Tormey is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania.
She grew up in Hobart and has wanted to be a marine biologist for as long as she can remember. As a kid, she would beg her parents to take her to museums and aquariums instead of toy shops. After completing her Bachelor's degree at the University of Melbourne, she studied otolith deformities in farmed salmon for her Master of Science. It was during this time that she developed an interest in fisheries and aquaculture, environmental sustainability, and natural resource management.
Her PhD is using ecological modelling to evaluate the environmental remediation potential of seaweed in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. She hopes her work will inform industry, governments and the community on how to reduce the environmental impacts of salmon farming and improve sustainability.
Tormey loves diving, snorkelling, and picking up slimy things she finds on beaches. She is a self-professed dork and enjoys swing dancing and video games.