Our Staff


Carmen Bishop 

Partnerships and Marketing Manager 

Carmen joined the Marine Discovery Centre in May 2019 as Partnerships and Marketing Manager. Carmen is a qualified marketing professional with 20 years' experience working across educational and non-profit organisations with tangible outcomes. She has a strong background in organising events focussing on community engagement. Carmen has a strong desire to educate the next generation on their human footprint and impact on the environment, this interest has been ingrained since her teenage years when her parents purchased a recycling centre on the coast, and she learned the business from the ground up.


Georgie Kenning 

Marine Scientist 

Georgie grew up in the Adelaide Hills and has always had an interest in the natural world. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at the University of Adelaide before progressing with an honours project focussing on juvenile fish populations around South Australia. Georgie began volunteering at the Marine Discovery Centre in 2016, and has since developed a love for teaching others about South Australia's unique and beautiful marine environment. She also volunteers with the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action Group and attends beach cleans and other activities that benefit the dolphins and their habitat. In her spare time, Georgie enjoys swimming and snorkelling in summer, spending time with family and cooking. 


Karno Martin 

Cultural Educator 

Karno grew up in Aldinga and has always been intrigued by all forms of life. This is where his love for the Marine Discovery Centre and what it does for South Australian schools comes in. Karno has been a part of the Marine Discovery Centre and the Star of The Sea School for the past 5 years. Assisting the MDC on its marine trails and helping with the maintenance of Aquariums.

Karno is of Aboriginal background being both Kaurna and Narungga, the Kaurna Meyunna (People) are the traditional landowners of the Adelaide plains and the Narungga people from Yorke peninsula.

Karno has been employed by the Catholic education department and the Star of the Sea Primary school as an Aboriginal Cultural Educator/Marine Trainee. Karno does a great job of sharing his knowledge of the traditional ways of living, from teachings he has had by his uncle and patron to the Marine Discovery Centre Karl Telfer.

Karno teaches a wide variety of knowledge, this includes the traditional language of the Kaurna Meyunna, geographic mapping, hunting techniques, music playing, storytelling and dancing.

Karno does a great job of tying all of this and weaving together the understanding from the traditional people of Australia, they’re deep connection with the spirit of the land, all that live on it and the ways the people lived in a highly sustainable way.  

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Chris Daniels 


Prof Chris Daniels PhD DSc FAICD is currently the Director of Cleland Wildlife Park and is adjunct professor of Biology in the School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences at UniSA. He is focused on conserving wildlife and connecting people with nature. Chris Daniels' was Prof. of Urban Ecology at UniSA, Director of the Barbara Hardy Institute at UniSA and the presiding member of the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board.
Chris has published 9 books published and over 250 scientific and community publications. Books include Adelaide Nature of a City (2005) and Adelaide Water of a City (2010). Book awards include the Whitley Award, and awards from the Planning Institute of Aust, Stormwater Industry and Aust Institute of Landscape Architects. Other books include The Possum-tail Tree, The Fearsome Flute players, and Guide to Urban Wildlife. in Oct 2018 Adelaide University awarded him a Doctor of Science (DSc) for his research into "The lives of animals and animals in our lives".
Chris has held fortnightly sessions on 891 ABC Radio since 2002 conducted field trips with ABC listeners and has run “Citizen Science” initiatives with the ABC since 2007.
Chris won the South Australian Premiers Science award for communication (2007) and the Medal for natural history from the Field Naturalists Soc SA (2010). Chris gave the CONASTA oration on citizen science in 2014.
Chris is a Governor of the World Wildlife Fund and was Patron of Unley City Council Adopt a Tree Program. He was chair of the Board of Nature Play SA (2016-2018).


Karl Telfer 


Karl Winda Telfer is a Kaurna man from the Adelaide Plains region who has worked closely with the MDC developing an interactive website game featuring Kaurna knowledge and understanding about coastal life. He has also provided his advice with our Kaurna Learning Station.

He is a senior custodian of ceremony, a cultural educator, designer and artist. He has been involved in Aboriginal cultural and spiritual renewal all his life, coming from a family of strong cultural and political activity. He is known in the community as knowledge holder of the Spirit Fire - the peace lore fire of Tjirbruki - a great creation ancestor within his country. Karl founded the Paitya Dance Group which has toured internationally. He was invited to participate in The Tracking Project (www.thetrackingproject.org), a forum of international educators and Native Elders from around the world to design a series of teachings, which connect individuals directly to the natural world.

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Donna Lehmann 


Donna joined us as a volunteer mid-2019.  She is passionate about the marine environment and sustainability.  Donna studied Marine Biology at Flinders University and has worked in invasive species management and Science Communications.  Donna is an avid diver and has spent many hours underwater on the South Australian coastline.  She enjoys talking about the animals at the discovery centre with visiting school groups and sharing her enthusiasm for our unique marine environment.

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Mark Pierson 


Mark grew up at Henley Square beachcombing in winter and snorkelling around the jetty in summer.  They were different times then and he had the run of the place from Grange to the Torrens Outlet.  He can still hear his Mum’s words…“just be home for dinner”. Mark was an inaugural member of Henley & Grange Dunecare and the Tennyson Dunes Group.  He was a member of the Festival of the Coast Steering Committee, which included putting on a natural history display at the Henley Town Hall.  Mark is interested in marine ecology, having dived Kangaroo Island, the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef.  He has swum with dolphins, seals and sea lions, whale sharks, great white sharks, tuna and cuttlefish.  He is also interested in dune ecology, sand movement, stormwater runoff, jetties, seagrasses, boat harbours, offshore reefs and marine protected areas. 


