Ocean Youth has shown teens around Australia how dedicated research supports effective conservation, as was the case for current JCU PhD Student Emily Washington.
“I was really attracted to Ocean Youth by the thought of meeting like-minded people in my age group,” Emily says. “Through the program, I gained a greater understanding of the threats to the ocean and felt like I had more tools for making positive changes. Once I completed the program, I had no doubt in my mind that pursuing marine science was what I wanted to do.”
Emily came to JCU to take advantage of world-renowned research facilities both on-campus and on Orpheus Island where she could get hands-on experience. Now, she’s investigating the trade-offs of heat tolerant traits in hard corals.
Master of Marine Biology student, Angad Maniyambath, is working on using autonomous robots to gather large datasets on reefs to help researchers and stakeholders make informed decisions. He also mentors current Ocean Youth participants as they journey through the program.
“We still don’t know enough about the ocean, and it’s crucial that we learn as much about it as possible so that we can do our best to protect it,” he says.
Ready to make your own wave of change?
Take it from these change-makers: you can make a difference in marine science and conservation.
“Every action, big or small, has an impact,” Emily says. “Every time you speak up, a few more people are going to receive your message, so keep at it.”
“Imperfect action by many people is better than perfect action by one person,” Caitlin says. “Anything that you know is going to make a positive change in the world is worth doing!”
Follow in the footsteps of these students and explore JCU’s courses in marine science, marine biology, ecology and advanced science.
Visit Ocean Youth to find out how you or someone you know can get involved in advocacy, clean-up projects, educational workshops, community activities and more.
You can also follow Ocean Youth to see the real-world action happening around Australia, and the JCU Marine Society to keep up-to-date with the events, activities and opportunities on offer for students throughout the year.