Rowan is currently the Director of Education for the School of Biological Sciences.
From 2013-2017 she was the Course Director for the Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges degree. This undergraduate science course was unique in Australia with it's focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and industry engagement.
Rowan completed her undergraduate degree at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand where she did a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in ecology and Bachelor of Arts majoring in anthropology and religious studies. She has also completed courses at Harvard University and Stanford University on leadership and innovation.
In her PhD studies, she examined the reproductive ecology of an Australian native plant. She continues her keen interest in the natural world by spending as much time as possible exploring the natural environment.
Throughout her Honours and PhD, Rowan taught undergraduate science students, which was an experience that stimulated her interest in education. She has been leading curriculum innovations and teaching ever since.
Rowan has written work across a range of academic publications and general media including Scientific American, HuffingtonPost, The Conversation, The Australian, Business Chicks, Mamamia and Women's Agenda.
She works to improve equity in STEM as a Member for the Women's Advisory Roundtable for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and as a founding member of the STEMsidebyside program.
In 2016 Rowan was the winner of the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for Victoria (Public Sector and Academic).
Rowan is a fan of endurance sports and anything adrenaline-fuelled. She's a mum to three totally wonderful kids (12, 10 & 7). She shares her home on the glorious Mornington Peninsula with a crazy Collie dog, her dad, kids and very understanding husband.