Alex completed her PhD in 2011 and then completed two postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of New South Wales. in Sydney, Australia. Alex was also a part of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and completed a visiting fellowship at the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia. As a postdoc, Alex also visited the Nanyang Technical University of Singapore. She has done fieldwork all over Australia and many parts of southeast Asia. Her research focuses on human impacts on coastal marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on underwater seaweed forests. She combines experimental marine ecology with molecular microbiology to understand how environmental changes can interfere with macro-micro interactions and under which conditions disease outbreaks might occur. She has also run large, successful marine restoration projects, including Operation Crayweed, and aims to work towards restoring other damaged coastal marine ecosystems in the future. Science communication is a big part of research for Alex because she believes that people make good decisions when they're properly informed.