Sarah-Jo Lobwein

Scientist

Sarah-Jo Lobwein, was raised in the beautiful southern waters of Sydney, Australia, and spends every spare moment she can immersed in the ocean. Sarah-Jo is always looking for ways to improve human interactions with our oceans - through public education, social awareness campaigns, volunteering, and creating positive solutions. The ocean planet is facing many challenges created by man, and addressing plastic pollution is a main focus of a number of projects Sarah-Jo has developed and advocates.

In 2005 Sarah-Jo completed her Bachelor Degree in Marine Science (Tropical) at the University of Sydney and then complemented this with a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at Australian Catholic University. A keen SCUBA diver since 2002, Sarah-Jo has managed to travel extensively, globally experiencing firsthand the beauty and pressures fragile marine environments face.

She combines her passions for sustainability, marine science and education In her outreach business Ocean Tidings, and in her roles in the non-profits SO SHIRE and Plastic Free Sutherland Shire. This involves promoting marine research and marine pollution awareness to the public and coordinating outreach programmes focused on educating and encouraging youth interested in studying Marine Science. Sarah-Jo also runs her own small private Science and Mathematics tuition business.

Sarah-Jo has been a feature writer for both Ocean Geographic and OG Explorer, and with her husband Brett as an underwater photographer, they combine to make a perfect couple to share with the world their insights and images.