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Born: 26 March 1955 - Melbourne, Victoria
Entered on roll: 2017
Ms Lesley Clementson is a Research Group Leader from CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere based at the Marine Laboratories in Hobart. Lesley has made a significant contribution to marine science in Australia for over 30 years.
Lesley is globally recognised as an expert in marine bio-optics and ocean colour validation, which is pivotal to the success of satellite remote sensing of ocean colour research in Australia. It extends to the success of projects in areas such as biological oceanography, coastal water quality management, and biofuels from micro-algae and fisheries management.
CSIRO is acknowledged worldwide as the leading agency in Australia for in situ bio-optical measurements. Lesley established the Bio-optical Analytical Facility at CSIRO, Hobart where samples from anywhere in the world are analysed.
Lesley’s leading role in Australian Satellite Remote Sensing and ocean colour research is based on her high quality data for in situ bio-optical parameters, producing consistently strong datasets that have underpinned the development of regional algorithms for coastal and estuarine waters. Regions include the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmanian coastal areas where this work is essential for projects and organisations adopting earth observation techniques for water quality and coral reef monitoring rather than the more traditional collection of in situ samples.
On five occasions Lesley has been invited to participate in NASA sponsored experiments known as SeaHARRE. Lesley’s carefully implemented methods for pigment analysis are the only validated methods in Australia; an assurance of quality results. This recognition resulted in Lesley being invited to host the fifth SeaHARRE experiment in 2009 and to also host a workshop of 20 scientists from international laboratories at CSIRO, Hobart in 2010.
Lesley has worked nationally and internationally leading technical outcomes for major ecological projects, such as the Aquafin Cooperative Research Centre, researching the role of UV absorbing compounds in the Southern Ocean and working nationally on the Moreton Bay Flood Event, Queensland.
Lesley was gifted the Australian Marine Science Association (AMSA) National Technical Award in 2016. The AMSA Technical Award recognises outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia. This prize highlights the valuable contribution to marine science made by those who provide the technical and logistical support services which make much research possible.