Emma Johnston


Professor Emma Johnston AO FAA FTSE FRSN
The University of Sydney
Chief Investigator, Biodiversity & Stewardship

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Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney. She studies human impacts in marine ecosystems from a range of stressors including stormwater, plastic pollution, and organic enrichment. A highly awarded scientist, educator and communicator, Professor Johnston has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles and supervised 28 successful PhD graduates. She is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and her awards include the Australian Academy of Science’s inaugural Nancy Millis Medal, the Royal Society of New South Wales Clark Medal, the Eureka prize for Science Communication, and in 2018 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (OA). Professor Johnston is a national advocate for the Science Technology sector and is currently Co-Chief Author of the Australian Government’s State of Environment Report.  She is Past President of Science & Technology Australia and a Director on the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.  She consults with industry through the development and implementation of new biomonitoring and ecological engineering techniques as well as being a highly sought-after science communicator.