Hillary completed her M.Sc. in Marine Biology and Ecology in 2016 at James Cook University (JCU), Australia, with a thesis on the molecular basis of differential morphology and thermal tolerance in a coral species. Since then, she has worked as a research scientist at JCU and recently commenced a Ph.D. at the University of New South Wales. Her research is focused on the interactions between corals and macroalgae (seaweed), and the possibility to manipulate those interactions to help reefs recover following phase shifts. Her work aims to develop low- technology approaches to manage reefs into the future, which can be implemented by citizen science and community groups.