Alice Forrest is a marine biologist and wildlife guide, with a passion for the natural world and the creatures who inhabit it. As a researcher but also a divemaster & freediver, she’s a firm believer in the need to communicate the science as well as the intrinsic value of the ocean and what’s beneath the surface.


After completing a Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity & Conservation) and Bachelor of Marine & Antarctic Science (with Honours), she has worked around her home country of Australia & the seas and oceans of the world. Her work as a scientist has led to her finding plastic inside commonly eaten fish in French Polynesia, discovering the most plastic-polluted beach in the world on Henderson Island (Pitcairn), studying blue whales off Sri Lanka and the deep sea off Tasmania. She believes science is worthless unless communicated, and with this in mind has worked in wildlife conservation and plastic pollution education for many years.


Alice is not just extremely enthusiastic about wildlife & wild places, but also about sharing that excitement with others. She's worked extensively in marine tourism, guiding tourists to remote locations like Antarctica and the Arctic, as well as under the sea in her home country of Australia. Her favourite thing is watching people fall in love with nature as they snorkel with tiger sharks, kayak with dolphins, see eye-to-eye with humpback whales, or get breathed on by a minke in a Zodiac in Antarctica.

Based in the hills of Byron Bay on Australia's east coast, Alice lives in an off-grid tiny home with her partner, and attempts to live as sustainably as possible in the hope of minimising her own footprint and inspiring positive change. She writes for several publications and presents to schools, businesses and community groups on how to have a positive impacts on our oceans. When she's not at home, you can find her in Tonga with humpback whales, in small island communities across the Pacific Ocean implementing local plastic pollution solutions, or working as a guide somewhere salty. She believes that we protect what we love, and that it's necessary to explore, adventure, and appreciate what this planet has to offer (then use that as a motivation to protect it).


Alice hopes to use her degree and knowledge to inspire positive change and protect what she loves - our big blue planet. 


Unplug Podcast: Our Plastic Oceans
his week, I speak with Alice Forrest, an engaged, present and activated ocean activist and eco warrior living down under.

Alice is a passionate about healing our world. She has a Bachelor of Science in biodiversity and conservation and is involved in a wide range of organizations and conservation activities dealing with the plight of our oceans. She combines her education with her activism uniting head with heart in the most engaged way.

Alice’s primary focus is the plasticization of our ocean
Spirit Radio: Hidden Plastics
I caught up with fellow ocean lover, marine conservationist and my Plastic Free July inspiration Alice Forrest today where she delivered a shock about hidden plastics in everyday items we all use!- Angie
2SER: Plastic Free July
Did you know that 50% of the the world’s plastic goes into items that are only used once! And that every bit of plastic ever made still exists. We spoke to conservation biologist Alice Forrest about what we can do to change our single use plastic consumption.
SpiritRadio:Talking Trash with Alice
Save the oceans one bit of plastic at a time! Pick up some handy tips for cutting down on single use plastic with oceans lovers Angie and conservation biologist Alice.
BayFM: Over The Rainbow
Over The Rainbow's Mitch With Alice Forrest Talking About Plastic Free July
BayFM: Over The Rainbow
Alice Forrest on the Sea Table Art Trail at Brunswick Heads - conservation messages through picnic table art
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When two wild adventure loving humans come together anything is possible, meet Alice and Ángel. Alice Forrest is a marine biologist, conservationist, and wanderer from NSW Australia, who made Byron Bay her home.  Ángel Grimaldi is a wildlife veterinarian, adventurer and photographer from the Canary Islands in Spain. These two star crossed lovers are a match made in eco heaven, and after just a few days of living together decided to simplify their lives, buy a Toyota Land Cruiser and adventure around Australia.


She’s always been a drifter, so it was inevitable that in her wanderings Alice would fall in love. The unpredictable part was that it wouldn’t be with a dreadlocked Argentinian artisan or an unkempt Spanish backpacker. Setting off at 18 with a backpack and a deferred Arts degree behind her, Alice’s desire to figure out what to do with her life set her on a trail that would lead to over 50 countries, a passionate love for the ocean, and a career as a marine biologist.


Every once in a while, you meet an extraordinary person and think to yourself, ”This person is going to change the world.” An extraordinary person that challenges your perspective and makes you question your every action. Let me introduce you to Alice Forrest, conservation biologist, marine life activist, ocean lover, researcher and occasional mermaid. She does not have millions of dollars nor is she a famous public figure but she is determined to make a difference, and has inspired others to take action and play their part in saving our planet. 


Alice Forrest wasn’t born by the sea, yet her life is now spent in or around it more than land. As a graduate of a Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation), marine researcher, aquarist and professional mermaid, Alice contributes above and beyond to our Earth’s oceans. She lives a life most of us dream of and she’s making a genuine impact on the world we live...


You may have heard about the "death" of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most staggeringly beautiful features of the natural world: "The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old," wrote Rowan Jacobson for Outside magazine in October, in an "obituary" that was shared thousands of times on social media. Fact: The reef is under incredible strain, due to myriad environmental stressors, from elevated carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to warmer, more acidic ocean water. Also fact: Many environmentalists — and lovers of the reef — are working harder than ever to protect what remains and safeguard our shared legacy. 

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