Fam Charko

Fam is an award-winning marine biologist (MSc) with specialisations in ecology, nature conservation and marine plastic pollution. Fam helps people connect to nature through science, storytelling and immersive experiences into their local environment. She leads several marine research projects for the Port Phillip EcoCentre, helping volunteers become skilled citizen scientists and contributing to a growing body of research on the health of Melbourne’s big rivers and Port Phillip Bay. She is a passionate science communicator and uses science literacy to empower local communities in change-making. Recently, she won the Emerging Leader category of the 2020 Victorian Marine & Coastal Awards.

Fam is a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership in Melbourne. She is also SCUBA instructor and radio host on Radio Marinara, a weekly show about all things marine on 3RRR Community Radio.

Having visited 27 countries and lived in 3, Fam is a true global citizen. During and after finishing her Masters, she worked as a terrestrial ecologist in the Netherlands, helped establish a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in South Africa and worked with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on coral research. Diving coral reefs and temperate waters all over the world keeps showing her that her true passion lies with the one ocean that connects us all.

Fam is available for keynote and public speaking, panel discussions, media appearances and workshop facilitation. 

The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.