Tasmania Chapter

Catherine Dwyer

ARMS Tas Chapter ConvenorResearch Services Manager | College of Sciences & Engineering
University of Tasmania

After completing a combined Bachelor of Arts/Laws at the University of Tasmania in 2009, Cath travelled as much as she could before deciding she should get a ‘proper job’ and found Research Management. In 2012 she took a 10-month hiatus and moved to Japan to complete postgraduate studies at an all-female university in Nagoya and since returning to Tasmania has enjoyed the much milder summers! She is currently the Research Services Manager in the College of Sciences and Engineering and enjoys working closely with academics.




Shaun Kelly 

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University of Tasmania

Shaun is a CPA Accountant who has been working at the University of Tasmania since January 2016.  He currently works in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Finance Hub. The SET faculty is very research intensive and he spends a good portion of my time managing the finances for Researchers and work closely with Central Finance in delivering the end of year Australian Research Council (ARC) reporting.









Anneka Ferguson

ARMS Tas Chapter SecretaryAnneka was awarded a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in 2008. She worked in both public and private industry roles throughout Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales, before returning to UTAS in mid-2018 to take up a position as a Research Administration Officer. Anneka is passionate about working with local communities, industries, government, and researchers to achieve improved social, economic and environmental outcomes – for Tasmania and beyond!





Committee Member
Dr Megan Dean

Megan started at the University of Tasmania in 2011 as a PhD Candidate, and since 2014 has been working in Research Management in a variety of roles. Megan is currently the Candidature Management Coordinator (Post-Commencement Team Leader) within the Graduate Research Office. She loves to assist research candidates through their own research journey and is enjoying leading a diverse and dispersed team.








Committee Member
Lauren Di Palma

Lauren Di Palma - ARMS TAS Chapter.jpgLauren has worked in Research Administration in the area of Research Integrity and Ethics since 2012.  Lauren undertook her Honours year in the field of Sociology in 2007, and afterwards worked in the NGO sector in youth mental health and drug and alcohol education. With a yearning to pursue academic endeavours, she choose to work on the “other side” of research and now works as the Executive Officer for the Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee and occasionally dabbles in Research Integrity matters. Lauren finds working in this area challenging and interesting, as no two applications, queries or meetings are the same.  Lauren has presented on Research Ethics matters in many forums and is a champion for ARMS and the collegial support and development it offers.











Committee Member
Dr Chloe Bilbari

Chloe Cadby-Bibari - ARMS TAS Chapter.jpgChloe has been at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) since 2006. She completed a PhD in Ecology and Evolution in 2012 and then went on to be a Data Scientist at the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) at UTAS. She started working in Research Administration in July 2015 and currently is the Scheme Leader for Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowships. Chloe has specialised in Research funding, both in the pre- and post-award.






Committee Member
Dr Donna Roberts

DonnaRoberts- TAS smaller.jpgScience Planning and Coordination Manager
Australian Antarctic Division
Department of the Environment and Energy

Donna is an experienced Antarctic and Southern Ocean researcher and research manager with specific experience in developing strategies that foster collaboration between a wide variety of stakeholders, leading, mentoring and managing small research- and administrative- teams and an enthusiastic science communicator with a particular passion for translating Antarctic research outcomes to peers, policy makers and the public.

Donna received a PhD from the University of Tasmania in 1998 for linking changes in phytoplankton fossil assemblages in Antarctic Lakes to climate (and discovering two new species of Antarctic phytoplankton). From 1999-2016 she focussed on the physical, chemical and biological research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, with a specific interest in the impacts of climate change on biological organisms, communities and ecosystems.          

 In 2017 Donna took on the role of Science Planning and Coordination Manager for the Australian Antarctic Division. Her team coordinates all research projects undertaken in the Australian Antarctic Program.



Committee Member

Tamara Walton


Research Operations Manager

Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit, CSIRO

Tamara is the Research Operations Manager for the Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit within CSIRO. She enjoys both the strategic and hands on aspects of her role in supporting scientists to deliver innovation and understanding for Australia and global benefit.  

Prior to that role, Tamara worked with Parks Australia and the National Oceans Office, developing Australia’s representative network of Commonwealth Marine Reserves.  Tamara moved to Tasmania 20 years ago (for a year) to undertake an Honours degree in Antarctic politics and has yet to leave.



Committee Member

Nic Gaston

Nic Gaston ARMS Tasmania ChapterResearch Funding Officer

Research Operations, University of Tasmania

Nic has degrees in Business and Science and started working in research management in 2016 as a Grants Officer at the University of Adelaide.  In 2018 he hopped the ditch to take up his current position as a Research Funding Officer at UTAS and to fulfil his life-long dream of wearing a vest all year round.  Outside of the obvious passion for the outdoors, he has a deep interest in science communication, systems and efficiently engineering processes.