Dr Rebecca Dunlop

UQ Women Create Change Ambassador 
SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN

Dr Rebecca Dunlop
Senior Lecturer, School of Veterinary Science

“Unconscious bias has been a career-long struggle for me. Even today, if I am standing with a male colleague at a conference I often get asked if I am his student.”

Rebecca is a lecturer in physiology at the School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton Campus. Originally from Ireland, she obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental Biology and by 25 had completed her PhD in fish neuroethology at The Queen’s University of Belfast. Rebecca then moved to Australia in 2003 and completed a postdoctoral research project in humpback whale social communication.

“A career highlight has been winning a multi-million-dollar grant to determine how humpback whales responded to seismic airgun noise – this experiment was one of the biggest and most complex to have ever taken place in large whale behavioural response studies.”

Outside of academia, Rebecca trains in Boxing, and began competing in bouts in 2017.  Rebecca has a young daughter who joined Rebecca on a large field project in 2014 when she was 5 weeks old. Seeing Rebecca successfully juggling motherhood and a successful career in STEM has been a powerful message to the many women, just starting their STEM careers, involved in the project. 


BSc Hons (1st class) in Environmental Science (1999)
PhD in Neuroethology (2002)