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Biographical entry Benkendorff, Kirsten (1973 - )

Born
26 May 1973
Occupation
Marine biologist

Summary

Kirsten Benkendorff work saw her discover more than triple the number of mollusc species previously recorded in the Illawarra/South Coast region of New South Wales. She also discovered a powerful antibiotic in the eggs of a sea snail. Benkendorff was Young Australian of the Year for Science and Technology in 2000.

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Events

1985 - 1990
Education - Attended Galston High School in New South Wales
1994
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at Macquarie University in New South Wales
1994
Bill Cantwell Prize awarded for honours in biological sciences by Macquarie University in New South Wales
1995 - 1999
Career position - Demonstrator and Tutor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales
1997 - 1999
Career position - Casual Research Assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales
1999
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) on 'Bioactive molluscan resources and their conservation: Chemical and biological studies on the egg masses of marine molluscs' completed at the University of Wollongong
1999
Career position - Marine Consultant for the Shellharbour Council in New South Wales
1999 - 2000
Career position - Casual Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales
2000 -
Career position - Co-ordinator of the Marine Bioprospecting Initiative at the University of Wollongong
2000
Award - Young Australian of the Year for Science and Technology award received
2001
Award - New South Wales Young Australian of the Year Environment Category
2003 -
Career position - Lecturer in Marine Biology at Flinders University of South Australia

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Biographical cuttings on Kirsten Benkendorff, scientist, Cuttings Files BIOG; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Online Resources

Ailie Smith