Team - Australian Earth Science Education


Joanne Watkins

Chief Executive Officer

Jo has been a part of the team since 2011 moving across from her role as an Earth and Environmental (and general) Science teacher with the Department of Education. Jo loves enthusing students and teachers about this wonderful subject.

Jo is based in WA but loves travelling, to support the team, across Australia.

Cecily Arkell

Education Officer

Cecily joined ESWA in 2018 from a career teaching Earth and Environmental (and general) Science in city and rural schools. She initially studied Chemistry before working in mining laboratories for many years. She taught English in a rural city of Japan (next to the most active volcano in Japan!) before returning to Perth to complete her teaching qualifications to combine her passion for Science with enthusing students.

Cecily is based in WA but loves travelling to the NT to work with teachers and students there too.

Susan Filan

Education Officer

Susan joined the team in 2020 from teaching Earth and Environmental (and general) Science. Her passion for Australia’s environment and geological past was ignited during an expedition to the Riversleigh fossil site in 1988. She enjoys teaching about our amazing Earth and its history.
Susan is based in NSW.

Marion Cahill

Education Officer

Marion joined the team in 2020 from a science teaching career, specialising in Earth and Environmental Science. She is passionate about all aspects of earth science, having worked for a number of years as an environmental manager in a range of industries. Marion is based in WA but loves to travel, bringing her passion for the landscape to both teachers and students.   

Marie Rodger

Operations Officer

Marie joined the team in 2018 with over twenty years of experience in not-for-profit, private and public sectors, including running her own consultancy. She provides operational support for the team as well as helping to make ESWA bigger and stronger. Having three daughters, she is passionate about education and children having no barriers to learning and striving.
Marie is based in WA.

Fiona Mochrie

Education Officer (currently on maternity leave)

Fiona started working for ESWA in 2017 after having worked as a Science Outreach Officer at Murdoch University. Her love of travel and the outdoors is what led her to study Geology with Planetary Science at Manchester University, before going on to teach Geography, Geology and Physics in the UK and Australia. Her favourite rock is an eclogite, but looking at thin sections of meteorites was also a highlight of her studies.

Fiona is based in WA.