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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

1994
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at Macquarie University in New South Wales
1994
Award - 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

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

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

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Ailie Smith