CO-FOUNDER | LIVING SEAWALLS
Mariana Mayer Pinto is a Scientia Senior Lecture in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at UNSW and one of the co-founders of the Living Seawalls, a flagship project from the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS)
She obtained her PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Sydney, 2009 and holds a MSc in Zoology from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Prior to the commencement of her academic career in UNSW in 2013, she worked as a private consultant, leading the data analyses of one of the biggest environmental projects in Australia (Gorgon Project, Chevron).
Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underpinning biodiversity and the functioning of marine ecosystems. In particular, she is interested in how anthropogenic stressors, such as contamination and urbanisation, affect the marine environment with the ultimate goal of developing evidence-based solutions for not only mitigating their impacts, but also restoring and rehabilitating marine ecosystems.