Elizabeth Madin

  • Starting May 2018: Assistant Professor, Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai’i, USA 
  • Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow, Macquarie University, Australia (2012-present)
  • World Wildlife Fund Fuller Fellow, Macquarie University, Australia (2012-2015)
  • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Technology-Sydney, Australia (2010-2012)
  • Ph.D. & M.S., University of California-Santa Barbara, USA (2003-09)
  • Fulbright Fellow, James Cook University, Australia (2000-02)


I grew up in the beautiful state of Kentucky and spent part of every childhood summer with my grandparents in and around Louisiana’s waters. Those days spawned a lifelong fascination with the ocean. After graduating with from Emory University in Georgia with a joint degree in Psychology and Ecology, I decided to move to Australia to study marine science and conservation on the Great Barrier Reef. I received a Fulbright Fellowship to do so, and since then I’ve been living between Australia and the US doing conservation-focused marine research.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. For the first half of this postdoc, I was jointly funded by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). My previous postdoc was with the US National Science Foundation, where I was at the University of Technology, Sydney. I received my Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

On this website you’ll find information about the marine ecology and conservation research that my colleagues and I are doing. Our goal is to do research that both answers basic ecological questions and directly informs conservation policy. Please contact me if you are interested in working together or discussing aspects of our research.

Curriculum vitae


(as of May 2018)
Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology
University of Hawai’i
Kaneohe, HI 96744

(until May 2018)
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109

email: dr.elizabeth.madin_at_gmail.com
Skype: elizabethmadin
Twitter: @ElizMadin