Dr. Julia Reisser is currently leading ocean plastic research for a new Minderoo initiative called Flourishing Oceans. She is a 34 years old oceanographer with 15 years of experience in setting up, managing and leading research projects. She has led many scientific missions in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Antarctic oceans.
Julia’s PhD at University of Western Australia was focused on ocean plastic pollution in Australian waters. This was a novel project that characterized and quantified levels of buoyant plastic in waters around Australia for the first time.
In recent years (2014 - 2018), she worked for The Ocean Cleanup Foundation as Chief Scientist and Project Manager. During her time at this Dutch organization, she led and coordinated large teams involved in fieldwork, lab analyses, ocean modeling, data analyses, and report writing. She also wrote and revised media articles and releases, gave interviews to the media (e.g. CNN and The Financial Times) and participated in many high-level events, including meetings at the United Nations headquarters. The quality of Julia’s research is evidenced by the high number of scientific citations (1500+) and media coverage of the 20+ peer-reviewed publications she has co-authored over recent years.