Our Team

Dr Jen A. Middleton

Scientist / Illustrator

Research Gate | ORCID ID:0000-0002-6993-9804

@jen__middleton

Jen completed a Bachelor of Science and honours degree in Zoology at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015 and her PhD at UWA in urban freshwater ecosystems at the start of 2021. Jen is now a post-doctoral researcher at UWA within the School of Agriculture and Environment working primarily in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry.

Jen’s research is at the cutting edge of our current scientific understanding of aquatic function, linking macro-scale management of vegetation and water quality with micro-scale processes. Through her work, Jen hopes to improve the management of freshwater and estuarine systems by combining ecological, biogeochemical and molecular microbial techniques.

Jen also studied a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Design at Curtin University, which has enabled her to master graphic design and illustration, which she combines with her scientific knowledge to make compelling and concise graphics.

Key Research Areas

  • Biogeochemical processes in freshwater and riparian ecosystems
  • Microbial ecology of natural systems including; freshwater biofilms, soils, plant-microbe interactions
  • Elucidating links between microorganisms and ecosystem function using novel experimental and in situ methods
  • Urban stream ecology and restoration

Dr Belinda Coral Martin

Scientist / Illustrator

Research Gate | ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0354-2628

@Bincoral

Belinda completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology at James Cook University in 2010 and Honors in Environmental Science at the University of Western Australia in 2012. Belinda worked as a Research Officer within the plant genomics group at the CSIRO before completing her PhD in 2019 at UWA in seagrass-microbe relations. Belinda is now a Postdoctoral researcher at UWA working within the School of Biological Sciences and the UWA Oceans Institute working primarily in seagrass-microbial ecology and environmental microbiomes.

Belinda is passionate about increasing awareness of the role microbes have in preserving our natural resources. She continues to work towards building capacity and drawing investment into environmental microbiome research, including using microbes for environmental monitoring, for enhancing clean-up of contaminated soils, and the role of gut microbes in aquaculture. Belinda is a self-taught illustrator/designer.

Key Research Areas

  • Development of novel microbial monitoring tools
  • Understanding plant-soil relationships for restoration and management
  • Biogeochemistry of natural systems, including use of stable isotope techniques
  • Application of microscopy in microbial ecology – including CSLM, SEM, FISH and NanoSIMS
  • Importance of gut microbes for the health of aquaculture species

Chloe Joyce

Designer / Illustrator

chloejoyceillustration.com

Chloe is a Sydney based illustrator and graphic designer. She studied at Enmore Design School and has over 10 years experience working in the design industry. Her illustrations and designs have been featured globally including in magazines such as Frankie, Yoke, and Unbound as well as for major brands such as Five Four the Wild, Crumbs, The Fox Glove, Goat Story and ILAA, among others. Chloe brings a cool, unique style to our team.

Key Areas

  • Illustration
  • Graphic design
  • Typography
  • Branding

Nat Joyce

Scientist / Illustrator

Nat graduated with a double major bachelor degree in marine science and geology from the University of Western Australia. She has over 7 years experience working as a geologist and manager in the mining industry. Nat also studied fine arts at the college of fine arts (COFA) at the University of New South Wales. She specialises in painting and illustration and has held numerous exhibitions across Australia.

Key Research Areas

  • Geological and structural mapping
  • 3D modelling
  • Geochemical analysis
  • Hydrogeology

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