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Based at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, WAMSI oversees financial and science planning and provides full administration support for the WAMSI Board, committees and sub-committees. It coordinates collaboration and research activities, legal and financial management, data management and storage, research assessments, communication, conferences and symposia.

Dr Paul Vogel Chair as of 30 January 2020.

Dr Luke Twomey (CEO) Luke commenced in June 2017 to oversee the completion of WAMSI science programs, including the $30 million Kimberley Marine Research Program and the landmark $19 million Dredging Science partnership, as well as drive planning for the long-term future of WAMSI and the Blueprint for Marine Science.

Trish Wells (Executive Assistant) Trish is the Executive Assistant to Dr Luke Twomey and supports the administration of WAMSI. Trish commenced with WAMSI in June 2013.

Dr Jenny Shaw (Research Director) Commenced in October 2018 to work on continuing to roll out Western Australia’s Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 science priorities for decision-makers to help align the research sectors’ response and establish a foundation of willingness across multiple sectors to find ways to be more strategic and more collaborative in marine science.

Luke Edwards (Data Manager) Luke is a Data Specialist at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

Aleta Johnston (Communications Manager) Aleta commenced in January 2015. For media and communication enquiries email: or phone (+61 8) 6488 4574

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