Evatt Chirgwin

 MARINE BIOLOGY | GENETICS | EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY | ECOLOGY 

SCUBA-DIVING | UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY  

Evatt grew up on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula spending as much time as he could exploring its coastal and marine environments. Whether it was searching through shallow rock pools or diving deep reefs, he was continually fascinated with marine ecosystems, and so enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree at Monash University to further his knowledge.

During his time at Monash, Evatt worked under several different researchers on projects that involved a broad range of marine and terrestrial systems, eventually finding his greatest interest lay in evolutionary ecology. Evatt pursued this interest during his Honours year, investigating the evolutionary capacity of a marine tubeworm species to respond to climate change through adaptive evolution. He graduated with First-Class Honours in 2013, and had his research findings published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology.

After taking a break to work and travel, Evatt returned to Monash in 2015 to commence his PhD, in which he is investigating the ability of marine invertebrates to adapt to environmental change.