Plenary Speaker

Mariana Mayer Pinto, University of New South Wales, Australia

Mariana Mayer Pinto

Mariana Mayer Pinto is a marine ecologist and a Scientia Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at UNSW and the co-lead and co-founder of the Living Seawalls, an international award-winning project that aims to mitigate biodiversity loss in our oceans due to marine construction. Mariana has more than 15 years’ experience working in the marine environment. She obtained her PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Sydney and holds a MSc in Zoology from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Prior to the commencement of her academic career in UNSW in 2013, she worked as a private consultant, leading the data analyses of one of the biggest environmental projects in Australia (Gorgon Project, Chevron).   

Her research focuses on how human activities, such as pollution and urbanisation, affect the marine environment with the ultimate goal of developing evidence-based solutions for not only mitigating their impacts, but also restoring and rehabilitating marine ecosystems. 

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