Emma Sommerville

Contact Details

Phone: 03 6226 6462

Fax: 03 6226 2107

email: Emma.Sommerville(at)utas.edu.au

Role in IMOS

The role of the IMOS Operations Manager is to provide input into, understand and interpret the IMOS Strategy covering the ~$40M per annum national IMOS program, and then work with the Facilities to turn these into operational Project Plans. The Project Plans detail the scope of work undertaken by approximately 35 operational platforms that collect physical, chemical and biological data from the open ocean to the coast. This is done via responsibility for contracting with eight different operating institutions who lead the IMOS Facilities, and collating, managing, reporting and reviewing this information on an ongoing basis for deployment and recovery of equipment, and making all of the data discoverable and accessible, to ensure the IMOS Program continues to support Australia’s temperate, tropical and Antarctic priorities. 

The role also supports the IMOS Project Manager in the compilation of contracts, plans, reports and budgets; assists with the scientific, communication and engagement activities of the national IMOS program; and supports the Forum for Operational Oceanography (http://www.foo.org.au/), with a goal to improve the safety and efficiency of marine industries through better decision making.

Biographical details

Emma completed a BSc in Marine Biology at Flinders University in 2005 and Honours in Marine Science at Murdoch University in 2007. Emma’s Honours Project investigated dietary resource partitioning between four co-occurring elasmobranch species on the south-west coast of Australia.

Prior to joining IMOS, Emma worked as an environmental consultant in Western Australia on various major Projects for clients in the oil and gas, renewables, land development and mining sectors. As part of these Projects, Emma was involved in the design and implementation of marine baseline surveys to support Environmental Impact Assessments, production of a range of Environmental Approval documents, and the establishment and running of monitoring programmes associated with environmental approval conditions.

Emma’s experience comprises project management, field survey planning, specialist contractor management, survey implementation, data management, data analysis and QA/QC, desktop studies, health and safety planning, and technical reporting and reviewing.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys camping, gardening, surfing, kayaking and bushwalking.


Honours (BSc. Hons) in Marine Science, Murdoch University, 2007

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Flinders University, 2005