Hi there! I’m Carly Rosewarne, an early career microbiologist from Adelaide in Australia. In my role as a research scientist at CSIRO, I use next-generation sequencing to answer questions about the microbial communities that inhabit gut ecosystems. Previously I was focused on studying microbes found in the rumen (first forestomach) of cattle, with the aim of reducing methane emissions resulting from livestock production.
In addition to my penchant for all lifeforms invisible to the naked eye, I’m a passionate advocate for changes that will benefit the next generation of STEM research leaders. Science currently finds itself in a state of dysbiosis, a disordered ecology driven by strong selection pressures including increasing demands on traditional sources of funding, unconscious bias and discrimination, unfair definitions of merit relative to opportunity and a system that rewards bad behaviour. Although many early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) are feeling increasingly despondent, there are ways that we can shift the status quo. As the 2017 Chair of the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum, I’m hoping to support a positive and inclusive community where we can work together towards a brighter future. You can follow the EMCR Forum on Twitter (@EMCRForum) and sign up to our mailing list via the website.