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Meet Hannah

Hannah undertook an Indigenous Cadetship with the CSIRO Marine National Facility and helped to coordinate the Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship (ITSS). She is a proud Aboriginal woman who has cultural and family ties to Tasmania.

ITSS coordinator Hannah McCleary from CSIRO Marine National Facility and student at the University of Tasmania.

I have always enjoyed learning about different aspects of science, and it was my favourite subject throughout school. I have always wanted to learn more about the environment and the life on our planet, so there was no question that this is what I wanted to study at university. I also enjoy learning about law and legal concepts, and I am hoping that I will one day be in a position to help create positive change for the environment and the diversity of life that inhabits it, and to give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. I was introduced to the Indigenous Cadetship program by a friend and mentor of mine, Scott Philip, who I met through CSIRO’s Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) program when I was in year 10.

I was excited when I found out I would be assisting in planning and delivering the Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship. Our marine environment is a huge, valuable part of Australia and is an area of deep interest and wonder for me. ITSS is a great opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students to participate in marine research and experience life on board RV Investigator.

I was also really lucky to be able to join the first two students, Sophie and Tiahni, on the inaugural ITSS voyage in December 2019. And I was equally excited to share the experience with our third student in the program, Breeanna!

Hannah's voyages

Hannah helped coordinate the ITSS program and joined Breeanna Muggleton on RV Investigator for the second voyage in the program in June 2021, and Sophie Gilbey and Tiahni Adamson on the inaugural ITSS voyage in December 2019.

Voyage pages: IN2021_T01; IN2019_T03

The Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship is supported by the Marine National Facility as part of the CSIRO Reconciliation Action Plan.

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