Researcher biography

Coen is a proud trawlwoolway pakana with connection to northeast lutruwita/trowunna through the Hearps family line.

Coen is a researcher and teacher with broad interests in Indigenous science, ecophysiology, and conservation, with special interest and experience in understanding the effects of climate change on the physiology, behaviour, and ecology of wildlife. Coen has worked on understanding the physiological mechanisms which underpin extreme acid tolerance in 'acid frogs', and is currently undertaking his PhD investigating the role of changing temperature and ultraviolet radiation on the physiology and health of amphibians.

A large part of Coen's drive as an academic comes from the need for better engagement and rights-based discourse around Indigenous knowledges and respect for Indigenous sovereignty within the sciences, especially surrounding the power imbalance and inequitable ways in which scientists engage with the environment on Indigenous lands. Coen has written on Indigenous connections to Antarctica and is interested in the tensions that Indigenous scientists experience when interfacing with the dominant Euro-colonial mode of knowledge production in the environmental sciences.