Dr Vanessa Pirotta is a wildlife scientist and science communicator. Vanessa’s research uses innovative technologies for wildlife conservation. Vanessa’s zoological background has taken her around the world for whale research including Tonga, Madagascar and Antarctica. Dr Pirotta has spoken as an invited marine mammal expert at the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation in Rome, Italy and has presented her research via the TEDx platform. Vanessa’s dedication to outreach within schools and with science professionals has seen her recognized as one of the top 100 Women of Influence judged by the Australian Financial Review. Vanessa has also been listed as one of 60 women from around Australia to join Science & Technology Australia 2021-2022 Superstar’s of STEM cohort.