Dr Prue Francis



Lecturer in Science Professional Practice


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


+61 3 556 33026


Prue is a Lecturer in Science Professional Practice and the Course Director of the Bachelor of Marine Science where she teaches employability and marine science units for the various science degrees offered at Deakin University. 

A passionate educator, Prue has over 10 years' experience as a STEM educator, having taught a host of units across all learning levels and at multiple educational institutions across Australia.  Notably, and before joining Deakin, Prue was the Education Coordinator at Reef HQ Aquarium; the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Prue's research interests are ocean literacy and marine education where she heads the DeakinSeaEd research group. Prue also has an interest in seaweed biology and ecology and more recently, seaweed cultivation.

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Centre for Marine, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences

DeakinSeaweed Research Group

Units taught

SLE107 Marine Environments - Unit Chair

SLE108 Ocean Processes - Unit Chair

SLE301 Professional Practice - Geelong Campus Coordinator

SLE390 Professional Practice in Bioscience - Geelong Campus Coordinator


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Restoring rocky intertidal communities: lessons from a benthic macroalgal ecosystem engineer

A Bellgrove, P McKenzie, H Cameron, J Pocklington

(2017), Vol. 117, pp. 17-27, Marine pollution bulletin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Restoration of the habitat-forming fucoid alga Hormosira banksii at effluent-affected sites: Competitive exclusion by coralline turfs

A Bellgrove, P McKenzie, J McKenzie, B Sfiligoj

(2010), Vol. 419, pp. 47-56, Marine Ecology Progress Series, C1

journal article

Dislodgment and attachment strength of the intertidal macroalga Hormosira banksii (Fucales, Phaeophyceae)

P McKenzie, A Bellgrove

(2009), Vol. 48, pp. 335-343, Phycologia, C1

journal article

Dispersal of Hormosira banksii (Phaeophyceae) via detached fragments: Reproductive viability and longevity

P McKenzie, A Bellgrove

(2008), Vol. 44, pp. 1108-1115, Journal of Phycology, C1

journal article

No outbreeding depression at a regional scale for a habitat-forming intertidal alga with limited dispersal

P McKenzie, A Bellgrove

(2006), Vol. 57, pp. 655-663, Marine and Freshwater Research, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Inspiring Young Marine Science Experts - Stewards of Swan Bay

Ms Nicole Sadler, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, A/Prof Julianne Lynch, Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Prue Francis, A/Prof Julie Mondon

  • 2019: $13,356
  • 2018: $18,115

Learning from Communities: Indigenous uses of seaweeds in Australasia

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Ms Zoe Ellen Brittain, Dr Prue Francis, Prof David Jones

  • 2020: $5,000

Industry and Other Funding

DeakinSeaEd: marine education resources for children

Dr Prue Francis, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Dr Paul Venzo

  • 2019: $10,000


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