Researcher biography

Gretta commenced her BSc in marine biology at Flinders University, South Australia in 2013. During her time at Flinders, Gretta volunteered at the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO) assisting with the rehabilitation and release of injured seals, penguins and other marine life. She also volunteered with Global Vision International (GVI) and became an ambassador after travelling to Fiji and Greece. During her time in Fiji she assisted with spinner dolphin behavioural research at Moon Reef, off the northeast coast of Viti Levu. Whilst in Greece, Gretta spent a month south of Athens in Gytheio volunteering with loggerhead turtle research and protection. On top of all this she also volunteered with the CEBEL lab at Flinders University, assisting PhD student, Nikki Zandardo with her research on Australian bottlenose dolphins.

Upon graduation in 2015, Gretta moved to Cairns, Queensland after accepting a position on the liveaboard dive vessel, Spirit of Freedom. Working as a divemaster, she was responsible for conducting ‘Eye on the Reef’ observations for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as well as being responsible from the completion of the Minke Whale sighting data sheets for James Cook University.

Gretta moved to Brisbane in 2018 and has begun her honours project with CEAL in February. Her project focusses on examining population differences in Humpback Whale song across the South Pacific with particular attention to the Australian and New Caledonian populations.