Kyler snorkelling with a turtle in the ocean

Kyler Rowson

21 | Marine Biology & Biological Sciences

A little bit about me

I’m in my last semester at uni, studying Marine Biology & Biological Sciences as a double major. In my spare time I enjoy creating art – in fact my artwork is on the front of this year’s Murdoch Guild diary!

As well as full-time uni, I work two part time jobs at restaurants. I enjoy keeping busy and have a passion for the natural world and conservation.

My way of thinking

My friends would call me opinionated… and, well, they’re not wrong. I see things as black or white, there’s rarely ever a grey area in my mind.

I’ve got a scientific mind, but a really creative, artistic streak too. I’m proof you can be both scientific and creative at the same time.

I also have a great memory. I’m great to have in a quiz night!

My experience of high school

I didn’t really enjoy high school that much.

At school it seems like ATAR is everything, but looking back it’s not. In such a stressful time in your life, I think mental health is more important.

It’s one of the things I love about Murdoch – it’s totally the opposite, the university very much prioritises the students and their well-being.

At uni, you’re able to study subjects you actually enjoy. It’s a lot of hard work and it can be way more intense than high school, but it is way more rewarding.

How I knew what I wanted to study

I’ve loved the ocean since I was young, most of the art I made as a child was of fish and the ocean! I’m a big nerd and have a need to know everything about everything – I love learning new things, and in science, there is so much to learn.

I did consider medicine for a while, but I didn’t want to be trapped in the white walls of a hospital for my whole life. I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors and working out in the field!

I love Coral Bay

As well as being fun, the fieldwork camps like Coral Bay are great experience. I made better connections with my academics, I’m on a first name basis with them all now!

Speaking to friends who do similar degrees at other universities, Murdoch has way more field work in their courses, so I’m glad I have this experience under my belt to give me a head start when I graduate.

My favourite part was probably the eco-tour. Swimming with manta rays and tiger sharks was incredible!

The sunset snorkel on the second last night was also really memorable for me. It was so nice to just relax in the middle of the ocean as the sun set with all of my closest mates. It’s moments like those which really made the entire trip for me.