and key threatening processes in NSW, and advises the Minister and Director-General on related matters.

Jane has been a member of the Australian Marine Science Association (AMSA) since 1994, served on Federal Council from 2008-2011, and was President of the NSW Branch of AMSA from 2005-2008. AMSA is Australia’s major professional association for marine scientists from all disciplines. Jane has also examined numerous PhD and MSc theses, and is a referee for several international journals, including PLoS ONE, Bulletin of Marine Science, Marine Ecology Progress Series and Marine Biology.

In parallel with her research activities Jane has also contributed to community awareness of science through marine education to school children and public lectures for local groups. She firmly believes that scientists have should actively engage with business and local communities to share and extend their knowledge of the marine environment and is passionate about community engagement.


PhD - University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2001)

MSc(Hons) - University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand (1992)

BSc - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (1990)