Jennie Mallela

Researcher, lecturer, lab manager
Australian National University

Canberra, ACT

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Dr Jennie Mallela is an enthusiastic, environmental bio-geo scientist. She is an Australian Superstar of STEM nominated by Science Australia and an advocate for women in STEM. She conducts research that addresses real-world problems focusing on pollution and climate change.

She earnt her PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK assessing the impacts of catchment pollution on Caribbean coral reefs. She has held postdoctoral positions at the Australian National University and the University of the West Indies. She recently completed an Australian Research Council research fellowship (DECRA) where she assessed the impacts of climate change, agricultural runoff and mining impacts on coral reefs.

Jennie is also a highly qualified commercial and scientific SCUBA-diver. This enables her to conduct underwater research on coral reefs around the world. Jennie also acts as a scientific diving consultant and advises international scientists on diving related research.

Jennie is a keen advocate for science. She has co-authored 39 research outputs with 129 international co-authors and her research has been cited more than 1000 times. She is regularly invited to join international teams of researchers as their scientific diving expert. Her 2017 popular online video on the causes of coral reef bleaching in 2016, released by her University, received over 100,000 views in the first 10 days. Jennie believes science should be accessible to everyone.