Lucy Buxton

Director | Ocean Decade Australia

Lucy Buxton


Dr. Lucy Buxton is a marine scientist, ocean sailor, science communicator, strategist and collaborator.

With a research background in marine biology, Lucy’s research interests encompass marine toxicology, coral biology, aquaculture management, and science policy. She has held roles at international research institutions like the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and has contributed to several large interdisciplinary marine science initiatives with renowned institutions such as Harvard School for Public Health, University College London, and the University of Laval. The outputs from her work have led to tangible progress in natural resource management, early public health interventions, and environmental safeguarding.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Lucy's experience as an ocean sailor and field researcher in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, have supported her deep understanding of the complex ocean environments and the communities that rely on them. Her commitment to science communication and partnership has positioned her as an effective intermediary between complex scientific concepts and various stakeholders.

In recent times, Lucy held professional leadership roles in the Australian research sector, overseeing science communication, research strategy, international collaboration, and various facets of research development. As a strategic consultant Lucy regularly works with the public and private sectors to increase scientific understanding, stakeholder engagement and implementation of sustainable practices. Lucy is a Board Director of Ocean Decade Australia, committed to connecting Australia’s diverse ocean stakeholders, in support of the United Nations declared Ocean Decade 2021 – 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


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