Dr Sue Murray-Jones is an experienced marine conservation biologist. She completed her PhD at Wollongong University in 1999 entitled “Conservation and population biology of the pipi, Donax deltoides”, which included a study of the genetics, life history, reproduction and the recreational and commercial fishery of this surf beach bivalve. Sue was the principal Marine Biologist and Aquaculture Contact Officer for the South Australian Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources between 2000 and 2014, where her main duties included providing expert advice and coordinating departmental responses on aquaculture and other coastal & marine developments and issues. She organised and conducted many surveys and environmental impact assessments in temperate reefs and seagrass habitats, and took a secondment to work for the South Australian Parliament as a Research Officer, running a Coastal Development Enquiry for the Standing Committee on Environment, Resources and Development. She has worked as a writer, teacher and educator.
Since leaving full time work, Sue has been working as an environmental consultant, and as a casual lecturer, demonstrator and tutor for Flinders University. She has spent 10 of the last 18 months based in Myanmar, working with the three universities with Marine Science Departments to build capacity in underwater marine surveys, and collecting baseline data.