Breeanna is participating in the second voyage of the Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship. She is an Indigenous woman with family ties to Western Australia and Queensland.
I hail from Mackay in Queensland but have spent recent years on the Gold Coast. I moved out of my family home three years ago to study at University, where I enrolled in a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. After a year, I decided it wasn’t for me so I swapped to a combined Engineering and Environmental Science degree where I am majoring in mechanical engineering and ecology and conservation. I chose this combination because so often engineering projects seem to have harmful impacts on the environment where they’re being undertaken. I would like to work towards mitigating these impacts in some way.
I’ve had some diverse jobs while living on the Gold Coast including as a bartender and waitress, but also as a lifeguard and dive master. But that’s about as far as my experiences with the ocean go! And I certainly never expected to be joining a scientific voyage on an ocean research vessel. I’m still unsure about my future career and I don’t think I yet have a clear career path. I’m really looking forward to experiencing and assisting scientists and researchers with their work and seeing what they achieve.
As an Indigenous Australian, the environment is something that is very special to me. It is an important part of my culture and future. As an aspiring environmental scientist, I’m really excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead on the voyage.
Breeanna joins ITSS coordinator, Hannah McCleary, on the second ITSS voyage on RV Investigator. The voyage departs Brisbane on 10 June 2021 and will spend 14 days studying the ocean and marine life of the Coral and Arafura Seas, arriving in Darwin on 23 June 2021.
Voyage page: IN2021_T01
The Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship is supported by the Marine National Facility as part of the CSIRO Reconciliation Action Plan.