Professor Emma Johnston is President of Science & Technology Australia. She is also Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.
A strong advocate for equity and diversity in STEM and for sound environmental management, Professor Johnston has also been pro-Vice Chancellor Research at UNSW and sits on the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
A highly awarded scientist and educator, Professor Johnston has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and supervised more than 20 successful PhD graduates. Her prizes include the Australian Academy of Science’s inaugural Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science (2014), and the 2015 Eureka Prize for the public communication of science.
Professor Johnston is a television presenter for the ongoing BBC/Foxtel series, Coast Australia, ABC Catalyst and she frequently contributes expert opinion to state, federal & international government agencies. Professor Johnston leads a competitively funded research program, working from the tropics to the poles, and consults with industry through the development and implementation of new biomonitoring techniques and environmental monitoring programs.