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. In this degree she worked to provide a transformative educational experience to ensure students are equipped to be changemakers on the global stage. In this undergraduate course Rowan teaches leadership, entrepreneurship, communication and science diplomacy.
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 teaching and leading curriculum innovations ever since.
She has written work across a range of academic publications and general media including Scientific American, HuffingtonPost, The Conversation, The Australian, Mamamia and Women's Agenda.
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 trail running and mountain biking (or anything else adrenaline-fuelled). She's a mum to three totally wonderful kids (12, 10 & 7). Rowan shares her home on the glorious Mornington Peninsula with a crazy Collie dog, her dad, kids and very understanding husband.