Bridget Evans 


Bridget is a teacher and mother of four who loves learning and exploring alongside the school groups that visit the Centre. She has always been a keen naturalist, and upon arriving from Washington, DC in 2017, she has spent as much time as possible beach combing and learning about the local environment. She grew up spending days swimming, canoeing and crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay, and now loves spending time on her kayak and paddle board in the blue waters of the Gulf. Her favourite thing is catching a glimpse of one of the rays that like to swim in Henley Beach; her least favourite thing is when a crab catches one of her toes. 

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Janice Shackley 


Janice joined us as a volunteer in late 2020. Growing up near the beach in WA she developed a love of the ocean from a very early age.

A keen diver, swimmer and walker Janice likes to spend every spare minute on the beach. She and her dog Ivy can be found walking between Henley and Grange in all weathers!

Since moving to Adelaide in 2020 she is thoroughly enjoying exploring the beautiful and diverse coastal environment of South Australia.

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Madeleine Johnston 


Maddie joined the Marine Discovery Centre in September of 2020, and is a pre service teacher specialising in Humanities and Social Sciences at Uni SA. 

Maddie loves being involved with the Marine Discovery Centre, as it allows her to learn and contribute to teaching and empowering the school groups who visit the centre. She is passionate about preserving our local coastline, learning about sustainably and understanding the diversity of our marine life here in Adelaide.  

Maddie is a part of the 2021 Coastal Ambassador program for Green Adelaide, becoming more involved with the wider marine community in Adelaide is something she enjoys most. 

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Lucy-Rose Seeary 


Lucy has been volunteering at the MDC since 2019. She has an honours degree from Flinders University in Biodiversity and Conservation and has a particular interest in marine biology. She has a strong background in marine mammals, having completed a thesis on humpback whales, and also has participated in an overseas internship for sea turtle conservation. Her favourite thing about volunteering at the MDC is seeing the children’s excitement, attentiveness and enthusiasm when teaching them about the marine environment. 


Lauren Duif 


Lauren started volunteering in July 2020 and works in Disability Support. Lauren joined the Marine Discovery team because of her love for marine life and the environment, and also to gain experience working with children.

Practically growing up at the beach, Lauren would spend hours swimming, surfing, diving- you couldn’t drag her away! Her favourite sea creature is the Leafy Sea Dragon, followed closely by the Seahorse, and is always super excited when the MDC Seahorses have babies! 

In her spare time, when she’s not underwater, Lauren enjoys baking and macrame. 


Tiffany Aplin 


Tiff is currently working in disability support for children with autism. Her passion for marine life began as a child when she had the luxury of living in Coffin Bay. Rather than hanging out with other kids and playing she would stroll down to the beach, observe the jellies from the jetty, stingrays in the rock pools and the little baby crabs on the beach. Growing up in small country towns gave her the time to learn all about the sea life. To this day she still spends her free time at the beach! Her favourite saying is “all you need is a good dose of vitamin sea”

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Adarsh Pratap Singh (aka A.P) 


Adarsh is pursuing an International MBA in finance from UNISA, which started in February 2020. He has worked in the finance sector for one and a half years. Apart from his interest in finance, Adarsh loves the investing sector as well. Being a stock trader for the past year, he has gained skills in analytical thinking and forecasting. He loves spending time with children and loves going out to meet new people and make new friends. Adarsh has a strong desire to become an investment banker and start an NGO with his father's name to help people from lower socio-economic backgrounds with education and general needs. 

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Tamika Heath 


Tamika is currently studying Marine Biology at the University of Adelaide. She has always had a strong love for the ocean, but the experience of swimming with Manta rays in Hawaii really encouraged her to study Marine Biology. She has a keen interest in shark science and conservation, as well as an admiration for nudibranchs. 

She grew up travelling parts of Australia with her family, which is where her love for nature and the ocean stems from. She love's being outdoors and in the water, with her favourite activities being camping, scuba diving, free diving and surfing. She also enjoys underwater photography.


Tegan Lee 


Tegan has been volunteering at the Marine Discovery Centre since mid 2018. Tegan grew up by the beach, and spent many hours combing through the rock pools for interesting sea creatures. As she grew older and learned more about the ocean, sharks and rays steadily became her favourite animals, and so she went to university and completed an honours degree in marine science in 2019. In Tegan's spare time she enjoys diving, playing the piano, and bush walking. Tegan is passionate about volunteering at the Marine Discovery Centre as it allows her to help educate and inspire others to find the joy in caring for the marine environment. 

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Gloria Yuen 


Gloria loves to get close to nature, and is particularly interested in wildlife and marine animals. Before migrating to Australia, she used to work with vulnerable people as a social worker and volunteered her time to support grieving pet owners who lost their companion animals. Gloria has been volunteering with Marine Discovery Centre since September 2019, where she has her first volunteer experience in South Australia. She finds it rewarding as children are inspired to treasure and protect South Australia's iconic coastal and marine environments.

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Cherie Chan 


Cherie has been volunteering with the Marine Discovery Centre since 2019, she not only has a keen interest in the environment and marine life, also the passion to be a teacher. She is doing a Master of Teaching in Early Childhood Education degree at Unisa. Cherie had backpacked in Australia for two years, she has been to a lot of outback places. In her spare time, she likes to exercise, garden and volunteer with a number of schools and of course the Marine Discovery Centre. Cherie’s favourite thing about volunteering is knowing she is making a difference by helping to educate the future minds of today, builds the future of her career.

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Helen Wallace