Julie has spent her entire career in support of scientific research. As Associate Director of AMRI, leading the Life and Geosciences Branch, Julie is dedicated to facilitating the pursuit of high-quality research and conservation efforts, utilising the Australian Museum’s incredible natural and cultural collections.
Most recently she was Chief Operating Officer for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), a seven-year, 34-million-dollar program of research, headquartered at the University of Wollongong. A committed advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, here Julie was joint-Chair of CABAH’s Equity, Diversity and Mentoring committee.
During her 18 years at the University of Wollongong, Julie was also Hub Manager for the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing, and spent 10 years developing extensive expertise in nationally competitive grants within the Research and Innovation Division.
Julie gained experience in research collections immediately following her undergraduate degree, working at the Australian National Herbarium, in Canberra. First as a Technical Officer and later leading a team of data-entry technicians on the Australasian Virtual Herbarium project – a nation-wide digitization effort.
Julie’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (University of Melbourne), Major in Botany, BSc (Hons) (The Australian National University), for a project examining the impacts of coastal invasive weeds on Pimelea spicata, commonly known as spiked rice flower, and Masters of Arts, Public Sector Leadership, through Griffith University.
MA Public Sector Leadership, Griffith University
BSc (Hons) Plant Ecology, The Australian National University
BSc (Botany), The University of Melbourne