Margaret Clayton


Professor Margaret has been a leader in brown algal research in the southern hemisphere including Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica for more than thirty years. She has worked on in phaeophycean taxonomy and aspects of physiology, chemistry, ecology and perhaps most importantly, life history studies. Her work on the reproductive biology and physiology of marine algae resulted in significant advances. Latterly she worked on Antarctic and Arctic brown algae. Margaret graduated with a PhD from Melbourne University, and began her career in 1973 when she took up a position as a junior lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne.  She worked at Monash for 33 years, eventually becoming the Science faculty's Associate Dean (Research). In 2006 Margaret moved to Canberra to take up a position with the Australian Research Council as Executive Director of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology. Margaret was involved with ASPAB from the beginning and was president from 1991 to 1994. She also made a great contribution to International Phycological Congresses - she was on the Organizing Committee for some years and was a key person in the organization of the highly successful IPC at Monash in 1988.