Meet the Australia Faculty
Faculty in Residence
Autumn Quarter 2021-22: Program Suspended
“As a biological oceanographer, my principal interest has been in the role marine microalgae play in biogeochemical cycling, with particular emphasis on the scales of temporal and spatial variability of microalgal biomass and productivity."
A marine biologist by trade, Ian is the founding Director of the International Programs Unit at the University of Queensland and oversees the direction of the Stanford Australia Program. Ian has considerable experience in program development and enjoys engaging with students in field research activities and following the development of their careers. With an extensive marine science background, Ian has published in diverse fields reflecting his general curiosity about marine life and in particular, the dynamic between evolution and action, addressing challenges to extant paradigms that his extensive field research has prompted.
Selina is a coral reef biologist who specializes in the ecology and physiology of coral reefs, in particular the stress responses of corals. Selina is the UQ Academic Program Coordinator of Stanford in Australia. Along with Kevin Arrigo, she coordinates the Coral Reef Ecology course on this program taught at Heron Island, as well as the Individual Research Project course. Selina is the Academic Director of the Herron Island Research Station, owned and operated by the University of Queensland (UQ). Selina relishes the opportunities presented by teaching at UQ’s great field stations, particularly Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Cath’s research is focused on the ecology and ecophysiology of coastal plant communities. She is particularly interested in the influence of the environment, including global climate change on plant community productivity and diversity. Some of her current research projects include assessment of how sea level and nutrient enrichment influences mangrove and salt marsh ecosystems, how mangroves mediate exchanges between the land and sea, and how the metabolism of coral reefs varies over latitude. Cath coordinates the Coastal Ecosystem’s course taught on North Stradbroke Island at UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station.
Dr. Chris Salisbury
Chris is the coordinator of the Australian Studies: Society, History and Culture Down Under course on the program. Chris’ research interests include Australian, US and European history; state and federal politics and election campaigns; government policy-making; and political leadership. Chris’ teaching areas at UQ have included applied history, Australian history and politics, and Russian history. He has published research on Queensland politics, Australian social history, and the twentieth-century US and Polish history. He regularly provides media commentary on Australian politics and elections.
Dr. Claire Baker
Claire is the coordinator of the Terrestrial ecology and Conservation course taught in the Queensland rainforest, bushland, and outback. Claire loves the natural world and is a passionate entomologist, ecologist, and educator. After completing her Ph.D. in molecular and taxonomic entomology, she now leads and delivers educations projects for a range of organisations including ecotourism companies, documentary teams, education groups, National Parks and city councils.