Mildred Kelokelo

PhD student, University of Newcastle


The sky is the limit.

What do you do?

I recently enrolled at the university and am currently working on my literature review to define my research questions which focuses on coral restoration in the Pacific.

Why did you choose this field?

I come from a small town, Alotau, situated on the most eastern part of Papua New Guinea. Being a maritime province, access to the coast, beaches and islands was easy. My father was a prominent fisheries officer, so had access to boats which we often hired to go picnicking, camping, and holidaying on the islands. Most weekends were spent on the beach with my family. A typical day would be picnicking, swimming, fishing, diving and having fun on the beach. My parent’s love for the ocean was instilled throughout my childhood that in grade 5 I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist. I wanted to follow in my father’s career path in fisheries and marine biology but focus on research since my father’s career was focused on fisheries management.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Successfully graduating with my Master's degree

Why do you love working in STEM?

I look forward to developing ideas within my research that can help in coral restoration efforts in the Pacific

Best advice for next generation?

The sky is the limit-follow your dreams and make them reality.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Never use personal issues as an excuse for not succeeding in life, rather use them as challenges to pursue your dreams.”

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