Bethan Lang – PhD Researcher, James Cook University
Bethan grew up in Surrey, England, but a trip to Australia as a child, which included a dive on the Great Barrier Reef, sparked her interest in marine biology and love for tropical Australia. Bethan completed her BSc (hons) degree in Biology at Oxford Brookes University, before commencing an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. Bethan first became fascinated by the infamous crown-of-thorns starfish while completing her undergraduate thesis on the distribution and feeding habits of this asteroid in the Wakatobi Marine National Park in Indonesia. Bethan is now studying for a PhD in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, in the lab of Professor Morgan Pratchett.