Professor Johnston’s research focuses on how to detect and reduce human impacts on marine ecosystems. She works from the tropics to the poles and her current studies focus on marine plastics, forest fires, coastal construction and climate change.
As former President of Science & Technology Australia (STA), an elected position, she is a highly influential figure in Australia’s higher education and research sector.
She has a track record in building and sustaining multiple community and industry partnerships and in high-level advocacy on a range of policy issues, Professor Johnston was recently announced as the University’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). , beginning his appointment in July .
Throughout her career, she has led the development of several research programs and piloted major strategic projects from planning to implementation. In addition to discovery research, she is also a successful translational researcher with a demonstrated track record of working with industry, government, and the community to translate her basic research findings into results that directly benefit society.
Professor Johnston said she was honored to have been elected to the Academy: “Australia has a substantial community of world-class scientists with expertise that can be further harnessed to support our environment, our society and our economy.”
“The Academy brings together many leaders of this community. I am proud to be elected a Fellow and look forward to working with the Australian Academy of Sciences to promote understanding and evidence-based change so we can thrive while rapidly reducing impacts on our climate and environment. . »
Professor Johnston is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Society of New South Wales and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in Honors from the Queen’s Birthday 2018 for ‘distinguished service to further education, in particular to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes.
Professor Johnston has contributed to the development of international and national research strategies, priorities and plans. She is a champion for sustainability and diversity and lead author of Australia’s State of the Environment Report 2021.